Learning Tools From 2016

A water lily from Claude Monet's garden
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Hi gang, this post is a little different. I’ve done a lot of self reflection and growth this year, and wanted to share with you the tools I’ve stumbled upon that have propelled me to where I am now.

We tend to live our lives by putting our past in our futures rather than just being fully present in the moment. You can change at any time, if you choose to do so in the present. Why not decide to take a risk and do something different in order to get results? This was something huge that I finally understood after years of seeking. Since discovering this truth, I have been regularly applying it and seeing positive results. Enjoy, fellow seekers!

Process Efficiency

Design Thinking: Lead Change in Your Organization
Course by Turi McKinely and frog

Turi McKinely, Executive Director at frogCamp (from frog, a human centered design company that I admire), teaches this course on changing your way of framing of projects around design thinking by applying the design thinking approach to all aspects of a project. The focus is on collaboration to solve customer pain points. It teaches you to find the truth and build solutions based on your customer’s pain points. 

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The Lean Startup
By Eric Ries

Written and taught by Eric Ries, entrepreneur, The Lean Startup teaches you to conduct the project lifecycle as a scientific experiment, always fine tuning the approach. Usually, there is a product already in production (based on market research) and you must figure out how to refine the product and all other touch points of the product lifecycle.

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Tools Of Titans
By Tim Ferriss

Tim Ferriss, entrepreneur and New York Times bestseller, does it again with his newest book. Want to know the tactics, routines and habits of billionaires, icons and world-class performers? Get this book as a reference for your health, wealth and wisdom. Learn how to fine tune your processes and eliminate wasted time by outsourcing tasks, optimizing your time in order to create more in your life. An added benefit with Tim’s printed books is that you can use them for self defense, if necessary (I seriously contemplated doing this once riding the BART when someone threatened to rob all of us… Thankfully, they didn’t try anything). I digress…

Buy Tools of Titans >


Philosophy / Tame the Ego

A Course in Miracles: Volume II Workbook for Students
If you want to dismantle your ego, this book is for you. The Course in Miracles is a class that you take for one year, from January 1st to December 31st. Each day, you are assigned a thought to meditate on and contemplate. The goal is to empower you by dismantling your thought system from one based on ego (lies) to one based on truth (love). The book has a Christian overtone, so if that bothers you, that may not be for you.

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Marianne Williamson
Spiritual guru Marianne Williamson does weekly live web seminars on discussion points from A Course in Miracles. I highly recommend signing up and attending her free webinars.

Go to the website >

The Obstacle Is The Way: The Timeless Art Of Turning Trials Into Triumph
By Ryan Holiday

Ryan Holiday takes the ancient philosophy of stoicism and applies it to our modern lives. Stoicism is very much like Buddhism except it’s more accessible to Western audiences. The study of stoicism teaches you how to strategize and stay calm in the most dire of circumstances (for most of us, that’s in the office).

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A New Earth
By Eckhart Tolle

I just discovered Eckart Tolle, who’s been around for awhile as a spiritual guru. In this book, Eckhart dissects the ego and teaches us how we can overcome our egos in order to be fully present in our lives. Our existence exists only in the moment. There is no past, so why are we so upset about things that aren’t happening to us now?

Buy the book >

Eckhart Tolle and Oprah Winfrey 2009 Webcast on A New Earth:
Hosted by Oprah, famous talkshow host and Eckhart, this is a great webcast to view after you’ve read A New Earth.

Watch the webcast >

What tools did you discover in 2016? Share below!

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