You Are A Badass – How To Stop Doubting Your Greatness And Start Living An Awesome Life

You Are A Badass – How To Stop Doubting Your Greatness And Start Living An Awesome Life

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You Are A Badass – How To Stop Doubting Your Greatness And Start Living An Awesome Life

The author, Jen Sincero, helps you figure out what’s stopping you from being amazing and gives you tips on how to kick those bad habits to the curb. It’s all about living your best life and making your dreams come true.

So, what are you waiting for? It’s time to unleash your inner badass!

Do you ever feel like you’re not living up to your full potential? Like you’re stuck in a boring routine and can’t break free? Well, it might be because of the negative thoughts you have about yourself.

Think about it – have you ever been told that you’re not good enough or that you’ll never succeed? Those messages can stick with you and hold you back from reaching your goals. For example, if you’ve always been told that your family isn’t good at making money, you might start to believe that you can’t either. And that belief can stop you from trying to learn about finances or furthering your education.

Or maybe you’re looking for love, but you’re scared of getting hurt because of what you saw growing up. Those negative experiences can make you afraid of intimacy and keep you from finding a partner.

It’s like you’re stuck in a cycle of negative thoughts that are keeping you from living your best life. So, break free. They’re just thoughts.  But don’t worry – you have the power to break free from this cycle. It all starts with being kind to yourself and believing in your own potential.

Let’s explore how you can do that in the next step.

When you love yourself and don’t care about what others think, life gets a whole lot better. 

When we’re kids, we know who we are and what we like without worrying about what others think. But as we get older, we start listening to what other people say instead of trusting ourselves.

This can lead us to end up in jobs and relationships that don’t make us happy. The first step to changing this is to start loving yourself. Every day, tell yourself how awesome you are. If you’ve got to put sticky notes around your house- do it!. You’ve got one chance on this planet.

Sincero is right – Stop comparing yourself to others right now. She says, “Imagine if Marilyn Monroe thought she needed to look like Kate Moss or if Led Zeppelin tried to be like Mozart”? It wouldn’t work! So don’t compare yourself to anyone else. Just be you.

Once you start loving yourself more, you won’t be as scared to do the things you really want to do. You’ll also stop worrying so much about what other people think of you.

Sincero’s next beat in this book is all about energy.

It’s about frequency and before you write this off as to woo woo…The great scientists like Tesla and Einstein also talked about our frequencies as human beings.

Did you know that there’s a super powerful energy all around us that we can tap into?

Whether you believe in God or not, most people agree that there’s some kind of higher power or energy out there. It doesn’t matter what you call it – God, spirit, the Force, gut feeling, intuition, or being in the zone. What’s important is that we recognize this unlimited force that connects all of us.

Let’s call it Source Energy for now. This energy is everywhere, filling up the whole universe and everything in it. But here’s the cool part – it doesn’t vibrate at the same level everywhere. You vibrate at a certain frequency, and the things you want in life vibrate at a certain frequency too. And things that vibrate at the same frequency are drawn to each other.

This is what we call the law of attraction. So, when we’re feeling jealous, worried, or negative, we vibrate at a low frequency and attract more of that negative energy. But here’s the good news: if you learn how to raise your vibration, you can attract the things you want in life.

That’s why it’s so important to tap into this amazing Source Energy. Without it, you won’t be able to raise your energy high enough to attract the things you desire. So, make it a priority to tap into this energy from now on.

If all of this seems complicated, there’s an easy way to bring more Source Energy into your life: meditation.

Meditation is simple yet challenging. By sitting still and letting go of your thoughts, you can calm your body, reduce stress, and clear your mind. You’ll realize how cluttered your brain is with unimportant thoughts. Just a few minutes of meditation can show you how unfocused and unproductive those thoughts are. By practicing meditation regularly, you can fill your life with positive Source Energy. Give it a try!

Life is short, so let’s make the most of it! Each day is a chance to have fun and enjoy the journey of life, even though it can be easy to forget that in the busy world we live in.

In her next chapter, Sincero gives us three things we can do to make each day even better.

First, when you face tough challenges, try to approach them like a beginner instead of an expert. Being open to learning can take away the pressure to be perfect and make mistakes less scary. Mistakes can actually help you learn and grow!

For example, let’s say you love ice skating. If you see yourself as a champion, falling down might feel like a big failure. But if you see yourself as a learner, you’ll have more fun trying new things and taking risks, which can help you improve.

