Think Different Theory

The Books I’m Currently Reading


In this episode, I talk about the stack of books I have been reading or planning to read during my time off to heal. It’s quite a number of books and I’m going to share them because a lot of people have been asking me what books I’m going to be reading, and why I choose those books.


I’m also going to break down each book so that you can get a feel of where my mind’s at and what I’m studying during this whole healing process.

Here are the key topics discussed in this episode:

  • Taking time back to heal (01:59)
  • How powerful the brain really is (03:47)
  • Understanding quantum physics (05:37)
  • Breaking the habit of being yourself (08:41)
  • How important it is to have principles to live by (11:04)
  • Finding purpose and your why (15:10)
  • Getting excited about believing in God, religion and purpose (17:29)


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May 31, 2019


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Additional Resources:

Psychocybernetics by Maxwell Maltz

Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself by Dr Joe Dispenza

Evolve your Brain by Dr Joe Dispenza

Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely

Ego is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday

You are the Placebo by Dr.Joe Dispenza

Principles by Ray Dalio

Einstein’s Relativity and the Quantum Revolution by The Great Courses

The Physics of God by Joseph Selbie

Why Suffering by Ravi Zacharias and Vince Vitale

Grand Weaver by Ravi Zacharias

Recapture the Wonder by Ravi Zacharias

Find your Why by Simon Sinek

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00:00          During my hiatus, or time off, or taking a step back to heal, whatever you want to call it. I have committed to reading a stack of books, actually quite a few books, and I want to go through each one of them here because a lot of people have been asking me what books I’m going to be reading, and why I chose those books. And so, I want to break down each book just real quickly and give you that list so that you can kind of see where my mind’s at and what I’m studying during this whole process of things. So let’s dive in.

00:34          You are now entering a new paradigm.

00:34          So, here’s my issue. I wanted to find the answers to life’s biggest questions. Things like, how do I become happy and live with purpose? How do I make more money doing what I love, and what does it mean to be truly successful in all areas of life? My name is Josh Forti, @JoshForti on Instagram, and I ask life’s biggest questions and share the answers with you. My goal is to help you find purpose, happiness, and open your mind to new realms of possibility by helping you think differently about everything you do, know, and understand. On this podcast, we think different, we dream bigger, and we live in a world without limits. This is a new paradigm. Welcome to The Think Different Theory.

01:15          What’s up guys? Welcome back to another episode of The Think Different Theory. My name is Josh Forti. Welcome back to the program. I have a very exciting episode for you here today. And, I’m not exactly sure how long it’s going to go, but… probably gonna move through this relatively quickly, because today, we’re going to be going over the different books that I am reading right now, and studying so that you guys can kind of get a sense for where my head is at during this whole process. And, as you know, or maybe you don’t know if you are just tuning in for the first time, but for those of you that have been listening, you know that right now I am in this period of my life where I’ve taken a step back. I am only working for a few hours a day, making sure that things are running smoothly, making sure that we’re taking care of the clients well and whatnot.

01:59          But I’ve dedicated for the next several weeks of my life to take time back and to heal. I am actually seeing a therapist just to, you know, deal with kind of the death of my brother, and you know, kind of going through all those things, and getting a different perspective. And, I’ve never gone seen a therapist or anything like that before, so maybe I’ll do a podcast episode about that, but I’m just anxious to see if there’s anything different than just like talk therapy versus actual like therapy from an actual therapist, I’m doing and doing that. However, one of the things that I’ve committed to doing during this time is to read a lot. And I’ve actually gone through and I’ve broken out in my reading into five different categories. So, these are categories that I have chosen based on the interests that I have in specific topics and the things that I want to learn about.

02:40          And I went and I found books that filled each one of those categories that I wanted to study and learn about. Some of the categories only have a couple of books, and some of them have many, but I’m using those to learn more about it, and I’ve actually gone through, and like strategically chosen the books for specifically those things that are… that I’m trying to learn about and do. So I thought I would share those with you. And some of books I’ve already read, couple of them actually, two or three. And some of them I have never read before. In fact, most of them I have not read before, and that’s why I’m diving into them more, but I want to go through and break down the categories, why I chose the categories, and then what books are in each one of these categories, and go through the name of each one of them.

