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Paul Minors
Passionate about self-improvement and productivity. I blog about how to create a productive lifestyle and achieve more. Also a Marketing Gorilla at Mighty Ape.
Passionate about self-improvement and productivity. I blog about how to create a productive lifestyle and achieve more. Also a Marketing Gorilla at Mighty Ape.

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"Stop waiting for the perfect moment to jump, because it will never come. Start doing whatever it takes."

In #ASKGARYVEE, Gary Vaynerchuck responds to some of his most asked and most interesting questions from his popular show. He covers a range of topics from starting out in the business world, technology, education, and running a business with family to influencer marketing and emerging social media platforms. Whether your a new employee, a manager or starting up a side-hustle, this is a great guide with some humorous insights and useful real-world examples. Read the summary here!

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'There will always be more good ideas than there is the capacity to execute.'

The 4 Disciplines of Execution by Chris McChesney is an excellent guide to removing the distractions of the day-to-day tasks in your day job and being able to focus on ‘Wildly Important Goals' and execute these excellently. Using real life examples such as the ever-successful Apple and Steve Jobs, McChesney produces a straightforward and actionable step-by-step guide that could transform the way you and your team work. Read and download the summary here.

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"If you can help employees achieve their goals, they’ll be more productive."

The First Time Manager by L. Belker, J McCormick and G Topchik is a great guide for anyone looking to step up in their career and take on the role of a manager. They cover different types of managers, different types of employees and discuss how to handle the transition from employee to manager. With plenty of tips and tricks on what to do and what to avoid this is a must-read! Read and download the summary here!

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'If you ask enough questions, strange as they seem, you may eventually learn something worthwhile.'

Freakonomics by Steven Levitt is a truly fascinating insight into numerous aspects of society. Levitt asks tough questions and investigates with a unique point of view. This summary isn't quite like the others I've done. Levitt's book is full of lengthy, detailed, interesting examples that cannot really be summarised. This ‘summary' is more a collection of interesting points he made in the book. If you enjoy what you read here, I highly recommend you purchase the book and read more of what Levitt has to say! Levitt tackles some pretty interesting topics varying from abortion law to death penalties, so it's worth reading more!

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One of the most common problems I see when people and companies get started with Asana is that they create a tonne of projects. It’s easy to get carried away in the beginning and I get why people do this; it’s a good idea to get everything out of your head and into a system like Asana.

However, the problem with having lots of projects is that it becomes quite difficult to make sense of all the work and identify your team's most important tasks and projects.

This is why I rely on a number of “summary” projects to make sense of the most important tasks. A “summary” project is a project that includes select tasks from other projects and organises them in a different way. Please note, these summary projects only contain tasks from other projects i.e. there are no tasks in this project alone. All tasks come from somewhere else.

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"Exercise is the single most powerful tool you have to optimize your brain function."

In Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain, John Ratey examines how exercise contributes to better brain function. Ratey discusses how exercise is strongly related to better learning, reducing stress, combatting anxiety and addiction, improving hormones and reducing the impacts of the aging process. Backed up my numerous studies and scientific experiments, Ratey makes a strong argument emphasising that exercise is the most important tool in improving our brain function. Read and download the PDF here!

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"You can't control how you feel, but you can control how you act."

In The 5 Second Rule Mel Robbins shares a useful tool that will help you in all areas of life. The 5 second rule can help you in those everyday moments of difficulty, uncertainty and fear. It can help you improve your health, increase productivity and combat procrastination. Robbins helps you be courageous and step outside of your comfort zone. And most importantly, Robbins explains how easy it is to take control and make a change! Read and download the summary here!

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"Motivation is like a skill, akin to reading or writing, that can be learned and honed."

Smarter Faster Better by Charles Duhigg explores 8 different concepts and how they can make a difference to your life. Outlining the ‘secrets' to being more productive by starting with motivation, focus, teamwork, goal setting, managing others, making decisions, innovation and finally, absorbing information. This book is a really good read for anyone looking to kickstart their productivity and improve their choices and actions in business and in life. Read and download the summary here. 

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"Remote work is about setting your team free to be the best it can be, wherever that might be."

Remote: Office not Required by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson is an examination of the emerging trend of remote working. They discuss the benefits of working remotely for both the employer and employee while examining common excuses. Remote offers plenty of advice on how to get your company started on having remote employees and also advice on how to manage your work if you are a remote employee. A great all-round guide on the new way to work! Read and download the summary here!

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"The greatest danger is being OUT of the market."

Unshakeable is another excellent book from Tony Robbins. In this book Robbins examines the current financial conditions and takes you through facts, figures and historical patterns to help you understand the market and it's fluctuations. Robbins has tips for anyone looking to invest money and invest in your own future. Common misconceptions and mistakes are discussed so you know what not to do. Using his hand-selected financial ‘masters' Robbins supplements the information with plenty of real-life examples. The last section of the book is perhaps the most important – it's about how money doesn't bring happiness and fulfilment. Robbins has tips on how to master your mind and find inner peace. Read and download the summary here.
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