150. Unplug To Recharge

We’re so plugged into the internet all the time that we rarely see how much of our attention it requires – and how much energy that zaps from us. I’ve been trying to pull back on the amount of TV and internet I use, and wanted to share some of those results.

A few things I’ve done to cut back:

  • Read in bed before going to sleep rather than watch TV
  • Stay away from social media when spending time with my wife and on weekends
  • Disconnect from work emails over the weekend and in the evenings
  • Not bring my phone to the dinner table

“Men have become the tools of their tools.”

-Henry David Thoreau

The thing I’ve found is these things may need cooperation from others around you. And, the suggestion by my wife to read instead of watch TV was what prompted that change. There are also a lot of tools you can use to lock things up after a certain amount of time on apps if you need that as well.

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155. Book Review | How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie Conversation of Our Generation

About the author, Dale Carnegie Dale Carnegie’s life is a story of success – a true rags to riches tale. Though he shares the last name of the steel titan, Andrew Carnegie, they aren’t related. Dale Carnegie actually changed the spelling of his last name to match the industrialist’s spelling to gain clout. But, this book review is not about that. It’s a look at How to Win Friends & Influence People, a fantastic guide to dealing with people. Why I chose to review this book: I found this book tremendously helpful as I left college and entered the business world. It was difficult to talk to experienced professionals, and I needed a confidence boost. Before graduating college, I worked in retail and had no problem talking to customers. But, being thrust into a new world, I was out of my element and needed help. If you ask me, this book is a must-read for anyone looking to lead a successful life. “Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.” -Dale Carnegie Readability of the book: I find it easily readable. Written in a conversational tone, it’s like he’s transcribing some advice he gave a friend. The stories are intriguing, although sometimes a bit outlandish. That said, the lessons you draw from them make it feel more like a parable than a lie or hyperbole. Grab your copy of How to Win Friends & Influence People here. Sections of the book: Twelve Things This Book Will Do For You Fundamental Techniques in Handling People Six Ways to Make People Like You Twelve Ways to Win People to Your Way of Thinking Be a Leader: How to Change People Without Giving Offense or Arousing Resentment — This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
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