Super Brain by Deepak Chopra and Rudolph E. Tanzi

Another super book packed full of value, this one was recommended by Daniela Lopez! Here’s what I wrote down, hope you find value;

  • As we ag the brain produces new nerve cells, this can be stimulated by physical exercise, mentally stimulating activities (such as reading) and social connectedness.

How to expand your consciousness;

  • Put a higher value on being awake, alert aware.
  • Resist conformity. Don’t think and act like everyone else
  • Value yourself. Don’t wait for the approval of others to validate you. Instead of desiring external validation strive to help others.
  • Question your own core beliefs
  • Keep faith that inner growth is an ending process.


How to transform your perceptions;

  • Be sceptical of fixed reactions, both yours and anyone else.
  • Confront old conditioning – it leads to unconscious behaviour.
  • Be aware of your emotions and where they come from.
  • Examine your core beliefs, hold them up to the light, and discard beliefs that make you stuck.
  • Practice empathy so that you can experience the world through someone else’s eyes.



  • Awareness is noticing you are feeling an emotion e.g. “I am angry/sad” etc
  • Self-awareness is asking “What do I think about being angry? What does it mean?”
  • Loosing Weight – An imbalance in the brain circuitry results when the areas for impulsive behaviour are strengthened while areas for rational decision making have been weakened. The repetition of negative patterns also harms decision making because when you blame yourself or feel like a failure, lower parts of your brain are once again over-riding your cerebral cortex. Balance is restored when you make a self-enhancing decision – good food or not eating due to an emotional fix.
  • No one speaks of the wisdom of the sex drive, but our instinctively driven emotions are definitely wise. They stand for the kind of awareness that leads us to be happy.
  • Responding to any situation requires understanding, reacting doesn’t.


Good suffering you don’t need;

  • Taking the blame for someone else’s mistakes.
  • Covering up abuse, physical or mental.
  • Allowing yourself to be belittled in public.
  • Letting your children disrespect you.
  • Not speaking your truth.
  • Denying yourself sexual fulfilment.
  • Pretending to love.
  • Working at a job you hate.


  • Rigidity leads to ritualistic behaviour (rigidity = rigid people). Taken to an extreme, rigidity leads to severe judgements against others enforcing rules with harsh punishments.
  • Fear becomes worse when you are seriously ill, yet dealing with anxiety is far more effective if you attend to it years before you ever get sick. The mind-body connection has to be strengthened before trouble arises.
  • Meditation can increase the enzyme that replenishes telomeres – the anti-ageing chemical. Mediation keeps us young.
  • Drink red wine other alcohol for anti-ageing.
  •  Studies have shown that loosing a spouse suddenly leads to isolation, depression, higher risk for disease and shortened life span. But if you have a social network beyond your spouse you have a cushion against these baleful consequences.
  • Falling asleep during meditation is not failure, your brain is taking what it needs most.
  • We aren’t machines that learned to think, we are thoughts that learned how to make machines.

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Don’t Be Average!

The average American watches 5 hours of TV per day!

The average American sleeps for 8 hours per day – leaving only 16 hours of ‘active’ time.

That means, over 30% of the average Americans time awake is invested in TV. The figures become more shocking when you consider a weeks worth of TV time – 35 Hours – nearly a day and a half!

When you consider this statistic, it’s no surprise the majority complain of ‘not having enough hours in the day’ – we waste the most precious asset on a box that plays video.

Small Changes

Watching one less hour of TV per day will see you gain 7 hours a week which can be put to work on your goals.

Completely eradicating TV will see you gain an extra day and a half every week! Who doesn’t need 8 days a week to get shit done!


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Forget About Your Worries and Your Strife – Baloo

Recently I watched the new Jungle Book movie, which is amazing, if you haven’t seen it I definitely recommend it!

And there’s no doubt about it, the original Jungle Book is a timeless classic. But, just like The Lion King it contains so many life lessons. Did you catch any of these;

Remember the Bare Necessities

Appreciate the world around you, from the smallest of things like bees, to the biggest – bears. And to top it off the songs super catchy, have a listen. I challenge you to not sign along.

Dance Like Nobody’s Watching
Let your personality shine through! We’ve all done it, dancing when there’s no one around, but sometimes you just need to forget what other people think and be you!

Laugh Often
Nothing soothes the soul and brightens the day like laughter! The best thing to laugh at is yourself!

Don’t Use Your Head To Open a Coconut
It hurts more than you imagine!


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Everyone Must Row With The Oars He Has

We are all born into a world where we have no control over circumstances. When we are young, life happens and we react. If Mum wants to leave you in the high chair while she irons or Dad leaves you in the car while he goes to the shops, there’s nothing you can do about it.

However, as we grow older we develop the ability and awareness to choose. As we become adults the majority of the decisions that impact our life are under our control.

No matter what happens us, we can choose how that experience affects us; positively or negatively?

Decide today to do what you can with what you have – choose your life.


