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Books I Read in 2014

Jan. 01, 2015

1. Man's Search for Meaning - Viktor Frankl (I HIGHLY RECOMMEND)
2. The Pursuit of Perfect - Tal Ben-Shahar
3. Choose the Life You Want – Tal Ben-Shahar
4. Happier – Tal Ben-Shahar
5. The Way of the Superior Man – David Deida
6. The Defining Decade – Meg Jay
7. The Road less Traveled – M. Scott Peck (Worth reading)
8. Remote: Office Not Required - Jason Fried, David Heinemeier Hansson
9. Stumbling on Happiness - Daniel Gilbert (So bad I couldn’t even finish)
10. On Writing Well - William Zinsser (I HIGHLY RECOMMEND)

11. A Short History of Nearly Everything - Bill Bryson
12. Mike Tyson - Undisputed Truth
13. Key to Living the Law of Attraction - Jack Canfield (I HIGHLY RECOMMEND)

14. Money - Tony Robbins (Worth reading)

2014 In Review

Jan. 01, 2015

Here we go again, another year and another time of reflection. As always, I feel like nothing has happened this year but surely a lot has happened. I went through Dad’s cancer treatment and eventually his death. I worked on a feature film called Divine Access. I got a job at Dell as a designer and met some great people. I played my first clay court tennis tournament, I joined a jiu jitsu gym, I sold my Honda Fit, which I will buy back one day, and the year ended with Thanh’s wedding. I can’t believe she’s the first of our generation to have a wedding, the last wedding was over 10 years ago. I wonder when the next wedding will be.



Books I Read in 2013

Jan. 01, 2014

1. The Tipping Point - Malcolm Gladwell (Audiobook)
2. Quitter - Jon Acuff (I Recommend)
3. The Road less Traveled - M. Scott Peck (Audiobook)
4. Three Simple Steps - Trevor Blake
5. The Happiness Advantage - Shawn Achor (Audiobook)
6. Rework - Jason Fried & David Hansson (Audiobook - I HIGHLY RECOMMEND)

7. A Picture Book of Louis Braille - David Adler
8. Helen Keller - Courage in The Dark
9. The Tortoise and The Hare
10. Designing Brand Identity - Alina Wheeler
11. She Comes First - Ian Kerner
12. Helen Keller - Story of My Life (Audiobook - Didn?t Finish)
13. Just Little Things - Nancy Vu (In Progress)
14. The Wish List - Barbara Ann Kipfer (In Progress)
15. The Complete Life's Little Instruction Book - Brown Jr. H. Jackson (In Progress)
16. Crush It - Gary Vaynerchuk
17. The Bald Truth - Spencer Kobren
18. 4 Hour Workweek - Tim Ferriss (Audiobook)
19. The Laws of Courage - Ryuho Okawa
20. Become a Better You - Joel Osteen
21. Daring Greatly - Brene Brown (Audiobook - I HIGHLY RECOMMEND)

22. The Alchemist - Paulo Cuelho (Audiobook)

2013 In Review

Dec. 31, 2013

These are things that happened in 2013:

1. I went to Vietnam and Korea for the first time. This was the first time I traveled outside of the U.S.
2. I went to New York for the first time and attended my first U.S. Open.
3. I landed a backflip on the trampoline.
4. Dad got diagnosed with cancer.
5. I ran my first marathon.



Crying At Mom's Doctor Visit

Feb. 05, 2013

I took mom to the doctor's today. She told Terry Bagwell that we are going to Vietnam in a month. This would be the first time she took her kids back in 33 years since she left Vietnam during the war. Terry asked about her parents and mom told them when they died. At the end of it all, mom started crying, Terry started crying, and I started crying. Note to yourself Johnny: Always remember this kind of love and self sacrifice.



Books I Read in 2012

Jan. 13, 2013

I've never been much a reader, or writer actually. In middle and high school I made C?s in reading and writing while A+ on all other subjects. I always thought I couldn't read because my brain wouldn't retain the information. After reading about 5 pages of a book I would have no idea what I just read. It would take me a month to read about 30 pages. The only book I ever recalled reading and enjoying before college was ?Things Fall Apart? by Chinua Achebe. It wasn't until college that I gained confidence in reading after being motivated, having failed 3 prior exams, to read an entire Accounting book, front to back, word for word, in one week for finals. It was then that I realized, I could actually read if I just focused. It was my proudest moment in college. I made an A in that accounting class at the end of it all.

Here are the books I read or listened to in 2012:
1. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey (Audiobook)

2. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie (Audiobook)
3. The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson (Audiobook - I HIGHLY RECOMMEND)

4. Awaken The Giant Within by Tony Robbins (Audiobook)

5. Quiet by Susan Cain
6. As a Man Thinketh by James Allen
7. Make Today Count by John Maxwell