What I’m Reading
“Smart Cuts – How Hackers, Innovators, and Icons Accelerate Success” – Shane Snow
The traditional approach to career advancement and business strategy is redundant – the truly innovative are taking non-linear and lateral approaches to achieve greater success in less time. Smart-Cuts, as opposed to “short-cuts”, are maverick though amoral hacks to realising goals that would otherwise require a longer and more arduous path to achieve. Snow examines 11 ways a variety of notable figures from disparate industries have leapfrogged their way to excellence. Not strictly a “how-to” book, Snow realises that success stories are influenced by a complex interplay of factors that rarely produce a replicable template to follow. Motivating and insightful, there’s a tonne of takeaways and thought-provoking strategies I gleamed from reading this.
“The Antidote – Happiness For People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking” – Oliver Burkeman
Half way through this one,but so far it’s brilliant. Covering similar themes to Chris Holliday’s excellent, “The Obstacle Is The Way” in his examination of stoicism applied to modern day life, Burkeman goes one step further and excoriates the self-help and positivity industry for their often banal, superficial and ironically harmful approach to the pursuit of happiness and personal fulfilment. Like Smart-Cuts, there’s a lot of counterintuitive and challenging information that provokes some enlightening self-examination. A book that came at the right time and one of the best I’ve read in a long while.
What I’m Watching
The Big Short
Considering the sorry state of Hollywood movies, I can’t believe this movie even got the green light. I’m very glad it did, as it’s one of the best films I’ve seen in ages. An adaptation of the Michael Lewis book, it explains the lead up to the 2008 global financial crisis, it’s causes and calamitous outcomes. The cast is superb and although the plot boils down to a bunch of financial savants sitting around an office, discussing the labyrinthine world of economics and investment banking, the movie moves along at a pressure cooker pace. If you’re a fan of Wall St. (the Oliver Stone movie), Boiler Room, and Glengarry Glen Ross, then you’ll love this.
What I’m Listening To
Kevin Levrone Interview on the Geard Up Podcast – good discussion with Levrone on the glory days of bodybuilding in the 90’s, his training, dieting, PED approach, along with his reasons and strategies for his incredible reverse dieting transformations into shows.
Quote Of The Week
“It’s not a meal! It’s a yummy, delicious SNACK godammit!”
Piana’s “Bigger In 30 Days” YouTube series continues with it’s daily dose of addictive hilarity. Watching Rich down copious amounts of food while steering his car with his knees, select his daily pair of sneakers from a collection of 100’s of pairs and ordering takeaway food two minutes before the restaurant closes at night has become compulsive viewing for seemingly thousands of fans.
Pro-tip – buy stocks in Lenny and Larry’s Complete Cookies because sales of these things are gonna go through the roof!
Pic Of The Week
20 Year Old Aussie, Nathan Roe, 10 weeks out from the Australian Arnold Classic.
20, for fucks sake….
And that’s another week done!