DeRae’s Guide To Summer Reading

As Cautious Coffee continues to grow, our goal is to provide more content for our followers to supplement each episode and to challenge your mind. This week, we’re diving into my reading list and current recommendations. One note: You won’t find a self-help book anywhere on this list. Each summary is courtesy of Amazon. Is there anything we should be reading? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams

Sleep is one of the most important but least understood aspects of our life, wellness, and longevity. Until very recently, science had no answer to the question of why we sleep, or what good it served, or why we suffer such devastating health consequences when we don’t sleep. Compared to the other basic drives in life—eating, drinking, and reproducing—the purpose of sleep remained elusive.

An explosion of scientific discoveries in the last twenty years has shed new light on this fundamental aspect of our lives. Now, preeminent neuroscientist and sleep expert Matthew Walker gives us a new understanding of the vital importance of sleep and dreaming. Within the brain, sleep enriches our ability to learn, memorize, and make logical decisions. It recalibrates our emotions, restocks our immune system, fine-tunes our metabolism, and regulates our appetite. Dreaming mollifies painful memories and creates a virtual reality space in which the brain melds past and present knowledge to inspire creativity.

The Black Swan

A black swan is a highly improbable event with three principal characteristics: It is unpredictable; it carries a massive impact; and, after the fact, we concoct an explanation that makes it appear less random, and more predictable, than it was. The astonishing success of Google was a black swan; so was 9/11. For Nassim Nicholas Taleb, black swans underlie almost everything about our world, from the rise of religions to events in our own personal lives.

Brain Bugs

The human brain may be the best piece of technology ever created, but it’s far from perfect. Drawing on colorful examples and surprising research, neuroscientist Dean Buonomano exposes the blind spots and weaknesses that beset our brains and lead us to make misguided personal, professional, and financial decisions. Whether explaining why we are susceptible to advertisements or demonstrating how false memories are formed, Brain Bugs not only explains the brain’s inherent flaws but also gives us the tools to counteract them.

Incognito

In this sparkling and provocative book, renowned neuroscientist David Eagleman navigates the depths of the subconscious brain to illuminate its surprising mysteries. Why can your foot move halfway to the brake pedal before you become consciously aware of danger ahead? Is there a true Mel Gibson? How is your brain like a conflicted democracy engaged in civil war? What do Odysseus and the subprime mortgage meltdown have in common? Why are people whose names begin with J more like to marry other people whose names begin with J? And why is it so difficult to keep a secret? 

Taking in brain damage, plane spotting, dating, drugs, beauty, infidelity, synesthesia, criminal law, artificial intelligence, and visual illusions, Incognito is a thrilling subsurface exploration of the mind and all its contradictions.

Rich Dad Poor Dad

It’s been nearly 25 years since Robert Kiyosaki’s Rich Dad Poor Dad first made waves in the Personal Finance arena. It has since become the #1 Personal Finance book of all time… translated into dozens of languages and sold around the world.

Rich Dad Poor Dad is Robert’s story of growing up with two dads — his real father and the father of his best friend, his rich dad — and the ways in which both men shaped his thoughts about money and investing. The book explodes the myth that you need to earn a high income to be rich and explains the difference between working for money and having your money work for you.

Thinking, Fast and Slow

In his mega bestseller, Thinking, Fast and Slow, Daniel Kahneman, world-famous psychologist and winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics, takes us on a groundbreaking tour of the mind and explains the two systems that drive the way we think. 

System 1 is fast, intuitive, and emotional; System 2 is slower, more deliberative, and more logical. The impact of overconfidence on corporate strategies, the difficulties of predicting what will make us happy in the future, the profound effect of cognitive biases on everything from playing the stock market to planning our next vacation―each of these can be understood only by knowing how the two systems shape our judgments and decisions.

Engaging the reader in a lively conversation about how we think, Kahneman reveals where we can and cannot trust our intuitions and how we can tap into the benefits of slow thinking. He offers practical and enlightening insights into how choices are made in both our business and our personal lives―and how we can use different techniques to guard against the mental glitches that often get us into trouble. Topping bestseller lists for almost ten years, Thinking, Fast and Slow is a contemporary classic, an essential book that has changed the lives of millions of readers.

Warren Buffett Wealth

Warren Buffett Wealth follows the world’s greatest investor from the beginning of his career, as he takes a 100-dollar investment and turns it into one of the most successful multibillion-dollar companies in the world. By carefully detailing how Buffett began his career and discussing what he learned from Benjamin Graham, this book reveals the true secrets to Buffett’s success. Readers will see how Buffett reached the pinnacle of his profession by following certain key principles such as investing in old-style traditional American companies, holding the companies forever, and hiring and keeping the same managers.

