I will update this page regularly to reflect insightful and motivating Reads and Listens I come across. These are chronological in order and start from Jan 2015.
3-8-14. Just listened to this great Podcast interview with Dr. Perlmutter on FatBurningMan: http://fatburningman.com/dr-david-perlmutter-grain-brain/ Dr. Perlmutter is the author of the book pictured at right.
Some key themes: The food we consume modifies our DNA expression and genome. Mitochondrial biogenesis and keeping your mitochondria healthy! Ketogenic diets. BDNF – Brain-derived neurotrophic factors. Growing new brain cells by eating wild fish. Cut the carbs and increase the heathy fat and vegetables. Extremely high correlation between fasted blood sugar level and dementia!! Memory function is highly correlated to blood sugar levels (even what are considered to be low levels 105-110 may actually be high) to Hippacampus (memory center) shrinks in proportion to blood sugar. A1C is most common blood sugar test and there is direct correlation between rate at which your brain shrinks and your A1C level. Here’s a link to Dr. Perlmutter’s discussion on that.
Finally they discuss the benefits of learning music early in life and continuing to study it.
Just finished Bounce by Matthew Syed and I highly recommend it. The big takeaway is that excellence, success, skills are not innate (i.e. you’re not born with it…completely) but rather it largely comes from the right mindset and practice, practice, practice.
One of my favorite parts (there are many) is the myth of the child prodigy, with Mozart used as example. Did you know his dad was an accomplished composer and performer, and was deeply interested in how music was taught to children…he even wrote an influential book on the topic. He started training baby Wolfgang at the age of 3. Wolfgang published Piano Concerto #9, a masterpiece, at the age of 21. But let’s remember, he had been through 18 years of intense expert training leading up to that.
Ben Greenfield Podcast: Secrets Of The Navy Seals: How To Train, Eat & Think Like The World’s Toughest Fighters Possibly my favorite Podcast episode of all time. Mark Divine started off as an accountant and found his calling as a Navy Seal [close to my heart]. Podcast talks about Physical and Mental toughness.
Note: I listened to 2 awesome TED talks on a recent drive to Tahoe (and some that were so so, but it’s perception is all based on our experiences). Anyway here they are!
TED Talks: Simon Sinek:
Simon has a simple powerful model for inspirational leadership all starting with a golden circle and the question “Why?” His examples include Apple, Martin Luther King, and the Wright brothers.
This is an older TED talk, but for me, it may be the best one I’ve ever heard!
An interview with Hal Elrod, author of The Miracle Morning. Very motivational. Activities he recommends one to perform in morning prior to starting day: Exercise, Meditation, Affirmations, Visualization, Reading and Journaling.
“Your Level of success will seldom exceed level of personal development.”