Audible Audio Books Review.

Why I listen to and LOVE Audible Audiobooks .

Where I get ideas to optimize life AND hack my brain.

David Goggin's new book Can't Hurt Me on audible audio books.
Audible IOS app to listen to audiobooks on the go.

I love self-development and finding ways to allow myself to actualize the highest version of Daniyel Bingham.

I listen to audio books when I workout…

I listen to audio books on audible while I commute to a client or lecture…

I listen to audio books when I am cleaning, packing, cooking.

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My top 5 must listen to this week are:

1. Can’t Hurt Me – David Goggins – This book serves as daily motivation and a tool to exercising mental toughness. David Goggins is a retired Navy SEAL. He is the only member of the U.S. Armed Forces to complete SEAL school with two “Hell Weeks”, the U.S. Army Ranger School, and Air Force Tactical Air Controller training.

The book is about taking control of your life, clearing the limiting beliefs that hold an individual back, and maximizing life potential on a day to day basis through mental toughness.

My favorite quote from David Goggins is “There is no finish line in life.”

2. Adult Children of Emotionally Immature Parents – Lindsay C. Gibson – One day I called up my older brother and asked him, “When did you stop feeling like a little boy and start feeling like a man inside, emotionally?” He said, he still felt like that little boy inside often and chooses to behave civilly and as a society would expect an adult to act.

The book on emotionally immature parents by Lindsay C. Gibson has helped me navigate difficult and traumatic experiences that stumped my emotional growth. She offers practical exercises in the book that allowed me to address reasons why I would behave in ways that were not ideal or working to my advantage.

3. The Art of War – Sun Tzu – This semester at Berkeley College, the Business Strategy & Policy professor has “The Art of War” on our reading list. I had previously read the book years ago, and wanted to refresh the ideas and wisdom held within to see correlations within business strategy.

Time needed: 5 minutes.

Frequently I’ve seen questions around the internet that I will provide answers or solutions for below:

  1. “How do I buy a book on audible?”


    To buy a book on audible, I would suggest utilizing the Audible free trial using your Amazon.com account.
    Go to the Audible Free Trial page.
    Click Start your free trial.
    Follow the instructions on-screen when prompted.

  2. “How to purchase audible books?”

    Amazon partnered with Audible Books back in 2008 and since becoming a subsidiary and the sole supplier of digital audiobooks for Amazon, online shoppers can purchase audible books via an Amazon Prime Membership or an Audible Membership.

    With Audible, you can purchase a digital audiobook and listen to it on a compatible Fire tablet, Kindle e-reader, Kindle reading app, or Audible app.

    Audible audiobooks are currently compatible with:
    Alexa Devices
    Kindle for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch
    Kindle for Android
    Kindle for Samsung
    Kindle Oasis (9th Generation)
    Kindle Oasis (8th Generation)
    Kindle (8th Generation)
    Kindle Touch (4th Generation)
    Kindle Keyboard (3rd Generation)
    Kindle DX (2nd Generation)
    Kindle (2nd Generation)
    Kindle (1st Generation)
    Fire Phone
    Fire tablet

    The Audible apps for iOS, Android, and Windows
    Audible software for PC and Mac

    MP3 players and other devices compatible with Audible’s file format
    For more information about listening to audiobooks, go to Audible Support

  3. “How much is Audible?”

    Gold Monthly $14.95 per month 1 per month
    Platinum Monthly $22.95 per month 2 per month
    Gold Annual $149.50 per year 12 per year
    Platinum Annual $229.50 per year 24 per year


    I am currently a Gold Monthly Audible Member, which means that every month I receive three credits that can be traded for any audiobook. The membership also comes with two Audible Originals.
    And what I love and utilize most being an audible member is the ability to roll over a limited number of unused credits which gives me leeway when I am behind on wrapping up a book.