My Top 10 Blog Posts

I’ve been blogging now for around 2 months and in that time I’ve nearly amassed 1,000 views.

Here are the 10 most viewed blog posts, just in case you missed any;

How to Win on Wednesdays

I think the alliteration sets this post apart before you even dive in.

Here I talk about the two mindsets to have for the rest of the week: apprehension or anticipation. Once I’ve explained both I move onto changing your mindset!

The Law of Attraction

This post is a little different, I share a brilliant video by Entrepreneur, speaker and best-selling Author; Bob proctor.

I go on to share my 3 personal Average Joe Takeaways!

The Best of Jim Rohn

Jim Rohn – what a guy! Here I go over my favourite material from the late, great Jim Rohn. Definitely my favourite mentor, it’s the humour that gets me.



This one is very deep and self-indulgent. Having just entered into a new relationship, I talk about the mental challenges I face.

The Strangest Secret

Here’s a book review on Earl Nightingale’s 1956 classic; The Strangest Secret. There’s a downloadable pdf and a cringe worthy video. I’m not a fan on seeing myself on camera but it’s not the greatest recording, however practice makes perfect!

3 Habits for a Positive Life

This does what it says on the tin; 3 habits that if you adopt into your daily life, I believe will make you more positive. And who doesn’t want to be more positive and optimist?

Invest or spend

Appearances can be deceptive, or at least this title is. Most think of money but that’s not what the body of this post is on. And I’m not going to tell you, you’re going have to read to find out!


Advice I’d Give my 12 Year Old Self

If you like cute high school photos, this is the post for you. If the advice I’d give doesn’t interest you, surely my chubby cheeks will!

Mentors: Why You Need at least One

We are surround by mentors, but we often don’t realise it. From the moment we’re born most have at least two. And now with the Internet available where ever you go, mentors are just one click away.

What The Lion King Taught Me About Life

Who doesn’t love The Lion King? If you’re a 90’s kid, it was da bomb! In this post I talk about the messages and themes running through that I missed as an infant.


And there you have it, the most viewed posts. I hope you find any you’ve missed and journal 3 simple points of value.

Thank you again for reading, I really do appreciate it.

Until the next time!


Change is Hard, But Worth It

Why would you have it any other way? I mean, if it was easy everybody would do it!

If everybody decided to change their life and become successful in their chosen field, you wouldn’t stand out as much. You’d be surrounded by success and your achievements would have less impact on people’s lives.

In fact, you should relish the fact it’s hard, no, you know should want it to be harder. The more difficult it is for you to change, the more it makes you learn and grow. And the more you grow the quicker you’ll become a different person.

Success is not to be pursued; it is to be attracted by the person you become – Jim Rohn


Be Patient

Changing your life will not happen overnight. You may stumble and it may take you longer than you thought, but you will get there!

I liken change to the growing of a bamboo tree;

When an old farmer plants a bamboo tree he needs to water it every day with the correct amount. A year goes by and the tree hasn’t grown at all, there’s still only a patch of dirt – no change. 2,3 and 4 years pass with no change! But, then in the 5th year, it grows 90 feet in 6 weeks!!! 

You are the farmer and everyday you need to invest time into becoming the person you need to, so you can attract the success you desire.

I’m not saying it’ll take five years before you see a result, but it will take a period of time where nothing happens and then boom!! As if by magic you’ll notice a huge difference.


Change is difficult and it will take time, be persistent.  I promise you it’ll be worth it – your worth it.

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s post and journaled your 3 points of value. Here’s mine;

  • If it was easy everyone would do it.
  • Changing your life will not happen overnight.
  • Be persistent and never give up.

Thanks for reading, have a great day and I’ll see you soon.


The Best of Jim Rohn

Jim Rohn is my favourite mentor, if he was alive I would ask for his hand in marriage. That’s how much I love Jim Rohn.

About Jim

Jim was born in the mid 1900s to an Idaho farming family. When he was 25 he met his Mentor, Earl Shoaff. In next 6 years that followed, Jim made his fortune.

Mr Rohn was best known for speaking but he didn’t start until after he made his first fortune. The first speech he gave was called “Idaho farm boy makes it to Beverly Hills”.

His speech was so successful he was asked to do it again and again, what’s more they started paying him.

Jim then went on to impact many millions of lives through speaking on personal development.

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My favourite bits of Jim

Here are my favourite Jim Rohn resources, I hope you love them as much as me;

My Philosophy For Successful Living

The Seasons of Life: Secrets of Success

Seven Strategies for Wealth and Happiness


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Building Your Network Marketing Business

How to Use a Journal


This is my favourite Jim Rohn resource in the entire world! Now I know it’s a long one but it is incredible.

It may be wise to change it’s format to a mp3 using an online converter and listen to it on your Ipod – it’s just a thought!


Please let me know which is your favourite Jim Rohn resource by commenting or getting in touch on social media.

Hope you got 3 pints of value and I’ll see you soon!