03:15          And then I think, I don’t know if I’m going to start like doing book summaries on the podcast. In fact, hit me up an Instagram @JoshForti, if you’re listening to this, if you want me to do book summaries when I’m done, whether that’s on the podcast, or in a written format, let me know, because if that’s something you’re interested in, we could potentially do that. But, I’m going to be writing my own summaries on these for me, and going through it, and understanding what I’m learning from each one of those. And I just wanna kind of share where I’m at, and why I chose these things with you, so that you can learn. Because, like I said, so many people have been asking me about it, saying, “Josh, like, when can we get a list? What are you reading? Why did you choose them?”

03:47          And so that’s what this podcast is dedicated to. So without further ado, let’s dive in. Okay, so let’s first break down the five different categories that there are, and then we’ll dive into the different books. So the first category that we have is all about the brain and how the brain works and how the mind works and basically everything that’s kind of involved in that, in the different parts and how we make decisions and habits are formed and, and all the different things related to that. The reason that I chose that category is because I have learned how powerful the mind is. Well, maybe I should say I have learned how little I know about how powerful the brain is and it has become very aware to me how much power our brain has over our lives on a daily basis. And so the category is really chosen to help me better understand the brain and how the brain works and the brain functions and, and everything that goes on in that.

04:42          So that I understand the brain and kind of a core, fundamental level, not necessarily just from a scientific standpoint, but there’s a lot of science in these books about the brain, but more of like how our brain and the different parts of our brains, like where different decisions are made in and what parts of the brain empower us to be able to do certain things and how all those different pieces fit together. The second category goes hand in hand with this, but it’s kind of the next piece there. And that is reading books about and this category is, is focused on decision making and not so much from a brain’s perspective, but from how we as humans are, how me as a person, how I make decisions and how, uh, you know, irrational. I can be with making decisions and how the logical part of the brain makes decisions and the emotional part of the brain and make decisions and how we have to have certain guidelines on how we make decisions and how we think and everything like that.

05:37          And once I explained the books, these are gonna make a lot more sense to you. The third part, that third category I should say of books that I’m diving in on our physics and there’s actually only two books that I’m doing on this, but I’m trying to better understand quantum physics. And so there’s two books that I am reading. One of them is all about physics, in general, leading up until quantum physics. And then the other one is, you know about quantum physics and kind of everything related to that. I’m also watching a lot of youtube videos and a lot of paid training videos and stuff on quantum physics and stuff related to that. But that’s why there’s only two books in that category. The third, or I’m sorry, the fourth category is the category from a suffering standpoint and from a like a purpose standpoint and like finding my why, finding my purpose, dealing with suffering, dealing with, you know, the, the loss of a brother, uh, the loss of a loved one, your purpose in life, the wonder of like religion and belief in God and like everything that’s involved in that.

06:38          And I’m very excited about those things because I haven’t done enough of really studying those type of things in this process of dealing with Kyle and, and everything of that nature. So I’m very excited to dive into those. And then the fifth and final category is simply just books of the Bible. And there are certain books of the Bible that I absolutely want to read through again from start to finish. Now I’ve read the Bible from start to finish. Um, but I, I want to read these specific books first or not first, but again, so that I can better understand what they’re saying specifically in dealing with becoming a leader and becoming a servant of Christ and a good person to society and you know, just principles to live by in and how we’re supposed to live and the person that I’m called to become.

07:20          brea those are the five categories we have, the actual fundamental brain and how it works. And then we have the decision making part and the principles and the guidelines that we give ourselves or don’t give ourselves in order to make decisions and how the surrounding things around us can really affect how we make decisions. The third being all about physics and quantum physics, the fourth being all about a purpose and finding your why and finding your purpose and dealing with suffering and things of that nature. And then the fifth and final just being books of the Bible. So let’s dive into the actual good stuff. I know this stuff that you are waiting for, I’m just gonna go through these in the order that I plan on reading them. Or actually I should just say the order that they’re sitting in front of me and I’ve had them all stacked out there.

08:00          So this could vary I suppose, but this is what I have written down book number one. This is in the understanding the brain category in the power of the brain and how decision making is made and forums and everything there. Psycho-cybernetics. Now, this is probably one of my favorite books of all time outside of the Bible. I’ve already read this cover to cover. I love it, but I want to go through now that I have a completely new perspective and read this book again, this is an absolute must read if you have not read this book and there’s not a single other book that I’m going to tell you here that I would recommend before reading this book except for the Bible say absolutely phenomenal book, second book. Oh, and by the way, let me read the author. It’s psycho-cybernetics by Maxwell Maltz.

