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Most of you know how big of a Star Wars fan I am, so understand this… The Big Short is the most important movies for all Americans to watch and understand (book or movie) from 2015, period. Yeah, I think it is more important than Star Wars, Episode VII.  I know… I know…

This movie demonstrates the motivators of the American society, and crushes any belief that once a system such as ours starts, there are certain things that will not be changed until after it runs of the figurative cliff.  The Big Short covers the entire global financial meltdown and the destruction of all the assumptions made by very greedy and very assuming people completely violating the trust but verify mantra.

I’ll add The Big Short book to my reading list as I’d like to know even more about this saga that affected the globe.



The First 20 Minutes: Surprising Science Reveals How We Can Exercise Better, Train Smarter, Live Longer was the sixty seventh book of 2015, which I enjoyed.

First 20 Minutes goes from exercise myth to exercise myth and demolishes them.  It is impressive reviewing what I once considered required and learning that that thing I was doing was flat wrong.  I’ve learned a little bit about my body during runs and to have findings validated by the First 20 Minutes was vindicating.  Stretching…bleh; warming up… great but not too much!  Level of hydration issues; drink to thirst not time.  Need all this other stuff… no… not really.  Read First 20 Minutes, then make your 2016 exercise plan.  You’ll be glad you did!  I know it has already made me modify the draft plans I have been developing in my head.  It will make me alter further the plans and goals I intend to put down in pen for 2016.

The First 20 Minutes is an easy read which will open your eyes and understanding on what has taken over our exercise knowledge, solely from marketing or historical process (i.e. lack of scientific knowledge and understanding).

Recommended read!

Make sure to check out all the books I’ve enjoyed in 2015.



The First Billion Is the Hardest: Reflections on a Life of Comebacks and America’s Energy Future was the sixty sixth book of 2015, which I enjoyed.

Study those that you aspire to be.  T. Boone Pickens has an impressive record which probably anyone on the planet would like to emulate or recreate. Very happy to have grabbed a copy of First Billion is the Hardest.  Pickens reviews his entire history of where he came from, where he found success, the failures he learned from, and explains what motivates his decisions along the way.  He has an exceptionally impressive story; what he has done in the area of big oil, energy, water, and even his massive investments in Oklahoma State University’s athletics are reviewed.

This was a great book. I think what I really enjoyed from First Billion is the Hardest, was his discussions of his failures, especially what he learned from them and what he did after them.  This solidifies in my mind the rapidly learning leader which I’ve worked toward developing into.

The First Billion is the Hardest was a fantastic book!  Read it!

Make sure to check out all the books I’ve enjoyed in 2015.

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