Second, try to be grateful every day. Gratitude isn’t just saying “thank you” – it’s about feeling positive and appreciating the good things in life. By being grateful, you can keep a positive mindset and even help others feel good, too.

A simple way to practice gratitude is to write down ten things you’re thankful for before bed. It could be anything, like the flowers in your garden or even that your annoying relatives finally left your house.

Lastly, learning to forgive others and yourself can make each day better. Holding onto grudges can weigh you down, so try to let go of anger and move forward. Forgiveness can bring peace and help you focus on the good things in life.

So, embrace being a beginner, practice gratitude, and learn to forgive – you’ll be on your way to a happier, richer life.

Moving on in You Are a Badass, did you know that your thoughts are super important? They can actually help you achieve your dreams! In today’s fast-paced world, we’re always focused on doing things, but we often forget to take a moment to think things through.

Your thoughts have the power to shape your reality and guide you towards your goals in life. So, it’s important to figure out what you want and stay open to different ways to get there.

For example, let’s say you want to be a writer but you’re not sure how to make it happen. You can look up to other writers who inspire you and see how they achieved their dreams. By following their footsteps and making progress, you’ll start feeling more confident in calling yourself a writer.

Another way to make your thoughts work for you is to imagine yourself as the person you want to be. If you want to be a great speaker but you’re scared of speaking in front of a crowd, try visualizing yourself giving amazing speeches. The more you practice and believe in yourself, the more confident you’ll become.

To boost your thinking power even more, try to be specific about your goals. If you want to be a writer, think about what kind of writer you want to be – whether it’s a novelist, essayist, or something else. By being clear about your goals, you’ll have a clearer path to follow.

So, remember, your thoughts are powerful tools that can help you achieve your dreams. Stay positive, believe in yourself, and keep working towards your goals! You got this!

What do we do when procrastination rears its ugly head??

To get past excuses, you have to remind yourself why you want to achieve your goals. If you’re feeling unsure, it might be a sign that you need to rethink what you’re aiming for.

Taking action also means overcoming hesitation, which can be tough. Sometimes we hesitate because we’re afraid of changing into someone we don’t want to be. For example, let’s say you dream of being an actor who captivates audiences and has a strong presence on stage.

But when you think about pursuing this dream, you hesitate. Maybe you’ve never liked outgoing people, and you worry that actors are judged harshly. Will chasing this dream turn you into someone you dislike? The answer is no. You just need to find a way to move past your hesitation.

To do this, stop judging others and start asking yourself important questions like, “Is acting really what I want to do?” and “Will it bring me joy?”

If you answer yes to these questions, it’s time to recognize your hesitation and procrastination for what they are. No more excuses! It’s time to take action towards your dreams!

So, you’ve got this awesome dream and you’re totally ready to make it happen! But here’s the deal – it’s not going to be a walk in the park. Even the most successful people out there had to deal with rejection and failure before they hit it big. Take Michael Jordan, for instance. He didn’t even make his high school basketball team at first! And Steven Spielberg got rejected from film school three times!

But here’s the scoop – you can’t just throw in the towel. You’ve got to keep going, no matter what. Learn from your slip-ups and just keep moving along until you reach your goals.

To stay on the right path, you’ve got to make some changes in your life.

Hang out with people who cheer you on and support your dreams. Kick off and wrap up your day in ways that help you zero in on your goals. And don’t be scared to spend some cash on things that’ll help you make your dreams a reality.

Remember, your new life is going to come from setting clear goals, putting in the work, and taking action. Don’t sweat what other folks think – just go for it and give yourself the green light to chase after your dreams!

In conclusion:

The main idea of You Are A Badass is all about becoming the awesome person you’ve always wanted to be. To do this, you need to figure out what’s holding you back in life and then make changes to overcome those obstacles. Don’t let anyone stop you from pursuing your passions! Before you know it, you’ll be living the life you’ve always imagined.

Until next time, laugh long and prosper.  

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The Pomodoro Technique by Francesco Cirillo

The Pomodoro Technique by Francesco Cirillo

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The Acclaimed Time-Management System That Has Transformed How We Work. 

What does a tomato and productivity have to do with each other?

The Pomodoro Technique (named after a tomato) is a cool way to help you get stuff done during the day. It breaks down big tasks into smaller ones so you don’t feel overwhelmed. By using this technique, you’ll be able to manage your time better and feel more in control of your work. This will make you a better worker and make your work more fun.