  4. To sign up for a free trial membership to Audible, please visit the Audible Free Trial page

An Essay on Symbolism: “189”

“189”

Numbers are everywhere in obscure and apparent places.
My earliest life memories drift back to the number set, “one eighty-nine.”
Be mindful that, “One eighty-nine” is not an area code or a lock combination.
Moreover, it is closer to a symbol of often inner reflected thoughts, day-dreams, and forgotten thoughts that flash across my mental IMAX screen whenever the awareness of “One eighty-nine” happens.
“One eighty-nine” eternally implies an inside secret, an inside joke, or forbidden images and lost conversations related to the arbitrary experience of childhood.
Words frequently fail to communicate what “One eighty-nine” so clearly shares with
me in each new way, place, or location it is found.
My brother would have a dream about “One eighty-nine,” and then play the numbers straight AND box, before the eleven o’clock news came on.
My mother fostered kids at “One eighty-nine” and had a vegetable garden in the backyard.
I cherished dreams of playing shortstop for the Yankees at “One eighty-nine,” but then that window broke.
Moreover, the New York Yankees would not allow me to break “tradition” with three
numbers on my jersey, “One eighty-nine.”
My sister and I code switch transitioning in and out of a cryptic, symbolic language only a brother and sister would recognize (or close, close family), by merely saying “One eighty-nine.”
“Be seen and not heard” were the unwritten rules of “One eight-nine.”
One eighty-nine symbolizes those sensitive, introverted childhood moments.
The rare occasions “One eighty-nine” randomly triggers an inner emotion that sends me back in time to when I grew up on Prospect Street.

Justice in America: Equitable Self-Interest

What is Justice in America?

What is Justice in America

It is my conviction that everything in life begins with a person’s mentality, and justice is no different.

The way that a human being views the world dictates much of what that person will see or construe as “justice.” Justice matters and exists as it relates to the self-interest of the individuals involved.

The uncontrollable psychological biases we all have when viewing society within America rely upon the values an individual holds, moreover it is influenced by the expectations society requests of the same individual through social contracts.

Justice is the point where the “marginal cost” of self-sacrifice meets the “marginal benefit” society gains as a result.

In society, a person is allowed to have individual opinions, goals, and beliefs, yet many conform to the preconceived circumstantial ideas about their ethnicity, limiting beliefs about being from a particular neighborhood or state, and social peer-pressures of being politically correct or ethnically accurate.

Justice then becomes the equitable treatment of an individuals right to act in their self-interest, as long as they are not imposing force or criminal behavior against another individual.

Furthermore, justice is what the evidence proves while uncovering the factual nature behind all things considered in any given case.

Justice then becomes much like “beauty,” reliant on the beliefs and eyes of the beholder.

Strategic Leader as an INTJ Personality

strategic leadership as an INTJ PersonalityDeep within my psyche resides a constant rumination on building a legacy of businesses that survive me, and provide for my family. The most critical skills that I can develop as an INTJ personality is to fuse strategy with leadership is through continually scanning for new opportunities while concentrating on mitigating threats and blind spots.

The overall score of seventy-two (out of eighty) on the strategic-leadership self-assessment, indicates that I do currently possess many of the characteristics needed to create and fulfill a company’s vision and mission statements, combining skilled people with quality resources to execute organizational objectives. Moreover, it highlighted tools that will be implemented into my leadership style to actualize a more strategic leader.

It is my conviction that everything in life starts with a person’s state of mind. As a leader, being strategic is most paramount in times of choice and decision making. There will be moments of chaos where obstacles are in the way of effective leadership, and by keeping an intellectual perspective and emotional self-control, a leader can focus their attention while making well-informed strategic decisions.

While serving as a Marine Corps Squad Leader for a Fleet Anti-Security Team, it was my responsibility to create a vision, select the ideal individuals from within my squad, then organize a strategic approach that would achieve company objectives through specific procedures and protocols. Reflecting on this period, I developed the ability to discern between experiences and reasoning or emotions and consequences within arbitrary events.

This understanding provided the differentiation between accomplishing an objective yet losing a marine’s life or achieving a mission efficiently, where all Marine’s return back to camp alive after completing a goal. Similarly, in business, the clarity of objectivism and making decisions based on standardized measurements allow top-level management to create profitable companies that are humane and socially responsible, while still maximizing revenue and increased market share.

As an INTJ, it is imperative to harmonize being an ambivert, where extroverted characteristics and ideas examined collaboratively, while introverted traits consider implementation and execution in-depth independently. Being an intuitive leader will continue to be a strength that bolsters my ability to create a company vision and corporate culture based on trending data, societal norms, positive analysis, and what all of this information implies.

I seek to understand the intrinsic values that drive and motivate the people I lead, to challenge them in methods that reward them individually, based on the ideas referenced in Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs.

