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Sheldon Rapoza

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I read lots of books. It’s not that I love to read. I just want to get better. Every day.

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Instantly one of my favorite books I’ve read. It’s not very long, it’s deep, and its funny. The author uses his own life story to explain how he found out how to become happier. This is similar in a lot of ways to Living With a SEAL, but for yogis. As soon as you realize happiness is more a skill and less a trait, life is much better!

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10% Happier

Books | Dan Harris

One of the oddest survival stories I’ve ever read. I’ve read many different stories of people in all kinds of situations but this one left me with a lot of questions. After their plane crash lands, the boys survive mainly by eating their dead friends remains. After 76 days it turns out they were 3 days hike from a road and 5 miles from a hotel...odd story.

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Alive

Books | Piers Paul Read

White collar crime has been on the rise for decades now but especially since 2008, convictions of any kind are almost non existent. These crimes cross so many boundaries, including race, privilege, and wealth. This book helps explain. I unfortunately struggled a bit with the author as it’s very clear where she stands politically and the books reads more like a collection of blog posts. I just prefer important things like this to be more chronological.

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Big Dirty Money

Books | Jennifer Taub

The book itself is about the remaining US Special Forces in mainly Afghanistan who are responsible for ensuring peace as the US “withdraws” from the area. It’s all part of the larger Forever War that has become wildly politicized by now 4 different Presidents. My favorite genre remains hearing about the men and women who protect the freedoms we all have with almost no recognition. It’s sad how little we talk about a now 20 year war and the people who die fighting it.

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Eagle Down

Books | Jessica Donati

An in-depth take more on healthspan than lifespan, although the title would suggest otherwise. Especially here in the US, people are living longer than ever but their quality of life is getting worse and worse - in other words, our healthspans are decreasing fast. This book explores the concept that aging is a disease and can be cured. I will say that it’s very clearly written by a scientist/researcher so there are a lot of theories and things still be to be proven.

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Lifespan

Books | David A. Sinclair

An entire book dedicated to the voice inside our own head! This book discusses how and why it exists and better ways to harness it as well as how to mentor others in your life. The book is less scientific and biological than others on this topic - this book is more about the social and psychological aspects of it. Also, a fairly short read.

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Chatter

Books | Ethan Kross

Easily one of the best books on nutrition I’ve ever read. I first heard the author talk on Impact Theory with Tom Bilyeu about his moms story and I had to learn more. It should be obvious, but what we eat impacts everything about us, including (and no it’s not 100% possible to prove this) but things like dementia, Parkinson’s, MS, etc. This book is loaded with info on what to eat and avoid and why. For a little over 300 pages, it’s dense but worth it.

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Genius Foods

Books | Max Lugavere

Tom Brady is my favorite athlete of all time. I am not from Boston and have no ties to the area...just admire his greatness. I wasn’t expecting to like this book as much as I did because so much of the media coverage around the Patriots was so slanted for the last 20 years. I really appreciate sustained success and this book outlines just how difficult, and at times, awkward it was. There are many different ways to say it, but staying great is much harder than becoming great.

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The Dynasty

Books | Jeff Benedict

Adam Grant is one of my favorite authors and someone who first got me into studying leadership as a concept that could be improved. All of his work is relevant to daily life and leadership. This is his latest book and masterfully describes how much more powerful, and vulnerable it is, to admit what you don’t know and rethink it than pretending you know it all. Can we really “know” anything? Also does a great job of showing the difference between values and beliefs.

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Think Again

Books | Adam Grant

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