When you break your bigger task into smaller tasks, each of these smaller tasks or time intervals is called a pomodoro, which comes from the Italian word for tomato. 

This technique was created by a university student who used a tomato-shaped kitchen timer to help him stay focused and productive.

Why do Italians call the tomato a pomodoro? Let me tell you!

Apparently in 1548, a Tuscan steward described the tomato as pomi d’oro which translated means golden fruit. That later became pomodoro. But I digress. See, this is why I need help with productivity. 

Who invented the Pomodoro Technique?

Francesco Cirillo (the gentleman who came up with this technique) thought of it when he was in university in the 1980s. He had trouble staying focused and organized, so he created the Pomodoro Technique to help him stay focussed. Nowadays, he has a website where he teaches people how to use his technique to be more productive. Check it out PomodoroTechnique.com 

To start using the Pomodoro Technique, all you need is a timer and two lists. 

Your timer doesn’t have to be a fancy tomato-shaped one like in the original Pomodoro Technique. You can use a stopwatch or even your phone. Make sure it makes noise when the 25 minutes are up. This helps your brain switch between working and relaxing.

Next, make two lists. The first list is your To Do Today list. This list has all the things you want to get done that day. For example, you might have ‘outline presentation structure’ – 4 pomodori or ‘pay bills’ – 1 pomodoro.

Where do these tasks come from? 

They come from your inventory list. This list has all the tasks you want to do now or in the future.

You’ll need to learn how to estimate how many pomodori each task will take. Your estimates might not be perfect at first, but you’ll get better with practice.

To stay motivated, switch up your tasks. 

If a big task like a time management presentation will take 20 pomodori, break it into smaller parts. It’s more rewarding to finish a smaller task than to work all day on one big task without finishing it.

By the way, I don’t use this two-list technique. 

I just use the Pomodoro technique until I get one big thing done and off my plate. Wow, I’m using a lot of food references. Now I’m hungry. 

So, when do you take a bigger break?

Longer breaks, typically 15 to 30 minutes, are taken after 4 tomatoes or 4 consecutive Pomodoros. 

The Pomodoro technique is basically set up to help you stay focussed. 

Each Pomodoro should be dedicated to one task only.

The idea of a 5-minute break every 25 minutes is not only to give your brain a break but to also give you a feeling of accomplishment. 

So, is the Pomodoro technique effective? 

A number of experts say that it’s a good focus tool to help with ADHD. It’s effective in providing measurable time increments as well as a reward system. 

What are the drawbacks to the Pomodoro Technique? 

Some people take longer to get into a project so 25 minutes doesn’t feel long enough. 

So, now that I’ve described this wonderful time saving technique, let’s get onto the big burning question, what’s the difference between pomodoro and red sauce?

Well, typically pomodoro is a thicker sauce and thus more spreadable that marinara -which makes pomodoro a more common choice for pizza sauce. 

The Pomodoro Technique by Francesco Cirillo 

The Acclaimed Time-Management System That Has Transformed How We Work is a delicious book that you will want to gobble up with a nice glass of chianti. Enjoy. 

Now that I’m totally hungry, I’m going to take my five-minute break early and order a large pepperoni. 

Until next time, laugh long and prosper.  

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A Whole New Mind – Why Right Brainers Will Rule the Future

A Whole New Mind – Why Right Brainers Will Rule the Future

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A Whole New Mind – Why Right Brainers Will Rule the Future

By Daniel H. Pink

Daniel H. Pink is an American author who has written numerous New York Times bestsellers including:  Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us; The Power of Regret: How Looking Back Moves Us Forward; When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing and his latest bestseller, A Whole New Mind – Why Right Brainers Will Rule The World.  judy-croon-review-daniel-pink-a-whole-new-mind

In A Whole New Mind – Why Right Brainers Will Rule The World, Pink says that people and companies that want to succeed in the future have to ask three very important questions:



  1. Can someone overseas do my job cheaper?
  2. Can a computer do my job faster?
  3. Is what I’m offering in demand in an age of abundance, where people are looking to satisfy their aesthetic, emotional, and spiritual demands?

Pink stresses that as artificial intelligence potentially threatens many jobs around the world, artistic and creative skills are becoming even more essential.

