Summaries of Popular Psychology Books

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Summaries of Popular Psychology Books

1. 10% Happier by Dan Harris
– Meditation and mindfulness will make you 10% happier
– Mindfulness provide symptom relief only, & helps you respond rather than react
– Mindfulness may help you Strive for success while at the same time helping you realise that success is often outside of your control

2. The 10X Rule by Grant Cardone
– You should set targets for yourself that are 10 times greater than what you believe you can achieve
– You should take actions that are 10 times greater than what you believe you need to do to achieve your goals
– Taking massive action is the only way to achieve your potential

3. A Short Guide to a Happy Life by Anna Quindlen
– The only thing that you have that nobody else does is control of your life
– The hardest thing to do is to learn to love the journey not the destination
– Be mindful of just chasing the next level of success

4. Anything You Want by Derek Sivers
– Too many people spend their lives chasing or doing things that do not make them happy

5. Are You Fully Charge by Tom Rath
– Do work that provides meaning to your life
– Have positive social interactions with others
– Take care of yourself so you have energy to do the things you want to
– Give more – rather than being self-absorbed – to find meaning & be truly happy
– People who spend more on experiences rather than material things are usually happier

6. Fooled by Randomness by Nassim Taleb
– Randomness, chance and luck influence our lives more than we realise
– Because of hindsight bias and survivor bias we tend to forget the many who fail, remember the few who succeed & then create reasons & patterns for their success as if it was inevitable, not random
– Mild success is often explained by skills and hard work
– While success is often explained by variance and luck

7. Free Will by Sam Harris
– We do not have the freedom and free will that we think we do
– Yes, you can make conscious choices (However your thoughts, wants and desires are often determined by prior causes outside of your control

8. Manual for Living by Epictetus
– Somethings are in your power and somethings are not
– It is our opinion of things which determines how we feel about a particular event, not the event itself
– Thank carefully about how you spend your life – People often spend their lives chasing things which are neither important or desirable

9. Mastery by George Leonard
– The most successful path to mastery is practising for the sake of practising not for some result
– All learning is comprised of brief spurts of understanding followed by long periods of work where you feel stuck/as if on a plateau
– There are no experts – only learners

10. The Power of 50 Bits by Bob Nease
– To bridge the gap between our intentions and our behaviour, use the following strategies:
– Active choice
– Pre-commitment
– Good design
– Re-framing
– Simplicity

11. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F by Mark Manson
– Finding something important and meaningful in your life is the most productive use of your time
– Meaning helps you overcome inevitable obstacles encountered
– give a F about only the things you value

12. This is Water by David Foster Wallace
– It can be easy spending our entire lives thinking in our default way of thinking about things, rather than choosing to look at life differently
– you can choose how you feel about & experience life

13. What Got You Here Won’t Get You There by Marshall Goldsmith
– Basic behaviours get you along way in life, in particular the following:
– Listening
– Thinking before you speak
– Apologising for mistakes

Source: Clear, J. (2017)

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