RRL Book Club

A few of us decided that we wanted to read a few more books this year.  Using the same mentality of accountability, friendship and fun, we began a small group around reading.  The books that we have gravitated towards are books on mindset, training, spiritual journeys and history.

Since starting we have read the following:

Secrets of the Millionaire Mind,  T Harv Ecker
Relentless, Tim Grover
The Power of Positive Thinking, Norman Vincent Peale
The 10x Rule, Grant Cardone
Ego is the Enemy, Ryan Holiday
The Road Less Traveled, M Scott Peck
Mindset, Carol Dweck
Extreme Ownership, Jocko Willink and Leif Babbin
The One Thing, Gary Keller
On Fire, John O’Leary
The Obstacle is the Way-Ryan Holiday
The War of Art- Stephen Pressfield
Daily Rituals-Mason Curry
Rise of Superman-Stephen Kotler
School of Greatness-Lewis Howes
Open:Autobiography of Andre Agassi
Small Giants-Bo Burlingham
Meditations-Marcus Arelius
The Forgotten Highlander-Alistar Urquhart
Never split the difference-Chris Voss
Start with why-Simon Sinek
Fishing for happiness- Joe Simmonds
Stealing Fire-Stephen Kotler
Daring Greatly-Brene Brown
Disrupt You -Jay Sammit
The Oxygen Advantage- Patrick McKeown
Chasing Excellence-Ben Bergeron
The Moral Compass- William Bennett
Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future- Ashley Vance
The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
The Shack-Paul Young
A Million Miles in a Thousand Years-Donald Miller
The Carpenter-Jon Gordon
The Stand-Stephen King
7 Lessons From Heaven-Mary Neal
Essentialism- Greg Mckeown
Man’s Search for Meaning- Victor Frankl
Perceptual intelligence- Brian Boxer Wachler
Legacy- James Kerr

Next 2:
The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself-Michael Singer
Hillbilly Elegy-JD Vance


Jocko Podcast -All of them but
Ep 12-The Forgotten Highlander


Unbreakable Podcast-Tom Shea



Tim Ferris



Part 2


Feel free to join us in reading any of these.  Post in comments or email to discuss the ones you have read

May 24, 2017

Wednesday has transformed into run day


Slow 2 mile warm up jog (I focused on only breathing through my nose as encouraged in the book I am reading called The Oxygen Advantage)


Woodhill x 8

Run up and down a hill as fast as you can 8 times.  The gym record is right at 8 minutes.  Mike Drew ran really well.  Almost lapped me.

I have been reading The Oxygen Advantage and trying some of his exercises.  I think that everyone should read this book as he has some interesting ideas all backed by science that I have never really investigated before.  I have enjoyed learning about the relationship between Co2 and o2 and how you can alter that based on the way you breathe resulting in more or less o2 uptake to your blood stream.  Obviously, if we can get more o2 into the blood, we can perform better.  He has some science that is contrary to conventional wisdom, like deep breaths=more o2. 

While reading this book I am trying to figure out how his program can exist with the Wim Hof method within my training.  I believe there is a place for both, but the question is, how do we use them to increase performance substantially?

Here is an article from his website that compares the two methods:


I dont think that I will quit doing either method, because the ancillary benefits to each are so evident within my life.  At the very least, the Wim Hof Method practiced daily has been the most effective meditation tool I have come across.  My mind goes still or wanders to places previously unknown.  Before, I would sit there and start wondering what I was going to have for breakfast or some silly thought like that.  With the breathing method, all thoughts like that vanish and my head is still for a short period of the day.  In Stealing Fire, Kotler gives scientifically backed proof of the incredible benefits of even very brief moments like these found in meditation.  For that reason alone, I would keep doing it regularly, but I know that it has far more benefits.  I can also see how The Oxygen Advantage can also be used to enhance your training both mentally and physically. 

At 48, I am looking for every advantage I can get.  If I can find a technique or training method that helps increase performance 2%, I am interested in learning.  These breathing techniques have definitely helped my physical training and performance, but they have substantial effects on the mental side as well which easily translates to family, work and other relationships. 

I will write more about these two methods as I continue to learn more about them and incorporate them into the training.

Let me know if you have experience with either method, good or bad.

RRL Book Club

For the last 6 months several of us have been meeting every 2 weeks to discuss a book that we have chosen to read.  We have read some incredible books and will continue to add to this list.  If you have suggestions, leave them in the comments.


Secrets of the Millionaire Mind,  T Harv Ecker

This book is one that absolutely changed my life.  I keep a copy of this in my library and have gone back to it many times.  Rereading it with the group was very helpful and motivated me to make some significant changes, stretch myself financially and continue to follow my plan. 

Relentless, Tim Grover

This book is an in your face look at who you are, where you want to go and why you are either getting there or not.  Tim Grover trained Michael Jordan in his prime and stayed around for 15 years.  He has been the trainer and coach for so many top performers in basketball and learned much from his time with them.  This book is full of lessons, take aways and motivation.  Highly recommended.

The Power of Positive Thinking, Norman Vincent Peale

This is an old school but outstanding book that could easily change the lives of just about anyone who reads it.  I highly recommend this book, especially if you are unfamiliar with the Law of Attraction.

The 10x Rule, Grant Cardone

Want to get motivated to live the best life possible?  Want to supercharge your business, your personal life, relationships...anything?  Grant Cardone is a hustler.  He gets after it and shows you how to get after it too.

Ego is the Enemy, Ryan Holiday

Easily one of the best books I have ever read.  Highly recommended to figure out how to understand the role of Ego in your life. 

The Road Less Traveled, M Scott Peck

We got alot out of this one.  In a strange way, it is similar in message to my favorite book on this list...or any list.  "Self-control is the essence of Peck's brand of self-help. He says: "Without discipline we can solve nothing. With only some discipline we can solve only some problems. With total discipline we can solve all problems." A person who has the ability to delay gratification has the key to psychological maturity, whereas impulsiveness is a mental habit that, in denying opportunities to experience pain, creates neuroses. Most large problems we have are the result of not facing up to earlier, smaller problems, of failing to be 'dedicated to the truth'. The great mistake most people make is believing that problems will go away of their own accord.

This lack of responsibility will damage us in other ways. Our culture puts freedom on a pedestal, yet Peck recalls Eric Fromm's book Escape From Freedom, which looked at people's natural willingness to embrace political authoritarianism. It is referenced to support Peck's belief that, when it comes down to it, we shy from real freedom and responsibility."

That is from a book analysis.  I recommend this book is on your list at some point.

Mindset, Carol Dweck

One of the most powerful books ever written.  Dweck analyzes two mindsets; a Fixed mindset and a Growth mindset.  If you are a parent, this is an absolute must read.

Extreme Ownership, Jocko Willink and Leif Babbin

Easily my favorite book that I have read in the last 20 years.  I gave this book to everyone in my office and suggested that they read it because Extreme Ownership is the culture of my company.  If I could only suggest one book, THIS IS IT!  I have read it at least 5 times.

The One Thing, Gary Keller

Super powerful and capable of turning anyone's life into a very successful one.  Follow Gary's advice and watch as your goals become reality.  Gary was probably not an Olympic quality athlete, nor could he pass BUDs but his philosophy is comparable to Jocko Willink and Leif Babbin in Extreme Ownership.  This one should definitely go on top of the list.

On Fire, John O’Leary

John was burned on 100% of his body when he was a small boy.  His life was forever changed.  On Fire is a story of his struggle to regain his life, his independence and achieve great things.  I could never do this book justice in a few lines.  JUST READ IT.


August 31, 2016

What no one could have realized at the time was how much Jeff and his team’s ignorance of the sport would turn out to be an asset
— But Now I See by Steven Holcomb

This quote is from a book I am listening to and quite interested in.  The book is But Now I See by Steven Holcomb.  Steven is the driver of USA 1 Bobsled and an Olympic Gold Medalist.  He was diagnosed with Keratoconus which degrades vision and became legally blind (while still the driver of a sled going 90 mph).  Not only is this book a great story about overcoming a condition to restore sight, but it also has a parallel story about USA bobsledding that is fascinating to me. 

The USA at one time had to buy their sleds and equipment from the Europeans.  There were no sleds built in the USA.  It was no wonder that we consistently finished poorly, not only off the medal stand, but really never having a chance as we were using outdated equipment and no one was really taking the sport as seriously, in a gear or technical sense, as our competitors.  This all changed when Jeff Bodine of NASCAR was watching the Olympics when Herschel Walker was a pusher and the commentator pointed out this flaw in our team's equipment.  Jeff Bodine decided that he was going to change things.  