This understanding of who they are, how their skills, knowledge, and abilities interact with their personal life and self-identity; allows leadership to align employees with the vision and direction of the company. Strategic leadership enhances company-wide performance and its ability to utilize resources (human, capital or equipment) effectively.

The plan for developing my strategic leadership skills into the future is on removing the obstacles in my team and staff’s lives. Many times an employee or team member knows their professional responsibilities and possess the potential for quality work, yet some externalities impede their results.

Opposite of exclusively assessing financial reports and statements about profits, loss, expenses, and revenue, I plan to focus on the roadblocks, obstacles and limiting beliefs that reside in the minds and lives of those I rely on to perform at elite performance levels. Empowering the individuals I lead, and the team members I collaborate with will expand my ability to lead an organization strategically.

An INTJ Personality in Social and Community Settings

INTJ Personality Type


As an INTJ personality, my values of intellectual (170), professional (160), and physical (140) can aid me in future endeavors because they are strengths I have spent a lifetime developing. I was fortunate to realize at a young age that I did not want kids or a family of my own. Being disciplined and focused on goals has allowed me to fulfill this lifestyle still today. Refraining from marriage and kids has willed me to develop areas within myself that other men are not able to focus on.

Most men get married and rely on their wife for their emotional development. However, the lifestyle that I have lived as an adult has focused on emotional growth, uncovering the necessary intrinsic values to succeed professionally, and exploring modern science to bring out the fullest potential of my genetics.

I have a friend from Staten Island whom I served with, in the Marine Corps.  Recently, he sent me a picture of all four of his kids, with the question, “where are your kids”? I sent him four photos of the logos that represent the four businesses I’ve created over the past ten years. I told him those were my babies, and I do look at my companies as entities that will survive me, fifty plus years from today.

The social (80) and community (80) values I scored could improve by removing the mask and letting people communicate with the genuine self.

My struggles with social environments are not related to shyness or being timid. The obstacles that present themselves are that many people act with surface level learned behaviors, and are often not representing their “true” sentiments. They are reflecting their feelings in socially acceptable manners.

As an introvert (INTJ), I have discovered how not to act, what not to say, and what to avoid, to evade people viewing me in negative ways that I do not control. There is a subtle power in commanding the flow of information when in social situations, since the ‘benefit of the doubt’ goes to the first impression.

What is lacking in extroverted charisma is made up for with in-depth thought, professional curiosity, and a one on one connection that allows me to create trust between myself and another person. All of which, comes from accepting that I will be judged by others regardless of anything I can do or control.

Being a black (INTJ) man in America, I learned from a young age that stereotypes and perceptions matter. There were many social situations I found myself in where I was the only person of color in attendance, and those scenarios taught me to accept that people will judge you.

A stranger’s prejudgment provides the opportunity to leverage their judgment to my advantage if it is not resisted or viewed as an offense. Whether it is through impressing them, turning their former perception into stark contrast, or being able to define who I am as a man against any of the men they have previously known, I will have an opportunity to make an impact.

One of the tools I have implemented into leading others in social or communal settings is by allowing people to have their previous experiences. Many people have been witness to, or a victim of, something they feel is a violation or offense against them, and they create mental barriers to protect themselves from future harm. Often that shield of protection includes blanketing an entire race or demographic of people, purely by an arbitrary association to the past.

As a leader (INTJ), when people are permitted to honor those feelings and experiences, it can create an opening for new learning and diverse associations. The respect that a leader can gain from their followers as a result of this is profound and will be the strategy I continue to improve within or leverage social situations.

Business Roles in Tech, Society, and General Business

business roles in tech, society, and general business

Business Roles in Tech, Society, and General Business

When it comes to business roles in tech, society, or general business, the following roles will always be present.

One person may execute within multiple roles.

However, in larger organizations, a firm will employ individuals to fill each role separately.

Interpersonal Roles in an Organization

The interpersonal leadership roles:

Leader: Responsible for performing management functions to achieve organizational objectives.

Figure-head: The leader or manager who represents the organization as a symbol.

Liason: The liaison role is filled by a leader when they are interacting with people outside of the firm. Networking to establish and nurture relationships, participating in committees outside of the firm, or attending industry related conferences or meetings.

