Book notes: So Much I Want to Tell You by Anna Akana

So Much I Want to Tell You by Anna Akana book review summary and key ideas.

So Much I Want to Tell You: Letters to My Little Sister by Anna Akana

Synopsis:

“From Internet sensation Anna Akana comes a candid and poignant collection of essays about love, loss, and chasing adulthood.

In 2007, Anna Akana lost her teen sister, Kristina, to suicide. In the months that followed, she realized that the one thing helping her process her grief and begin to heal was comedy. So she began making YouTube videos as a form of creative expression and as a way to connect with others. Ten years later, Anna has more than a million subscribers who watch her smart, honest vlogs on her YouTube channel. Her most popular videos, including “How to Put On Your Face” and “Why Girls Should Ask Guys Out”, are comical and provocative, but they all share a deeper message: Your worth is determined by you and you alone. You must learn to love yourself.

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Book notes: The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz

The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz book summary review and key ideas.

The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz

Synopsis:

“In The Four Agreements, don Miguel Ruiz reveals the source of self-limiting beliefs that rob us of joy and create needless suffering. Based on ancient Toltec wisdom, The Four Agreements offer a powerful code of conduct that can rapidly transform our lives to a new experience of freedom, true happiness, and love.

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Book notes: Make Your Bed by William McRaven

Make Your Bed by William McRaven book summary review and key ideas.

Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life …And Maybe The World by William H. McRaven

Synopsis:

“On May 21, 2014, Admiral William H. McRaven addressed the graduating class of the University of Texas at Austin on their Commencement day. Taking inspiration from the university’s slogan, “What starts here changes the world,” he shared the 10 principles he learned during Navy Seal training that helped him overcome challenges not only in his training and long Naval career, but also throughout his life; and he explained how anyone can use these basic lessons to change themselves – and the world – for the better.

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How to be “cool” as an adult

What I learned about being cool.

When I was younger, I thought people could only be “cool” or “smart”.

But then I wanted to bridge that gap and be both at the same time.

Now, I realize that cool isn’t about not caring or about being smart. It’s about being self-confident in who you are, knowing yourself, and being unapologetically you.

Do you agree! Let me know in the comments! I respond to all of them πŸ™‚

Why 70% of lottery winners end up bankrupt

What to do if you win the lottery and not end up broke.

I cover a range of topics in this talk including:

  • Why lottery winners go broke
  • What to do if you win the lottery
  • My own thoughts on personal finance
  • Why money won’t make you happy

 

What are your thoughts on winning the lottery? Leave me a comment and let me know! I respond to every comment πŸ™‚

Why I don’t listen to everyone who gives advice

Be careful who you take advice from.

One of my biggest pet peeves and why I sometimes tend to tune people out when they try and tell me what to do.

Anybody else feel this way? Leave me a comment and let me know if you agree!

Would you rather be stuck in traffic or under a tree?

Why perspective goes a long way.

Would you rather be stuck in traffic caused by a fallen tree, or be the one who’s car had the tree fall on?

This talk was spurred obviously by my frustratingly delayed commute to work. Given my commute is only about 8 minutes, but it turned into 25 minutes, which really annoyed me.

Until I got closer to the reason why there was traffic, and then instantly I changed my attitude. I would rather be in traffic than have my car totaled by a fallen tree.

I think the key idea here is this: there’s always something worse that could have happened.

Also that #gratitude goes a long way in how you see your day going. Whether you’re having a good day or a bad day is soley dependent upon your attitude or mindset.

Why our greatest successes come from our biggest failures

Why our challenges and setbacks are necessary for success.

This idea came from me listening to Eminem’s new album Kamikaze on repeat. Needless to say, I’m lowkey obsessed with it.

Fanboying aside, I wanted to discuss the idea of how we can “turn setbacks into comebacks” as my pastor Rick Warren always says in his sermons.

Key idea: our greatest successes usually come from our greatest setbacks. If you study any successful person, there will usually be a huge setback that came before their breakthrough. This is the fuel for their fire.

Something that crushes weak people is simply motivation for the strong. And the difference between a weak person and a strong person is simply their mindset on how they see the challenge.