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4 Must-Have Resources For Your Growth

I was looking through some materials recently and decided to compile some really kickass things created by the dope members of the Idea Lemon Tribe. (Hint hint--if you aren't a member, enter your email in that box at the top or to the right).

These are 2 must-read, and 2 must-watch books and videos.


2 things you must read…

Geoff Novak reached out a couple months ago in response to one of my emails to show me an ebook he wrote about the meaning of life. I read it, and was immediately hooked. It’s actually a 3-part series, and reading the entire thing takes maybe 45 minutes.

The book is called Ku, which means “void”. Ku starts out with a disgruntled man in a busy city bumping into someone who starts a conversation with him about life, and finding what’s truly important. As the story unfolds we see this turn into a conversation between the man and his own conscience. Through the 3 parts we learn what he truly cares about. When I say this book is a conversation, I mean that literally. This is what every page looks like:

Trust me when I say you will see the conversations you have in your own head play out in this book. There are 3 books in this series, Ku, Fu, and Ka.

Start with Ku, and I guarantee you will pick up Fu and Ka.

Get Ku as an ebook download on Amazon for $7.77


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Our last podcast of 2015 was with John Schnettgoecke. John recently published an Amazon best-seller entitled, Pura Vida, A Thinker’s Guide To Living: 12 Must Answer Questions on Happiness, Habits, & Hustle for mixed up millennials.

If you feel at all like a mixed up millennial, or if you’re not a millennial but want to know some of the shit that runs through our heads, then scoop this book. Martin and I are actually featured in part of the book, answering two of those Must Answer Questions.

Get Pura Vida as an ebook download on Amazon for $3.99.


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2 things you must watch...

A couple months ago I wrote about our friend Liz Flores, who we’ve also had on the podcast, and her recent TED Talk about being made for more (this actually inspired Geoff Novak to share Ku with me). Her talk is now available online.

 

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And ANOTHER individual who we had on our podcast is Stevie Kane. We met Steve in Seattle while on our podcast season 2 epic road trip. Steve is spreading a message of Strictly Good Energy into the world.

He just dropped a video parodying DJ Khaled, if DJ Khaled were to deliver motivational messages.


Life is Like a Round of Golf.

...you never know what you're gonna hit. 

Father’s Day in the Nathan household typically means one thing: Golf.

Even though my dad plays golf two to three times a week anyway, Father’s Day is almost always reserved for a round of 9 or 18 on the links.

I didn’t play very well on this Father’s Day (not that I’m an undiscovered Tiger to begin with). It wasn’t all bad, but it wasn’t all good, either. I topped a tee shot and hit the ball 50 yards, but followed it with a second shot that went 180 yards straight down the fairway. I hit another tee shot 308 yards (seriously, I did, and I have witnesses), but managed to bogey the hole. There were shots in the water, shots in the bunker, shots that made that perfect ‘whap’ sound off the iron, and shots that you try to be humble about but inside you want to scream out, “Hell yeah! I’m the man!” There were putts that saved par, and putts that were flat out subpar.

Golf is a lot like life. I’m sure I’m not the first one to make this analogy, but my Father’s Day round was the first time I realized it. You have your ups and your downs. Just when you feel like you’re on a roll or in a groove, reality slaps you in the face. Your dad gives you advice along the way, and you make calculated decisions on whether to heed it or not (and usually when you don’t, you end up in the rough). You do what you can to learn from your mistakes, and no matter what anyone else tells you, to be successful it’s ultimately on you to make the necessary adjustments.

To win in golf, and to win in life, you have to know how to ride the ebbs and flows. The only way to truly enjoy either is not to get too caught up in the highs, nor brought down by the lows. Keep level-head intact and you can achieve greatness.

On the 6th hole of our outing the starter asked our foursome to pick up our rate of play because we were holding up the group behind us and needed to catch up to the group in front of us.

Golf is a funny sport. Life is funny, too. You can spend your time worrying about who’s behind you coming up on your tail, and spend time worrying about how the people ahead of you perform. In either case, you’re not doing yourself any favors by living and playing at their pace. At the end of the day you just have to do you.

When you do, you’ll set the pace, instead of trying to keep up with it.

Happy Father’s Day to my dad and to all dads.

@RajNATION


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Author: Rajiv Nathan 

Rajiv Nathan is the co-founder of Idea Lemon with a background in digital and mobile strategy. He is passionately curious, a people-meeter and lives by the motto, "you miss 100% of the shots you don't take."