Informational Roles within an Organization

Monitor: The representative who gathers information, analyzes the information, then makes a recommendation to management. This role can also be identified as an internal consultant.

Disseminator: Sends information to departments or groups throughout the organization.

Spokesperson: People within the organization who provide information to people outside of the firm.

Decisional Roles within an Organization

Internal Entrepreneur: Even within an organization, a leader must act as a business leader who can innovate and create new or improve products or services. The monitor role provides a great deal of insight into how a leader can develop their internal entrepreneur role.

Disturbance Handler: Someone who takes corrective action during a crisis.

Negotiator: Someone who represents the organization during some sort of transaction where bargaining skills become paramount.

This is not an all-encompassing list.

It is a list that points out the most important business roles in tech.

Big Five Personality Test

The Big Five Personality Test

This report compares Daniyel B. Bingham from the country USA to other men between 21 and 40 years of age.

This report estimates the individual’s level on each of the five broad personality domains of the Five-Factor Model.

The description of each one of the five broad domains is followed by a more detailed description of personality according to the six subdomains that comprise each domain.

The Big Five Personality Test

As apart of a course I’m currently taking a Leadership course at Berkeley College, New York City campus. The objective of our professors having us take the Big Five Personality test assessment was to allow us a standardized format to discover leadership traits about ourselves that we may have neglected, while also showing areas of concern we should address to influence and impact those we lead in corporate environments.

Table of Contents

  1. Learning Summary

  2. Strengths

  3. Weaknesses

1. Learning Summary

I need to develop my ability to create an open space that is seemingly less cold,  confrontational, or not wanting to be disturbed. One of the sticking points within this assignment has been understanding what there is to gain from self-sacrifice. The three glaring score results that showed weaknesses were trust (1), emotionality (1), and altruism (13). While the results that reflected my strengths were assertiveness (94), self-efficacy (97), and conscientiousness (98). There is a correlation between the characteristics that made up my strengths and weaknesses. The traits I would need to develop are all centered around learning that I can trust others while making it more acceptable to express themselves authentically.

I can see how the people that I lead feel like they have to meet me at my level, as opposed to feeling like I was someone they could connect with or readily approach. Furthermore, my strengths reference the same deficiency my weaknesses indicate in relating to others, as they are self-interest based. One surprising lesson from this assignment was realizing how many things my parents have instilled in me. Many people rave about my discipline and how the Marine Corps produces the most disciplined men. They do not know that my parents gave the Marine Corps a teenager they had already disciplined.

There were many years I resented the way that my parents chose to raise me, yet as I was going through my test results, my parents’ influence was overwhelmingly evident. Every moment of my life displays the impact my entire family has had on it. However, the Big Five Personality test results did indicate that people do not relate to me as quickly as I would like them to and provided starting points for me to address them. I do not foresee a lack of emotionality inhibiting my growth as a leader much longer.

What I specifically learned from taking the big five personality test is that I need to connect with people emotionally. I need to develop my ability to create an open space that is seemingly less cold,  confrontational, or not wanting to be disturbed. One of the sticking points within this assignment has been understanding what there is to gain from self-sacrifice.

The three glaring score results that showed weaknesses were trust (1), emotionality (1), and altruism (13). While the results that reflected my strengths were assertiveness (94), self-efficacy (97), and conscientiousness (98). There is a correlation between the characteristics that made up my strengths and weaknesses. The traits I would need to develop are all centered around learning that I can trust others while making it more acceptable to express themselves authentically. I can see how the people that I lead feel like they have to meet me at my level, as opposed to feeling like I was someone they could connect with or readily approach.

Furthermore, my strengths reference the same deficiency my weaknesses indicate in relating to others, as they are self-interest based. One surprising lesson from this assignment was realizing how many things my parents have instilled in me. Many people rave about my discipline and how the Marine Corps produces the most disciplined men. They do not know that my parents gave the Marine Corps a teenager they had already disciplined. There were many years I resented the way that my parents chose to raise me, yet as I was going through my test results, my parents’ influence was overwhelmingly evident. Every moment of my life displays the impact my entire family has had on it. However, the Big Five Personality test results did indicate that people do not relate to me as quickly as I would like them to and provided starting points for me to address them. I do not foresee a lack of emotionality inhibiting my growth as a leader much longer.

