Category: Biography

Dreaming Boldly – The Amazing Story of Dr Tererai Trent

How do you go from having 4 kids by 18 to chasing your dreams?

Today, I wanted to share with you the amazing journey of Dr Tererai Trent, described by Oprah Winfrey as her “all-time favorite guest”.

Having children while still a child herself, Tererai was destined to have the same life as her mother and grandmother before her in a rural cattle-herding village in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). Then at the age of 19, while expecting her 5th child, a chance encounter helped her to dream and changed her life forever.

Dr Trent recently shared her amazing story on Lewis Howes’ School of Greatness podcast:

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The War of Art by Steven Pressfield – Book Review

The War of Art by Steven Pressfield – Book Review

I first came across Steven Pressfield’s book the War of Art, sometime ago. I think it was mentioned in Tim Ferriss’ Tools of Titans. I subsequently heard Tim discuss it during one of his podcasts. He devoted a few moments to the book and spoke about how the War of Art had delivered him from a creative slump. At that moment, I made a note to check it out as soon as I could.

The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles, is all about helping you get over own b.s. to reach your best creative self. For most of us, it’s a simple concept which is infinitely more difficult to execute. Pressfield approaches this issue by splitting the book into 3 sections, namely, Book One: Resistance – Defining the Enemy; Book Two: Combating Resistance – Turning Pro; and Book Three: Beyond Resistance – The Higher Realm. Resistance is the term he uses to describe the destructive force that kills our creativity and prevents us from achieving what we set out to each day. Continue reading “The War of Art by Steven Pressfield – Book Review”

Tools of Titans by Tim Ferriss Book Review

Tools of Titans by Tim Ferriss Book Review

Like a lot of people, I was a big fan of the 4-Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss but wasn’t sure what to expect when I first came across Tools of Titans. Given how much I enjoyed his first book, his podcasts and 5-Bullet Friday emails, I put in my pre-order for Tools of Titans and waited eagerly.

I must say I have not been disappointed! Boasting over 700 pages, Tools of Titans is jam-packed with tools, tips and advice from nearly 200 world-class performers including Robert Rodriguez, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tony Robbins, Malcolm Gladwell, Kevin Kelley, Peter Thiel, Chris Sacca, Jocko Willink and Tara Brach.

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Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl – Book Review

Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl – Book Review

There are some books that you read once and forget. There are others that you feel compelled to revisit on a regular basis given the power and the value of the content within. Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl, is definitely in the second category and should be recommended reading for anyone who seeks to lead a more meaningful life. I would go so far as to say, it’s worthwhile reading for people from all walks of life as a means to look beyond our superficial differences and to remind ourselves what it means to be human. Continue reading “Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl – Book Review”

Liar’s Poker by Michael Lewis – Book Review

Liar’s Poker by Michael Lewis – Book Review

To be honest, Michael Lewis is not an author I was familiar with until a few of his books got made into movies. Having enjoyed viewing Moneyball and The Blind Side, I had put it on my to-do-list to discover the author behind these works.

I stumbled across a 25th Anniversary Edition of Liar’s Poker in a bookstore and decided to give it a go. It was not a work I was familiar with and really had no clue what I was venturing in to. Liar’s Poker was Lewis’ first book and tells a somewhat autobiographical story about his own experience as a bond trader. The book’s title comes from a high stakes gambling of the same name played by bond traders on Wall Street. Continue reading “Liar’s Poker by Michael Lewis – Book Review”

Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr. by Ron Chernow – Book Review

Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr. by Ron Chernow – Book Review

John D. Rockefeller is someone I’ve wanted to read about for a long time. He retains a larger than life presence even though it’s been over 80 years since his passing. I suspect it has something to do with the sheer wealth Rockefeller accumulated during his time. In today’s dollars, Rockefeller’s wealth would have surpassed that of Bill Gates’ and Warren Buffett’s combined!

I’m not sure why I chose this book, specifically. There is plenty of information available on Rockefeller via various websites, YouTube and other sources. Given how polarizing this subject is, however, I felt like I needed a comprehensive resource to make up my own mind. Continue reading “Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr. by Ron Chernow – Book Review”