Home » Articles

The Inevitable – Kevin Kelly (Book Summary)

After reading 2 books that were fairly negative about the future, it was a breath of fresh air to read Kevin Kelly’s book: The Inevitable – Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future.

Kelly co-founded Wired magezine in 1993, and served as its Executive Editor for its first seven years. He’s always at the cutting edge off technology and follows some of the most important trends in tech today. Read more

Are robots going to take over your job?

It seems that these days everyone is afraid of machines taking over their job, and it’s a legitimate fear.

With the ever increasing progress in the development of robots, massive advances in AI and realization that machines can do job quicker, better and cheaper, many jobs are at risk. In his book Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future, Martin Ford addresses what he thinks the impact of this will be on society.

He firstly goes in to the obvious industries that will be impacted: manufacturing, retail sales and fast food. And then also covers industries you might not have thought about, like information job and white collar jobs, the medical industry and even writers for newspapers.  Read more

What are they doing with your data?

We’ve all heard about big data. But what does it really mean?

In Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World, Bruce Schneier covers all of this.

What it boils down to is the more we live a world with technology everywhere, the more data and meta data there is to be collected. It’s estimated that by 2020 there will be 30 billion connected devices out there. This is a natural side effect of having computer integrate with our lives and there is nothing wrong with it. The question comes in when you start wondering what companies do with this data….. Read more

Book Summary: Extreme Ownership – How US Navy Seals Lead and Win

If you have ever wondered how Navy SEALs are taught to lead in the midst of war. Or how you are supposed to lead your team when the pressure is on and there are too many things to do. This book is for you.

Jocko Willink and Leif Babin cover all their lessons learned. From being deployed in Iraq, to leading the SEAL training program and teaching these principles to businesses.

The stories in this book are extremely captivating and you get a sense of the extreme pressure these learned to operate under. We all feel like our job are high pressured. But for these guys their decisions literally had life or death consequences.  Read more

Book Summary: How to fail at almost everything and still win big – Scott Adams

How to fail at almost everything and still win big by Scott Adams is one of those surprising books. You don’t expect that much form the guy who created Dilbert. Sure he’ll have a few good stories and fit will be funny. But you aren’t expecting to it to completely change how you decide which project to do and which ones to ignore.

Well that is exactly what this book delivered and much more!!

I want to almost call Scott the working man’s hero. He’s been there and done it and escaped the corporate rat race. Scott worked in corporate America for 16 years and alwasy kept his energy up by using his system of doing things that gave him more energy. Whether this was at work or little side projects. He was always working on something that made him want to get up in the mornings…. Read more

The Art of Leaning by Josh Waitzkin.

Book Summary: The Art of Leaning by Josh Waitzkin

Imagine being a nine year old child playing chess against fully grown men. Now imagine competing in a martial art that is a nation’s pride and officials trying every thing they can to stop you from winning at their sport.

This is exactly what Josh Waitzkin has done. He was a child chess prodigy and the movie Searching for Bobby Fisher was based on his life. After this he went on to become a TaiChi push hands world champion and later obtain his Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt.

But why should any of this matter to you?

Well Josh has detailed his learning process in his book: The art of learning. Read more

Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future

Elon Musk is one of the most widely known entrepreneurs in the world at the moment. He has built two massively successful companies: Tesla and SpaceX, and was also in involved in Paypal. He has a wonderful vision for the future where he says he wants to one day die on mars, and he is probably the one guy who can actually realize that dream.

I picked this book because I wanted to learn more about the man and understand how he operates and got to where he is today. The path to becoming the real life Tony Stark is not an easy one and one I think that most people would not choose to walk. Musk had an incredibly hard childhood, has a work ethic that makes anyone else look like a slob and has almost seen both his companies go bankrupt.

In the below video I give a short summary of the book and the key points I took away from it:

 

https://unsplash.com/collections/466363/happy-new-year?photo=SD2FxgKDAGk

The “New Year’s resolutions”that can’t fail

This year I don’t have any New Year’s resolutions. Lets face it, they suck….

Usually you don’t achieve them and then in 3 months, 2 weeks or even 2 day’s time, when you fail, you beat yourself up for not achieving your resolutions again this year. It sucks!!

So what to do? Just don’t do anything this year……

Luckily Tim Ferriss brought out a new book over the holiday and in this book he gives you a very good idea.
Read more

Those year end blues

I’m sure around this time of year lots of you experience the year end blues. The year feels like it should be over, but the last few suborn weeks just don’t seem to want to give up.  Days drag on and you are just looking forward to the Christmas break where you can spend some quality time with family.

In this short video I explain the two main things I use to fight against those end off year blues and sprint all the way to the finish line:

Photo credit: Alex Munsell

The beginners guide to ketosis

Diet is a really touchy subject and people love getting worked up about it.

In this article I’m going to cover why the diet you follow doesn’t really matter that much, it’s about what you are trying to achieve. The reasons I follow this eating plan, from family cancer scares to increased energy and mental clarity. I also share some of the products and tools I use to make this as easy as possible. 

I’m going to get this out of the way right at the start here. I am not a doctor and I do not pretend to be one (except for Halloween 2 years ago). All of this is based on my own research and experiences.

Ok so now we can get to the fun stuff!!

This article is structured around questions I asked a lot and get asked a lot. So you can jump straight to the section that interests you:

What is Ketosis?

Why do you do it?

How do you get into Ketosis?

How do you know if you are in Ketosis?

What is the difference between Keto/Paleo/Atkins/whatever other diet they will come up with next….

What can/ can’t I eat?

How do you afford a Ketogenic eating plan?

Do you cheat/ drink Alcohol at all?

Is Ketosis dangerous? Read more