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Expect great things for 2009

Great little podcast (transcript) from Scientific American about a book I mentioned briefly a few weeks ago: Predictably Irrational. Basic premise: “If people think up front that something might be distasteful, Ariely argues, the odds are high that they’ll experience it negatively, no matter how intrinsically good it is.” I know this has been so […]

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Fri, January 2 2009 » Strategy » 1 Comment

I met my end of year goal to run 5K! Plus, new books (no reviews yet).

Well, Saturday I ran 5K for the first time! No walking, no stopping. With hills, even! I started fairly fast (for me) and made myself slow down just a bit and I was glad I did because I had the energy to run up a endless long mountain goat grade fairly steep incline (for me) […]

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Sun, December 28 2008 » Motivation, Persistence, Progress, Training journal » 4 Comments

Pam Reed’s The Extra Mile

I’ve really gotten hooked on reading about ultramarathons. (Stating the obvious, eh?) The stories are so inspiring, they just make me want to get out there and run! (And I do, I don’t just think about it ;-)) The latest one I just finished is The Extra Mile: One Woman’s Personal Journey to Ultrarunning Greatness […]

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Fri, December 26 2008 » Motivation » 2 Comments

eBay and the Brain: What Psychology Teaches Us about the Economic Downturn (and healthy behaviors): Scientific American

eBay and the Brain: What Psychology Teaches Us about the Economic Downturn: Scientific American Most of the useful books I have read this year about understanding why we do what we do (such as Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness, Influencer, Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions, Sway: The Irresistible […]

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Thu, December 18 2008 » Strategy » 4 Comments

Another inspiring book! Ultramarathon Man: Confessions of an all-night runner

Well, I have to say, I enjoy reading Karno’s books (and blog). I first read 50/50, his book about running 50 marathons in 50 days in 50 states — as in, in a row (thanks to Andrew for that tip). I immediately had to order Ultramarathon Man. No intention of doing one (a secret fantasy, […]

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Thu, December 11 2008 » Motivation » 4 Comments

What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Murakami

Wow. Read Murakami’s book this week, a memoir of runner and writer, snatching a chapter here and there when I could. Excellent. Not so much excellent because of how great everything was. Rather, excellent because it wasn’t always great. And he persisted. And was humble. And determined. And kept at it. Through marathons, triathlons, and […]

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Mon, December 8 2008 » Motivation, Persistence » 3 Comments

I must be strong

I want to lie in bed and read. Not because I’m sick, but because I have a stack of good books calling to me, waiting for me! Argh! So many books, so little time. Well, maybe tonight. Sigh. In the meantime, lots to do.

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Wed, December 3 2008 » Everything else » 1 Comment

Just a quick note — last week’s gain gone, plus a few ounces so far this week

Got on the scale this morning and realized: Last week’s gain (plus a bit) is gone, which is good, so on track for the week. The scale doesn’t have the power over me it once did — at this point, I get on about every other day to get some data to see how things […]

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Tue, December 2 2008 » Motivation, Progress » 5 Comments

Great Karno quote on motivation

When it comes to motivation, I say get it wherever you can. Dean Karnazes in 50/50

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Sun, October 19 2008 » Motivation » 1 Comment

Part 4, Influencer: The Power to Change Anything

Finally! The final post in my Influencer series. What a great book. If you haven’t read the first three posts, here they are: One: What to change and how to want to change Two: Personal strategies to change Three: Social strategies to change Tonight is the fourth and last post, focusing on structural (organizational) strategies […]

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Thu, October 16 2008 » Motivation, Strategy » 6 Comments