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Born to Run
Christopher McDougall
If you’ve ever wanted to run a marathon, Born to Run (2009) can help you accomplish your goal! Tackling the idea that marathon runners are some type of superhuman species, McDougall proves that everyone is capable of becoming a successful runner. Through first-hand accounts and anecdotes from the leading runner of the world’s most secretive “running tribe,” Christopher McDougall crafts a running handbook that blends scientific truth with actionable advice. Proving that the secrets to skilful running are accessible to everyone, McDougall introduces top tips for cultivating the perfect diet, mindset, running gear, and more.
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17 minutes
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Can’t Hurt Me
David Goggins
The incredible story of how an overweight man became the fittest man in America by mastering his mind and defying all odds. How many times do you tell yourself that you’ll head to the gym tomorrow? Only to find that when tomorrow comes, you find an excuse. Imagine living life with zero excuses, what could you accomplish? Author, David Goggins, doesn’t believe in excuses and has transformed his life through the simple power of his mind. Coming from a traumatic childhood, Goggins found himself in his early twenties working as a cockroach exterminator and weighing just under 300 pounds. Despite the trauma and weight, Goggins went on to become one of the fittest people on the planet. He committed himself to join the Navy SEALs and went on to become a successful ultramarathon runner. Goggins achieved the near-impossible, and now, you can too. Find out how Goggins uses the forty-percent rule to push his body further, what it takes to run 135 miles at Badwater 135, and how Goggins continues to push himself despite several setbacks.
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22 minutes
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Hillbilly Elegy
J.D. Vance
The shocking story of a man who grew up in working-class America surrounded by poverty, violence, and addiction but managed to follow his dreams and climb the ladder to success. It's a story that we have heard time and time again, a story of a person beating the odds and achieving the American Dream. J.D. Vance’s story is no different. He tells the tale of how growing up in working-class white America offered him few opportunities and resulted in traumatic childhood experiences. His stories reflect how hillbillies, rednecks, or white trash Americans are responsible for their own actions, and Vance works to uncover the underlying causes of generational poverty experienced in the South, Appalachia, and the Rust Belt. Throughout Hillbilly Elegy, you will learn how one man was able to escape a life destined to be mediocre, violent, and most likely filled with drugs and alcohol. His story shows how anything is possible if you put your mind to it and follow your dreams.
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21 minutes
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No Excuses!
Brian Tracy
If you’ve ever taken a look at your life and wondered what’s holding you back, No Excuses is literally the answer. Brian Tracy’s explosive study on the power of self-discipline will show you how to break down the barriers between you and success by simply eliminating the excuses we tell ourselves every day. Exploring the power of self-discipline in practice, No Excuses (2010) takes a look at how we can improve three critical areas of our lives — personal success, career success, and overall happiness — through aggressive self-discipline. Arguing that excuses are the limitations we place on ourselves, Tracy challenges readers to relinquish the crutch of convenient excuses and embrace the life-changing power of self-discipline.
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23 minutes
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Rising Strong
Brené Brown
Discover the power of vulnerability and bravery and learn how to rise strong when life knocks you down. Life is tough. Sometimes life knocks us down, and when we fall, it hurts. When we struggle and find ourselves in the deep, dark recesses of our minds, it can feel as if the weight of the world is on our shoulders. Luckily, social scientist Brené Brown’s research reveals the power of vulnerability and bravery in creating a life of joy, love, creativity, and belonging. Of course, living a brave life won’t always come easily; inevitably, life will knock us down. How we rise from that fall, however, is important. Throughout Brown’s research, she listened to a wide range of people: leaders of Fortune 500 companies, artists, couples in long-term relationships, teachers, and parents as they shared their stories of being brave, falling, and getting back up. What did each of these people have in common? Each person recognized the power of emotion and wasn’t afraid to lean in to discomfort. When we try to rise from the fall, our courage is tested. But no matter the struggle, the process of rising strong is the same. Throughout Rising Strong, you’ll learn why being brave means taking a risk and how to use the rising strong process to change your perspective.
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22 minutes
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Start Something That Matters
Blake Mycoskie
Unlock your potential to make a difference in the world. We all want to do something that matters. We all hope that our lives will leave a positive impact on the world. Unfortunately, however, we often get stuck along the way, overwhelmed by the weight of our own fears or the grind of everyday life. That’s why author and entrepreneur Blake Mycoskie has crafted this guide for building a business that matters. Following his business model — which donates products to a person in need for every product purchased — you’ll learn how you too can start something that matters.
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14 minutes
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The 5-Second Rule
Mel Robbins
The easy-to-follow guide to learning how to awaken your inner passions and become influential at work, step out of your comfort zone, and control your emotions to help with addictions and depression. The 5-second rule is the opportunity to bring change in your life by teaching you one simple thing: HOW to change. By counting backward from five, you will learn how to wake up your inner genius, leader, rock star, athlete, artist, or whatever passion you have inside. Full of real-life testimonies of people who used this rule in unique ways to take charge of their lives, you can adopt this technique as well to change the trajectory of your life. Use the technique in a variety of ways: become influential at work, step out of your comfort zone, become more effective at networking, self-monitor as well as control your emotions and help with addictions and depressions. Similar to Nike’s tagline “Just Do It!” which refers to what you need to do, the 5-second rule tells you how to do it. By using the word “just,” Nike acknowledges that we all struggle with pushing ourselves to be better and that we are not alone in this struggle. It acknowledges that we all need a push sometimes to get started, and by using the 5-second rule Meg Robbins helps give you that push!
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21 minutes
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The Art of Travel
Alain de Botton
Discover the art of travel and learn how to appreciate and make the most of your next trip. Many times we find ourselves overly stressed about work, relationships, and life. During these times, we fantasize about being somewhere else and just escaping the daily grind. We set the screensavers of our computer screens to tropical destinations and imagine lying in the sand with a drink in our hands. If only we were somewhere else, our problems would no longer exist, right? Finally, we book the trip and excitement ensues. However, we soon learn the anticipation was much more exciting than the trip itself as we encounter traveling woes like long lines, crowded places, intense heat and humidity, and mosquitos! Alain de Botton, however, wants to teach you how to travel better. Learn how to take pleasure in small things and change your perspective about common travel discomforts. Instead of groaning about the small, uncomfortable seats on the airplane, think about the miracle of flying through the clouds and seeing the world from a new perspective. With tips from past travelers and philosophers, de Botton will teach you how to appreciate your surroundings and make your traveling experiences more meaningful and memorable.
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24 minutes
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The Charge
Brendon Burchard
Learn how to recharge and access your full potential. We charge our iPhones everyday. We know what makes them tick. A simple connection between our phone, a power cable, and a source of electricity means that they’ll soon get the juice they need to function. But what about a human being? What do we need in order to fully recharge? In The Charge (2012), we’ll learn about the drives that motivate people to succeed and how we can access them to reach our full potential.
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16 minutes
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The Inner Game of Tennis
W. Timothy Gallwey
You’ve heard how life is like a box of chocolates — now get ready to learn how life is really like a game of tennis. The Inner Game of Tennis (1972) might be a self-help blast from the past, but it still has a lot to offer! In this book, W. Timothy Gallwey unpacks the internal battle that goes on inside each of us every day and how it uses your mind like a tennis ball. Maintaining this analogy throughout the text, Gallwey demonstrates the impact of this battle on our cognitive performance and the top tips we need to learn if we want to win.
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13 minutes
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