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Stan Sutherland
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Rory McIlroy discusses with Luke Kerr-Dineen, 5 books that have helped him play better golf however stop reading now if you’re thinking it will include classics like Harvey Penick's Little Red Book because Rory’s selection could be classified as self-help genre.

Fascinating stuff

Luke writes, “I (Rory) meditated for 20 minutes on the Sunday morning of the Players. My routine now consists of meditation, juggling, mind training, you know, doing all the stuff to get yourself in the right place...I’m not going to go and live with the monks for a couple months in Nepal,” he said, “but just to be able to get your mind in the right place and be able to focus and to center yourself.”

It was fascinating stuff, and he even mentioned some of the books he’s been reading. Here’s a closer look at them."

The Obstacle is the way
I’ve picked my three of Rory’s best picks and given that until very recently Rory was having a bit of a hard time time finding form it is perhaps meaningful that he likes, The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph, by Ryan Holiday. And Luke advises us, “This book that draws “philosophical principles” from Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius to help form a strategies to overcome adversity.”

Top of the list
The first book comes as a real surprise, it’s the one which is first mentioned by Luke but can’t be sure it’s Rory’s top pick. The Greatest Salesman in the World, by Og Mandino.
Luke writes, “That’s one that I sort of refer back to every now and again,” Rory said. The 1968 book is a guide to the “philosophy of salesmanship,” with a spiritual core that emphasizes that the first step of being a good salesman is believing in yourself and your work.”

Thinks maybe it’s time for me to go have another look, which presupposes I can find it among the very many of its genre gathering dust somewhere in my basement.

Choosing a focused life
With all due respect to Rory, who would have thought that he’d be into, for instance, Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World, by Cal Newport.
Rory says, “It goes into…[how] there are obviously so many wonderful things about devices, but only if used in the right way.” That right way, preached by Newport, involves only pursuing digital pursuits that bring “value” to your life.”

Now there’s a thought, “pursuing digital pursuits that bring “value” to your life,” and I should pay more attention to this one but I’ll leave addressing that subject until after the Masters thank you.

Link to Luke Kerr-Dineen

Quote of the Day
“Let’s go invent tomorrow rather than worrying about what happened yesterday.” - Steve Jobs
Another one of Rory’s five picks is Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

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