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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
Lao Tzu - Apr 28, 2020 (first published in 600)
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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
Angela Duckworth - Aug 21, 2018 (first published in 2016)
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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...
Peak
Secrets from the New Science of Expertise
Anders Ericsson - Apr 11, 2017 (first published in 2016)
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“This book is a breakthrough, a lyrical, powerful, science-based narrative that actually shows us how to get better (much better) at the things we care about.”—Seth Godin, author of Linchpin “Anyone who wants to get better at anything should read [Peak]. Rest assured that the book is not mere theory. Ericsson’s research focuses on the real world, a...
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The Old Man and the Sea
Ernest Hemingway - Aug 23, 2016 (first published in 1952)
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The Old Man and the Sea, an apparently simple fable, represents the mature Hemingway at his best. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature soon after its publication, and half a century later it is still one of his most read books....
Tribe
On Homecoming and Belonging
Sebastian Junger - May 24, 2016
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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
On the Road
Jack Kerouac - Nov 20, 2012 (first published in 1957)
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Jack Kerouac's groundbreaking novel—soon to be a major motion picture with a star-studded castIn what is sure to be one of the major cinematic events of 2012, Jack Kerouac's legendary Beat classic, On the Road, will finally hit the big screen. Directed by Walter Salles (The Motorcycle Diaries; Paris, Je T'Aime) and with a cast of some of Hollywood'...
Josh Waitzkin
Opened up the ecstatic beauty of life’s little moments to me as a teenager.     source
Dreaming Yourself Awake
Lucid Dreaming and Tibetan Dream Yoga for Insight and Transformation
B. Alan Wallace - May 29, 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
Carol S. Dweck - Dec 26, 2007 (first published in 2006)
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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
Robert M Pirsig - Apr 25, 2006 (first published in 1974)
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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
Gregory David Roberts - Oct 01, 2005 (first published in 2003)
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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 ...
Ernest Hemingway on Writing
Larry W. Phillips - Jan 01, 1999 (first published in 1984)
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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 by Alice Miller
For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway