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This was a speech that I did at Toastmasters in May 2018. A friend of mine had recently passed away, this friend and I had a book club for the previous fourteen months where we had met and discussed about ten books in that time. We had met at Toastmasters... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2018 at The Philosphy of Mental Illness
If you have made it to this page I thank you for clicking on the Facebook link or email and urge you to please spend a couple of minutes having a read of this poem. I did this at Toastmasters (a place you learn to public speak) the topic was... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2018 at The Philosphy of Mental Illness
Okay! Let me explain to you briefly how this came about. I started reviewing books that I read almost three years ago as a means to force myself to read. You know that modern buzz-word accountability. And it worked, not so much the book reviews as I had about twelve... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2018 at The Philosphy of Mental Illness
Okay! Let me explain to you briefly how this came about. I started reviewing books that I read almost three years ago as a means to force myself to read. You know that modern buzz-word accountability. And it worked, not so much the book reviews as I had about twelve... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2018 at The Philosphy of Mental Illness
Hemingway tells a story of adventure and love. He writes of the frustrations of life and of having fun. He describes the impact of war on society. The adventure starts in Paris with Jake. Jake is a journalist. He is American. He was injured in World War 1. Jake loves... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2017 at The Philosphy of Mental Illness
War & Peace is set in Russia during the Napoleonic Wars of the early 19th century. The story follows the lives of the noble caste of Russia in that period and the impact the war has on their lives. Tolstoy brilliantly displays the dichotomy between the horrors and waste of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2017 at The Philosphy of Mental Illness
I’ve tried something a little different this week, well actually quite different. I did a speech a while back at Toastmasters which I turned into a rap. It was about philosophy. People seemed to enjoy it and I loved writing it. As a trial I thought I would turn this... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2017 at The Philosphy of Mental Illness
I have reviewed another of Robert Greene’s books before which was Mastery. This one is part a biography of the Rapper Fifty Cent AKA Curtis Jackson and part a self help guide to overcoming fear. I loved it and read it twice within a month. It follows the story of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2017 at The Philosphy of Mental Illness
Grinding it Out - Ray Kroc. The founder of McDonald’s. That title speaks volumes so I guess will give you an idea of the sort of book it is. He was in his fifties when he first walked into the original McDonald’s. Ray was a milkshake machine salesman and he... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2017 at The Philosphy of Mental Illness
There is something thing that I have been wrestling with for the past few years that became quite obvious while reading this book. Change Your Thoughts Change Your Life is a modern interpretation of the Tao Te Cheng which was a spiritual text written in Ancient China by Lao-tzu. Essentially... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2016 at The Philosphy of Mental Illness
“It is impossible to learn that which one thinks one already knows” Epictetus The first thing to address is that we don’t have to be an ego-maniac for our ego to be an issue. Ryan uses a vast collection of historical examples of people who have achieved really amazing feats... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2016 at The Philosphy of Mental Illness
Third Wave by Steve Case Steve Case was the founder of AOL (America Online). AOL was largely responsible for bringing the internet into the mainstream. The Third Wave is partly a biography of Steve Case, it is partly a prediction of the future and partly strategies for the next wave... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2016 at The Philosphy of Mental Illness
As the title of the book says this is a book about where good ideas come from. To be more specific it is about how we can create environments and habits that are more conducive to producing really good ideas. The research that has gone into this book is huge.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2016 at The Philosphy of Mental Illness
Mastery by Robert Greene This is a really extraordinary book and one that I took copious amount of notes when reading. This book is about how to become a master at whatever field you are in. Partly based on the idea that to achieve greatness in whatever it is you... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2016 at The Philosphy of Mental Illness
In this book Alain discusses six philosophers that have really influenced his life and how their experiences and ideas can be relevant to a modern person. I'm really interested in the subject myself, though when I do speak about it I can see the disinterest that comes across peoples face... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2016 at The Philosphy of Mental Illness
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Marcel Proust was a French author from the late nineteenth to early twentieth century. His poor health forced him into quite a sedentary and often isolated existence. Which meant he spent a large portion of his life indoors and often bedridden. This gave him a lot of time for reading,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2016 at The Philosphy of Mental Illness
Resistance is the theme of this book. Resistance, a pervading and powerful force that works to put us off anything that we want deeply want to achieve.That could be writing, painting, starting a business, losing weight, getting fit, making new friends, public speaking, changing jobs, pretty much everything that you... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2016 at The Philosphy of Mental Illness
Henry was a mid 19th Century American Philosopher who really embraced a life of simplicity, wisdom and nature. He has this fascinating internal conflict between his patriotism towards his country and then this resentment towards his compatriots way of life and their obsession with working. It’s like he knows that... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2016 at The Philosphy of Mental Illness
It is impossible to comprehend the power and responsibility that the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius had and what it must have been like to be the ruler of the most powerful empire on the planet. He was not only a Roman Emperor but even more importantly (and as he would... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2016 at The Philosphy of Mental Illness
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