The second personal development week of 2019 has gone by already! It has been quite productive for me! Here is how it went! 🙂

Audiobooks

This week I managed to finish listening to 4 audiobooks in total. Some of the better, some of them worse. I think you might definitely enjoy some of them!

The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life: Before 8AM

The Miracle Morning coverThis was a nice book to listen to by Hal Erold. It contains some great ideas about waking up early and becoming more productive. However, it is way longer than it needs to be.

The short summary of The Miracle Morning is:

  • Wake up earlier
  • After waking up dring a large glass of water
  • Sit a while in silence
  • Decide what to do for the day and visualize it
  • Read something
  • Work out
  • Write a journal about your thoughts

This was a nice read, since I have also recently started waking up earlier, and the book gave me some nice ideas on how to spend my time in the morning.

My rating: 4/5

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The 10X Rule: The Only Difference Between Success and Failure

10x rule coverThis was an ok book to listen to. It contains some useful nuggets of information, however, it has a lot of repetitive information and is directed more towards salespeople.

The 10X Rule can be summarized shortly – set massive goals and take massive action. However, the author of the book doesn’t take into account emotions and even says something along lines “don’t feel emotions if you want to be successful”. This can greatly damage your health and lead to burnout.

Grant Cardone gives the reader 32 mindsets for being successful, which I found quite interesting. Some of the mindsets mentioned in the book are:

  • Believe that you will figure it out
  • Always say yes to opportunities
  • Be uncomfortable and step out of your comfort zone
  • Accept challenges first and figure out the solution later
  • Persist until you are successful
  • Be dedicated to continuous learning

My rating: 3/5

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The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking

The Five Elements of Effective Thinking coverThis book was quite short and offered 5 tips to improve your thinking. The 5 tips for more effective thinking are:

  1. Understand basic ideas deeply
  2. Learn from your mistakes
  3. Raise and ask meaningful questions
  4. Consider the flow of ideas
  5. Embrace the change

I especially liked the idea of understanding basic ideas of various topics deeply, so you can better understand more difficult ones. I wouldn’t say that the ideas described were new ones, however, they were described from a new perspective to me.

It was a nice listen, and I’m planning to listen to it again after a while.

My rating: 4/5

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The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari: A Fable About Fulfilling Your Dreams and Reaching Your Destiny

The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari coverThe message of this book was a nice one – it tells the reader about living with balance and joy, and gives some exercises you can practice in your everyday life.

For example, to clear your mind and improve concentration, you can take a rose and look at the center of it for an extended period of time. Think about nothing else – just concentrate on the shape and texture of the rose.

I guess I just didn’t enjoy the style the book was written in. The fable is quite silly and after some time I couldn’t wait it would be finished.

My rating: 2/5

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Waking up Early

I’m still waking up early! I’m even waking up at 4:30 a.m. now. Listening to The Miracle Morning was a nine motivation boost to keep going. To my surprise, it hasn’t even been that difficult to get up that early. Of course, there is a temptation to keep sleeping, however, I know that my day will be better if I get up instantly after hearing the alarm.

Going to Gym

I’m still going to the gym regularly. The gym I go to is working 24/7, so I usually go there right after waking up. It’s a great beginning for a day, and this morning I burned more than 1200 calories. 🙂

Playing Piano

This week I have continued regularly practicing playing the piano, and I can feel the progress. 🙂 Next week I’ll share a video of me playing something. A few of my friends have already suggested some improvements, so I will keep improving.

 

How has your week been? Let me know about your self-improvement progress in the comments below! 🙂

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