Zen in the Art of Archery

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I just finished a little book called Zen in the Art of Archery by Eugen Herrigel, and it was good enough to post about it.  That’s saying a lot!  OK, not really, but it was a neat, short book you could read in one sitting if you’re a speedy reader (I am not).  It is now considered a classic since it was published in 1953 and was one of the first to delve deeply into the mysterious world of Zen and Eastern philosophy. Zen in the Art of Archery – On Amazon Archery has been a part of Japanese culture and their way of life for thousands of years.  Initially  it was developed by the Samurai as a weapon, but over …

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Tony Robbins: Money – The Secret to Living is Giving

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 Step 7 – Just do it, enjoy it, and share it! Tony’s message is simple here: The secret to living is giving. MONEY Master the Game: 7 Simple Steps to Financial Freedom Look at how far we have come as a species and realize that we’re extremely lucky. We have incredible technology that allows us to video chat with people from across the world, we have advanced medicine which will allow life expectancy to continue to rise, and we have all the opportunity in the world. Most of us have access to the internet where we have a world of information at our fingertips. Unfortunately, most people use it to look up funny cat photos and argue with strangers on …

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Tony Robbins: Money – Billionaire’s Playbook

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Step  6 – Billionaires playbook – It’s time to meet the masters Ray Dalio’s tips: 1 – Don’t lose – protect downside 2 – Risk a little to make a lot, look for home runs (asymmetric returns – risk/reward) 3 – Anticipate and diversify 4 – You’re never done learning, earning, growing, giving I found this great video by Ray Dalio – How The Economic Machine Works by Ray Dalio Tony Interviewed a bunch of billionaires to create this book.  Instead of dragging it out, I just summarized some of their tips and thoughts from this chapter below. 1 – America needs to improve its management practices. 2 – Companies need to care about the rights of investors – put …

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Tony Robbins: Money – Upside without the Downside

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Step 5 – Upside without the downside (protect income plan) Buy Tony’s book here: MONEY Master the Game: 7 Simple Steps to Financial Freedom Don’t out live your money!  Ray Dalio’s (he’s an investment guru worth about $15 billion and is the CEO of Bridgewater Associates) first insight: The balanced portfolio theory (50% in stocks and 50% in bonds) doesn’t work.  Generally it is thought that the two are correlated, but this is not always the case and both can fail at the same time.  When you have this so-called “balanced portfolio”, your risk is very high, like 95% risk.  It is lacking in security because stocks are 3 time more risky.  Again, Ray also stresses here, don’t try and beat the …

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Tony Robbins: Money – Make the Game Winnable

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Step 3 – What’s the price of your dreams? It’s time to make the game winnable.  This goes back to the beginning of the article. What are your goals? What are your dreams? And how much will they cost?  Like most of us, you probably don’t have a clue how much you really need to meet your needs.  Here are the 5 levels of financial prosperity. Financially secure – How much you need to cover the basics (food, shelter, basic transportation) – Basic costs for average American – $39,000 Financial vitality – Above + How much you need for some of the perks (memberships, hobbies, entertainment) Financially independent – Above + How much you need for vacations, etc. Financial freedom …

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Tony Robbins: Money – Become an Insider

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Step 2 – Become an insider Grab his book on Amazon: MONEY Master the Game: 7 Simple Steps to Financial Freedom Tony’s second step is: You need to know the rules of the game before you start playing, right? So in this section he covers the top marketing and investment lies. The myth: Invest with us — we’ll beat the market. When it comes to investing, ask yourself – what don’t I know? What you don’t know can hurt you, so don’t be arrogant about knowing – this is how people lose tons of money. Admit what you don’t know. As with everything in life, the more you learn the more you realize that you don’t know anything! As an …

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Tony Robbins: Money – Commit to a Percentage

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Step 1 – Commit a percentage to save Most financial experts recommend 10% -20%, but this decision is entirely up to you. Make the decision to put away a certain percentage and then automate it so you don’t even see it. This is the most important step! You can’t play if you’re not in the game. “The secret of getting ahead is to get started” Mark Twain Tony lays out three simple steps. Save more, earn more, and invest more. Find ways to save money Start a budget and analyze where your money is going. You will likely be surprised at what you find. If you spend 5 bucks on coffee every morning, that’s $1,825 a year that you could …

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Tony Robbins – Money: Master the Game – Part 1

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Money, while just a fabricated illusory thing (it’s literally just numbers on a computer screen these days), is an important part of our lives. It’s clear in this day and age that we think money makes us happy. We think we have to go out and make all this money, and once we do, we will be happy! Yay! And all our troubles will be over… You may think you want a million, or a billion dollars, but in reality, you are only trying to get that money because of what you believe it will give you.  Some think money will give us power, freedom, happiness, etc. This isn’t true though.  Sit down and really ask yourself… what does money …

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Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig

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It is only 418 pages (the version I read – 25th anniversary edition), but it took me ages to read! It is an interesting philosophical fiction with many interesting life questions, but it just couldn’t hold my attention very well.  So be warned, it may feel a little slow at times, but hang in there.  Anyways, I finally forced myself to read past the first few chapters and was happy that I made it through the entire book, but I will not be reading it again anytime soon!  This book was a huge success when it was released in 1974 and interestingly, this book was rejected 121 times by publishers.  Robert is persistent (it did take him 4 years to …

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The Power of Less by Leo Babauta

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Who couldn’t use a little more time in their day?  Most of us are trying to do too much in too little time.  We are trying to do everything, when in reality, only a few essential tasks really need to be done in order to meet our needs and goals… The rest is just filler and busy work. “Do less and get more done” is the premise of this book. Leo Babauta, the man behind Zenhabits, has compiled many of his teachings from his website and crammed them into this helpful book.  I do appreciate his style of writing because it is concise and straight forward with real life examples and practical application. Part I is all about the principles.  …

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