Chris Rees

A Game Changer – Think Week

Netflix documentaries have been an interesting source of motivation and inspiration for me recently, in particular “The Game Changers” documentary and “Inside Bill’s Brain” – a great mini series about the legendary Bill Gates. Netflix has literally changed my diet, added a mini break and got me back into reading. It turns out that television CAN be useful,  so stop watching Friends repeats and go and check out these documentaries:

“The Game Changers” 

A fascinating watch which was recommended by the biggest (ex) carnivore I know, my best man, Ash. He showed up at my house with a vegan dinner, claiming he was switching his diet having watched the documentary – just like that, overnight! I was impressed by his change so watched the programme myself and was inspired. There are a lot of reviews and write ups both for and against the arguments presented in the programme; but for me, I found it quite interesting and, at the time of writing, I haven’t eaten meat for over 3 weeks now! It has actually been easier than I thought and some of the alternative choices when out for dinner have been absolutely lovely. Give it a watch, have a try and see how you feel!

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Next up on my Netflix must watch list:

Inside Bill’s Brain – Decoding Bill Gates

This 3-part documentary was incredible – watching one of the world’s most amazing businessmen as he tries to tackle some world changing problems – Nuclear energy, Polio and Sanitation. Some very big issues to deal with and if one man can manage it, its Bill! A great series, and I hope to see some of his plans and improvements coming to fruition during my lifetime. One of my biggest take-aways or golden nuggets, was the fact that Bill takes a ‘Think Week’. A week to lock himself away and just read. Inspired and in need of a much needed break, I spontaneously booked myself my very own ‘Think Week’!

Inside Bills brain netflix

‘Think Week’

I’ve got 6 books, 5 days and 4 nights locked away to read, tan and re-charge the batteries… and I can’t wait, thanks Bill! Now I have a pile of books that I have borrowed and bought over this year – choosing just a few to pack in my carry on was actually surprisingly difficult. I wanted to pick a variety of subjects and I have to confess, I have read 2 already but want to go back for another read to see if I can get more nuggets out of them and put them into practice in 2020.

I have chosen a mix of topics that are of interest but with a particular focus on processes, leadership, marketing and I’ve also thrown in a non-fiction story for fun.

It took me a while but I have settled on the following :

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The E-Myth Revisited – Michael E Gerber – One I have read twice before but every time takes me back to basics and reminds me or something else I need to implement.

The First 20 Hours – Josh Kaufman – I believe similar to Tim Ferriss’s philosophy where you don’t need to become a master and do 10,000 hours. A small investment in time can have big gains. Looking forward to reading this one.

Leaders Eat Last – Simon Sinek – Great read and as you can see in picture it has been well read previously. Returning to pick up on topics covered and see what can be bought into 2020 planning. 

Legacy – James Kerr – Recommended earlier on in the year I rushed to Amazon and bought this straight away and it has gathered dust all year. After hearing Sir Clive Woodward speak recently about the England team it will be interesting to compare styles. Thanks Simon for the suggestion on this one.

The Hunting Party – Lucy Foley – Bit of a break for the brain and some fiction is required. A birthday present so looking forward to getting into this one.

Oversubscribed – Daniel Priestley – This one has been recommended time and time again and I am looking forward to getting some good gems from this one.

 

Think week books to read

So next time you have the remote in your hand and you’re searching for something to watch – don’t aimlessly browse – make it a game changer!

Let me know what inspires you and what I need to read or watch next.

2 Replies to “A Game Changer – Think Week”

  1. can highly recomend Legacy, i think you’ll particularly like the crossover between the sporting world and principles of teamwork etc to the commercial world. Ive read sineks other works – start with why and if its anything like that then you wont be dissapointed. havent read the emyth one would be interested in your takeaways from that one. to add to the list for your next reading break – tribe of mentors – tim ferris – basically the condensation of 2yrs of podcasting with industry leaders in all fields. Chimp Paradox Dr steve Peters defintly worth a read if not already.

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  2. Sineks great, start with why was strong choice. You’ll love Legacy the crossover with sport/commercial strong team ethos was very inspirational. Those netflix docs had similar affect most admit havent gone cold turkey – pardon the pun – still working way through the freezer. but have cut down on meat by at least 50%. would recomend Tribe of mentors by Tim ferris – basically condensed 2yrs of podcasts into 1 book. And Chimp Paradox by Dr Steve Peters if you havent already seen it.

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