Book notes: 12 Rules for Life

12 Rules for Life by Jordan B. Peterson book summary review.

12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos by Jordan B. Peterson

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Synopsis:

“Humorous, surprising, and informative, Dr. Peterson tells us why skateboarding boys and girls must be left alone, what terrible fate awaits those who criticize too easily, and why you should always pet a cat when you meet one on the street.

What does the nervous system of the lowly lobster have to tell us about standing up straight (with our shoulders back) and about success in life? Why did ancient Egyptians worship the capacity to pay careful attention as the highest of gods? What dreadful paths do people tread when they become resentful, arrogant, and vengeful?

Dr. Peterson journeys broadly, discussing discipline, freedom, adventure, and responsibility, distilling the world’s wisdom into 12 practical and profound rules for life. 12 Rules for Life shatters the modern commonplaces of science, faith, and human nature while transforming and ennobling the mind and spirit of its listeners.” -Audible

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Why I Spent Almost $120 on Acai Bowls Last Month

Why I don’t think this is going overboard.

For anyone who checks out my foodie Instagram account (@yolocruzfoodz) and story, or has talked with me in the past couple of months, you probably know that I’ve become mildly obsessed with acai bowls.

Mildly” being up for interpretation.

This point was underscored when I took a look at my July spending towards this recent obsession (I track all of my spending categories via my budgets feature on Mint).

While my fascination with acai bowls began in late May / early June, this was the first month I knew it was becoming an actual obsession.

July Acai Spending Breakdown:

Total: $117.95

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How do we find our purpose?

The other day, I was in a discussion group talking about willpower and how someone would develop or increase it.

One of the guys in our group said:

“All you have to do is just find your purpose and do it. Then you’ll get more willpower.”

Me: “But how do you just ‘find your pupose?'”

I didn’t like that answer because it sounded easier said than done. I felt like saying that wouldn’t help anyone who wanted to find their purpose but didn’t know how.

Key idea: You find your purpose by trying different things and finding the intersection of what you’re good at and what you enjoy doing

Let me know your thoughts! Do you agree? Disagree? 

How to Eat Less Junk Food

How I trained myself to eat less junk food.

Thought of the Day 

Key idea: training yourself to associate how you FEEL 10-15 minutes after you eat the food instead of associating the food with those feelings of instant gratification when you first take a bite.

Now, I’m not saying I don’t eat junk food nor do I hate junk food. But my cravings and desire to eat them often has decreased significantly.

Are you interested in trying this? Let me know your thoughts 

What Makes Us So Unhappy?

Thought for the day 

Key idea: The easiest way to make ourselves unhappy is to compare ourselves with other people. Therefore, to increase happiness, we have to stop this.

Easier said than done, given how social media encourages us to show our “best sides” and the “highlight reel” of our lives.

I reality, many times we’re just trying to impress people we don’t even like. And we can’t help but be envious of those around us who seem happy and successful.

But more often than not, those who seem to have perfect lives on the outside might be struggling with the same insecurities as us.

Some of my favorite books on this topic:

Thoughts? Do you agree? Disagree? What else makes us unhappy?

People Who Get Offended Easily

“Those who get offended easily should be offended more often”

Counter-cultural idea: Nobody can offend you, it’s your choice to be offended. When we get offended easily, it’s a sign that we’re either taking something personally or taking things too seriously.

I have to remind myself that when someone says something “offensive” to me or about me, it reveals more about them and their faults rather than myself.

A perfect example: check out the comments section on my original Facebook post. Someone who saw my video got offended by what I was saying and took it down a different rabbit hole.

He interpreted it as being complacent when there is an injustice happening (such as bigotry, racism, etc). This was definitely NOT the spirit or intention of the video.

In my observation, he was noticeably annoyed by the idea and was probably looking to start a fight and demonstrate his intellectual prowess and moral high ground. He also tagged his friend for backup, which seemed to be intended to try and “win” this argument.

While it would have been easy for me to take it personally and attack back, I rewatched my video and took my own advice. I understood where he was coming from, and even though he diverged from the spirit of the idea, I knew this wasn’t a battle I needed to try and “win”.

Instead, I chose to end the discussion with acceptanceempathy, and gratitude for him and his beliefs.

To be completely honest, when I first started reading the thread and the attacks, my heart rate increased as an involuntary “fight or flight” reaction took place in my mind/body. However, I took a second to listen, understand, and calmly formulate my best response.

And in retrospect, I thought it was ironic and hilarious that someone got offended by my video about not getting offended and how you control your own emotional response to things.

We should learn from those who can laugh at themselves easily and not take things personally. These people are almost always much happier.

Even for me, this is a work in progress. And this was such a beautifully-timed challenge for me to face and apply my own advice.

Let me know your thoughts! Do you agree? Disagree?

Originally posted on 7/26/18 on Facebook here.

Is “Love” a Feeling or Action?

My thoughts on how to define “love”.

Morning thoughts during my commute to work 🚙

I had this thought while reflecting on a recent book I read The Gifts of Imperfection and wanted to capture my ideas.

Main idea: If we wait for a feeling to act, we’ll never do it. But if we act first, we’ll produce the feeling. This applies not only to going to the gym and working out but also to love, in my opinion.

Thoughts? How do you define love? Agree or disagree?

Originally posted 7/24/18 on Facebook here.

Book notes: Shoe Dog by Phil Knight

Shoe Dog by Phil Knight book summary review.

Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike by Phil Knight

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Synopsis:

“In this candid and riveting memoir, for the first time ever, Nike founder and CEO Phil Knight shares the inside story of the company’s early days as an intrepid start-up and its evolution into one of the world’s most iconic, game-changing, and profitable brands.

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