You’ve heard me say a thousand times how much I believe in the habit of reading. Reading creates a sense of purpose and accomplishment. It’s a continual source of learning, and an incredibly valuable way to start your day (or finish your night, or mid-day, whenever you have a minute). It’s like training, except for the mind. In competition, you fall back on the techniques you’ve physically trained. With reading, these “techniques” are stored in your brain and show themselves in your daily life when you least expect it.

Here are a few phrases I read that changed my life:

  • “Slight Edge” – reinforced the importance of consistent hard work.
  • Never say, “You’re wrong” – Married folks, you can only imagine how much smoother things are in casa de Brenneman :)
  • “Cooler, Closer, Cleaner” – 3 types of competitors. I’m a cleaner.
  • “Extreme Ownership” – Throw excuses out the window. YOU are responsible for everything in your life. Period.
  • 4 chemicals that guide our actions – endorphins, dopamine, serotonin, oxcytocin – we are physiologically manufactured to be a combination of selfish and selfless.

For the past 47 days, I’ve been posting daily videos (Daily Reading Videos) where I summarize what I read and add texture and context to it by way of my own experiences. They are 5-8 minutes long and will start your day off on the right foot. If you don’t want to read, I’ll do it for you.

You can find all 47 videos here. Watch them. Learn!

Carpe Diem