The first month of the year has finished and I hope it went well for everyone.
We are now 8.33% of our way through 2018. If that statistic sends off alarm bells in your head, maybe ask yourself why?
Is it because you secretly know you’ve been slacking?
Did you have grand plans for the new year and are yet to act?
Has your tune change from “This is my year!” to “Maybe next year”?
If any of these sound remotely similar to your circumstances – listen up.
The only reasonable course of action is to continue on. Dust yourself off and get right back on the saddle.
What is the other option? Wallow in the mud? Wait for the swamp microbiota to slowly decompose your flesh?
No thanks, I’ll pass.
There is an old Chinese proverb – “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”
This still holds true today. Start now and your future self will thank you for it.
Now moving onto the meat of this post…
What I’m Reading
Sickness In Hell: The Death of Mankind – Tarl Warwick
You may know the author Tarl Warwick by his youtube moniker Styxhexenhammer666.
On there he is known for his political commentary, dank minecraft videos and a questionable appetite for military rations.
Most don’t know Tarl is actually an author as well.
I have been a fan of his for a while so I was pleased after receiving his book as a Christmas gift.
Sickness in Hell is a depraved book if I’ve ever read one.
Regardless, Tarl keeps a good degree of humour throughout.
This book reminded me a lot of the cartoon South Park.
If you have ever seen it you know the creators let their imagination run absolutely wild.
It’s also on par for the level of sick humour delivered.
It was an enjoyable read with an even crazier story line.
Way of the Wolf: Straight Line Selling – Jordan Belfort
Most People have seen The Wolf of Wall street starring Leonardo DiCaprio.
The film was based on the real life events of the author – Jordan Belfort.
This is a look into how the real Wolf of Wall Street managed to make it big in New York.
The Way of the Wolf covers how to master persuasion and influence.
It was an interesting look into the “Straight Line Sales System” he created.
Even if you aren’t selling anything, knowing how to communicate effectively is vital in our world today.
This is one highly actionable book that forced me take notes down on paper.
Start Selling Stuff – James Holt
This is actually a youtube channel and twitter page run by James Holt.
Start Selling Stuff (SSS) focuses on dropshipping which is something I have no experience with as of yet.
It will be a go-to resource if I ever do decide to pursue it.
The platform only began recently but SSS is already putting out quality content.
The infancy stage of pursuits like this are great.
They often produce valuable nuggets of information with little barrier for entry.
With increasing popularity it can become difficult for direct contact.
James if also open to questions on his twitter page if you are interested.
Psychological Significance of the Biblical Stories – Dr Jordan B Peterson
These series of lectures are by Dr Jordan B Peterson who has hit the world stage as of recent.
In this series he dissects the Genesis stories and attempts to shine a light at their underlying genius.
The deeper Jordan Peterson goes the more depth the bible seems to expose.
Each lecture is over two hours long but definitely worth the time if you’re interested.
Any effort to shrug them off as mere “fairy tales” should be swiftly ignored after listening.
The bible is a book I have little understanding of.
Regardless of your beliefs it is a book that has helped to shape our civilization.
A day will come when I sit down and read it myself.
I look forward to that day.
Finding Solace in Failure & Moving Forward – Nomadic Hustle
You come to Nomadic Hustle for the travel advice but stay for the honesty.
In this post Jake Darby, the owner lays it all out in the open.
It takes a lot of humility to write something like this.
For that I commend him.
Jake missed his financial mark last year.
But I have no doubt he will use it as fuel to make this year much better.
The basketball highlights were also impressive and unexpected.
Storytelling is something I need to improve on.
Jake is an example of someone who does a great job of it.
Make sure to give this post a read and apply it to your own goals for 2018.
This was an overview of what I have been reading/keeping up with.
I plan on making a monthly “reading list” regularly.
If you got any value from this it would be great to hear from you.