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Book Notes

Think Like a Rocket Scientist (by Ozan Varol)

  • You can't win the lottery without buying a ticket
  • Those who get ahead in this century will be the ones who are able to dance with unknown and seek dangers
  • The path won't appear unless you start walking
  • Finite players play within boundaries while infinite players play with boundaries
  • Your assumptions are your windows to the world
  • When you risk your insignificance, you will not just change who you are, you will discover it
  • Play and intelligence should be complimentary and not competitive
  • A lion is fully capable of capturing, killing and eating a mouse but the energy required to do so exceeds the caloric content of the mouse. Choose your targets carefully
  • In our lives, we spend our time doing what we know best - writing emails, attending endless meetings, instead of tackling the hardest parts of the projects
  • If you can hold conflicting thoughts in your head and let them dance with each other, they will produce a symphony that will bring out additional notes in form of new ideas
  • The more you sweat in peace, the less you bleed in war
  • Intelligent failures if paid attention to can be the best teachers
  • You change the world by solving one problem at a time
  • A real advantage is conferred on people who can be first order negative and second order positive
  • The goal should be focus on variables you can control i.e. the inputs over outputs
  • What is your equivalent of blackbox for life?
  • Surviving your own success can be more difficult than surviving your own failures

Can't Hurt Me (by David Goggins)

  • From the time you take your first breath, you become eligible to due
  • The only way, we can change is to be real with yourself
  • Don't die like a lazy picture of shit
  • Realize when you are giving up instead of getting hard. It is ok to be cruel to yourself as long as you realize it you are doing it to become better
  • Brainwash yourself to crave discomfort. Answers are buried in suffering
  • Self confidence comes from personal accomplishments. You are the sum total of obstacles you have overcome
  • Self-doubt and anxiety are conformations that you are no longer living an aimless life
  • Most battles we fight in life are lost or won in your own minds.
  • It is about wanting it like there is no tomorrow
  • Surround yourself with people who will tell you what you need to hear not what you want to hear but at the same time make you feel you are up-against the impossible

The Choice (by Edith Eger)

  • Sometimes our pain pushes us, and sometimes our hope pulls us.
  • We always have that choice, that opportunity for control. I’m here, this is now, I have learned to tell myself, over and over, until the panicky feeling begins to ease.
  • Suffering is universal. But victimhood is optional.
  •  We suffer when we develop a victim’s mind—a way of thinking and being that is rigid, blaming, pessimistic, stuck in the past, unforgiving, punitive, and without healthy limits or boundaries. We become our own jailors when we choose the confines of the victim’s mind.
  • “All your ecstasy in life is going to come from the inside”
  • What if the unknown could make us curious instead of gut us with fear?
  • Only after many years did I come to understand that running away doesn’t heal pain. It makes the pain worse.
  • The only place where we can exercise our freedom of choice is in the present.
  • ‘Life will be good again.’ ‘If you can survive this, you can survive anything.’
  • When you have something to prove, you aren’t free.      
  • This is the work of healing. You deny what hurts, what you fear. You avoid it at all costs. Then you find a way to welcome and embrace what you’re most afraid of. And then you can finally let it go.
  • Our painful experiences aren’t a liability—they’re a gift. They give us perspective and meaning, an opportunity to find our unique purpose and our strength.
  • Freedom lies in examining the choices available to us and examining the consequences of those choices.
  • Strength isn’t reacting, it’s responding—feeling your feelings, thinking them over, and planning an effective action to bring you closer to your goal.
  • It takes willpower and choice not to step back into the confining roles we mistakenly believe will keep us safe and protected.
  • ‘We don’t know where we’re going, we don’t know what’s going to happen, but no one can take away from you what you put in your own mind.

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