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The Gift of Adversity: Overcoming Paralysis and Pain to Find Purpose:  Anderson, Marcus Aurelius, French, Lacy, Williams, Rachel: 9781978225541:  Amazon.com: Books

While preparing to deploy with the U.S. Army Marcus suffered a severe spinal injury that left him paralyzed. After dying on the operating table twice, the surgeons saved his life, but told him he’d never walk again. Having no other option, Marcus started doing some brutally honest soul searching, looking for the lesson to be learned from his injury. Once he started seeing his Adversity as a gift instead of a curse, something miraculous began to happen… “The Gift of Adversity” tells the inspiring story and lessons learned from overcoming pain and paralysis to find purpose. Based on Marcus Aurelius Anderson’s life and TEDx talk, “The Gift of Adversity” gives functional and inspiring wisdom that can be applied in personal development, motivation, and achievement.

My thoughts: Marcus is a gem! We crossed paths at such a pivotal time in my life. His book moved my soul and sent me on a journey that I am still on to this day! He has a huge heart, and betting on him is never a disappointment. Be sure to check out his book and his website as he offers mindset coaching, speaking arrangements, and a podcast.



The amount of oxygen that we inhale through our breathing, influences the amount of energy that is released into our body cells. On a molecular level, this progresses via various chemical and physiological processes. Breathing is the easiest and most instrumental part of the autonomic nervous system to control and navigate. Throughout the years, Wim Hof has developed special breathing exertions that keep his body in optimal condition and in complete control in the most extreme conditions. The breathing technique is first and foremost premised on inhaling deeply and exhaling without any use of force!

My thoughts: I love this guided breathing session! I try to do it every morning and have been doing so for 4 years? 5? Not only does the breathing feel hella good and meditative, you can actually feel a physical change afterwards. And it’s simple! Super simple. Highly recommend checking it out and possibly integrating it into your routine. It also helps with inflammation.



Each episode Tim deconstructs world-class performers from eclectic areas (investing, sports, business, art, etc.) to extract the tactics, tools, and routines you can use. This includes favorite books, morning routines, exercise habits, time-management tricks, and much more. Past guests include Hugh Jackman, Dr. Jane Goodall, Neil Gaiman, Arnold Schwarzenegger, LeBron James, Elizabeth Gilbert, Ray Dalio, Michael Lewis, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Kevin Hart, Edward Norton, Tony Robbins, Maria Sharapova, Jamie Foxx, Maria Popova, Peter Thiel, Marc Andreessen, Amanda Palmer, Malcolm Gladwell, Vince Vaughn, Rick Rubin, Reid Hoffman, Jon Favreau, Whitney Cummings, Matthew McConaughey, and 400+ more.

My thoughts: I love this podcast! There was a time I considered going back to school, then decided I would school myself in Tim Ferriss instead. His interviews, the guests he chooses, the depth of conversation, the jokes, the authenticity, the tools him and his guests provide, are truly unmatched. He is the author of five #1 NYT/WSJ bestsellers and has an amazing blog I also love that is full of helpful resources. This guy is humble as hell and absolutely contagious. Check him out!



Why have history’s greatest minds—from George Washington to Frederick the Great to Ralph Waldo Emerson, along with today’s top performers from Super Bowl-winning football coaches to CEOs and celebrities—embraced the wisdom of the ancient Stoics? Because they realize that the most valuable wisdom is timeless and that philosophy is for living a better life, not a classroom exercise. The Daily Stoic offers 366 days of Stoic insights and exercises, featuring all-new translations from the Emperor Marcus Aurelius, the playwright Seneca, or slave-turned-philosopher Epictetus, as well as lesser-known luminaries like Zeno, Cleanthes, and Musonius Rufus. Every day of the year you’ll find one of their pithy, powerful quotations, as well as historical anecdotes, provocative commentary, and a helpful glossary of Greek terms.

My thoughts: I love this book! It was first introduced to me when someone left it behind after a session at work. Little did I know that it would then become a daily staple! The entries are short and easy to digest. They are also a perfect way to start your day with perspective. You can also re-read it year after year! Love that, and genius thinking on Ryan Holiday and Stephen Hanselman’s part. The Daily Stoic also has a website that offers great articles on Stoicism and sells signed books, prints, jewelry, courses and more. I had to swoop a Memento Mori coin. 🙂



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