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Gary's Bookshelf: That's Life

Gary's Bookshelf: That's Life

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How can you tell what's true and what's not? This book shows us how to study human behavior to find out the truth in a world of misinformation.

An incredibly inspirational book, The Blind Side tells the story of Michael Oher, a teen taken in by the Touhy family when they find out he is homeless. Today, Michael Oher is a successful NFL player - an achievement that would have never happened without the support of the family that cared for him as if he were one of their own. It's a story of love, respect, values, and trust that is not to be missed.

In this book, Malcolm Gladwell teaches us how we make snap judgments and think without thinking. In this book, Gladwell discusses how we should be training our mind and our senses to focus on the most relevant facts.

If you like sports or you like business - this book is for you. It's a great story about the Oakland A's and how they used statistical methods to pick players rather than simply going on what others thought classified a strong athlete. A great success story!

Daniel Pink shows readers a different way to look at their lives and their work. He emphasizes the importance of right-brained and "creative" thinkers for future success.

What Gladwell refers to as sociological epidemics can start out as simple ideas or products that end up making a huge splash, changing everything from how we think to what we think we know.

A powerful read, Friedman believes that our future is in big trouble if we do not start making smarter choices. He explores the many ways that our world is depleting our natural resources and causing a global meltdown, and he pleads to America to be the leaders of change for the environment.

We've all played the game Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon - yes it works. Why? It's science. "Six Degrees" applies scientific research and fact to networks, and proves that you don't have to be a movie star to be connected.

A very interesting read. Jared Diamond describes his theory on the trends seen throughout human history.

An examination of collaboration and how large groups are smarter than individuals.

A story of changing focus from getting to giving, and how it can lead to unexpected favorable outcomes.

Learn about the psychology of "optimal experience" and how controlling it can lead to an improved quality of life.

Do you have a fixed or growth mindset? Dweck delves into the differences between the two and explains how achieving a growth mindset is key to great accomplishments in life.

Gladwell explores what makes high-achievers different through numerous stories of society's "outliers."

Take it from Author Dan Roam: "There is no more powerful way to prove that we know something well than to draw a simple picture of it. And there is no more powerful way to see hidden solutions than to pick up a pen and draw out the pieces of our problem."