The word “philosophy” comes from Ancient Greek and means “love of wisdom”.

Unfortunately, the modern translation appears to have become slightly twisted to the point where the word might only connote some impractical college major.

Yet, philosophy ought to be embraced by all who seek to live in a more “favorable” world for it is our own mental constructs (our own philosophy) that dictates how we think, feel and act. So, philosophy isn’t just about talking or even thinking, its true meaning lies in the execution of the ideas and ideals.

Today, Nick and I revisit the essence of philosophy and review some of the framework behind The Habit Factor franchise.

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In this episode, Martin shares a handful of his favorite quotes and a few books that helped him to form a foundation for thought and action (a mixed philosophy that spans; Thoreau and Socrates to Kurt Vonnegut.




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John Candy

Henry David Thoreau’s Walden

Norman Vincent Peale’s The Power of Positive Thinking 

Norman Vincent Peale’s The Power of Positive Imaging

Mark Twain



Kelly Slater

Laozi’s Tao Te Ching

Carol Osborn’s How Would Confucius Ask for a Raise?

George Samuel Clayson’s The Richest Man in Babylon

James Allen’s As a Man Thinketh

Robert M Pirsig’s Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich

Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five

Kurt Vonnegut’s Sirens of Titan

Kurt Vonnegut’s Breakfast of Champions

Kurt Vonnegut’s Deadeye Dick: A Novel

Kurt Vonnegut’s Mother Night

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