Book recommendation: Are You Really Listening? by Donoghue and Seigel

Why is it so difficult to really listen with the intent to understand? It’s much easier to just hear but not really care. We experience this were ever we go from a home environment to the workplace and beyond. Do we have two ears and one mouth for a reason?

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Book recommendation: Failing Forward by John C. Maxwell

When you are out walking and accidentally trip and fall, do you bounce back up like a rubber ball and look around you with a sheepish smile while brushing off the evidence and continue like nothing has happened? Or do you stop for a while wondering what actually made you fall in the first place? What about other mistakes in your life?

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Book recommendation: Principle-Centered Leadership by Stephen R. Covey

How do you make decisions during an average day in your life, being it at work, home or on holiday? Most times I guess you don’t even think about how and why you make your decisions, but now and then a situation appear that are more delicate to handle than others.

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Book recommendation: 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey

Have you ever tried to build a house of cards on top of a flimsy table? You would probably not come very far, especially if someone walks by and bumps into the table. Why is that? Yes, the foundation for your house of cards is not very solid, and if you where to build it on the floor instead, it would be much easier to build.

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Introduction

I would like to give you the back story of my life as a book worm. From a very early age, I’ve been reading books, from children books, teen books, to more adult books. Most of the books has been fiction, but some has been based on real events. In the end of the teens, I turned more into books with stories from the Wild West, especially the Morgan Kane series from the Norwegian author Louis Masterson (real name, Kjell Halbing).

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2018 summary and huge growth

Another year has gone by and our blog has had more growth than we imagined. A year ago, we wished that we could double the views and visitors and also increase comments, and we actually managed to almost quadruple views, visitors and comments. The only thing that has gone down is likes, but that was expected as we have much less visitors from WordPress or people that has a Gravatar that can give likes. I think this growth is satisfying as we still have almost no “advertisements” of our blog on other social media, means more than 80% of our visitors comes via search engines.

We also see some changes in the most visited countries since last year, USA is still at the top, but Norway and UK have switched places. Further we see several countries has left top ten and other countries has entered the list. Quite interesting to see that relatively small countries like the Netherlands, Romania and Italy has been able to push more populated countries out.

For 2019 we will do a couple of changes. One is that the blog will not have regular weekly updates any more, it will be when we feel like adding something interesting and worthy to publish. The other thing is that we will add another section about book recommendations. Notice, this will not be reviews, but short recommendations of books that we think is amazing, that really “speaks” to us in a deeper level. It will be mostly self-improvement and leadership books, as we as humans has so much more to learn at a “human” level that we are never taught at school. Believe this will be a interesting addition to our blog.

In the end we would like to thank all our visitors from all over the world and hope to see you and many more in the year to come. I would not like to come with another wish for the blog other than that we continue to grow in a steady pace, like doubling again?