08:41          Second Book, breaking the habit of being yourself, how to lose your mind and create a new one, and this is by Dr Joe Dispenza. A lot of you guys might know who he is. Fascinating guy. I’ve read this book too as well, but once again, I want to read it again to really better understand because I didn’t read it all in one sitting. I read it over time and I really want to just sit down, read the whole thing, right? My summary on it and really understand that better. Third Book Evolve your brain, the science of changing your mind. This is once again by Dr Joe Dispenza. This is one that I have not read in its entirety. I’ve read several chapters in it, but I have not read the entire book. And this piggybacks right off of breaking the habit of being yourself with understanding the mind, understanding the, you know, the healing processes that are involved and the power that goes with this very spiritual minded in those types of things.

09:30          And then my fourth book on this, and once again, it’s by Joe Dispenza, which is just, he’s such a good author. I just love what he, what he puts out is called you are the placebo and it’s called making your mind matter. All right, so making your mind matter. You are the placebo, Dr Joe Dispenza. Really recommend reading this book. I’ve not read it yet and I will let you know what I think of it when it is done. So those are the four books that I’m going to be reading in the understanding your brain category. A lot of Joe Dispenza, also psycho cybernetics, and I really want to have a better understanding of that. And there’s also different youtube videos and stuff that I’m going to be doing research on. I’m not just reading the books and then moving on. I’m actually doing research on things that I don’t understand through these things.

10:11          Category number two, and this is when it comes to decision making, life principles, business principles, um, how we let other people and other things affect us. Whether that’s, you know, us as humans, our egos, our thought process or whatnot, how we make decisions irrationally or not rationally, like all those different things. And I have three books in this category. The first book is Principles by Ray Dalio. I just finished reading this book actually amazing. I actually finished it like two days ago and he breaks it into three different parts. The first kind of explains his backstory and where he’s coming from. The second is all about his life principles. And the third is all about his business principles. And for those of you that don’t know, Ray Dalio is a billionaire, he’s worth like $20 billion but came from nothing and had many, many failures was you know, almost broke back in the eighties and now is worth $20 billion.

11:04          And he talks about how important it is to have principles to live by and how we basically need to create like algorithms and thought processes and circles around us of people that we can bounce ideas off of to get the best perspective in order to make the best decisions. And the principles that go into that second book in this category is predictably irrational. Great Book. I’ve read most of it, not all of it and I’m rereading it again cause I listened to it on audio but I was driving and I was kind of distracted and I remember just loving it but uh, not really taking the time to actually dive in. So I ordered the book. I’m going to be reading that one again as well. Next book, Ego is the enemy. This is by Ryan Holiday. Oh, I forgot to say predictably irrational is by Dan Ariely.

11:53          And I’m gonna show how to pronounce the last name. Okay. Uh, third book in this category, Ego is the enemy by Ryan Holiday. Never read this book, heard a lot of great things about this and I wonder if you can guess by the title of what it’s about ego being the enemy and how pride can get in the way of us being successful. So a great book that I’m really looking forward to reading. I’ve heard a lot of good things about that. So that is from a mind and decision making perspective, those are the two categories that really focus on that. I’ve read, uh, not quite half of the books there, but I’m rereading them and then also have new ones in there that I’m very excited to dive into and learn more about. All right. Moving on to the third category, which is all about, um, physics and quantum physics and everything that’s involved in there.

12:38          The first book that I am reading is called Einstein’s relativity and the quantum revolution. Now, it’s actually not a book. It’s actually a course that a physics teacher did, but it’s in audio form. It’s a long Rita. I don’t like it was like 16 hours or something like that, um, of reading or listening to it. But he does such a good job for even the beginner because your repeats things so much to understand physics at a core level. Now I will say in school I hated science. I hated physics. I didn’t pay attention so I knew almost nothing. Um, he does a very good job of explaining physics, how all the pieces to fit together, mind-blowing stuff. Like I’ve been reading this in my mind to just been blown about like time travel in space and the speed of light and how, you know, two things can happen at the same time, but they’re not actually at the same time, like just so many crazy cool things, um, that I had no idea about in the physics realm.

