March Reading List 2018

Welcome back for a second edition of the monthly reading list. Since the last one I hope you have made progress towards your goals.

If so, then you should give yourself a pat on the back. You have taken action. That is more than some ever do.

If you haven’t taken action – think about why this may be. It is possible you are too comfortable in your current situation.

Maybe your goals do not rouse you enough. Ideally, they should shake you down to the core.

Embody purpose and nothing will stand in your way. Give yourself a “why” and the “how” will become perfectly plausible.

Whatever the problem is – it needs addressed. Time is the greatest asset we have. What a shame it would be to let it pass without utilizing it effectively.

I read a quote yesterday from Seth Rodin – “Soon isn’t as good as now”. Continuing to put things off only leads them to pile up.

Resigning “to-do’s” to “later” increases the likelihood of them forever going undone. There are times to move with haste and there are times to slow down and enjoy life.

Achieving the right balance is the hard part.

With that said let us continue onto the reading list for March.

Elon Musk Biography – Ashlee Vance

This biography is a interesting look into the life of a billionaire Silicon Valley CEO. For those that don’t know Elon is the CEO two huge companies – Space X and Tesla.

Musk has been making the news as of recent for sending Falcon Heavy (the most powerful rocket ever created by a factor of 2) into space along with a Tesla Roadster.

It turns out Tesla don’t have a marketing budget. How’s that for some free promotion eh?

Reading about Musk’s life was inspiring to say the least. His 20 hour work days and insatiable appetite for success helps to put your own personal predicaments into perspective.

Some of my favorite quotes were:

  • “My mentality is that of a samurai. I would rather commit seppuku than fail.”

This may seem a bit extreme to some but it’s the reality of Musk’s mindset. Failure is not an option to him.

As a result he has achieved what others presumed impossible.

Musk’s can-do attitude has led to him to complete missions faster and cheaper than competitors.

He has also demanded more from his employees than many of them thought possible – for better and sometimes worse.

  • Elon described start-ups as “Like eating glass & staring into the abyss.”

An ominous statement but one I imagine that isn’t wrong.

It appears you must go where others dared not venture. You must work like a dog who hasn’t eaten all day.

Most people will think you are crazy of course. That is the name badge that must be worn to do anything of grandeur.

This is the first author Elon has let into his private life. The author, Ashlee Vance had numerous sit-downs with Elon to help produce the book.

march reading list 2018

Nate Schmidt – Email List

Nate is a young man like me making a name for himself online. I discovered Nate through twitter and signed up to his email list after being impressed with his content. It turns out this is where the real value lies.

Nate is a copywriter by trade. Copywriting is the art of writing for advertising and marketing.

This is a universal for all businesses so it cannot be ignored. The skills learned on Nate’s list can also be transferred to other walks of life such as relationships and persuasion.

Admittedly I haven’t gave copywriting the attention it deserves. This will change in the near future for sure. Subscribing to Nate’s list has been a good introduction into the craft.

Nine Noble Virtues for Framing Your Morality – Business and Bullets 

Lloyd from Business and Bullets labels himself a Pagan. This, he considers is someone “non-Christian”. Regardless – I believe these virtues can be applied to Christians as well.

The nine noble virtues Lloyd lists are; courage, discipline, fidelity, honour, hospitality, industriousness, perseverance  self reliance, truth.

As stated in the post, this is Lloyd’s code of morality. Yours will not be same. The important thing is you have your own code and you stick to it.

These are virtues to live your life by. Each decision or act made should be done so in light of these.

Without a code, you will float awash in the murky mud or relativism. Every choice can be rationalized with no guiding star.

This will lead you down a path where you do not want to go.

Instead – you should stand for something. Think of what ideals you hold to be the highest and embody them. By doing so, you will have no doubt where you are headed.

Lloyd is embarking on the 31 days to masculinity challenge along with myself and many others. Currently he is posting every day of the challenge (a challenge within a challenge per se).

In it he describes his day and reflects on the challenge itself. I have no doubt it will make for interesting reading as always.

march reading list 2018

Man’s Guide to Well-Being – Regan Jacklin

I recently finished writing a review of this book which you can read here.

It’s over 2000 words long so not much needs to be said here.

To summarize – if you are going through tough times then this book will help bring clarity to your life.

How to Get Your Overdraft Fees Waived – Ramit Sethi

I recently got charged a few overdraft fees by my bank. I know – it was foolish of me to incur these charges in the first place.

Thankfully I received a refund and learned a financial lesson in the process. What was the secret you may ask?

Just that – asking.

Not in a rude or timid manner. But in a direct and polite one.

I copied Ramit’s script and it worked like a charm. Keep in mind if you’re a serial offender the chances of this working are reduced.

In total I saved just over $100. I certainly won’t be making the same mistake again.

Thanks once again Ramit. I also recommend everyone check out the rest of his content. It is brilliant if I do say so myself.

Now if you ever find yourself in the same predicament I was in – you know what to do.

7 Deadly Sins of the Young Hustler – Dylan Madden

The post title alone is enough to give credit to.

Immediately upon reading it I was captivated. I can honestly say I wanted to know what the “7 Deadly Sins” were.

It’s safe to say I wasn’t disappointed. #1 resonated with me especially and I’m sure many of you will agree.

With so much at our finger tips we can no longer use our hands. We are frozen into inaction and drowning in a sea of information.

The truth is there are many ways to skin a cat. Two “gurus” can be right while still proclaiming different methods.

Sometimes more is less. Following through on one man’s advice is better than half-assing two. Find those you trust and take action.

To Conclude

There is a lot of high quality content here. Be sure to check everyone out and let me know what you think.

Don’t forget to apply the material learned. That is where the real value lies.

I like sharing great material. With that said, if you think anyone deserves a spot here – hit me up. The internet is a wide and wonderful place.

Thanks for reading,

Stay tuned.

P.S Leave a comment down below to let me know what you think.

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2018-03-06T10:44:11-07:00 By |Life|2 Comments


  1. Ernest March 23, 2018 at 7:49 pm - Reply

    It sounds like Musk acts the way in which I aspire to be like. I’m going to certainly check that out.

    Also, I like that there is a book about someone who is trying to make online marketing into a career. I am also attempting this as well.

    Finally, I have a recommendation for to possibly write about. It is called the Motivation Manifesto. It is a great read for those who do not seem to understand what they want, or the reasons why they need to ACT.

    • Peter March 24, 2018 at 4:07 pm - Reply

      Thanks for commenting Ernest. Elon is great role model to have. I will check Motivation Manifesto out.

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