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#18 Sharing some things that I’ve Read, Heard & Seen

What I've Read

The Third Door by Alex Banayan - As a 19 year old uninspired by where he was headed, Alex stepped out of college and set upon a mission to interview some of the world's most famous and influential people such as Bill Gates, Warren Buffet and Mark Zuckerberg to understand how the world's most successful people launched their careers.

It all started out with the question - If we could invent our dream university, who would be our dream professors…

I read this in 3 days and couldn’t put it down. A personal story on perseverance through rejection (but realising that there is such a thing as too much - being told by Warren Buffett‘s office to never make contact again!) and self-discovery in seeking to set up interviews, it follows Alex from winning the price is right to fund his mission and meeting his mentor Elliot Bisnow - the founder of Summit, lady Gaga, Jessica Alba, Sugar Ray Leonard, Larry King and the thing I found most interesting.. The failed attempts - in particular his attempts to get to Warren Buffett, including crashing his shareholders meeting and also being so close to meeting with Mark Zuckerberg. But despite all of this, his continued perseverance and determination is a source of inspiration.

What I've Seen

After returning to Apple in 1997, Steve jobs set about rebuilding the company, starting with redefining the way that Apple marketed their brand. This speech by Steve Jobs was given to his top executives in 1997 outlining the approach and motivations to making their values core to all of their marketing campaigns going forwards - the 'Why' that Simon Sinek would refer to later...

The 'Think Different' advert was born

Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They're not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can't do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. While some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.

What I've Heard

Two different podcasts featuring Russell Brand and Tony Robbins

We all have some form of addiction in our lives, whether its addiction to alcohol or a substance, our mobile phone or seeking attachments from unhealthy habits that control our lives. Russell Brand discusses his lessons from Recovery of his own well publicised addictions in his own entertaining and incredibly articulate way. His new book Recovery: freedom from our addictions is on my reading list for 2019

"By justifying your problems, you re-commit to them" - Russell Brand

The tables turn and Russell Brand gets a chance to interview his mentor Tony Robbins - I heard this just after returning from my third Tony Robbins event - Date with Destiny (which you can read about here) and by association helped me to easily recall some of the magic of the event and put me back in state! Whilst by also sharing in this format helped to expose those close to me that are keen to hear and learn more about his work after seeing the massive impact and changes that he has had on me.

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