Pink suggests that this is the perfect time to lean into the right, bright creative side of the brain; a side that often gets overlooked by the left logical, analytical side.

In doing so, Pink highlights six areas where the right brain excels.

1.Design 

Making your home and office not only functional but aesthetically pleasing, as well.

If you don’t know where to start, Pink says it’s as easy as picking up an architecture or design magazine to get inspired.

2.Symphony

How do all the pieces fit together?  It’s not so much about taking something part, it’s about how all the pieces fit and work together.

3.Empathy / Storytelling

In the 21st century, emotional abilities like empathy are incredibly valuable.

Medical schools are encouraging potential doctors to take humanities courses to help them exercise their empathy. This involves listening to a patient’s symptoms and their stories.

Our brains don’t remember facts; our brains remember stories.

You can’t just present the facts. You have to know how to build the story around those facts.

Storytelling has become increasingly important in the business world.

Humans think of their individual lives in stories.

Customers relate to companies that let them share their stories.

It’s an easy way for a company to stand out in the market- by being empathetic.

Law is another profession where listening to a client’s story is incredibly important.

Sure, artificial intelligence can do the legal research but only a good lawyer can get to the bottom of a case by listening, understanding and empathizing with a client.

4.Emotion

Besides empathy, another big difference between artificial intelligence and humans is emotion. Computers cannot replicate emotion. Emotion also comes from our right brain.

Stanford Business School teaches interpersonal dynamic classes, and the FBI and CIA teach students how to zero in on subtle facial expressions. 

Whether you are a doctor, a lawyer, a special agent or a Wall Street trader, if you feel like you lack personal and/or emotional skills, it could be costing you clients, patients and money. Pink says to take a course! These basic emotional skills that allow you to connect to others can be learned.

5.Play

Having fun, sharing a joke, taking a course in comedy or pottery… these activities will help you to de-stress and to help to activate your right bright creative side.

Creativity activates our innovation.

It’s our innovation and hence new ideas that keep us ahead of the competition and the robots.

6.Meaning

What is your purpose? What is your meaning? How do you want to give back and be remembered? What legacy do you want to leave behind when you are gone?

Experts say to imagine what friends and relatives might say at your eulogy one day. Chances are that they will be talking more about who you were and how you made people feel around you as opposed to what you did for a living.

In conclusion, as we move from an information era to a conceptual area, it’s not so much about gathering and storing information, it’s what we do with that information.

It’s about critical thinking and maximizing both sides of our brain.

While the future speeds towards us armed with artificial intelligence, is this not the perfect time to activate the right bright creative side of our brain? 

As Pink points out, our right brain excels in six areas that artificial intelligence still has to catch up in; design, symphony, empathy/storytelling, emotion, play and meaning.  

Our right bright superhero creative brains are just waiting for their missions!

Whether it’s a human relations course or a stand-up comedy session, take something that inspires you creatively!  Your mental health and your job might just depend on it.

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Who Will Cry When You Die?

Who Will Cry When You Die?

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Who Will Cry When You Die?

Life Lessons from The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari

By Robin Sharma

I recently read a great book called Who Will Cry When You Die? Life Lessons from The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari by Robin Sharma.

By the way, I would like to thank my neighbour Jayne for dropping it in my mailbox. She thought it would be something that I could include in my blogs and keynotes and boy, was she right!

Robin Sharma is probably better known for his bestseller; The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari but this addition to the series is also full of great takeaways.

Sharma is one of the world’s leading experts on leadership, elite performance and self-mastery. He’s also Canadian! Yay, eh? He used to be a litigation lawyer. Now he is a popular author and motivational speaker.

The first thing that I will say about Who Will Cry When You Die is the way that the book is laid out.

The chapters are super short, 2-4 pages each.

The chapters fit on four pages. The table of contents fit on five pages. You can flip through them and see what chapters you want to read. The chapters aren’t dependent on each other.

It’s a small book that you can have on your nightstand and refer to on a regular basis.

On so many levels this book is easy. Its full of small, bite sized pieces of wisdom that you can really sink your teeth and mind into. Yes, you may have heard a lot of this advice before but I guarantee you that there are at least, a few things in this book that you haven’t heard.

The titles of the chapters are enticing and just knowing that the chapters are so short is also enticing.

Titles like: Discover Your Calling, Practice Tough Love, Bless Your Money, Remember The Rule of 21 and two of my favourites, Schedule Worry Breaks and Cure Your Monkey Mind.

