Book notes: Everything is F*cked by Mark Manson

Everything is F*cked by Mark Manson book summary review and key ideas.

Everything is F*cked: A Book About Hope by Mark Manson

Synopsis:

“We live in an interesting time. Materially, everything is the best it’s ever been – we are freer, healthier, and wealthier than any people in human history. Yet, somehow everything seems to be irreparably and horribly f*cked – the planet is warming, governments are failing, economies are collapsing, and everyone is perpetually offended on Twitter. At this moment in history, when we have access to technology, education, and communication our ancestors couldn’t even dream of, so many of us come back to an overriding feeling of hopelessness. 

With his usual mix of erudition and where-the-f*ck-did-that-come-from humor, Manson takes us by the collar and challenges us to be more honest with ourselves and connected with the world in ways we probably haven’t considered before. It’s another counterintuitive romp through the pain in our hearts and the stress of our soul. One of the great modern writers has produced another book that will set the agenda for years to come.

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Book notes: Shortest Way Home by Pete Buttigieg

Shortest Way Home by Pete Buttigieg book summary review and key ideas.

Shortest Way Home: One Mayor’s Challenge and a Model for America’s Future by Pete Buttigieg

Synopsis:

“Once described by The Washington Post as “the most interesting mayor you’ve never heard of”, Pete Buttigieg, the 36-year-old Democratic mayor of South Bend, Indiana, has improbably emerged as one of the nation’s most visionary politicians.

First elected in 2011, Buttigieg left a successful business career to move back to his hometown, previously tagged by Newsweek as a “dying city”, because the industrial Midwest beckoned as a challenge to the McKinsey-trained Harvard graduate. Whether meeting with city residents on middle-school basketball courts, reclaiming abandoned houses, confronting gun violence, or attracting high-tech industry, Buttigieg has transformed South Bend into a shining model of urban reinvention.

While Washington reels with scandal, Shortest Way Home interweaves two once unthinkable success stories: that of an Afghanistan veteran who came out and found love and acceptance, all while in office, and that of a Rust Belt city so thoroughly transformed that it shatters the way we view America’s so-called flyover country.” -Audible

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TOTD: Why I’ll never say the N-word 🙊

My thoughts on race, empathy, and self-restraint.

In this Thought of the Day, I discuss:

  • My perspective on not saying the n-word
  • What the deeper meaning is for having self-restraint
  • How an old boss of mine had no empathy for others

As usual, please let me know your thoughts in the comments, suggestions for future videos, or even if you disagree! I read and respond to every comment 🙂

TOTD: How to have good conversations 🗣

What makes a good conversation.

In this Thought of the Day, I discuss:

  • Why I like talking about religion and politics while many people don’t
  • How to approach touchy topics in a discussion
  • Why truly listening and empathizing is scary and dangerous for us

As usual, please let me know your thoughts in the comments, suggestions for future videos, or even if you disagree! I read and respond to every comment 🙂

Book notes: Becoming by Michelle Obama

Becoming by Michelle Obama book review summary and main ideas.

Becoming by Michelle Obama

Synopsis:

“In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As first lady of the United States of America – the first African American to serve in that role – she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the United States and around the world, dramatically changing the ways that families pursue healthier and more active lives and standing with her husband as he led America through some of its most harrowing moments. Along the way, she showed us a few dance moves, crushed Carpool Karaoke, and raised two down-to-earth daughters under an unforgiving media glare.

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Book notes: The Dictator’s Handbook by Bruce Bueno de Mesquita

The Dictator’s handbook by Bruce Bueno de Mesquita, Alastair Smith book summary.

The Dictator’s Handbook: Why Bad Behavior is Almost Always Good Politics by Bruce Bueno de Mesquita, Alastair Smith

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Synopsis: “For 18 years, Bruce Bueno de Mesquita and Alastair Smith have been revolutionizing the study of politics by turning conventional wisdom on its head. They start from a single assertion: Leaders do whatever keeps them in power. They don’t care about the “national interest” – or even their subjects – unless they have to.

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Book notes: A Higher Loyalty by James Comey

A Higher Loyalty by James Comey book summary notes.

A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership by James Comey

Synopsis: “In his audiobook, A Higher Loyalty, former FBI director James Comey shares his never-before-told experiences from some of the highest stakes situations of his career in the past two decades of American government, exploring what good, ethical leadership looks like and how it drives sound decisions. His journey provides an unprecedented entry into the corridors of power and a remarkable lesson in what makes an effective leader.

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Book notes: Fire and Fury by Michael Wolff

Fire and Fury by Michael Wolff book summary.

Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House by Michael Wolff

Synopsis: “With extraordinary access to the West Wing, Michael Wolff reveals what happened behind-the-scenes in the first nine months of the most controversial presidency of our time in Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.

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