Executive Summaries

Back Page Notes – The Obstacle is the Way by Ryan Holiday

Every month I try and read 2-3 books with a focus on leadership, professional development, and philosophy. The problem is five or six months down the line I’d often forget what book I read and also forget the main points from the book. Writing notes in the margin worked for a while but it was quite a pain to go through all my books and look for notes. Writing notes on the back page of the book worked great but if I gave the book away I lost the notes. I finally started writing all my notes in a moleskin journal, snapping a picture or typing them on a 1-page PDF to share on DODReads.

This process morphed into the creation of professional Executive Summaries which I’m happy to share below. If you would like to join me and share your own executive summary please follow the guidance here.

  • One man sees crisis another sees opportunity
  • One man blinded by success another reality
  • One man loses control another stays calm
  • Fear desperation, sadness, powerlessness are functions of our perceptions: feelings that we choose to give into.

The #1 skill of astronauts: The art of not panicking

Blessings & Burdens are not mutually exclusive. Socrates had a nagging wife and allowed him to practice philosophy in his daily life.

“choose not to be harmed and you won’t feel harmed, don’t feel harmed and you haven’t been” -Marcus Aurelius

“you want to have a great empire? First rule over yourself” – Publius Syrus

“ A good man dyes events with his own color” -Seneca

“Good” {no matter what happened} – Jaco

You are the only one who can decide how an action will affect you!


There is no way I could do (fill in the blank) then you DO IT!!!

If you are a reader or author and would like to publish a high quality executive summary from your personal reading list or military reading list that you would like published on DODReads.com please use this template. I will be happy to include your notes, a short bio, picture, and links to your website or socials.

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