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Mass Hysteria: The Best Time to Feed Your Mind

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I know you’re not physically hungry. The empty grocery store shelves tell me you’re doing just fine…FOR NOW! (Scary voice.)

Sorry… had to do it.

But chances are you’re mentally hungry or spiritually hungry. Maybe somewhat thankful the coronavirus pandemic has shaken us out of our daily routine to get perspective on what really matters.

Mass hysteria is the perfect time to take a step back from the day-to-day grind, and really gain control of the information entering your brain.

We’ve been through several hurricane panics these past years in South Florida and the news stories today surrounding the virus are eerily similar to what we hear each September. “It’s coming for you and if you don’t heed our advice then you’re dead!” Maybe not a direct quote, but it’s pretty close. My south Florida friends will get it.

If you wonder why my writing sounds a little numb to the media’s fear mongering that’s why. I’ve seen it every year for over 30 years living in South Florida.

Floridians make jokes about how our weathermen have become legendary figures. Jim Cantore is one more catastrophic hurricane away from having the same mythological status as Chuck Norris.

I can’t really blame the newscasters all that much though. With panic comes the attention they’ve always strived for. They push the limits of what qualifies as reporting facts because it garners them more eyeballs. Bring on the doomsday preparations they tell you. Time to “HUNKER DOWN!” …and watch us more!

So…in between the digital simulations of a 10 ft. storm surge taking my floating house away… I love having books on hand to feed my mind. I make sure I have some physical books and my kindle fully charged for any power outages. (Don’t worry, covid-19 can’t take out your electric, or at least I don’t think it can.)

I’ve read some of my favorite books for personal growth during past hurricanes. Last year I reread “How to Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie. Year before it was “Man’s Search For Meaning” by Viktor Frankl. And year before that it was “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coehlo.

In addition to those titles, here are my favorite books for personal growth and a strong mind that I think you’ll enjoy too.

“Mindset: The New Psychology of Success” by Carol S. Dweck
“Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones”
By James Clear
“How Champions Think: In Sports and in Life” by Bob Rotella and Bob Cullen
“Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself” by Joe Dispenza
“The Daily Stoic” by Ryan Holiday
“The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth: Live Them and Reach Your Potential” by John C. Maxwell

You can also check out my Top books list from the past 3 years.


If you’re not much of a reader, download an audiobook or find a new podcast.
My favorite podcasts right now are “The Ed Mylett Show”, “Impact Theory with Tom Bilyeu”, “Chasing Excellence with Ben Bergeron”, and “School of Greatness with Lewis Howes”.

So while you’re buying that 12-pack of toilet paper on amazon for $99, buy a $10 book or audiobook.

While you’re telling your kids to pick up a book because they’re now homeschooled, lead by example and pick one up yourself.

You will be glad that you watched a little less news and fed your mind with valuable information.

You will triumphantly step into the sunlight from this quarantine a wiser and stronger person because of it.

-Coach Tony