5 Great Books I Read This Summer

Reading Time: ~11 min   There exist at least three types of books: Good books, Great books, and All-Time books.   Good Books I recently took Malcolm Gladwell’s Masterclass. If you haven’t considered taking a Masterclass- I’d look into it. In one lesson, Gladwell is riffing on the subject of how to determine what to read in the midst of … Read More

10 Podcast Episodes That Changed The Way I Think

Reading Time: 5ish minute intro + 10, 1-min recommendations.   Don’t you just love when someone recommends a 600-page book, or a five-season, TV series to you?  Great, so all I need is about 25-50 hours to dedicate to this thing. Thanks, fella.  As Chapelle Show comedy writer Neil Brennan once said, “so, I realized I could either dedicate the … Read More

My 21 Favorite Books (Plus 11 Re-Readables) from my 32nd Year

“Just what we need, another book list” This is the trite and apologetic way in which most people start off an article like this.  As if to say to the reader, “I understand you, I know these are annoying, and I’m so sorry.” Like the guy in this commercial in the bikini – they seek to communicate to you: “We … Read More

How To Raise One Gritty Little Bastard

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood…who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the … Read More

My TB12 Experience: Tom Brady’s Answer To Chronic Injury

I get hurt a lot. No, I don’t mean emotionally (Ok, that too). I mean physically injured.  A familiar echo of my family and friends follows every such incident:  “Jesus, Justin, you’re hurt again?!” In my lifetime, I’ve sprained, cracked, strained, or torn the following: toe, ankles, knee (ACL, MCL, meniscus), hammy, quad, groin, ab, ribs, wrist, thumb, pinky, shoulder, … Read More

Being Thankful For This Is Vital For Improvement, Experts Say

Reading time: About 11 minutes – or about the average amount of time a typical office worker gets prior to being interrupted at work. “My greatest skill was being teachable,” said Michael Jordan, believed by many to be the best athlete of all time. “I was like a sponge. Even if I thought my coaches were wrong, I tried to … Read More

500 Words On: The Obstacle Is The Way by Ryan Holiday

Words: 498. Reading time: 3 minutes, out loud. “First, see clearly. Next, act correctly. Finally, endure and accept the world as it is.” I could not personally come up with a more succinct summary of this small but powerful book. The book that in recent years, has become the talk of places like Fortune 500 boardrooms and NFL locker rooms. … Read More

Give and Take: Adam Grant, My Dad and The Man on The Plane

[Reading Time: 15ish minutes] I was sitting at United gate 98, in Newark International Airport’s Terminal C, waiting to board my flight to Los Angeles.  By dint of flying so much for work, my “status” had gotten me upgraded to first class. Great for the flight, but not quite as fun to absorb the faces of the  economy-classers as they … Read More

Outliers: What Malcolm Gladwell Taught Me About My Own Shortcomings

It took me a while to actually sit down and read the book “Outliers,” by Malcom Gladwell.  Many times I had seen the book referenced, and, having heard so much about it via these secondary sources, I always assumed I did not need to read the primary source.  In fact, I went as far as to indicate or maybe even … Read More