Some Great Books and a Return to Posting

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I haven’t posted here for a while as I reached a critical moment with White Forest and its first year that required me to spend a great deal of time business building. I am now going to pick up writing again.

I did find time in the evening to do some reading. Here are couple of books that I read that you might be interested in:

Gorilla Mindset, by Mike Cernovich. This a great no nonsense approach to improving your life from business, to health and to relationships. Mike has a great web presence at dangerandplay.com ; he does podcasts and has a youtube presence. If you are sensitive to political correctness be warned, Mike’s messages sometimes trespass those current cultural boundaries.

But therein lies one of his secrets, the absence of what he calls a slave mentality. Slave to others, in finances, from your own programming and in your thinking.

You don’t have to agree with him culturally or politically to reap huge benefit from his tools for shifting your mindset. Mike talks about vision-to focus-to in the moment. In other words, do you have a vision of what you want or want to be, do you routinely focus on that vision and finally are you in the moment in terms of your actions. Do your actions reflect that focus on that vision.

In another vein I recently read Spain: The Center of the World 1519-1682, by Robert Goodwin. It is a fascinating panorama of the Spanish empires’ rise, golden years and decline. It is very readable and covers politics, culture, art and literature in a very interesting way. It connects the mindset of the people and those cultural expressions.  I gained a great insight into the intricacies of Cervantes, Garcilaso, de la Vega,  El Greco and many others.  A great primer on the Hapsburg dynasty as well.

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Clorox Inception

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Cool post from Richard Primm. Made me laugh and ponder. Don Draper would be proud.

Clorox Inception.

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White Forest Partners Updates Marketing Presence | White Forest Partners

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White Forest Partners Oracle practice growth accelerating.

White Forest Partners Updates Marketing Presence | White Forest Partners.

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Extroverts’ Qualities-For Introverts Too! | David deBoisblanc | LinkedIn

American actor Cary Grant (1904 - 1986) who starred in several Hitchcock films.  (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

American actor Cary Grant (1904 – 1986) who starred in several Hitchcock films. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

Extroverts’ Qualities-For Introverts Too! | David deBoisblanc | LinkedIn.

Introvert’s can learn extrovert qualities to round out there natural strengths for more success.

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Introverts-Why I like being around them

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Those of you who know me personally know that I am anything but an introvert. I am archetype extrovert, to a fault. Yes, I a mean “a fault” literally. My extroversion sometimes gets carried away and to my hurt.

While I wouldn’t trade the core of my personality, I have strived to put in place some attributes that I admire in introverts. Throughout my career, some of my most productive collaborations and partnerships have been with introverts. While introverts can carry the attributes of that basic constitution to a fault that is not productive, there are also strengths.

Observation-Introverts are content to sit back and observe interactions and situations. They are not encumbered by thinking of what they are going to say but can observe with more attentiveness. This also manifests itself in patience that allows them to watch things play out before reaching a conclusion. As a result they often see situations with clarity.

Discretion-Because they are reluctant to speak and emote, introverts are naturally more discreet. Their motives, thoughts and desires are more mysterious. Secrets are better guarded. There is power in discretion.

Conciseness-Economy of speech renders more attention to when they do speak. Additionally, there tends to be more brevity and clarity in what is said.

Caution-This has saved me much grief. My partnerships with introverts has enhanced my success by adding caution to my enthusiasm. While my bold and aggressive actions have inspired introverts to action, their caution has acted as a great counterbalance to my potential impulsiveness.

While the above attributes do not come naturally to me, I make constant and conscious effort to add them to my life.

Both extroverts and introverts should evaluate the attributes of the other type and purposely work to incorporate the strengths that do not come naturally. More importantly, each should strive to build working relationships with the other type, even if they drive you crazy sometimes, to capitalize on your combined strengths.

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Top Gear chats to Niki Lauda – BBC Top Gear

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Last week, I wrote on the movie, Rush. The link below is an interview of Niki Lauda in 2013. It provides a great insight into a 3 time world champion in the world’s most difficult and dangerous sport. He also built a successful airline, starting during his racing career. Great inspiration to all, but especially if you are an introverted type. Note how Niki leveraged his introversion to success.

Top Gear chats to Niki Lauda – BBC Top Gear.

 

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Great Movie on Competition-Rush

exclusive-poster-for-rush-featuring-chris-hemsworth-and-daniel-br-hl-142242-a-1375865830-470-75I  have recently re-watched Ron Howard’s 2013 movie Rush. A true story of one of sport’s great rivalries starring Chris Hemsworth (Thor) and Daniel Bruhl (Inglorious Bastards). It also features a great portrayal of the 70’s super model, Suzy Miller, played by Olivia Wilde.

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(Caution quasi-spoiler alert for this post, though the quasi-spoilers won’t ruin the film for you)

It is a story of intense competition between two rival men, Formula One drivers James Hunt and Niki Lauda. It’s focus is the year 1976 when they were locked in close points race for the championship. It is also a study in contrast in styles. Hunt (played by Hemsworth) was a good looking playboy immersed in countless parties, women and drink. His patron was Lord Alexander Hemsworth who was famous for his lavish parties. Remember that in Europe, part of Asia and South America, F1 racing is wildly popular and its stars are real celebrities. Hunt was a very talented driver who had natural ability and instincts. He raced with a style similar to his lifestyle; bold, aggressive and often reckless. rush_2656107c

In contrast Niki Lauda (Bruhl) was a very methodical Austrian Driver. He lacked the charisma of Hunt but was ruthlessly disciplined, a tireless worker and a student of every aspect of the sport. He was three time world champion. But is famous for his response to the accident he had in the 1976 that horrifically burned him, disfiguring his face and severely damaging his lungs

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The first 40 minutes is a spectacular piece of cinematography by Howard. With fantastic photography, clever music, insightful soliloquy and script; the beginning captures the context, contrasting styles of the protagonists, an introduction to the sport and the start of the story. It is a masterpiece of entertainment done with conciseness.

However, the meeting between Lauda and Hunt near the end of the film is loaded with wisdom on the mindset of winners. I highly recommend watching this through with idea of competing always in mind.

Embracing a rival and understanding that it will make you better at your craft is the walk away concept.

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