The Millionaire Mind

“Readers with an entrepreneurial turn of mind will devour The Millionaire Mind because it provides road maps on how millionaires found their niches.” After its first publication, Dr. Thomas J. Stanley’s second best-seller The Millionaire Mind spent over four months on the New York Times best-seller list, rising to position #2, and has sold over half a million copies. Here is the first paperback edition of Stanley’s second groundbreaking study of America’s wealthy.The Millionaire Mind targets a population of millionaires who have accumulated substantial wealth and live in ways that openly demonstrate their affluence. Exploring the ideas, beliefs, and behaviors that enabled these millionaires to build and maintain their fortunes, Dr. Stanley provides a fascinating look at who America’s financial elite are and how they got there.

How Well Do You Really Know Yourself?

Following a midseason break, Austin and DeRae are back. The duo chats about some of the ways many people have no idea who they really are. Now that may seem like quite a strong statement, but unless you have a really good idea of how the human brain works – it’s just not possible to fully grasp what you’re capable of or where your limits are. 

DeRae stresses his experience with boxing stripping away anything he could possibly hide behind. Austin looks to the vulnerability of travel to drive his intellectual curiosity. There are many ways to go about it, but it comes down to pushing yourself out of your comfort zone. 

You are your brain – it is the command center for everything you think and feel. Shouldn’t you have a really good idea of what’s literally going on in your brain?

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Is Our Education System Broken?

While the U.S. is a rich country, globally, our country ranks 24th in math, 21st in science, and 15th in literacy. Why? Our system is flawed and separates the haves and the have nots. 

Digging deeper, the U.S. attracts most of its teachers from the bottom two-thirds of college classes, with nearly half coming from the bottom third. Are teachers properly equipped and incentivized to solve the education crisis in this country?

Joined by special guests, Austin and DeRae discuss the value of an education in the United States. They share their experiences in the system and explore why you don’t need college to be successful in life. Hint: college won’t tell you what you’re good at, you must figure that out on your own. The sooner the better!

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Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Allyship

Do you believe in freedom? Great! Austin and DeRae do as well. They sit down with their first in-show special guests, Alan Lett and Anthony Ferrell of OG 713, an LGBTQ-owned small business based in Houston, Texas. 

Join the conversation as Cautious Coffee discusses allyship, civil rights, discrimination, and the logic of freedom.

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Cancel Cautious Coffee

Cancel culture is nothing new. In today’s social media heavy world, one wrong tweet might get you canceled. But what does attempting to cancel someone or something say about society as a whole? Austin and DeRae discuss cancel culture in the 21st century.

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Opportunity vs. Chance

Can you create your own luck? What about creating your own opportunity? Where does effort into the equation? On this episode of Cautious Coffee, Austin and DeRae discuss the implications of what it means to be lucky. Listeners will find out why they feel lucky and maybe reflect on your own life in all the ways you’re lucky, too.

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Let’s Talk Mental Health

Since the onset of COVID-19, about 40 percent of adults in the United States have reported symptoms of anxiety or depressive disorder. For young adults under the age of 24, that number spikes to more than 56 percent.

To wrap up Mental Health Awareness Month, DeRae and Austin discuss their struggles with anxiety and depression, how they cope, and most importantly – why it’s ok to not be ok.

RESOURCES
SAMSHA National Helpline | 1-800-662-HELP (4357)
National Suicide Prevention Crisis Lifeline  | 1-800-273-8255

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Marriage, Relationships, and Economics

Marriage is a beautiful thing, but has society given too much weight to the role love plays in it? In this episode Austin and DeRae chat about their experiences with relationships and marriage. DeRae has a more systematic approach to marriage, while Austin has a more traditional approach. Where do you stand?

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Enough. Is Anything Ever Enough?

Enough. How do you know when something is enough? That you’ve tolerated enough? That you’ve worked hard enough or long enough? That it is good enough? Is anything ever enough? Do we mindlessly chase to get to this abstract idea of enough? What happens when my enough doesn’t look the same as your enough? Am I enough? Who decides? Enough.

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Sit Fear on the Bench

If there is something else you would rather be doing, why aren’t you doing it? If there is somewhere else you would rather be, why aren’t you there? If there is someone else you would rather be with, why aren’t you with them?

Austin and DeRae discuss how the deep-rooted implications of fear often keep us from pursuing everything we really want in life, things we didn’t even know we wanted, and what we forgo by putting fear in the game.

What is stopping you from taking that leap? Is it fear?

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Cautious Coffee is a forum for candid, often uncomfortable conversations. Hosted by Austin Staton and DeRae Crane, each episode brings you unscripted and unfiltered commentary on key issues that are impacting our country and culture. Tune in as we seek empowerment, not power; as we meet people where they are; and most importantly, as we strive to be better humans. 

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