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Infantryman 82nd Airborne Division — Founder richgrunt.com — NC Real Estate Broker — Rutgers University Alumni

This book takes a deep dive into the wild mind of one of the greatest designers of our lifetimes. Credit again to Isaacson. I am reading through his series in reverse order, starting first with his biography on Da Vinci. What is fascinating about this biography however, is that he developed a personal relationship with Jobs as he was doing the research for this book. I read this book in December of 2019.

This will be a blog post about leadership. Jobs was not some mathematical or even artistic genius…he was a genius at managing the people around him and…


I read this book in October of 2019. This is one of those feel-good, see-believe-achieve, type of books. That being said, I loved it. I read this book in one week if I remember correctly. I was actually in the field and I packed it in my ruck, hoping that I would have enough down-time to read it; praying also that it wouldn’t rain and destroy the book. For some weird reason I have come to treat all my books as though they are the most important thing in my home…I mark my name alongside the fore-edge of all of…


A deep dive into the life and legacy of Leonardo Da Vinci has certainly left me with many insights about our existence and the collective human condition. This was the first biography that I ever read. I read this book in September of 2019. Biographies are interesting because they allow you to examine a character, while knowing his/her ultimate fate. It allows the reader to examine the mind and actions of a man at particular times throughout his life while ultimately knowing what his end-state will be. It is so interesting to read about what is running through the mind…


I cannot completely articulate how beautiful this book was. I genuinely believe that this masterful work of fiction captures the human condition better than any other book ever written. The oldest human story is the individual conquering of adversity in order to reach a greater end-state of some kind. The concept of carrying your cross, walking through the valley, the journey of 1000 steps, running through the flames, defeating the dragon etc…all of these are illustrations of the oldest human story of victory through trial and adversity.

This is a wonderful work of fiction that captures the story of a…


This was my 20th book since the reading commitment! This run has been absolutely incredible, and I learned so much in my first year. Often I find knowledge spewing out of me and I find it difficult to contain myself at times. As I continue this journey of self-education, I must concurrently develop my socio-emotional intelligence. It is imperative for enthusiastic life-long learners to always bear in mind that others may have completely different interests-and that this is perfectly okay.

This book was written by the greatest business mogul in the field of Real Estate sales. Keller has successfully created…


This was the 19th (and the last) book that I read in 2018. This book is a comprehensive book that details Strobel’s interviews with some of the most intelligent and highly regarded scientists in the world. Each chapter discusses the scientific evidence for a Creator in each specific field of science.

This was by far the most technical book of the year. I was not the biggest fan of Strobel’s writing style. I believe he was extremely repetitive and also, the question-answer dialogue in the book made it very annoying. I would have much rather seen or heard his actual…


This was the 18th book since I began the reading commitment. I read this book in November of 2018. This is a no bullshit book about what it really takes to make it through life. This is not your typical self-help book. Many of the principles Manson employs are simple truths that people do not want to hear.

The truth is that the self-help/motivation industry is a billion-dollar industry. The material equivalent of what you “gain” from a motivational book or seminar is cow shit…actually its excessive geese shit, and it serves no ecological benefit. As I described earlier in…


This is the greatest historical fiction ever written. Reading this book was like watching the most captivating movie ever. I first read this book in October of 2018 and I just re-read it this past year while I was in Iraq. I have absolutely no idea how Steven Pressfield created this masterpiece. I actually emailed him and asked him…he never emailed me back. This is a must read for all infantryman.

This historical fiction is premised on the story of the 300 Spartans, and their Squires, who battled the Persian empire and held them at Thermopylae. As a result of…


I read this book first in September 2018, then again in 2020 before I deployed. This is a book about honor and suffering. Frankl exemplifies what it truly means to be a man of honor. It is an eye-opening book about the meaning of suffering and the meaning of life in general. If you seek to have an incredible life, chase honor not success.

Frankl was a highly accomplished medical doctor and psychologist before the holocaust. He had several publications, and graduated among the highest in his class at the University of Vienna. He worked in the neurology department at…


This book is about the human habit loop and the power that it holds in all of us. I am not a psychologist, nor do I have a comprehensive understanding of all the literature surrounding the psychology of habits however, I would regard this book as the complete package regarding everything the average person needs to know about habits. I read this book in September of 2018. This was the 15th book since the reading commitment.

We (humans) are our habits. Our habits are actually whatever we want them to be. Habits can never be fully formed or fully abolished…

Gabriel Sadek

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