Category - Lifestyle

“The Success Principles” & Kona Longboard Island Lager

“The Success Principles” by Jack Canfield was the first ever self-help book I read over 5 years ago when I was a senior in high school. To find out what sparked me to read this book check out my about me story in the “About” tab in the navigational panel above.

After reading this book I went on to read somewhere from 20-30 additional self-help books in those 5 years and I continue to read such books to this day. The “self-help” category of books I feel sometimes receives negativity. People may view these types of books as common sense, silly, overly optimistic, idealistic, and possibly even threatening. The phrase, “how dare someone tell me how to live my life,” comes to mind.

The fact of the matter is, is that some of the subjects in these books are common sense but rarely do people actually practice or take action on these subjects. Whereas, the are also many subjects people never thought of before that can end up being life changing.

“There is no problem you can have, that hasn’t already been solved and written about in a book.”
First of all, even if you aware of a certain principle, reading and learning more about how to incorporate it into your life can be a great reinforcer. Second, these books foster positivity and can help you perceive your life’s problem in a more positive light. Third, they are motivational! It is better than reading a depressing news story about terrorism or another mass murder. Finally, everyone faces obstacles and problems in life and in the word’s of Will Smith, “There is no problem you can have, that hasn’t already been solved and written about in a book.” These books have pretty much saved my life and in the process of reading so many of them I have seen the powerful effect that committing oneself to continual self-improvement has.

“The Success Principles” is actually a great starting point for someone starting their self-improvement journey. The book gives a good overlay of many great success principles for various different areas of life. There are great stories, motivating quotes in every chapter, and even exercises scattered throughout the entire book. I highly recommend this book to anyone! Below is a YouTube video I created awhile back showing some of the principles I benefited the most from.

Ahhh, now onto a much more relaxed topic. First, I will start by saying that I am a man of many interests and a connoisseur of many things, beer being one of them. However, what man doesn’t love beer! I love trying new beers and to date the best beer I have ever tasted was at a restaurant in Madison, Wisconsin. Unfortunately, I forget both the name of the restaurant and the beer! Horrible situation to be in when your favorite beer is on the line so in meantime I have been relentlessly searching for a beer that comes close in flavor.

kona_longboard_island_lagerThe beer I chose to pair with this book was the Kona Longboard Long Island Lager. Now, before I go any further I want to preface the following attempt at a beer review with a warning and that is if you came here for an honest, genuine beer review you have come to the wrong place. I don’t know how Andrew Zimmern from Bizarre Foods on the Travel channel does it, but I just don’t have the talent to verbally describe in eloquent words what the food and drinks I put in my mouth taste like. Although, I will definitely try and improve as I do more reviews.

For now, the Kona Longboard Long Island Lager was light, crisp, refreshing, and a beer I am thinking about buying a case of in the future. This is something I only say after beers I really like and just and F.Y.I, I am a fan of lighter beers especially various pale ales, wheat beers, and beers with citrus flavors.

Until next time, remember life is all about balance! After all that is what the #booksandbeers section is all about.