Here's a curated list of my favourite lessons, books, and links. I've interspersed the links with the questions and quotes that keep me focused when life threatens to get in the way of my work.
Quarterly & Monthly Re-reads
Research your own experience. Absorb what is useful. Reject what is useless. Add what is essentially your own.
These are on my current rotation and changes depending on my theme for the month, quarter, or year.
If you can't afford to buy it twice, you can't afford it.
These are some questions I ask myself. They help keep me focused on my most important work for the day.
- What am I working on?
- What would excite me?
- What do I want to learn today?
“I only write when I am inspired. Fortunately I am inspired at 9 o'clock every morning.”
— William Faulkner
Quake books are ones that made an impact on me or shook my worldview.
Whether it's a small quake or a bigger one these books shaped how I view and deal with the the world.
Out of these quake books, I've bolded my favourite ones.
Hope you find a book or two that shakes you to your boots. If you have any recommendations (particularly books that are 25+ years old!), send me an email at roxine[at]roxinekee.com!
- So Good They Can't Ignore You by Cal Newport
- Braving the Wilderness by Brené Brown
- The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown
- Everything is F*cked by Mark Manson
- The Subtle Art of not Giving a F*uck by Mark Manson
- Atomic Habits by James Clear
- Great by Choice by Jim Collins
- Daily Rituals by Mason Currey.
- Confessions by St Augustine.
- Anything You Want by Derek Sivers
- Steal Like An Artist by Austin Kleon
- How to Read a Book by Mortimer Adler
- Zero to One by Peter Thiel
- Good to Great by Jim Collins
- Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
- Deep Work By Cal Newport
- Shoe Dog by Phil Knight
- The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
- Linchpin by Seth Godin
- Mastery by Robert Greene
- The Promise of a Pencil by Adam Braun
As a young swimmer, I represented Team Philippines. Eventually my family immigrated to Canada where I almost made it to the Canadian Olympic Trials for Rio 2016.
Since then I've switched sports to ultimate frisbee. There's no certainty that I'll ever represent either country for ultimate. But that's not stopping me from trying to be the best I can be. Here are some books that have helped shape my athletic journey:
- Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
- Blink by Malcolm Gladwell
- No Limits by Michael Phelps
- Open by Andre Agassi
- The Obstacle is the Way by Ryan Holiday
- The Inner Game of Tennis by Timothy Galloway
- Mind Gym by Gary Mack & David Casstevens
How you spend $100 is how you'll spend $100,000.
Here are some links to articles on concepts I talk about a lot, whether it's in this blog or in my day-to-day conversations.
- "The ladders of wealth creation: a step-by-step roadmap to building wealth" by Nathan Barry
- 1000 True Fans by Kevin Kelly
- "Maker's Schedule, Manager's Schedule" by Paul Graham
- "Do Things that Don't Scale" by Paul Graham
- "The Gap" by Ira Glass. Pair this with Steal Like An Artist and So Good They Can't Ignore You from the book list above.
Some people need more focus. Others need to broaden their perspective.
Some people need to try harder. Others need to stress less.
Some people need to care more. Others need to let it go.
The secret is you are both people. The key is to know which one you are in the moment.
Yes, I enjoy listening to The Tim Ferriss Show most of the time.. But who doesn't? Instead, here are some underrated shows made by masterful podcasters that I think you'll enjoy.