Running Book List

Here are a bunch of books I’d recommend, really in no particular order for the time being. Eventually, I’ll try to write a summary/ review of each of these from my perspective. Please let me know if you have any recommendations!

  1. “How to Win Friends and Influence People” – Dale Carnegie **This book is my favorite
  2. “Good to Great” – Jim Collins
  3. “Extreme Ownership – How Navy SEALS Lead and Win” – Leif Babin and Jocko Willink
  4. Living With a SEAL – Jesse Itzler
  5. Lone Survivor – Marcus Luttrell and Patrick Robinson
  6. Unbroken – Laura Hillenbrand
  7. Never Eat Alone – Keith Ferrazzi
  8. The Alchemist – Paul Coelho
  9. The Power of Habit – Charles Duhigg
  10. Mate – Tucker Max and Geoffrey Miller PHD
  11. American Sniper – Chris Kyle
  12. The Little Red Book of Selling – Jeffrey Gitomer
  13. Think and Grow Rich – Napoleon Hill
  14. The Greatest Minds and Ideas of All Time – Will Durant
  15. The Lessons of History – Will and Ariel Durant
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Habit and Consciousness

I didn’t have a ton of time today, my boss was out visiting to spend some time in some of my best dealerships. That being said, I did listen to a TED Talk this morning which reminded me of a lesson I learned reading The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin some time ago.

In his TED Talk, psychiatrist Judson Brewer discusses a seemingly less complicated (As compared to the “typical” habit chain like the one discussed in Duhigg’s “The Power of Habit,” I’ll outline that book here soon) to break a bad habit or addiction. The answer? Consciousness. Brewer contends that in many cases, dedicating a ton of focus to the specific behavior you’re looking to quit, you’ll be able to break yourself of the habit. Brewer uses the most stereotypical example in smoking. By actively and consciously thinking about what she was doing when she smoked, one patient became so disgusted with the smell, the taste, etc… that she quit cold turkey; pretty cool I thought.

This relates to Franklin’s autobiography perfectly. I’ll have to go back through the book to remember the specific examples but during his lifetime, Franklin had a number of vices that he wished to break, I think one was cursing. In order to do this, Franklin carried around a small notepad and every time he cursed, he would place a small tally which corresponded with that specific day. Eventually, after consciously thinking about what he was doing, he began to curse less and less until he had broken himself of that habit entirely. I intend to purchase a small notepad in the near future. I think I’ll start with criticizing others or being negative towards them, I catch myself doing that far too often.

Workout – out the door at 515

  •  5 X 3 minute rounds jumping rope, a personal favorite
  • 6 X 3 minute rounds Running the M-Drill, I’ll make a diagram at some point
  • Yoga and stretching, about 10 minutes
  • 5 X 3 minute rounds boxing with some kicks thrown in
  • 1 Mile run – 8 minutes
  • 75 pushups
  • 150 situps
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The Beginning – A Journey in Personal Development

Today was a great day,

As I sit here apprehensively typing this, I’m really on the fence about whether or not I actually want anyone to find this page. It isn’t so much that I don’t want people to know what I’m thinking, or worried about any negative repercussions. It’s more about the fact that if I actually start this blog, tell friends and family and try and make into something pretty cool, it means I’m committed. Commitment is hard, really hard. That being said, a little background to how I wound up on this site typing out a post named “The Beginning,” is probably pretty fitting.

Like a lot of others in my generation, things came pretty easily to me growing up. I never had to struggle without shelter, or spend a night cold or hungry. I never witnessed domestic violence or experienced abuse directed at me in any way. Hell for me, Mom or Dad being five minutes late to pick me up from hockey practice was about as rough as it ever got!

That ease translated to school too. It isn’t easy to think back now and understand why, but for some reason, I went out of my way to under-perform in school. I refused to do homework, finished papers and projects the night before they were due (or the morning of in some cases) and was a general pain in the ass to my teachers. Maybe I was bored, who knows. At least my parents weren’t dumb enough to dump Ritalin down my throat and hope I’d sit down and shut up!

Maybe I’ll pick that story back up another time but the point I’m trying to make is that when you go through life and have everything come easy to you, it’s tough to really push yourself when the time comes. For me, that transition began during my sophomore year in college. A couple professors at Niagara University had a pretty profound impact on me, maybe without even realizing it. Overbeck and Pikas, as they were called, were the first instructors I ever had who outwardly expressed their faith that I could become something great. Or rather, something even moderately better than average. It was then that I began to make my first conscious efforts at anything. Now, over half a decade later, I have those two (as well as many others along the way) to thank for helping me not only become the person I am today, but the person I will continue to grow into. This blog is a chance for me to push my limits and boundaries again, to test my comfort zone; I don’t want everything the easy way out anymore.

For fear of overdoing my first post but to honor the commitment I made to this being a “Health and Wellness” Blog, I will make my first entry into the two sections I hope to comment on in every single post: Books and Workouts.

  1. Books – This will be where I give some summary and synopsis of whatever it is that I happen to be reading (Or listening to) on the day of my post. Today, the book section and the workout section happen to fit together quite well. The reason I decided to start this blog is based on a book I finished today. “Living with a Seal” by millionaire and Marquee Jets co-founder Jesse Itzler is awesome. I’m going to write a bit more about my respect for SEALs in subsequent posts but basically, the “SEAL” portrayed in this true story is truly inspirational. Referred to only as SEAL in the book, David Goggins is a former United States Navy SEAL and he is a total badass. Jesse is a badass too because for some reason, after seeing SEAL run 100 miles in 24 hours, he invited the guy to come live with him and train him for a month! Needless to say, if you need a lesson in self-discipline and mental toughness, there is nowhere else to look than this book.
  2. Workout – This will be where I chronicle my fitness exploits for the day.
  • 20 minute warm up on the rowing machine.
  • 50 Chinups (This is a workout Goggins made Jesse do. He would make Jesse complete a certain number of reps before they were able to leave, no matter how long it took). 50 wasn’t easy for me, it got to the point that I could only do one or two each time I grabbed the bar. It probably took ten or fifteen minutes to complete all 50, but I did it.
  • 30 Minutes on the stationary bike. 15 minute warmup followed by 10 intervals, 30 seconds on, one minute rest with the bike on level 15 or 16
  • 80 pushups (five more than yesterday’s 75)
  • 160 situps (10 more)
  • 200 body weight squats

Check out the link to understand a small piece of what I mean when I say David Goggins is a bad man:

Finding The Door: The Secret To Never Ever Stopping – Ever

Well, that’s it for my first post, hopefully it wasn’t too disappointing!


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