Location: Heartbreak Ridge - Table Mountain Hike, North Bonneville, Washington
Audio Book: 48 Laws of Power
Author(s): Robert Greene
(Laws 1 through 15)
This book showed up in my recommended list in Audible and I was intrigued by the title and summary content. As I started listening, I realized this is a fascinating book to listen to during the current political climate that is exploding in our faces on a fairly regular basis. It reminds me of the classic Sun Tzu - Art of War in which it depicts some psychological battles between opponents in various examples. I noticed that you can try and pull apart the various strategies being utilized by both parties in the current election cycle, clearly both prescribe to some of these tactics. I can say that, in my own life, some of these rules make sense and I can see how they may be advantageous but I will probably never use them for my own moral mental dilemmas that would ensue. However, you can use the information contained in the book to better assess the interactions/behaviors of the people around you, whether that be in your personal life or in business.
Here are some takeaways from the few chapters I have worked through thus far:
Again, if you decide to embark on the journey through this text, I feel like you can use this as a tool of human understanding...but may not be accurate with all individuals/situations. Some ideas that were expressed thus far I thoroughly disagree with but that just may be how my mind works... but give it a listen and determine its benefit in your own mind/world :)
Book Length: 23 hrs and 7 mins
Location: Herman Creek Trail - Nick Eaton Ridge Loop Hike, Cascade Locks, Oregon
Audio Book: The Book on Managing Rental Properties: A Proven System for Finding, Screening, and Managing Tenants with Fewer Headaches and Maximum Profits
Author(s): Brandon R. Turner & Heather C. Turner
So I chose this book as I have been very interested in the real estate market as of late and can't help but be intrigued with the idea of expanding into this realm. With housing prices steadily rising over the last 4 years, the question of whether the market is still primed for investment has been floating around my mind and if not for an equity investment perhaps a rental opportunity. This book was a great choice for someone like me with little rental knowledge and provides a dense quantity of tips/tricks of the business that I can see being useful for even some tried/tested landlords if for nothing else, possibly a refresher prior to any major tenant changes. It just so happens that Brandon and Heather are Washingtonians so it has a few notes that are specific to Washington State rental laws (nice considering I'm a fellow Washington-ite) but the two are quick to note that the topics discussed are applicable to any state which is for sure the case in their examples. Below are some points that stood out to me during the hike:
Book Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
*The website below is referenced multiple times as a great source of collective knowledge between members via podcasts, forums, rental tools etc.
Location: Devil's Rest Trail, Corbet, Oregon
Today begins the series of outdoor adventures that include a bit of mental development thanks to Audible.com ;) I looked to take a stroll through one of the Columbia Gorge's more popular hikes while taking in some great words some men who has been through some very harrowing events. Extreme Ownership captures the life of a navy SEAL but with specific focus on how a SEAL develops the skillsets that will allow him to successfully execute a mission and give higher probabilities of keeping himself and his brothers alive. Both Jocko & Leif give real life experiences that they underwent in the battle field and relate this to how similar events/strategies are required in the business front. Some takeaways that stood out to me throughout the book are the below:
Summary: Great book for giving some extra push to develop your own personal leadership skills as well as refine some of your professional processes. Jocko also has a podcast that you can also listen to which is linked below.
Link to audio book: