#tinyReview: Resilience – Hard-Won Wisdom For Living A Better Life

VerdiCt:  πŸ”₯ πŸ”₯ πŸ”₯


I’m not going to lie, I loved this book. There is so much wisdom, and insight. I’ll be reading this one for years to come.

This book is essential. Read it if you’re after a Renaissance Life like I am.

Topics Include

  • Responsibility
  • Models
  • Philosophy
  • Pain
  • Leadership
  • Spirituality
  • What is Resilience and how do we master it?
  • Happiness
  • Identity
  • Vocation
  • Habits

#tinyReview: Smarter – The New Science of Building Brain Power

Verdict: πŸ‘Œ


Very enjoyable book overall! Easy to read. Entertaining.

The Down Syndrome chapter, although important and interesting, doesn’t feel like it jibes with the rest of the book, but

If you even remotely interested in improving your memory or the current state of brain science, give smarter a read.


  • Exercise, Music, Language Learning
  • Down Syndrome 
  • Clash of the Titans
  • Brain Training
  • Dual n Back, Lumosity
  • Smart Drugs


My other favorite reads


Think in the long term.

Because all that we do (and not do) affects our tomorrow,

therefore we need to make sure (double-dang-sure) we are building on the future we want.

Really think about the foundations your building on, wether that with work, relationships, health, skills.

What do you want to be known for?

What do you want the next year, or five years to look like?

Our Tomorrow depends on today.

Go build your Legacy today.



β€œLive, love, laugh, leave a legacy.” β€• Stephen R. Covey


β€œToday I shall behave, as if this is the day I will be remembered.” β€• Dr. Seuss


β€” Josh Waggoner

‘Brevity is the soul of wit.’  Email me (josh@renaissancemanlife.com) your thoughts on this post. Can you reduce the essential idea further?



Batch Everything!

Once you go batch you never go back (said no one).


Batching is the time management process of grouping a task into a block of time and focusing exclusively on it.

When I batch something I only am giving my attention to only one thing at a time β€” while ignoring or putting on hold other todos. (Okay I’m writing for Time Mastery right now, for 20 minutes, and then #tinyReviews after)

By batching what needs to get done, you actually produce MORE time, effectiveness, creativity and clarity, rather than if you were just jumping all over the place, doing twenty things at once. You also gain time you otherwise wouldn’t have by batching.

Every time we switch tasks, we must get into the mindset of each task we switch to. (Which takes time and mental energy.)


Blogging for example.

Instead of writing one post a day, every day, I can batch them all into one – two sessions per week. This focus puts me ahead of my determined schedule β€” which is essential for being a master of time β€” and allows me room to do other things I normally wouldn’t have time for, because I would otherwise be blogging every day (every – single – day )

Think of batching as a savings or investing account for your time.

You deposit work ahead of time, grouping todo’s into a block of time β€” which helps with clarity, and less distraction β€” and your accruing extra time for a future date.

You put in the work now, and reap the benefits later.


Benefits of a Batched Life

  • Less Distractions and Task Switching
  • Increased Concentration
  • Clarity, Focus, Creativity
  • More time for life.

Batching Examples

  • Practicing music (or other skill)
  • Programming
  • Reading | Learning
  • Meal Prepping
  • Podcasting
  • Writing
  • Blogging
  • Working / Business Dev
  • Social Media
  • Networking


One focus per batch.

Doing more than one task at a time is not batching, it’s trying to multitask.

“I’m going to write at least one page.”

“I’m going to learn ios for 90 minutes.”

Try not to overdo it.

You don’t know your limits until you push your limits,

but once you do, then keep yourself sane by not doing too much batching at once. Too much leads to poor work (which, in my experience, you’ll probably have to redo things : / )


If your batching multiple tasks per day, add moments of pause β€” and rest between each to rejuvenate yourself.

The goal for batching is to have more energy, not exhaust ourselves.


Josh Waggoner


The Pomodoro Technique

Finding Your Solution

One thing freelance programming has taught me is β€”

There’s always multiple ways to tackle a problem.

I may solve it this way.

You may solve it that way.

Maybe your’s is more effective β€” but If I’m brilliant I’ll see that and adapt.

Or more likely,

Every problem has multiple elegant solutions, it’s just a matter of finding the right one that works best for you.


β€œIf I had an hour to solve a problem I’d spend 55 minutes thinking about the problem and 5 minutes thinking about solutions.”  β€• Albert Einstein


β€œA problem well put is half solved.” β€• John Dewey


Josh Waggoner

‘Brevity is the soul of wit.’  Email me (josh@renaissancemanlife.com) your thoughts on this post. Can you reduce the essential idea further?

