Life Changes Quick by Johnny FD (Book Summary)

life_changes_quick_johnny_fdQuick Summary

Johnny FD’s Life Changes Quick: 7 Steps to Get Everything You’ve Ever Wanted is a great read of you are looking for a personal story to inspire you. It contains a few golden nuggets from someone who took risks.

Key Insights

  • The book focuses on 7 Steps to Success:
    • 1. De-stress Your Life
    • 2. Get Healthy, Get In Shape
    • 3. Set Specific Goals
    • 4. Become Your Own Boss
    • 5. Stay Motivated, Motivate Others
    • 6. Don’t Look For Love, Welcome It
    • 7. Enjoy Life, Don’t Sabotage Your Success

Practical Application

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Meaningful Quotes

“The things that get measured are the things that get done.” – Michael LeBoeuf

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.” – Marianne Williamson

“Once in a while it really hits people that they don’t have to experience the world in the way they have been told to.” – Alan Keightley

“Don’t believe me, just watch.” – Tyga

“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals. ” – Henry David Thoreau

“Sex is like air, it’s not a big deal unless you’re not getting any.”

“The rich get richer, the poor get poorer. Success breeds success, and desperation reeks of desperation.”

“Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.” – Lucille Ball

Father to Son: Life Lessons on Raising a Boy by Harry Harrison, Jr. (Book Summary)

father_to_sonQuick Summary

Harrison’s Father to Son is a super quick read which has some insightful tips but lacks depth. I finished the book wanting a lot more.

Key Insights

  • The Five Keys:
    • Be around.
    • Be his father, not his friend. If you don’t understand the difference, imagine his confusion when you must discipline him.
    • Be a good husband. Show his mom respect at all times.
    • Be home for dinner.
    • Be his hero.

Practical Application

  • Don’t fight his fights.
  • Show him how to eat an Oreo. This is a skill that will serve him for his entire life.
  • Don’t forget that when you’re a kid, the point of sports is to have fun.
  • Teach him how to lose without losing it. And how to win without acting like he’s never won before.
  • Teach him that self-pity is a waste of time.
  • Teach him nothing is free.
  • Hug and kiss his mother often in front of him. He’ll act disgusted, but ignore him.
  • Give him responsibility. It separates boys from men.
  • Teach him respect for books.
  • Don’t dismiss any dream of his as too big.

Meaningful Quotes

“Turning a boy into a man is a man’s job.”

The New Dad’s Survival Guide by Scott Mactavish (Book Summary)

new_dad_survival_guideQuick Summary

Mactavish’s The New Dad’s Survival Guide is easy and fun read that offers to several insightful tips for nervous new dads like myself.

Key Insights

  • Education=Serenity
  • Check with you insurance company early to avoid financial surprises.
  • Expect a 6-8 week recovery time.

Practical Application

  • Find a good pediatrician a few months before the birth.
  • Put the pediatrician’s number on speed dial.
  • Prepare a hospital bag ahead of time and keep it near the door.
  • Get frozen foods for the those first few weeks to avoid the hassle of food preparation.

Meaningful Quotes

“It’s beyond the scope of this book to recommend any type of drug, but I’ve seen an epidural turn a snarling, thrashing alligator into a kitten in the span of five minutes. You do the math.”

Tony Robbins Greatest Life Lessons by Joy Lincoln (Book Summary)

tony_robbins_life_lessonsQuick Summary

Lincoln’s Tony Robbins Greatest Life Lessons is a short yet powerful reminder of lessons from one of today’s greatest minds.

Key Insights

  • If you want to change your mood, change your state.
  • It is your decisions, and not your conditions, that determine your destiny.
  • Things do not have meaning. We assign meaning to everything.
  • Leaders spend 5% of their time on the problem and 95% of their time on the solution. Get over it and crush it.
  • Success is the result of good judgment, good judgment is the result of experience, and experience is often the result of bad judgment.
  • You can’t have a plan for your day, until you have a plan for your life.

Practical Application

  • Challenge myself to make my life a masterpiece.
  • Don’t get ruled by my heart.
  • Don’t let other people’s beliefs or the limits of what has been been done in the past shape my decisions.
  • Care more about my income.

Meaningful Quotes

“Everybody’s got a past. The past does not equal the future unless you live there.

“Your philosophy of life shapes you more than anything else.”

“The only people without problems are those in cemeteries.”

“It’s what you practice in private that you will be rewarded for in public.”

“Where focus goes, energy flows.”

“Your income right now is a result of your standards, it is not the industry, it is not the economy.”

I Need to Quit Facebook

I want to quit Facebook. But, somehow I can’t seem to pull the trigger. I assume my biggest fear is FOMO or fear of missing out. This love/hate relationship with the service is absolutely driving me nuts and I find it absolutely obnoxious. At some point, I either just need to stay with it or quit cold turkey because of it’s addictive properties.

I recently read a piece about addiction where two groups of rats were studied. Both were presented with two water options. One option was normal water where the other option was laced with cocaine. What they found is the group of rats who had a loving community, ultimately settled for the normal water. As for the other group, the group where rats were isolated and had no community, they opted for the cocaine option.

You can apply this same study to accident victims. Let’s say you get hit by a car and need morphine. In a case like this, you are probably confined to a bed and surrounded by loved ones. Does this regular drug dosage (a really potent one) mean you are going to be a morphine addict as soon as you exit the hospital? Based on averages, the answer is no. Yet, lonely and isolated folks get addicted to this drug and similar drugs every single day.

So, maybe there is my answer. As always, self-awareness is golden. I need Facebook because something else is missing in my life.

I’m going to work on creating a family/friend environment where Facebook can be completely eliminated.