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Author Steve Zim trained Chris Evans (i.e. Captain America) and now presents his Superhero Nutrition diet as a long-term diet suited even for with people with allergies, a paleo/keto diet, or with religious restrictions. It’s about using the glycemic load (not glycemic index) and proper timing between meals to carefully manage your insulin levels. There are simple rules to follow (e.g. using your fist for portion sizes), but within them you are free to eat what you want. He shares healthy alternatives and the proper way to time your workouts around your meals.
“When you dread your next meal, your program is doomed.”
The author Mike Cernovich discusses his “Gorilla Mindset”. A Gorilla Mindset takes both the body and mind into account. It morphs your mindset into one in which you practice good posture, eat right, and lift weights. A Gorilla Mindset gives you permission to say no to all the pointless social events with friends and family, which you know deep down hold you back from your goals. A Gorilla Mindset inherently embodies an abundance mentality, seeing the plethora of opportunities abound. A Gorilla Mindset is grounded, and does not entertain flights of fancy; its visualization of the future is not beholden to anxiety, but rather is specific, detailed, pointed, and practical. A Gorilla Mindset is fully present in the Now. Learn how, today.
“This book is about embracing your gorilla nature, to find dominance & power.”
Felix Dennis is the founder of Maxim magazine and ended up making close to a billion dollars in his lifetime. While his book How To Make Money (click here for our summary) contains the nuts-and-bolts of becoming rich, this book was meant as an anti-self-help book. To get rich you will have to sacrifice a lot. Your family and friends won’t understand, you’ll be down on your luck while your peers are making a nice steady paycheck, and you won’t know if it’s worth it. But if you heed the lessons here, you will be able to catapult your success to extreme levels of wealth. Harness the fear of failure for your own advantage, learn how to deal with people who subconsciously hold you back due to their own cowardice, and learn how to get rich!
“The key, I think, is confidence. Confidence and an unshakable belief it can be done and that you are the one to do it. Tunnel vision helps. Being a bit of a shit helps. A thick skin helps. Stamina is crucial, as is a capacity to work so hard that your best friends mock you, your lovers despair, and the rest of your acquaintances watch furtively from the sidelines, half in awe and half in contempt.”
Josh Waitzkin was one of the top chess and Thai Chi performers in the world. He became an expert on learning, on figuring out the best process for improving skills. He discusses “leaving numbers to numbers” where you stare at the hard numbers for whatever you’re doing until you intuit it so deeply that you no longer have to consciously think about the numbers. He discusses forcing his sparring opponents to precisely break down which move defeated Josh so that he could meticulously study it for both defense and offense. He discusses “making smaller circles” by playing more and more subtle psychological games, and how to train yourself to have specific routines trigger peakperformance mental states.
“[Thai Chi masters] read the body like a great chess player reads the board.”
Amy Cuddy delves into her thoughts on “Presence,” which she describes as a calm ferocity, a demeanor that exudes confidence and enthusiasm yet lacks arrogance. Having Presence can be truly life changing. Cuddy stresses the relationship between posture and Presence, as our body positioning speaks volumes to both those around us and to our own brains. She claims that not only does posture impact how we perceive others, but also how we perceive ourselves. Therefore, we can develop authentic confidence and Presence by making a conscious effort to improve our posture. The book includes diagrams of powerful postures and what they signify.
“Presence is confidence without arrogance.”
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