In this edition of Summary Zoom, we will analyze and summarize the ideas put forth in The Wisdom of Insecurity and learn how to truly experience life when consumerism fails us. Enjoy!
Note: This is a summary and analysis of Why We Get Fat and not the original book. We are inundated with diet and nutrition advice. It seems that every book contradicts the other. However, Why We Get Fat shatters all the preconceived notions as to why we get fat and what we can do about it. In this Summary Zoom summary, we will discuss, analyze, and summarize the main points of the book.
In this book we will summarize and discuss Tren Griffin's book Charlie Munger: The Complete Investor and learn more about Charlie himself. We will also discuss the concepts of value investing and other investment ideas from this icon of investing.
In today's diet-crazed society, one main theme seems to emerge. Carbohydrate-heavy foods like fruit are not good for you, and if you eat them, you could get fat and even sick. This is a major principle of the low-carb movement. Is this assessment correct? What if that was all wrong? In this summary of the China Study, we will find out just how beneficial a plant-based diet is and why we don't need to fear carbs as much as we need to fear meat.
In today's diet-crazed society, we are on a seemingly endless search for the perfect diet. A diet that will give us all the benefits we need not only to survive but to thrive. In Dave Asprey's The Bulletproof Diet he explains what the perfect diet should look like. One that can help us achieve peak health. Unlike other diet books, he goes way beyond the whole "this is what you should eat" diet advice. He goes in depth on many aspects that are pertinent to a well-balanced and healthy diet.
There is no doubt about it, 9/11/2001 changed the world. We learned that terrorists in the name of Islam were able to attack the United States. The response to the attack by the United States and its allies was swift and brutal. As the United States made inroads against groups like Al Qaeda, it was expecting that terrorism would decrease. That is not what happened. It actually got worse.
Desires are the fuel that runs our life, for good and for ill. Some desires can lead us down a road of destruction whereas others propel us forward into healthier endeavors. Without desires, humankind would not have a meaningful existence, life would be bland and rather pedestrian. In fact, if desire ceased, so would the human race.
In this summary, we will analyze, discuss, and summarize the key points in The Myth of the Rational Voter By Bryan Caplan.
Everyone gets angry from time to time, it is a natural healthy emotion. It allows you to let off steam and express yourself. For the most part, people get angry and get over it fairly quickly. Others, however, have a harder time controlling their anger. The anger morphs into rage and people can get hurt. If you find yourself having a hard time controlling you anger then Charles H. Elliot's PhD and Laura L. Smith's PhD: Anger Management for Dummies is the book for you.
If you have been on top of the news as of late you would have heard of the various scandals and revelations of the rich and powerful sheltering their money in offshore tax havens. Tax havens are a very popular way for those who have the means to hide their assets from taxation as well as other legal proceedings. This practice, although not technically illegal, in many cases still shields money away from national treasuries thus efficiently taking it out of circulation.
We all know that the mind is an incredible place. We have such great potential that it is often astounding when you think about it. Look around you; everything we have is due to someone's mind. Despite this, the mind itself is not programmed to maximize our happiness. It is a repetition-loving mechanism and will often keep us stuck in old outdated patterns that may not serve us.
Doesn't it seem like some geographical areas seem to produce more innovation and invention than others? We have Silicon Valley, which is the hub of all top tech innovations. In the ancient past we had Athens, which was the founding city of Western Philosophy and genius; a genius that until this day informs out societies. In his book The Geography of Genius, Eric Weiner addresses why it seems as if some places are hotbeds of genius, innovation and invention.
We often look at people who have mastered a skill and think, "Wow, they are special, I could never do that." It's a common response. Certainly there are things we cannot but for the most part, mastery is not about being special. It's not about having "natural talent." It's much more than that. Mastery is something that can be achieved by anyone in any field. Robert Greene, in his book Mastery, lays out exactly what we all need to do to gain mastery in any given field.
In this summary, we will discuss, analyze, and summarize some of key concepts of the book. We will discover three main types of motivation: Motivation 1.0 and Motivation 2.0, the latter of which still motivates us today. He later goes on to say that there is a better way, a Motivation 3.0, a motivation based upon the inner sense of fulfillment. Let us explore Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us and learn what exactly these three types of motivation are and how they stack up next to one another.
This is a summary of Dan Ariely's Payoff and not the original book. Not many people will tell you that they are motivated by their jobs. In fact, we would wager that most people would say they are not motivated by their jobs at all and that if they didn't need the money, they wouldn't be at their current jobs. In other words, they are not motivated. Dan Ariely, in his book Payoff, discusses what really motivates people, and surprisingly, it is not money. What motivates is an underlying sense of meaning.
In this wired world in which distraction is everywhere, it is harder for us to simply focus on one task. Don't you agree? We go from one task to another and often times we do not even finish the original task. We get so bogged down by distraction, not only do we not finish the initial task, we may even forget about it altogether. In Deep Work, Cal Newport explains the determinants of being in such a distracted world and how we can navigate it so we can achieve greater productivity and deeper work.
The Roman Empire had many highs and lows throughout its existence, but none rivaled the second century AD. It was a time of relative peace and prosperity. During this time, there were five emperors, often called the "Five Good Emperors". The last of these Emperors was Marcus Aurelius. Marcus Aurelius is most known for his philosophical musings. Especially one brand of philosophical thought called "Stoicism". This philosophy has as much application in today's world as it did in his age.
For the most part, most of us are of average health and fitness. We may not run marathons that often but we are pretty healthy and that might be just fine. But what if you could make your body into a super fit machine?
We all know who Leonardo da Vinci is, he was one of those geniuses that could do anything, he was an architect, a sculptor, a painter; amongst other things. He didn't really specialize in one particular field, back in his day that was not an issue, it was encouraged to have your hand in a little bit of everything.
The Internet changed everything. With its inception, every industry has changed. The exchange of knowledge and data became dirt cheap. What once took several people to do, now takes a computer and a fraction of the time. At first, the Internet did not seem to pose a threat to most jobs, but it has clearly done so. Alec Ross, in his book The Industries of the Future, discusses how technology has completely changed several industries, both for the better and for the worse.