13:29          But he ends that book and I’m not done with it yet. I’m about halfway through listening to it. He ends that book talking about quantum physics. And so he goes into black holes and then he enters the quantum realm and he talks about like the wave and wave particles and particle or wave and the particle zoo and all sorts of crap, everything. And he kind of ends it with towards a theory of everything and that they’re seeking out the theory of everything. You may have heard of that or whatnot. So really looking forward to that, finishing that book. Like I said, I’m about halfway through it and then I am reading a second book and Oh, by the way, that that’s by the great courses. That’s the name of the course, people that you can get it from, but it’s kind of called Einstein’s relativity and the quantum revolution, modern physics for non-scientists by Professor Richard Wolfson.

14:19          Now the second book that I’m reading after I finished this book, so my thought process with this was, first I need to understand and have a very good idea and understanding of physics before I could possibly go in and start to understand physics, right? There’s no way that I can understand, I’m sorry, quantum physics. There’s no way that I understand quantum physics unless I first understood physics. And so that book does a really good job of explaining physics first ending on the quantum physics note. And then, uh, the next book that I’m reading is called the Physics of God. And I don’t believe from all of my stuff. I don’t believe that he’s talking necessarily strictly about Christianity, but just more of God in general. It’s by a guy named Joseph Selbie. And it’s unifying quantum physics consciousness, m theory, heaven, neuroscience, and transcendence.

15:10          So you’ve talked about a deep, deep book. There’s going to be some deep heavy stuff in here. I’m so excited about that. It’s called the physics of God. I’m very excited to dive into that. All right, so that’s the third category and all about quantum physics, the quantum realm. And I’m gonna be doing heavy, heavy research on their, on things that I don’t understand, and I’m very much looking forward to that. All right. Entering the fourth category that we have here at fourth category, this is all about finding purpose, finding, you know, my why. Finding out why suffering happens. Finding out like all these different things. I’m reading books related to that. These are primarily very religious based books or from people that are very involved in apologetics. And it’s funny because one of them, in fact, the author of most of the books that I’m going to be reading in his is a guy by the name of Ravi Zacharias.

16:00          And if you haven’t heard of Ravi Zacharias, he’s one of my favorite Christian apologists of all time. And I’m really coming at this since I am a Christian and since I’m really trying to understand God’s purpose in this, I had to choose someone that I trusted, someone that I believe knows the Bible inside and out and believes what I believe. And I have listened to countless, countless lectures by him podcast by him. My mom listens to them all the time. I grew up on him. I trust him and I trust his viewpoint on things because he just takes everything back to scripture. And so I didn’t want to just read things on, you know, real life-altering principals that weren’t in alignment with what I believed. And so that’s why I chose him. And then there’s one other book in here that’s maybe not so much religious, but it is about purpose.

16:46          So first book is called Why suffering, finding meaning and comfort when life doesn’t make sense. And I can’t share all the details of everything that’s going on in my life right now. But let me tell you something, you guys know that I lost the death of or I lost my brother, he died. And I’ve been going through a lot with that and I’m very excited to dive into this book because I’m suffering right now, you know, and, and things aren’t making sense in life and I’m going through stuff that’s just like I need healing. And so I’m really looking forward to diving into that book. Ravi Zacharias, um, and Vince Vitale, I’m not sure how to pronounce the last name. Vince Vitale. He also co-authors that book, their second book in this category is called the Grand Weaver. This is also by Ravi Zacharias.

17:29          And this is a little bit of a shorter read. And so you know this, some of these books are shorter and not so heavy. I’m not trying to read like dictionary of worth of books here on every single one of them, but a, I’m going to be reading that one and a, it’s called the grand weaver and it is called how, God, sorry, I’ve got to pick it up here. How God shapes us through the events of our lives. So once again, a lot has been happening in my life and I’m trying to understand how all these pieces are going to fit together for good. How I’m going to be able to learn from that third book is called recapture the wonder. This is a very short book. I think it’s only like, I don’t know, 50 or 60 pages, maybe something like that. Um, it was only like an hour and a half long on audible, but it’s called recapture the wonder and it’s just getting excited about believing in God and getting excited about religion and purpose.