Schedule Worry Breaks (Chapter 12) tells a beautiful story that Sharma’s father told him.

Sharma says his father was a very wise man who had a lot of influence over his life.

One day he told Sharma that the Sanskrit character for a funeral pyre is strikingly similar to the Sanskrit character for worry. He said that’s because One burns the dead while the other burns the living.

Woah, hello….mic drop! I think I fell off of my chair when I read that.

Also, chapter 40 entitled Cure Your Monkey Mind was a great read and contains a very practical exercise.

It describes the problem that most of our minds suffer from that is jumping from task to task.

As Sharma says, “It’s like unchained monkeys, rushing from place to place without any pause for peace.”

Sharma calls the exercise to fix this ‘focussed reading’. He says every time your mind wanders from the page that you are reading make a checkmark in the right-hand margin of the page. He says that by doing this, you will increase your awareness of how well or how poorly you concentrate. Once you become aware of how much your mind strays, you can then build the skills you need for a quieter mind.

I tried the exercise while I was reading the chapter and indeed, it calmed my ‘monkey brain’ but for some reason, I can’t stop eating bananas.

So now, what about that title, Who Will Cry When You Die?

Sharma addresses this question in Chapter 101, Live Fully So You Can Die Happy.

Sharma says that too many people live their lives backwards. He says that they spend their days striving to get the things that will make them happy instead of realizing that happiness is not a place that you reach but a state that you create.

He says that one of the ways to create this happiness is to commit yourself to making a difference in other people’s lives. To give back – from the beginning. The purpose of life is a life of purpose.

Sharma ends Who Will Cry When You Die with a beautiful quote. Here is part of it.  

This is the true joy in life, being used for a purpose, recognized by yourself as a mighty one, being a true force of Nature instead of a feverish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy. I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community, and, as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can.

~ George Bernard Shaw

While there is still time, I would like to say thank you to writers George Bernard Shaw and Robin Sharma for reminding me of this incredibly important lesson.

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101 Essays That Will Change the Way You Think Part Two

101 Essays That Will Change the Way You Think Part Two

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I want to continue covering a shelf help book that is I mentioned in last month’s blog.
It’s called
101 Essays That Will Change the Way You Think, by Brianna Wiest. 

This book is getting a lot of traction. Not every chapter might grab you but personally, I think there is enough stuff in here to peak a lot of people’s interest. Also, I’ve certainly heard some of the messages in this book echoed before by other authors, but sometimes a takeaway can be worded a little differently in order to resonate.

My last blog mentioned some of my favorite chapters from the book including;

Chapter 1: Subconscious Behaviors That Are Keeping You from Having the Life You Want.

Chapter 14: Expectations You Must Let Go of In Your 20s.

Chapter 15: Read This If You Don’t Know What You Are Doing with Your Life.

For this month’s blog, I would like to review another stand out chapter – Chapter 2: The Psychology of Daily Routine.

Now, anybody who knows me knows that I LOVE routine. I don’t know how I would have survived all these years without my daily habits, especially during Covid.
I’m also in a business that does not have a 9-5 structure. So, for me, a semblance of routine not only helps to keep the squirrels out of my head but over the years, it has turned me into a mentally, physically, emotionally and financially happy person.

Needless to say, I could really relate to this chapter. I hope it speaks to you, as well.
Here are seven of my favorite quotes from The Psychology of Daily Routine:

#1
The most successful people in history—the ones many refer to as “geniuses” in their fields, masters of their crafts—had one thing in common, other than talent: Most adhered to rigid (and specific) routines.

#2
As children, routine gives us a feeling of safety. As adults, it gives us the feeling of purpose.

#3
Get a plan, because plans fix problems. Mentally strong people are planners. They think ahead. They prepare. They do what’s best for the long-term outcome. You might think that this disconnects them from the moment, but the opposite is true. Worrying disconnects you from the moment. Overthinking disconnects you from the moment. When you are consistently sidelined from your own anxiety, it’s because you don’t have a plan regarding the thing that’s making you scared.

#4
If you want to change your life, you need to make tiny, nearly undetectable decisions every hour of every day until those choices are habituated.

#5
As your body self-regulates, routine becomes the pathway to flow.

