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For book fifty one of 2015, I enjoyed the book The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload.

I think the thing that stuck out to me in Organized Mind is the focus on why our brain does certain things.  Ever had that brain glitch where you forgot what you were doing?  That is discussed in Organized Mind.  Ever wondered why you find yourself more effective writing things down on a note card or notebook to be able to use later?  That is discussed in Organized Mind.  This discussed and had me thinking about how my mind operates on a day to day basis.  Very interesting stuff!

This book is an excellent mind opener and great read! Highly recommended!

The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload


For book forty nine of 2015, I enjoyed the book Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength.

This was a great book and I was fascinated by nearly every page.  I think the biggest thing I enjoyed out of the book Willpower was the relationship between decision making and willpower.  Specifically, Willpower covers the interrelation between the accumulation of challenging tasks and how they may be impacted by the proximity to other challenging tasks (close proximity is bad, especially if they are numerous and build over something like a challenging week).

This was an exceptional read and is on my must enjoy list!

Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength




When Sir Winston Churchill was asked, “Sir, to what do you attribute your success in life?” and he said without hesitating: “Economy of effort. Never stand up when you can sit down, and never sit down when you can lie down.

I hadn’t heard of this quote before until I rewatched The Pacific.  In it’s seventh episode the Marines chant an expanded form of this quote in unison.

Never run when you can walk.
Never walk when you can stand.
Never stand when you can sit.
Never sit when you can lay down.
Never lay down when you can sleep.

There is a time and place for this quote.  Combat Marines in the Western Pacific during World War II or serving as the Prime Minister of England during World War II; both are exceptional examples.  Unfortunately, what I see large parts of society doing is exercising this Economy of Effort in all things; their entire life.

I find this exceptionally disappointing and it often can be extremely frustrating.

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