EP 32 - Steve Simonson - Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends On It Book Review
|Awesomers BOOK OF THE WEEK - Steve and other "insiders" will share their favorite books and talk about some of the reasons why these books are noteworthy to them. We'll share why we believe learning and knowledge is a critical difference maker when it comes to becoming a leader and ultimately staying on the road to becoming awesomer.|
|"In December of 2011, I gave a talk to an audience of scientists, Pentagon officials, politicians, and CEOs on the secret of life and how I'd figured it out the previous summer.|
Afterward, people came up individually and told me how much what I'd shared meant to them.
This book is based on the truth I spoke about. It's something I learned from within myself, something I believed saved me. And more than that, the way I set about to do it.
This is a collection of thoughts on what I learned, what worked, what didn't. Where I succeed and importantly, where I fail daily.
The truth is to love yourself with the same intensity you would use to pull yourself up if you were hanging off a cliff with your fingers.
As if your life depended upon it. Once you get going, it's not hard to do. Just takes commitment and I'll share how I did it.
It's been transformative for me. I know it will be transformative for you as well."
How well do you love yourself?
On today’s Book of the Week episode, Steve shares one of his favorite books, “Love Yourself Like Life Depends On It” written by Kamal Ravikant. Here are more lovely bits on today’s episode:
The importance of truly loving one’s self.
The benefits of meditation to one’s well being.
And the different methods of meditation discussed in the book.
Enjoy listening to today’s episode and find out how this book can make you love yourself even more.
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(Steve talks about his favorite book Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends On It, by Kamal Ravikant.)
This episode, it's been a while but it's the book of the week and we're going to talk through about one of my favorite books and this one's gonna be a relatively short one, where I'm just gonna talk through one of my favorite books called Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends On it. And this is written by Kamal Ravikant, who is a brilliant writer but also a brilliant human being and a venture capitalist in real life. And I want to just start out by saying that this is a very quick and easy read so I didn't want to spend you know more time explaining why you should read the book than it would take you to actually read it yourself. But I want to just share a few words about why it's important to me and why I think it should be important to you. So first of all, I'm going to read the back cover to you because I want to give you a sense of where this book is coming from and even though this may not feel entrepreneurial, you know a lot of the folks out there that I interface with, we're in the business world, we're entrepreneurs, whatever. But remember that Awesomers are creatives of all kinds and so it doesn't matter if you're an artist or you're making a company or any variation you know. There are billions of billions of variations of being Awesomers so it doesn't matter where you're coming from. I still think it's an important thing in terms of maintaining a level of happiness and also remembering that we're also susceptible to the I don't know, the doldrums and even depression. And I think entrepreneurs are particularly susceptible to depression when momentum goes against us and so this book as simple as it may sound, to love yourself, that's the theme - spoiler alert. It is in fact called Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends On It but that theme is something that is not often discussed. And so this is a really important point that I hope you guys take home.
4:55 (Steve starts to read the first two quotations in the back cover.)
So, I'm gonna start with the back cover and read the first two quotations. And this says “One of the most important books I've read this year” and that's James Altucher, which is a very famous fellow and you'll see him online if you haven't already. A great speaker, author and a great thinker in general. And James, I think lent his name to this because he really does you know, appreciate the fact that Kamal had the courage really to write a book that is so simple yet extraordinarily powerful. And I'm gonna read the back cover and this is from I don't know who actually wrote this, let's find out. “In December of 2011, I gave a talk to an audience of scientists, Pentagon officials, politicians and CEOs on the secret of life and how I figured it out on the previous summer.” So, now this is definitely Kamal talking “Afterwards people came up individually and told me how much what I'd shared meant to them. This book is based on the truth I spoke about. It's something I learned from within myself. Something I believe saved me and more than that the way I set about to do it. This is a collection of thoughts of what I've learned, what worked, what didn't, where I succeeded and more importantly where I failed daily.” I like that failed daily you know just keep it moving, “The truth is to love yourself with the same intensity you would use to pull yourself up if you are hanging off a cliff with your fingers.” What a great visualization right? And how many of us really are committed to loving ourselves with that level of strength holding on from a cliff with your just your fingers. He goes on to say, “As if your life depended on it right? If you're hanging over that cliff with your fingers, your life does depend on it. Once, you get going it's not hard to do just takes commitment and I'll share how I did it, it has been transformative for me and I know it will be transformative for you as well.” So, that's written from Kamal Ravikant account, the author and it really is a important work to just take the simplest things and add them to your life they really can make a difference and if you are skeptical about this you just read the book and do what he says and then you can write him a note tell them how great he is.
(Steve talks about meditation.)
One of the things that I love about this and you'll find this in a lot of different books and a lot of discussions where people talk about meditating. Well, I'm a simple guy, I know I can Google how to meditate but it always just kind of seemed like I don't know how to meditate, nobody ever taught me how to meditate, there's no class I ever took that said here's how you meditate. But, inside the book, Kamal shares a couple different meditation methods that he used and they're so simple. You know they're so simple I feel a little ashamed that I didn't think of it myself. But, the fact that he just kind of gives you a couple of those little tips and then really goes into the details of why it's important to love yourself his methodology for implementing that and making it part of your mentality day to day, I think it's really important it's a very easy process.
You know grab the book, we'll have it in our show notes page Awesomers.com/32.We will also have you know the chance to talk to Kamal in the future. I'm sure that he'll come on the podcast, we'll talk about not just this book but a couple of his other books as well so this book ”Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends On it.” It's a great simple read and you'll feel tremendous if you follow the advice within the book so that's it for this episode everybody. I know it's short and to the point one but as I said I rather you just take a few more clicks, get out there and read the book the book should take you know no more than an hour probably a little less to read and then start implementing what it talks about. As always, if you want to check out the show notes go to Awesomers.com/32, for any details about this episode and we appreciate you listening and hope that you're subscribing, sharing and all the normal things that listeners do. Thank you again.
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Steve: You know I really love it when we have time to just step back for a minute and think about the big picture. And boy, that big picture should be centered around your own physical mental well-being. Without having your engine in pristine shape you can't expect it to carry it up and down those challenged mountains and all the valleys in between. So, by thinking of your own health and well-being as something that's truly important it should be really in the top of your list every day. I think that's an important takeaway from today's lesson and Brad as an Awesomer authority was a really great guest because he helped, you know understand some of the challenges that we face, those top five things that he labeled about facing your dragon. So, I really want everybody to just take a moment and just think about their own personal you know mental and physical health and what you could do to just change it might just tweak it make it a little better. Make some incremental progress every month and the times gonna pass anyway so why not just make those small tweaks instead of trying to go you know instantly on day one and changing everything.
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