The Inner Game of Stress: Outsmart Life’s Challenges and Fulfill Your Potential

“I don’t believe the inner game is simply for the purpose of learning better golf, but golf is a wonderful medium in which to learn the inner game. To overcome the fears and the doubts that we all carry with us. And the limiting beliefs. And if we can get good at that game, our whole lives get better. And that’s where the big payoff is.”

– Tim Gallwey, author of THE INNER GAME series, including THE INNER GAME OF STRESS, THE INNER GAME OF WORK, and THE INNER GAME OF GOLF

The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It

“E-Myth is the entrepreneurial myth. And essentially it says that the people who go into business are not the entrepreneurs that everybody believes them to be, but what I’ve come to know as technicians suffering from an entrepreneurial seizure. So the doctor opens up a medical practice, the attorney a legal practice, the software guy a software business, the hardware guy a hardware business – each of them believing, because they know how to do the work – the software, the medicine, the law – they know how to build a business that does that work. And it’s just completely not true.”

– Michael Gerber, THE E-MYTH REVISITED

The Invisible Gorilla: How Our Intuitions Deceive Us

“We share this illusion that we see the world the same as everybody else. And only by testing your knowledge, and testing what you’re actually seeing – just like you do with a visual illusion – do you realize that you’re not actually seeing the world as everybody else is. And, in fact, we don’t all see the same thing. Only by testing your knowledge can you see the world as it actually is.”

– Daniel Simons, co-author of THE INVISIBLE GORRILA: HOW OUR INTUITIONS DECEIVE US

How Music Works

TALKING HEADS front-man and author of HOW MUSIC WORKS David Byrne:

“So I ask myself, do I write stuff for specific rooms? Do I have a place, a venue, in mind when I write? Is that a kind of model for creativity? Do we all make things with a venue – a context – in mind?”

Quantum Memory Power: Learn to Improve Your Memory with the World Memory Champion!

“If you think about it. We spend two thirds of our lives processing images. From the moment we wake up – even when we’re asleep. When we’re dreaming we’re processing images. So we’re professional image processing machines. So everything that we care to think of – if you want to remember what you had for dinner last night – you’re using imagery… When it comes to things like numbers and playing cards – even names – I decode them. I call it the language of numbers. I have pictures for every pair of numbers. I have a picture for a playing card. .And the way I remember them in sequence is I put them along a journey. A set route.”

– Domenic O’Brien, eight time World Memory Champion and author of QUANTUM MEMORY POWER: LEARN TO IMPROVE YOUR MEMORY WITH THE WORLD MEMORY CHAMPION!

On Dialogue

“I think the difficulty is this fragmentation first of all. All thought is broken up into bits. Like this nation, this country, this industry, this profession and so on. They can’t meet. It’s extremely hard to break into that.

Now, that comes about primarily because thought has developed traditionally in a way such that it claims not to be affecting anything, but just telling you the way things are. Therefore people cannot see that they are creating a problem and then apparently trying to solve it.

See, let’s take the problem of pollution. Or the ecology. You see, the ecology is not, in itself, a problem. It works perfectly well by itself. It’s due to us, aye? It’s a problem because we are thinking in a certain way. By breaking everything up and each person’s doing his own thing.

Therefore, the ecology problem is due to thought, right? But thought thinks it’s a problem out there and I must solve it. Now, that doesn’t make sense, because simultaneously thought is doing all the activities which make the problem then does another set of activities to try to overcome it.

You see, it doesn’t stop doing the things that are making the ecological problem. Or the national problem. Or whatever the problem is.”

– David Bohm, quantum physicist, philosopher, and author of ON DIALOGUE

Reality Is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World

“Gamers want to know: Where, in the real world, is that gamer sense of being fully alive, focused, and engaged in every moment? Where is the gamer feeling of power, heroic purpose, and community? Where are the bursts of exhilarating and creative game accomplishment? Where is the heart-expanding thrill of success and team victory? While gamers may experience these pleasures occasionally in their real lives, they experience them almost constantly when they’re playing their favorite games.

The real world just doesn’t offer up as easily the carefully designed pleasures, the thrilling challenges, and the powerful social bonding afforded by virtual environments. Reality doesn’t motivate us as effectively. Reality isn’t engineered to maximize our potential. Reality wasn’t designed from the bottom
up to make us happy.

And so, there is a growing perception in the gaming community:
Reality, compared to games, is broken.”

– Jane McGonigal, REALITY IS BROKEN: WHY GAMES MAKE US BETTER AND HOW THEY CAN CHANGE THE WORLD

Underground

“Most great improvisers are always working at the edge of their ability to understand what they’re doing. That’s sort of the definition of what it is. They’re … in the moment, piecing things together out of what’s happening and making decisions in that moment. But, by definition, … risk and failure is … included in the definition of improvisation. That’s what it is.”
– Craig Taborn, keyboards, CHRIS POTTER UNDERGROUND

The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom

“We are like the proverbial drunken man looking for his car keys under the street light. (“Did you drop them here?” asks the cop. “No” says the man, “I dropped them back there in the alley, but the light is better over here.”) Because we can see only one little corner of the mind’s vast operation, we are surprised when urges, wishes, and temptations emerge, seemingly from nowhere. We make pronouncements, vows, and resolutions, and then are surprised by our own powerlessness to carry them out. We sometimes fall into the view that we are fighting with our unconscious, our id, or our animal self. But really we are the whole thing. We are the rider, and we are the elephant. Both have their strengths and special skills.”

– Jonathan Haidt, THE HAPPINESS HYPOTHESIS: FINDING MODERN TRUTH IN ANCIENT WISDOM