Big Brother is Watching You

Russ Jamieson Books, Spirituality

1984 by George Orwell was released in 1949 and is truly a nightmare vision of the future (aka Kim Jong-Un’s wet dream). A world where we have no freedoms, we are constantly at war, and we are under constant surveillance by the government. Today, some of these premonitions have come true… just think about the FBI trying to get a backdoor into Iphones, internet surveillance, Edward Snowden (former CIA employee whistle blower), CCTV, etc. We can pretty much assume that everything we say on the phone or write on a keyboard is now recorded and stored in a database somewhere. The FBI can use your phone to record everything you’re doing without you even knowing it’s recording (Slate.com).  Oh, and your webcam, yea, they …

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How to Have an Undefeated Mind

Russ Jamieson Books, Personal Development, Philosophy, Spirituality

The Undefeated Mind: On the Science of Constructing an Indestructible Self by Alex Lickerman is about cultivating the inner strength we need to enjoy the difficult lives we all have.  It can be summarized in two parts… first, how to survive and thrive in the face of adversity (personality hardiness), and second, how to overcome obstacles and keep going.  There are a lot more lessons to be pulled out of it, but that’s a quick snapshot. Happiness We all have an innate drive to be happy.  It’s at the core of what we do and why we do it.  The choices we make in life are driven by our desire to be happy.  Finding happiness is difficult for two reasons:download …

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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee – Life Lessons

Russ Jamieson Books, Personal Development

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is a brilliant book (written in 1960) with some great lessons.  The plot is a loose account of the events that unfolded in the author’s hometown when she was 10 years old.  Her father, Atticus Finch, is a lawyer who is defending a seemingly innocent black man (Tom) accused of raping a white girl.  The book deals with some serious issues, but has an innocence to it since it’s told from the perspective of a 10 year old girl.  Atticus Finch is the hero of this book because he stands up for what he believes in even when most people are against him.  His courage in the face of adversity is something we …

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Way of the Peaceful Warrior

Russ Jamieson Books, Personal Development, Philosophy, Spirituality

Way of the peaceful warrior by Dan Millman definitely has a Zen feel to it. If you want to know how to live a happy life.. read this book (or at least watch the movie) and live by it. It’s filled with knowledge and deep insights. The book is about a young man named Dan who is a very competitive and ambitious gymnast. He trains very hard and all he wants is to win. One night while wandering about, he meets an old wise man named Socrates. Dan becomes his student and his life is forever changed. The old man challenges him in interesting ways and opens his mind into a whole new way of thinking and being. “Life has three …

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Lessons learned from Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

Russ Jamieson Books, Personal Development

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway is a short story that seems simple enough, but there are many life lessons interwoven throughout.  At the heart of the story is an old Cuban fisherman who never gives up.  The old man lives a tough life of unending struggle with fate and chance.  His life is hard, but he works hard, maintains his integrity and inner dignity, doesn’t complain, doesn’t make excuses, doesn’t boast, and he never surrenders. These are qualities that we all need to be successful in life. Summary: Santiago is an old and experienced fisherman who hasn’t caught a fish in 84 days. But he doesn’t give up. On the 85th day he goes further out …

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Meditations by Marcus Aurelius – Life Lessons

Russ Jamieson Books, Personal Development, Philosophy, Spirituality

Marcus Aurelius (AD 121-180) was the Roman Emperor from 161 until his death in 180.  He was known as Marcus the wise and was the last of the five good emperors. You might remember him as the old guy from the movie Gladiator.  During his later years, while he was commanding his armies, he wrote down many of his thoughts on Stoic philosophy.  These personal writings consisted of 12 books (called Meditations, meaning “to himself”) which he wrote over the last 10 years of his life.  They were a source for his own guidance and self-improvement and are still very relevant for us today. Quick note: Stoicism was founded by Zeno (300 bce).  His teachings continued and evolved until the later Stoics …

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Habits – How to Change your Habits

Russ Jamieson Books, Personal Development

Do you want to change your life?  If so, you need to first change your habits! We are creatures of habit.  When you wake up in the morning, you probably follow a certain routine… Checking your cell phone, checking your e-mail, drinking a glass of water, getting some coffee, etc.  Throughout the day you can count on other habits to occur, even if you are not fully aware of them.  We think that we’re making well considered decisions… but we are not.  Most things that occur throughout the day happen automatically without much thought at all.  Habits run your life.  If you want to change your life, change your habits.  Fortunately, once you understand how habits work, you can change them with greater success. …

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Dale Carnegie – How to Win Friends and Influence People

Russ Jamieson Books, Personal Development

The title of this book screams – “how to manipulate people”.  Well, at least it did to me.  But after reading it, it’s actually a great book with sound principals that are genuine in nature.  Dale’s methods are still used today in business and personal life, even though many are thought to be new and revolutionary by some. Dale Carnegie published How to Win Friends & Influence People in 1936 and it outlines some very effective ways to deal with people in a positive way.  Dale stresses that you must be genuine and sincere in your approach.  If you are not genuine, people will know you are attempting to manipulate them. Dale Carnegie was originally a sales man, but then became a …

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Get Out of Debt and Save for Your Future!

Russ Jamieson Books

Debt sucks!  It really, really sucks.  I’ve been there (over $40,000 in the hole, with nothing to show for it) and it’s depressing as hell!  It truly is a suffocating feeling… But, with patience and a few smart practices, it can be overcome. I just finished Dave Ramsey’s book – The Total Money Makeover: Classic Edition: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness.  I really enjoyed Dave’s no nonsense, simple approach.  Below I have outlined his 7 steps to a total money makeover.  They are extremely simple, but the catch – it will require time and patience.  Dave repeatedly states that you shouldn’t expect to get out of debt overnight with some debt consolidation scheme.  Stay away from those!  Getting out …

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The Miracle of Self-Discipline

Russ Jamieson Books

Want to get things done and be successful?  It all comes down to your level of self-discipline. No matter what goal you are trying to reach in your life (fitness, health, wealth, etc.), the number one, most important principal to achieving this goal is your level of self-discipline.  The habit of self-discipline must be cultivated.  You must make those small daily sacrifices in order to reap the rewards down the road. I wouldn’t even really call them sacrifices.  You are merely shifting the way you think in order to have a brighter future.  So, instead of thinking of it as a sacrifice, think of it as a better way to make decisions for your future self.  Make decisions that serve …

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