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Bad Feminist
Roxane Gay
Discover Why Being a Bad Feminist is Better Than Not Being a Feminist At All. When you hear the word feminism, what do you think of? In today’s climate, you likely think about the many women’s marches and the #MeToo movement that have taken over the media. All of these fight for the rights of women in every area of life, including equal pay, reproductive rights, and more. But according to Roxane Gay, feminism is flawed. There is no right or wrong way to be a feminist, which is why Gay proudly labels herself as a bad feminist. As a bad feminist, Gay recognizes that humans are flawed, and therefore, their views and opinions don’t always fit perfectly into a neatly wrapped package. For instance, while Gay enjoys going against the grain, her favorite color is still pink and she enjoys reading Vogue, both of which are typical female stereotypes. At the end of the day, feminism looks different for everyone but being a bad feminist is better than not being a feminist at all! As you read, you’ll learn how reality television is harmful to the fight for equality, how racial profiling can end in murder, and how movies like The Help only advance racial stereotypes.
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23 minutes
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Exploring The World Of Lucid Dreaming
Stephen LaBerge, Howard Rheingold
A practical guide to dreaming consciously. “The events you experience while asleep and dreaming produce effects on your brain much the same as if you were to experience the corresponding events while awake” The way we perceive reality is governed by the input and interpretation of our senses; what we see, hear, smell, taste, and touch. But while dreaming the only inputs come from our own brains. Which is to say that when we dream, we create our reality. But can we control it? This is what Exploring The World of Lucid Dreaming aims to demonstrate. With practical explanations of techniques to induce lucid dreaming authors Stephen LaBerge and Howard Rheingold offer a guide map to building your own dream world.
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11 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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The Valedictorian of Being Dead
Heather Armstrong
Learn about a mother’s journey in curing her depression by going to the extreme and dying ten times. A mother who would do anything and go to extreme lengths to save her own life, even if that meant dying ten times. A mother who would go to the extreme to feel joy again in her life. This is the story of Heather Anderson as she experiences radical treatment for her depression, which involves nearly dying to live again. Heather was put into a medically-induced coma ten times over the course of a few weeks, and she details her experience in this memoir about her journey and struggles to overcome mental illness.
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19 minutes
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We Are The Weather
Jonathan Safran Foer
An informational guide on how harmful the animal industry is to the environment, and that saving the planet begins at breakfast. In We Are The Weather, Jonathan Safran Foer discusses the similarities between climate change and World War II. Similar to the sacrifices Americans made in the days we fought against the axis powers, it’s time to make a sacrifice in the fight against global warming. We are fighting a losing battle, but saving the planet can begin at breakfast. Foer introduces the idea that changing our diet can save the Earth. With animal industry farms making up 24% of harmful greenhouse gas emissions right behind fossil fuel emissions, you can begin to do your part by reducing your consumption of animal products and reducing your carbon footprint significantly. The war can only be won if everyone does their part, our planet needs both big and small sacrifices to survive, so take a small step in saving the planet and end the fight with global warming.
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24 minutes
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The Art of Public Speaking
Dale Carnegie, J.B. Esenwein
Learn how to become a confident, effective speaker. What are you afraid of? Spiders? Small spaces? Heights? For many, our biggest fear, more fearful than jumping off a building or out of a plane, is public speaking. But why? Why is public speaking such a terrifying thing? As you’ll find out, speaking in front of strangers is an art that requires practice. Many teachers begin teaching public speaking on how to speak publicly. They study voice, gesture, and the rest but this approach is futile. Instead, the best way to improve is to just do it. In fact, "it is an ancient truism that we learn to do by doing." Once you have begun speaking, you can then improve by observing your speeches, fixing the mistakes, and listening to constructive criticism. So take the plunge and the rest will fall into place, you’ll be a master speech in no time. Of course, it’ll take lots of practice, but you’ll learn the tips and tricks from author Dale Carnegie to make the most of your practice. You’ll learn everything, including how to overcome your stage fright to the importance of arranging your audience. So if you're ready to take the plunge, let’s begin.
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25 minutes
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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
Stephen R. Covey
The perfect guide to adopting seven habits of effective people that can improve your life and the lives of those around you. A self-improvement guide written by Stephen Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People details how you can change your life through changing your mindset. The way you view the world is based entirely on your own perceptions, and by adopting a perception that leads to action, you can change your life and the lives of those around you. In other words, if you want to change your current situation then you must learn to change yourself and learn to change your perceptions. The way you see the problem is the problem, so you must allow yourself to fundamentally change the way you think in order to see a true change in yourself. Covey will not only teach you how to adopt a new mindset, but he will also teach you how to become proactive and focus on the important tasks at hand. At the end of the day, by adopting the 7 habits of highly effective people, you can learn how to change your mindset and then change your life.
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25 minutes
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The 5 AM Club
Robin Sharma
What does an artist, an entrepreneur, and a billionaire have in common? They all start their mornings at 5 AM! It might sound crazy, but by following their story, The 5 AM Club (2018) will show you how you can revolutionize your morning, reclaim your life, and get more personal growth and passion out of the first hour of your day than most people do all week.
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17 minutes
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Playing with FIRE
Scott Rieckens
Learn how to gain financial independence by joining the FIRE movement and investing in your future and retiring early. What does your life look like right now? Do you wake up, go to work, do your work duties, leave at 5:00, head home, cook dinner, and then start over again tomorrow? How long do you plan to live this life? Until you turn 65? Well, with the FIRE approach you can achieve financial independence much quicker. FIRE stands for Financially Independent Retire Early and the basis is to simply cut down your yearly spending and invest your savings. Through compound interest and the right investments, you can achieve enough wealth to fund your lifestyle for an eternity! Sounds too good to be true, but anyone can achieve financial independence by following the FIRE approach. Playing With FIRE follows Scott Reickens and his family as they begin their new lifestyle change. Learn about Scott’s firsthand experience in adopting the FIRE ideals and see how you can cut down your own spending, align your spending habits with your values, and gain financial independence in record time.
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19 minutes
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Maps of Meaning
Jordan B. Peterson
Learn why myths give us meaning. When we think of something that’s not true, we tend to say, “That’s just a myth!” But at the same time, we treasure collections of ancient Greek or Egyptian mythology. That’s because myths tell us stories that inform our interpretation of the world. Written by controversial psychologist and right-wing celebrity Jordan Peterson, Maps of Meaning (1999) posits that myths bring meaning to our lives and that we need them, whether we believe in them or not.
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13 minutes
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