I must say that this is a very unique book and I wish that I read it when I was the age of the main character, turning fifteen. It introduces you to so many cool concepts and new perspective that I think a lot of children that have a curious nature would benefit from. I am not sure as to mark it recommended reading for every high school student, but I think it makes for a great book to discuss. Overall great book with lots of metaphors, making philosophy easier to grasp and overall a nice story with lots of meta-awareness!
The secret is that there is no secret, just a myriad of helpful cultural and environmental factors of which not a single one is the driving force. Definitely, this book has helped me put the recent breaking of the two hour marathon limit in a certain perspective. Mr. Kipchoge is definitely a product of his surroundings and culture, as we all are. However, now it is clear what drove him to make these claims and put everything on the line to make it so. Most of all it was a great travel story and it enthusiasts me to head down south there once myself.
Great motivational and relatable comic from The Oatmeal.
Dosed with plenty of humor, it takes very little time to read through this comic.
Which is great for rainy days, in which you struggle to go outdoors for a run. In the past I came across a shorter version of this book online and when I found out there was more, I didn’t hesitate to get my hands of a copy.
I am not familiar with the other comics of the author, but I do like his style.
The part about the DO or DO NOT was a bit confusing at times, since it was playing with sarcasm and not always was that obvious.
This book tries to explain the benefits and what is and isn’t proven about meditation. I found it to be very helpful knowing the scientific background in order to establish a new routine. Somehow, the rational part of my mind needs to be convinced of the benefits for me to make even an attempt.
In the end it comes down to practice and discipline. There exists little doubt that meditation is beneficial, it is just a matter of making it a habit to reap the benefits and finetune the practice when you are more experienced. I do think it can help to focus and resist distractions, to get more easily into a flow and gather your thoughts when you find yourself overwhelmed by what life throws at you.
Great insights in what motivates people and athletes in particular, with their drive to excel in endurance events! I enjoyed the variety in the examples, including stories from sports that I never considered to be that interesting, but in the end it is about people aiming to achieve their goals and seeing how they sometimes hold themselves back subconciously. The story about the person getting shot while out on a hunting trip, is the type of unexpected thing that can change your life for good and to see this type of comeback is heartwarming. This is definitely a book that I would like to read again in the future when I am training for a particular event that is close to my heart.
Educational and entertaining book about the lives of trees and how they interact with one another. Fascinating read, especially if you are walking/running through the woods yourself while listening to this book. The different perspective on time that this type of plant life has is difficult to envision. In the end I found myself to be a lot more compassionate towards trees. Especially, knowing how disruptive human intervention can be with regards to the maintenance of forests. Of course, there has to be a limit of where we would draw a line as society towards the feeling of other sentient being, but trees might be more perceptive than we give them credit for.