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Joshua Waitzkin is an American chess player, martial arts competitor, and author. As a child, he was recognized as a prodigy, and won the U.S. Junior Chess championship in 1993 and 1994. The film Searching for Bobby Fischer is based on his early life.
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Tao Te Ching
by Lao Tzu (Apr 27, 2020)
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A lucid translation of the well-known Taoist classic by a leading scholar-now in a Shambhala Pocket Library edition. Written more than two thousand years ago, the Tao Teh Ching, or -The Classic of the Way and Its Virtue, - is one of the true classics of the world of spiritual literature. Traditionally attributed to the legendary -Old Master, - Lao ...
Josh Waitzkin
Inspired my study of softness and receptivity as a counterpoint to my mad passions.     source
Grit
The Power of Passion and Perseverance
by Angela Duckworth (Aug 20, 2018)
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Tags: self-helpmotivationalpersonal-financepsychologyreference
In this instant New York Times bestseller, Angela Duckworth shows anyone striving to succeed that the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent, but a special blend of passion and persistence she calls “grit.” “Inspiration for non-geniuses everywhere” (People).The daughter of a scientist who frequently noted her lack of “genius,” Angela Duckw...
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Tribe
On Homecoming and Belonging
by Sebastian Junger (May 23, 2016)
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Tags: psychologyhistoryunited-statesmedicalsociology
Sebastian Junger, the bestselling author of War and The Perfect Storm, takes a critical look at post-traumatic stress disorder and the many challenges todays returning veterans face in modern society.There are ancient tribal human behaviors-loyalty, inter-reliance, cooperation-that flare up in communities during times of turmoil and suffering. Thes...
Josh Waitzkin
I think Tribe is really important right now.     source
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Peak
Secrets from the New Science of Expertise
by Anders Ericsson (Apr 04, 2016)
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Dreaming Yourself Awake
Lucid Dreaming and Tibetan Dream Yoga for Insight and Transformation
by B. Alan Wallace (May 28, 2012)
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Some of the greatest of life’s adventures can happen while you’re sound asleep. That’s the promise of lucid dreaming, which is the ability to alter your own dream reality any way you like simply by being aware of the fact that you’re dreaming while you’re in the midst of a dream. There is a range of techniques anyone can learn to become a lucid dre...
Josh Waitzkin
A phenomenal discussion, very systematic discussion of the art of lucid dreaming in this way that fuses East Asian philosophy with western science.     source
Mindset
The New Psychology of Success
by Carol S. Dweck (Dec 25, 2007)
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Now updated with new research — the book that has changed millions of lives.After decades of research, world-renowned Stanford University psychologist Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D., discovered a simple but groundbreaking idea: the power of mindset. In this brilliant book, she shows how success in school, work, sports, the arts, and almost every area of hum...
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
An Inquiry into Values
by Robert M Pirsig (Apr 24, 2006)
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Robert M. Pirsig's Zen & the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance is an examination of how we live, a meditation on how to live better set around the narration of a summer motorcycle trip across America's Northwest, undertaken by a father & his young son.
Josh Waitzkin
Inspired my cultivation of dynamic quality as a way of life.     source
Shantaram
A Novel
by Gregory David Roberts (Sep 30, 2005)
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"It took me a long time and most of the world to learn what I know about love and fate and the choices we make, but the heart of it came to me in an instant, while I was chained to a wall and being tortured."So begins this epic, mesmerizing first novel by Gregory David Roberts, set in the underworld of contemporary Bombay. Shantaram is narrated by ...
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On the Road
by Jack Kerouac (Dec 30, 2002)
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Pulsating with the rhythms of fifties underground America, jazz, sex, illicit drugs, and the mystery and promise of the open road, Jack Kerouac's classic novel of freedom and longing defined what it meant to be "Beat," and has inspired every generation since its initial publication in 1957. Based on Kerouac's adventures with Neal Cassady, On the R...
Josh Waitzkin
Opened up the ecstatic beauty of life’s little moments to me as a teenager.     source
Ernest Hemingway on Writing
by Larry W. Phillips (Dec 31, 1998)
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An assemblage of reflections on the nature of writing and the writer from one the greatest American writers of the twentieth century.Throughout Hemingway’s career as a writer, he maintained that it was bad luck to talk about writing—that it takes off “whatever butterflies have on their wings and the arrangement of hawk’s feathers if you show it or ...
Josh Waitzkin
The most potent little book of wisdom on the creative process that I have run into.     source
The Drama of the Gifted Child
The Search for the True Self, Revised Edition
by Alice Miller (Dec 31, 1996)
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The bestselling book on childhood trauma and the enduring effects of repressed anger and painWhy are many of the most successful people plagued by feelings of emptiness and alienation? This wise and profound book has provided millions of readers with an answer--and has helped them to apply it to their own lives.Far too many of us had to learn as ch...
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For Whom the Bell Tolls
by Ernest Hemingway (Jun 30, 1995)
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In 1937 Ernest Hemingway traveled to Spain to cover the civil war there for the North American Newspaper Alliance. Three years later he completed the greatest novel to emerge from "the good fight," For Whom the Bell Tolls.The story of Robert Jordan, a young American in the International Brigades attached to an antifascist guerilla unit in the mount...
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