Book Review: Ikigai

Ikigai CoverThe most recent book I picked up was called Ikigai by Sebastian Marshall. I usually choose books if I think they’ll make me smarter, provide new insight on topics I’ve already considered, motivate me, or introduce me to new perspectives. This book did a little bit of each of those things.

The reviews that I’ve read of this book before purchasing were accurate–the book is a stream of consciousness type writing, and many of the chapters seemed like blog posts lumped together. However, that didn’t turn me off from the book. It was valuable to me even though it wasn’t well-organized and didn’t always flow logically.

It was an extension of the way I like to think. It jumped from one topic to another, but all topics were loosely connected and all fell within my realm of interest.

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Tree House Reading: Success, Entrepreneurship and Brains!

This week features an interesting set of reading material that focuses on crafting a mindset fit for building a business.


Brain Rules Have you ever wondered exactly how to make your brain function at its best? This book goes into detail about the effects that sleep, our evolution, stress, exercise, and other factors have on how our brains function.


279 Days to Overnight Success Having read this post about a year ago, I must say that going in for a re-read was just as enjoyable as the first time. The key takeaway point from Chris Guillebeau’s piece? Success is not easy, nor is it quick, but it can happen with consistent effort.


10 Things You Should Know Before Becoming a Lifestyle Entrepreneur This is the pillar post that every person dreaming of a location-independent business must read. In this article, there are stellar tips for creating the right routine and mindset for working for yourself.

Additional Recommendations

Also, if you’re looking for more reading, I would highly suggest the sites of these two guys. They both write profound blogs and I often peruse their sites for hours, seeking out blog posts that I haven’t yet read because they’re just that good. And beyond that, they’ve both built businesses themselves, making them the experts in that arena.


I’m currently reading a novel–something I hardly ever do (I love nonfiction). I’m doing this because I want to get a feel for how a long written piece such as a novel maintains its flow.
If you have any good book recommendations, please share them below because I’ll be looking for more novels to read after I’m done with The Da Vinci Code.

Tree House Reading: Work, Time, and Writing

Welcome to the new weekly Tree House Reading series on this blog!

With these posts I’ll be detailing my reading recommendations for the week.

I chose the term “Tree House Reading” because  to me the phrase strikes the perfect balance between a woody wisdom, and a dreamy place in which you can lose yourself for hours.

I also just enjoyed the Magic Tree House book series as a kid and thought it was fitting for the title of a series of posts about reading.

But alas, on with the reading recommendations!



1. Do the Work by Steven Pressfield — This book is short, but it packs a punch. Pressfield gives you to the right attitudes with which to approach your creative work so that you get your work done. He encourages us to be stupid, stubborn, and trusting in order to churn out and stick with our projects. I’ll probably be re-reading this book from time to time because I liked it that much.

2. Time Warrior by Steve Chandler — Coming into this book with the standard linear perception of time, I was able to open my mind to a new way of understanding time.

According to Chandler, the key to ridding yourself of worry is by working in the now so that you can maximize productivity and happiness. He gives many useful tips like this, but does not only talk about time. He packs life lessons relating from everything from being a role model instead of trying to change people, to altering our perceptions so that we can be content in our lives.



3.  10 Rare But Simple Blog Tricks that Make You Look Like a Genius — This is a great list with some fresh ideas (and believe me, I’ve scoured the internet for blog tips, I know fresh.) that will help you add subtle-yet-valuable details to your blog. (I’ve even implemented some here; see if you can spot them!)

4. 7 Habits of Serious Writers — Since I’ve been writing more lately, I thought to look for tips about writing. Ali Luke’s article details the foundation of what every good writer does to produce their craft.


If you’ve been reading anything inspiring or helpful lately, feel free to share in the comments section below and spread the wealth.  =)