18:16          And I don’t want to say religion, just like having a relationship with God and everything that’s involved there. And I’m looking forward to diving into that one. And then last but not least in this category, Find Your Why by Simon Sinek. Now this is not a religious book, but this is a book based in purpose and helping me find my why. Again, I think I have a pretty strong why, but I really want to read, find your why and see what Simon says about that. Because Simon so much influenced me with his book. Start with why and this is kind of the sequel to that. And I’m very excited to dive into that. And that’s by Simon Sinek. Alright, so we’re, we’re through four categories and these are all secular books or books that are not from the Bible. These are just, you know, books on mindset and the brain and s quantum physics and physics and suffering and finding your why and all those different things.

19:03          But the last category, like I said, it’s the category number five is just books of the Bible. Because I just want to be in the word and I just want to study God’s word and I’m just, I’m a Christian. And if you’re not a Christian, that’s fine. You don’t, I’m not trying to push my faith on you. I’m not saying that you have to be a Christian. I’m simply sharing, you know, my life story and where I’m at right now so that you all can learn from this. But the books of the Bible that I want to read during this time, our first and second Corinthians first and second Timothy, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians and psalms and proverbs. And those are the books that I plan on reading there in this time. And I’ve already started in on that and really diving in deeper and further on those things.

19:44          So first and second Corinthians, first and second Timothy, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, Psalms and Proverbs in the Old Testament. Whew, that was a lot. There’s a lot of information there. And you might be thinking, Josh, how can you possibly get through all this? What have you, are not able to comprehend all these things? What if you know that’s too much reading to do and it’s several weeks if I don’t get through them all, I don’t get through them all and I’m okay with that. Quite frankly, this is the set of books that I’m going to be reading and if it takes me two weeks, two months, or two years, I want to get through these books because I want to learn in these categories and I do something a little bit different. When I read, I not only buy the physical book, I also buy the audiobook, so my books are twice as expensive, but I buy those so that I can listen to them as I read them because I comprehend better when I listened.

20:32          But it’s also hard to stay focused when I’m just listening. And so I can go through the physical book. As I’m listening to it, I highlight the important parts. And then when I get done, I’m gonna write a summary on all of them so that I can remember the principles of them and I can kind of go back and have my own summary of the ones I want to to do that. So that’s what I’m doing. I wanted to share those books with you really, really fast. Let me just run through them one last time real quick. So you have a rapid fire. If you forget him and you’re like, I don’t want to, I can listen to the whole podcast episode again. We’ve got, let me pick them up here so I don’t forget. We’ve got psycho cybernetics breaking the habit of being yourself of all of your brain.

21:07          You are the Placebo Principles by Ray Dalio. Predictably irrational, irrational ego is the enemy. Uh, Einstein’s well am I gonna pull it up here. Einstein’s relativity and the quantum revolution, the physics of God. Why suffering the grand weaver? Recapture the wonder. Find your why. First Corinthians, Second Corinthians, first Timothy, second Timothy, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, Psalms and Proverbs. All right guys, so that is all I’ve got for you. I’d love to know your thoughts on this. If you’ve read any of these books, I’d love to know what you think of them. If you have any other suggestions that you think are just a must read, feel free to hit me up on Instagram. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this, but this is where I’m at with everything. As always, hustle, hustle, God bless. Do not be afraid to think different and remember thinking different comes and as a whole lot easier when you do a lot of studying and reading and research and that’s what I’m planning on doing now.

21:59          I love you all and I will see you on the next episode. Take it easy fam piece. Yo, what’s up guys? You’ve been listening to The Think Different Theory with myself, Josh Forti, which I like to call, “A new paradigm of thinking”, and real quick, I got a question for you. Did you like this episode? If you did, I want to ask a huge favor. See, the biggest thing that helps this podcast grow, and that will spread this message of positivity and making the world a better place, is if you leave a review, a rating and subscribe to the podcast. What that does is, it basically tells the platforms that this is out on, that you like my stuff, and that I’m doing something right. So if you could take like three seconds out of your day and subscribe, leave a rating, and a review, I would be forever grateful for you. Also, I want to hear from you. I want to know your feedback, your ideas, and your questions for future episodes. So be sure to hit me up on Instagram in the DM @JoshForti or via email