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Book Report – “The Tattooist of Auschwitz”

This is one of those books that came to me twice in a short amount of time. My friend had recommended that I read it, and shortly after, I passed by it in the airport. I don’t normally read fiction books, so my initial thought was, “How am I going to cover this book on [...]

June 8th, 2020|0 Comments

Why You Should Read Books

I was reading Gary Sinise's book "Grateful American" this morning when my former wrestler/mentee/friend Shakky Boy sent me a text. I first met Shakky Boy (Adam) back in 2007 when I was coaching wrestling as part of my graduate assistant (read more about him in my new book, "World's Toughest Lifelong Learner"). I had recently [...]

April 3rd, 2020|0 Comments

How Books Give Me Purpose

When I was young, I remember my parents making a deal w/ me (and essentially my siblings). As time distorts memories, this is my remembrance and interpretation: Do your best in school and athletics, and we'll take care of the rest. They instilled a norm of excellence; do your best because doing your best is [...]

December 11th, 2018|0 Comments

Passing on a Lifelong Pursuit of the Ideal

The other day on AMXbooks 626, I spoke of "a lifelong pursuit of the ideal" in reference to George Pocock, the boatbuilder/mentor for the 1936 Univ. of Washington Olympic gold medal team. That idea is as clear as any idea I've ever read. Lifelong learning and continuous improvement is about a lifelong pursuit of the [...]

December 4th, 2018|0 Comments

Three Lessons from Disney’s Coco

Lifelong learning is for everyone, and kids books are not just for kids. Having watched, read and planned out my AMXkids episode on Coco, I wanted to share the lessons I extracted, and why they're important for kids (and adults) to consider: - The richness that exists in family, culture and traditions. Coco tells the story [...]

November 27th, 2018|0 Comments

Smiling from Ear to Ear

I had first heard of Alex Honnold six months or so ago on the podcast circuit. His craft is free solo mountain climbing - no ropes, no assistance; you fall, you die. My attraction to pushing one's limits drew me in, but it was his simplistic, almost nonchalant demeanor that really hooked me. Fast forward [...]

November 19th, 2018|0 Comments

What I Learned this Week

“Fred was always careful to manage his own time in the most thoughtful and deliberate way, and he honed his unique ability to focus on what was important to him, undistracted by his family and friends.” - The Good Neighbor/Maxwell King - AMX601 Prioritize and Execute. “If it’s not a Hell Yes!, it’s a No.” [...]

November 2nd, 2018|0 Comments

What I Learned this Week #84 – 102618

Re the most important place to point his weapon: “As the leader, I trained my weapon at ‘high port’ - the weapon pointed to the sky...w/ my weapon at high port, I no longer looked down the sights w/ tunnel vision.” Leif Babin/The Dichotomy of Leadership - AMX596 Step back from the fray and observe. [...]

October 26th, 2018|0 Comments

What I Learned this Week

“Standard operating procedures were not fixed, inflexible laws w/ no room for variation. They were guidelines that needed to be balanced w/ adaptability and common sense.” – The Dichotomy of Leadership/Jocko Willinck – AMX591 Be “Disciplined, Not Rigid.” Think. Act. Be human. “The balance b/t the troops understanding the why mixed w/ intrusive accountability provides [...]

October 19th, 2018|0 Comments

The American Dream

A Curious Mind, written by TV and movie producer Brian Grazer, celebrates the power of curiosity, and the meaning it gives to our lives. As a naturally curious person and lifelong learner myself, I'm in line w his way of thinking. I ask so many questions, at times, that I come across as condescending; it's a [...]

June 12th, 2018|0 Comments