Introducing Elbow Grease β€” Put a Little Elbow Grease on it

I love having a great idea (arrogant much josh?)β€”

or the thrill of goal setting, visioneering, and dreaming.. but β€”

An idea is only as good as its execution.

Having an idea is not enough, we must also act on creating it.

Head in the clouds feet on the ground.


Elbow Grease is a new RenaissanceLife series focused on

The Art of Grit β€” the blood, sweat, and tears needed to making things happen.

To take a dream and make it reality.

From something we say, to something we do.

And the hard work and grit it takes to do so. (For Grit is necessary if you want to build an empire.)


How do we make an idea more than just an idea?

How do we make our dreams reality?

How do we follow through on what we say?

How do we thrive in failure?

How do we be resilient in our work and relentless in our pursuits?

There’s only one way to figure out.

Let’s get to work.



“Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.” β€” Theodore Roosevelt


Josh Waggoner

Introducing IDEATION β€” Let There Be Innovation

Everything around us was, and is an idea.

It was created.

Look up and notice the craftsmanship around you.

Some idea are straightforward, to the point β€” getting the job done.

Some are well thought out, elegant and remarkable.

Some are inspired by generations of ideas.

That’s the beauty of ideation β€”

Ideas spark ideas.

Create a great idea, and it might impact generations of ideas going forward.


We all have ideas, but some are better than others.

Or we have that moment when we see a brilliant idea, and say ‘AH! Why didn’t I think of that!’

The question is,

What makes a great idea great, and how do we create excellent ones?

Q: What makes an idea great?


IDEATION is a RenaissanceLife series focused on this question and others like

  • What makes ideas sticky? And what makes them fall flat?
  • What are the components?
  • Should we give ideas away?
  • What makes ideas clever, elegant, and impactful?
  • What does a bad idea look like and how do we avoid / spot them?

Welcome to IDEATION β€” Let There Be Innovation.


Josh Waggoner

Flexible Minds

Our thoughts are our greatest asset or greatest weakness to any situation.

Open β€” not closed.

Adapt β€” not break.

Accept and move on β€” not dwell.

Change β€” not complacent.

What can I do‘ β€” not ‘this is hopeless.’


Whatever we face, color’s our experience.

A flexible mind is a resilient one β€” and therefore a renaissance mind


Josh Waggoner

‘Brevity is the soul of wit.’  Email me (josh@renaissancemanlife.com) your thoughts on this post. Can you reduce the essential idea further?


“The universe is change; our life is what our thoughts make it.” β€” Marcus Aurelius

Meditations by Marcus Aurelius

“You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.” β€” Marcus Aurelius

You Are Not Alone

You are not alone + 

We all experience pain and frustration some point in our lives.

This is because we are living.

Injury, heartache, stress, overwhelm, pain, loss, fear, panic, failure…


I know I have. (In fact this year might be some of my greatest trials yet.)

I know the people around me have.

Take comfort in the fact that you are not alone in your experiences.

(have heart for others in misery and

comfort in the collectiveness of being human.)

It may feel like you’re alone sometimes, but someone is going through what you’re going through right now. Or someone has experienced what you’ve experienced.

Sure, it’s different, because we are all different, but its similar.

Suffer Well, for you are not alone+

Remind yourself that when you are in the thick of it.

Allow it to ease your mind.

Life is in the act of each moment.

Live well β€”

You are not alone.


Josh Waggoner



“Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one.” β€” Bruce Lee


“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” β€” Jesus, Matthew 6:35


β€œWe read to know we are not alone.” β€• C.S. Lewis


Grit is what makes us stronger.

It’s what leads us to a thriving life.

 β€” doing the legwork.

β€” Taking the necessary steps to get there. (you know… there)

β€” To be who we want to be.

Hustle, Heart, Effort, Grind, Action..

You can’t climb a mountain by just dreaming about it β€”

or half *ssed, or only doing it once.

Achievement takes more than one-and-done. It’s takes grit.

But there’s also one more component: Rest

Without grit there are no gains. Without rest there is no rejuvenation.

Habit both and you’ll truly thrive.


“Hustle it’s the most important word. Ever.” β€” Gary Vaynerchuk


“If you have no time to rest, it’s exactly the right time.” β€” Mark Twain



Josh Waggoner

‘Brevity is the soul of wit.’  Email me (josh@renaissancemanlife.com) your thoughts on this post. Can you reduce the essential idea further?