Timber Hawkeye (WYWL podcast)

Our interview with Timber Hawkeye, author of Buddhist Boot Camp and Faithfully Religionless.

Timber was working at a law firm in corporate America, but eventually realised that it wasn’t a life he wanted to live. He decided to work part time so that he could live full time. He sold all of his material possessions and even lived in a monastery, and now he’s sharing the lessons he learned with the rest of the world. Everyone can apply these Buddhist principles to enhance their life, regardless of their religion (or lack thereof).

Timber’s mission is to awaken, enlighten, enrich and inspire. In this episode, we discuss pain and suffering, blaming others, letting go, choosing good over not-so-good, finding excuses, going on a media diet, and his support of the Prison Library Project.

Check out his recommended reading list and grab a copy of his books here: http://www.buddhistbootcamp.com/p/reading-room.html

Buddhist Boot Camp – by Timber Hawkeye (WYWL podcast)

Buddhist Boot Camp – by Timber Hawkeye

This is a great little book. Timber was working in corporate America, until one day he realised it wasn’t the life he was meant to be living. He decided to work part time in order to live full time. He sold all of his material possessions, reduced his expenses as much as possible, and moved to Hawaii. This book is the collection of emails he sent back to his family and friends, and it provides a great insight into some of the ideas and practices of Buddhism. We can all take these lessons and apply them to our everyday lives, whether we classify ourselves as ‘Buddhist’ or not.

Support the Prison Library Project by grabbing a copy of your book from here: http://www.buddhistbootcamp.com/p/faq.html

Mindset – by Carol Dweck (WYWL podcast)

Mindset – by Dr Carol S Dweck

‘Changing the way you think to fulfil your potential’

This book is about a seriously important, widely applicable concept about the way we view ourselves and our abilities. Carol Dweck tells us that we can either adopt a ‘fixed mindset’ or a ‘growth mindset’. Those with the fixed mindset believe that we have a natural level of talent or ability, whereas those with a growth mindset believe that everything can be learned and improved upon. This simple distinction becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy and permeates all aspects of our lives, from the way we view failures, to the success we achieve, to the effort we put in, and everything in between.

Read this book. Adopt a growth mindset. Apply it to all areas of your life.

Grab a copy of the book here: https://www.bookdepository.com/Mindset-Carol-S-Dweck/9780345472328/?a_aid=adamsbooks

Choose Yourself – by James Altucher (WYWL podcast)

Choose Yourself – by James Altucher

“Be Happy, Make Millions, Live The Dream”

The world has changed. Full time work is paying less and less, we’re starting to see more part time and temporary work arrangements, inflation keeps going up, retirement will soon be dead… It’s time to Choose Yourself. No one else is going to do it for you.

James talks about his daily practice to improve his physical health, emotional health, mental health and spiritual health. This book also talks a lot about the need to choose yourself and become an entrepreneur. This is a solid book for anyone who is an employee stuck in the ‘prison’ (his words) but wants to look out into the garden and see that there is more to life.

Grab a copy of the book here: http://www.bookdepository.com/Choose-Yourself-James-Altucher/9781490313375/?a_aid=adamsbooks

The Game – by Neil Strauss (WYWL podcast)

“The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists” – by Neil Strauss

Neil Strauss had only ever had one girlfriend and slept with six girls. He rated himself physically as a 5/10 at best. He thought that some guys had it, and some guys just didn’t. Until he stumbled across the underground sub-culture of Pickup Artists. He learned the techniques, grew in confidence, and got to the point where he could seduce just about any girl that he wanted.

This was a really interesting book. It’s hard to believe in some parts, but it’s real. Some techniques may be seen as evil. Most girls will say it doesn’t work on them. Don’t view this as a bible, but as an interesting insight into another world. All skills are learnable and confidence is the key. This book is a weapon, both physical and emotionally. It’s a thick 550 pages and harnessing these techniques will give you a lot of power.

Best of 2016 – What You Will Learn podcast

We thought we’d take the time to reflect on the year and remind ourselves of our favourite bits from our favourite books. In June this year, we started our podcast ‘What You Will Learn‘ where we talk about the best bits from the best books. We read a book each week and discussed our favourite parts and the biggest lessons. It initially began as a way for us to read more books and extract more learnings from each book. Then, people started listening and it got a little more exciting!

In this episode, we look back at  our top lesson from each book, as well as a bit more discussion on our Top 5 favourite books we read in 2016.

We sincerely thank you for listening to our podcast and we hope it’s helping you in some way. Initially we didn’t think anyone would listen, but it was a good way for us to keep ourselves accountable, read more and get more out of each book. Hopefully the podcast has helped you learn a few things too.

If you have any books to recommend us to read in 2017, shoot us a message at www.facebook.com/whatyouwilllearn or send us an email to podcast@whatyouwilllearn.com – we’d love to hear from you. P.S: This is the photo that inspired the cartoon artwork.

Who Moved My Cheese? – by Dr Spencer Johnson (WYWL podcast)

Who Moved My Cheese? – by Dr Spencer Johnson

‘An A-maze-ing way to deal with change in your work and your life’

This book was awarded Amazon’s best selling book of all time and has sold over 26 million copies worldwide. It’s a parable about two mice and two people searching for Cheese in a Maze. ‘Cheese’ represents the things we want in life and the things that make us happy, and the ‘Maze’ is when we’re trying to find exactly what it is that we want. The book is a little cheesy (excuse the pun), but the messages are widely applicable. Everyone faces change, be that in their job, their relationships, their health or their financial situation, so everyone needs to be prepared to accept change, expect change, take control and move on.

It’s a very short and simple book, definitely worth the read.

Grab a copy here: http://www.bookdepository.com/Who-Moved-My-Cheese-Spencer-Johnson/9780091816971/?a_aid=adamsbooks