He didn't know anything about Bobsledding, but he had tremendous pride in his country and he did know about racing.  He did have a complete garage that could build a NASCAR vehicle overnight.  He committed to a task and got it done...eventually.  

I LOVE this quote above because it embodies my own career and what I have seen from so many others as well.  What may seem like the biggest weakness, challenge, hurdle, or giant mountain in front of you will turn out to be your greatest asset if you stick with it long enough.  In my case, I grew up in Tennessee and had never seen a bonefish, tarpon or permit in my entire life.  I had never been on a guided trip and had never once been to the Florida Keys.  There is no way that you could look at this situation and conclude that I was operating at a distinct advantage over my competition in my quest to become a bonefish, tarpon and permit guide in the Florida Keys.   It certainly wasn't an advantage...for 10 or 12 years. My competition grew up in Key West, they had fathers who were guides, they had been on the water their whole life.  My situation was one of almost complete impossibility, but I did have one crucial ingredient, passion and determination.  I simply wanted to be a fishing guide in the Florida Keys so bad that nothing was going to stop me.  One other asset that I had was a work ethic, an ability to endure pain and a never quit attitude forged by my wrestling background. 

I knew that I had to work harder than everyone else, 10 times as hard, because I had no idea what I was doing.  I had to learn more, faster than everyone else, because I knew nothing. I knew that I had to treat my customers better than they had ever been treated before, because they were the only ones that I had.  This developed a work ethic and passion for learning that became the normal, every day operating procedure.

In Steven Holcomb's book, the fact that Jeff Bodine knew nothing about bobsledding certainly wasn't an advantage at first.  His first sleds were slightly better than our old ones, but still no medals.  However, because he knew nothing of protocol, the way it had always been done or tradition, Jeff did what he knew how to do and used his resources to get a job done.  The result was something that the Bobsled community had never seen before.  Pit crews, engineers, the ability to change things instantly or rebuild the entire sled overnight became their normal operating procedure.

At first, this looked like a circus act and all the competitors watched in amusement, but Bodine and his team stayed with it and did what they knew how to do.  They knew how to make instant corrections toward improvement and they knew how to make things go fast. 

It didn't work right away, but eventually the fact that Jeff Bodine knew nothing about Bobsledding became the Team USA's biggest advantage.  In 2014 at Sochi, the Team USA sled, driven by Steven Holcomb won the Olympic Gold Medal.

Take Home Value:  Do not let ANYTHING intimidate you from doing something that you want to do.  No matter how impossible it seems, if you commit and stick with it, whatever your biggest challenge is today will become your greatest advantage.  This might be your health, your location, your education, your upbringing or your experience level.  It is definitely not going to happen overnight, but any of these things can be corrected and in that process, you may discover your advantage and dominate your competition. 

Do you have a story about how this has been true in your own life or in the life of someone you know?  If so, I'd like to hear it.  Send me an email at Permitfly4@aol.com


This morning 5:45 am

6 Mile Run as fast as possible

I finished 48:32, slower than I had anticipated.  PSC came in around 42:00, Mike D and Alan L beat me by a minute or two.  Good work!

Books worth reading

I just finished this one:

With Selection coming up fast, I have been searching out books on mental toughness, mental preparation and mental training.  This was a great one. 

I listened to this one while driving mostly but also on a long row.  It was full of stories from Olympic champions and other athletes that could help any athlete, regardless of level.  I fully intend on getting my kids to listen to this book as well.

With some books, the narrator can enhance or spoil, entirely, the experience for you.  The narrator in this audio did a great job and carried the story nicely.

I think that listening to one or 2 chapters at a time is probably the best way to fully digest the information rather than doing a marathon session.  Tons of great quotes are littered through this book and there are take away lessons for just about anyone; athlete or not.

I particularly liked the section on injuries and setbacks as I am going through one of my own currently.  So many amazing stories were recounted of athletes experiencing serious injury at their peak, but staying mentally strong and coming back 4 years later to win a gold medal.  These athletes used a disadvantage and made it an advantage, which has always been something that I encourage and have experienced in my own life.  Combined with extreme patience, they were able to make their dream a reality.

These stories provide motivation and inspiration to anyone experiencing any kind of obstacles in their lives or striving to reach a goal.

The one big takeaway for me in this book was something that the author went back to continually.  If you can see or admire greatness in someone else, you are only able to do that if you, too, have some of that same trait within yourself.  Interesting...

If you like these kind of books, check this one out.