My big five personality test results

2. Recognized Strengths from the Big Five Personality Test

I have witnessed enough leaders to know that most people can be taught the skills, knowledge, and abilities that would make them an effective leader. It is also my conviction that I was born to lead others. The Big Five personality test results confirmed many of the ideas I have known and concluded about myself as a leader. I am observant and often choose to situate myself in a “cat, bird seat,” where I can analyze and assess inherent obstacles or roadblocks, then intuitively provide solutions to those problems.

My higher big five personality test results

To me, conscientiousness means to have perspective and self-regulation in the way that a person executes tasks and influences others. Being able to focus in on a goal and organize the steps needed to achieve the desired result, considering the given (human) resources. I grew up in a conservative, middle-class, Jamaican household where my parents were entrepreneurial and professional. My father influenced all of his children by being a stoic provider of masculinity, discipline, and work ethic. In the Bingham household, children were meant to “be seen and not heard.” A skill that has led to me developing emotional and cultural intelligence when motivating others. However, the “be seen and not heard” philosophy also influenced me towards an introverted nature. My parents were the type of parents to create a traditional environment where they would lay out intellectual breadcrumbs for me to logically reason the decisions I was making.

My father, Oliver Bingham, would exemplify an easy example of these mentally stimulating situations. He is an electrician and craftsman by trade. I can recall going to work with him when I was seven. As he was working, I started out being his assistant. He’d say, “pass me a flat head screwdriver,” then, “pass me the pliers,” and I’d have to know what each tool was to pass it. However, then he said, “you need to watch what I’m doing and know what tool I’m going to need next, and then hand it to me before I ask for it.” At that moment he nurtured my intuitiveness and ability to impact the external environment using my imagination, rational logic, and reasoning. A skill set that served me in the Marine Corps where I often was able to lead others, knowing what was coming four steps ahead, and the ideal way of approaching the situation to achieve an objective.

My parents brought out parts of my character, in the most formative of years, and empowered me on how to utilize them in ways that would inspire others.  Today I’m a visionary, helping small business owners and entrepreneurs build companies using data and foresight, which has resulted in my personality test reflecting a high conscientiousness score.

big five personality test

3. Recognized Weaknesses from the Big Five Personality Test

The Big Five personality test also identified weaknesses I can leverage to grow as a leader. Admittedly, I have struggled with my ability to connect with my subordinates emotionally. Much due to being primarily a thinker, I understood from a young age how emotions often cloud a person’s ability to make rational decisions. I have learned to address this by learning to recognize the expressions, gestures, and subtle body language of people who are more sensing and feelings based on their style of communication or behavior.

The big five personality test confirmed that I have a low level of emotionality, where I am cold,  detached, or uncaring of anything more than accomplishing a mission. An insensitive habit formed while leading Marines in combat scenarios, where being upset, crying, yelling, angry, happy, teary-eyed, or emotionally overwhelmed heightens the risk of death or a failed mission. Both in business and personal life, I have been able to remain objective. I have been able to suspend my feelings to turn a profit or accomplish a mission. It is my conviction I can demand of my followers everything that I have done myself. Moreover, they know this because I lead by example, as I leave them my example. One of the tools I frequently use as an entrepreneur is to determine whether I am working with a thinker or a feeler. Am I working with someone who potentially will be more inclined to making decisions based on the inner pulses and feelings they have within or are they the type of person who thinks before they act?

This idea has led to me often leading with asking what someone is thinking, or what someone is feeling. Having a minimum amount of emotionality means I can not only improve in being more emotionally connected, but also in the agreeableness category, where I scored on low levels of altruism. Altruism has been a challenge for me as a leader because from a young age my mother raised me to advocate for myself while being ambitious about my goals and desires. As long as no one was stopping me from pursuing my goals in life, I should not inhibit others from seeking their own. She instilled in me that it was my responsibility to work hard and let my actions speak for the character within me.

Having an objective outlook on life has allowed me to see things for what they are, as opposed to how I feel they should be.

My big five personality test

4. Conclusion and Afterthoughts

Can I lead with logic and reason above the sentiments and feelings of those that follow me? Yes, because I am an INTJ who is self-aware of my inner feelings, while observant of others and their mental and emotional state. Ignoring emotionality and the impact developing it can have on those that I lead is not my mission. My mission is to put my team and followers in ideal positions that empower them to utilize their strengths to achieve success.