Wealth is Knowledge

September 13, 2020

I am focused on increasing my knowledge in the following areas:

  • Fantasy
  • Stoicism
  • Buddhism
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • Men’s Work
  • Shadow Work
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Financial Independence

Below are the books I have been reading.

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck by Mark Manson – Interesting approach to tell you to stop sweating so much of the little shit in life and instead, focus on only big shit that really moves the needle for you. This reminded me of what Tim Ferriss refers to as First Principles. Favorite quote I will continue to use: No Fucks Given. [Audio Book]

Never Split the Difference by Chris Voss – A very interesting approach to negotiating from someone that could not afford to split the difference. For example, when you are negotiating with someone that has taken two hostages, it is never a good idea to split the difference with them. Learn from Chris Voss, a former FBI hostage negotiator, how the techniques he, and the FBI, used to negotiate the release of hostages can be used every day in all of your negotiations. I found it to be a quick and enlightening read and believe it will be beneficial in everyday life and more importantly the negotiations that really matter. Favorite quote I will continue to use: How can I do that?

Mindset, the New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck – In this book, Carol differentiates between two types of mindset, the Fixed Mindset and the Growth Mindset. Fundamentally, someone with a fixed mindset believes that they are fixed in certain ways, such as intelligence, talent, physical abilities, artistic capabilities. Someone with a growth mindset, on the other hand, believes they can grow in any, and every, area with sufficient efforts. For example, if they aren’t an artist, they can work at it and they can become a better artist. Something important to consider is that you can demonstrate a growth mindset in certain areas, while devolving to a fixed mindset in others.

For example, By writing this blog, reading 52 books per year, hiring a coach and deciding I will run every day for the second year in a row, I am demonstrating a growth mindset in a number of areas. I know that I can be better and I will work at it to get there. Unfortunately, I will be the first person to tell you that I cannot be an artist, that I don’t have that skillset. Carol impressed me by showing illustrations that were done in the book by average people that could not draw to begin, but could do amazing self sketches with very little training. When I am successful in my goals this year, I will set a goal next year to become an artist, with a goal to focus on abstract paintings.

The most important takeaway for me was how to utilize the concepts from the book in being a father to my two young boys, who should have a mother and father encouraging a growth mindset. For more information, see Growth Mindset for Parents.

2020 Books

Men’s Work

  • Iron John, Robert Bly
  • He, Robert A. Johnson
  • The Truth, Neil Strauss
  • To Be a Man, Robert Masters
  • Man Uncivilized, Traver Boehm
  • The Way of Men, Jack Donovan
  • No More Mr. Nice Guy, Robert Glover
  • Under Saturn’s Shadow, James Hollis
  • Hold on to Your N.U.T.S., Wayne Levine
  • The Way of the Superior Man, David Deida
  • The Way of the Conscious Warrior, P T Mistlberger
  • King, Warrior, Magician, Lover, Robert Moore and Douglas Gillette

Shadow work / Emotional / Spiritual

  • Emotions, Osho
  • Already Free, Bruce Tift
  • Meditation, David Fontana
  • Inner Gold, Robert Johnson
  • Waking the Tiger, Peter Levine
  • Owning your own shadow, Robert Johnson
  • Nonviolent Communication, Marshall Rosenberg
  • Bringing Your Shadow Out of the Dark, Robert Masters

HBR Emotional Intelligence Series

  • Resilience
  • Mindfulness
  • Self-awareness
  • Mindful listening
  • Authentic leadership
  • Leadership Presence


  • Super Coach, Michael Neill
  • Trillion Dollar Coach, Eric Schmidt
  • The Book of Coaching, Ajit Nawalkha
  • Co-Active Coaching, Henry Kimsey-House
  • The Prosperous Coach, Steve Chandler and Rich Litvin

Stoicism / Philosophy

  • Resilience, Eric Greitens
  • Stoicism and the Art of Happiness, Donald Robertson
  • Philosophy for Life and Other Dangerous Situations, Jules Evans


  • How to raise a boy, Michael Reichert
  • The Conscious Parent, Shefali Tsabary


  • Ultralearning, Scott H. Young
  • Learn Like Einstein, Peter Hollins


  • The Burning White, Brent Weeks
  • The Name of Things, Jenn Lyons

Understanding Race

  • White Fragility, Robin Diangelo
  • This Book is Anti-Racist, Tiffany Jewell


  • What Makes Olga Run, Bruce Grierson
  • The Oxygen Advantage, Patrick McKeown

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