#6
Instead of perfection, focus on progress. Instead of having something done perfectly, focus on just getting it done. From there, you can edit, build, grow, and develop it to exactly what your vision is. But if you don’t get started, you’ll never arrive.

#7
Lack of routine is just a breeding ground for perpetual procrastination.

‘Perpetual procrastination’! Isn’t that the truth??? The funny thing is, as I write this review, I’m actually procrastinating about working on my taxes! So, I better get back to them. However, as I’ve stated before, 101 Essays That Will Change the Way You Think by Brianna Weist is a wonderful read! The short, bullet point -style chapters are not everyone’s cup of tea but of course, being a routine-get-to-the-point person, I love that. I hope that you give it a read.

By the way, if you would like to catch this particular podcast or any of my other Laugh Long and Prosper episodes, voted by CTV as one of the best podcasts of 2021 in Canada, check out ‘Judy Croon’ on most of your streaming sources.

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101 Essays That Will Change the Way You Think, by Brianna Wiest

101 Essays That Will Change the Way You Think, by Brianna Wiest

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Recently, I read a book that is getting a lot of traction. It’s called 101 Essays That Will Change the Way You Think, by Brianna Wiest. 

If the title itself doesn’t sound enticing enough, check out the titles of some of the chapters.

I challenge you -how can you not turn the page?

Chapter 1: Subconscious Behaviors That Are Keeping You from Having the Life You Want. 

What??? Where has this been all my life?

Chapter 14: Expectations You Must Let Go of In Your 20s.

 Wow, I can’t wait until I turn twenty to read this chapter!

Chapter 15: Read This If You Don’t Know What You Are Doing with Your Life.

Honestly, do they have a camera in my house?

Chapter 21: 102 Ways to Not Let Irrational Thoughts Ruin Your Life.

Only 102? What do I do about the other eight thousand thoughts in my head?

Chapter 28: Questions That Will Show You Who You Are and What You’re Meant to Do.

Finally, someone gets it! That I am meant to be a supermodel. Okay, a Buffalo supermodel but still!

Chapter 49: How To (Actually) Change Your Life This Year.

Oh, good. I still have a lot of time left because, you know, I’m only twenty years-old. 

Anyway, as the title of the book suggests, there are one hundred and one chapters. 

A quick side note though.  Not all of the chapters are written in a typical essay format. Many chapters are written using a bullet style format. Personally, I like this because I have the attention span of a goldfish or worse, Donald Trump. 

By the way, the chapters are not meant to be read in any particular order. That means you can jump back and forth or read whatever speaks to you on a particular day. 

Regarding content, not every chapter might grab you but personally, I think there is enough stuff in here to peak a lot of people’s interest.  Also, I’ve certainly heard some of the messages in this book echoed before by other authors, but sometimes a takeaway can be worded a little differently in order to resonate. 

So, here is a sampling of my favourite takeaways:

More is not better. Happiness is not experiencing something else; it’s continually experiencing what you already have in new and different ways.’ (p. 18)

The fact is the way to change your life is to change the way you think, and the way to change the way you think is to change what you read. (p. 74)

You cannot be whatever you want, but if you work hard and don’t give up and happen to be born to circumstances that facilitate it, you can maybe do something that crosses your abilities with your interests. And if you’re really smart, you’ll figure out how to be grateful for it, even on the difficult days. (p. 78)

The author also has some fun chapter topics. 

For example, Experiences We Don’t Have English Words for Yet.

Wiest goes on to describe those experiences. 

“What is the word or words forThe frustration you feel when somebody is mad or upset over completely false things that they’ve made up in their mind, a complete lack of understanding on a situation?’”

Okay, I would like to interject here Brianna Wiest. I’ve got this one. It’s called Tuesday!

All joking aside, I found 101 Essays That Will Change the Way You Think an uplifting combination of ideas, philosophies and life hacks. 

I really enjoyed reading it. It’s one of those dog-eared books that I think I will have for a long time.

The title is very catchy and the chapters are even catchier.

It’s like the movie The Godfather – just as you try to put the book down, it pulls you back in!

But isn’t that what a good book is supposed to do?

I would like to leave you with two last feel-good quotes from Wiest that fall along the lines of the Golden Rule. Quite frankly, I don’t think we can be reminded enough. 

“How you treat others is how you will be remembered.”

Start appreciating how rare and beautiful it is to even just have one close friend in life. Not everybody is so lucky.”

Well said, Brianna. 

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