Book #3 changed the way my mind worked forever

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I experience mixed feelings whenever someone recommends a book or a song that came out years ago and which I’m just discovering now. One part of me is grateful for the recommendation, but another part of me says, “This came out years ago and I’m only just discovering it now?!”

Two of the books I’m going to share below just came out in 2020, so it’s entirely possible that you haven’t heard of them yet. …


Not me, but damn. I mean…

You can have almost anything you want in life as long as you a) help enough other people get what they want, and b) you don’t care that in the beginning, most people will just think that you’re failing. Today, I’m going to show you the hidden benefits of letting people think just that.

The genesis of this idea came to me after reading Plato’s Republic, specifically when Socrates is talking to (arguing with?) Glaucon about virtue (being a good person). They’re discussing whether it’s best to be thought a good person by everyone in the world but really be…


As of July 2021, I’ve read more than 1,000 books.

One of the best decisions I’ve ever made in my life (besides getting a library card) was to take notes on every single book I read, which I’ve done faithfully ever since I started counting the number of books.

So here on Medium (and on Patreon) I’m going to keep sharing my notes and summaries, because it would be a damn shame to keep everything I’ve learned and wondered at from more than 1,000 books all to myself.

Below are my best notes from the book 10% Happier, by Dan…


No one is self-made. No one. Anyone who claims anything to the contrary is lying to themselves. We live in a globally-connected network, and we rise and fall together.

Every movie star, every businessperson, every leader of any sort has had help. They have emerged with through the strength of their network and everyone who has come before them, and everyone who will sustain their current level of success.

The movie star who says they’re self-made would be anonymous without the millions of fans who buy tickets to their movies, not to mention the parents who enrolled them in acting…


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Picture this scene: You walk into a party that’s already underway, tentatively approach the end of the bar, and search for a friendly face; anyone who can justify your being here; anyone who can help you disappear into the mass, instead of looking like the only person here who doesn’t belong.

The problem is that everyone looks like they belong here; like they’ve been here for hours, completely comfortable here and at home in their surroundings.

Your eyes dart from dance partner to dance partner, from smiles plastered to faces, to buddies getting plastered with shots at the bar. Everyone’s…


As of July 2021, I’ve read more than 1,000 books.

One of the best decisions I’ve ever made in my life (besides getting a library card) was to take notes on every single book I read, which I’ve done faithfully ever since I started counting the number of books.

So here on Medium (and on Patreon) I’m going to keep sharing my notes and summaries, because it would be a damn shame to keep everything I’ve learned and wondered at from more than 1,000 books all to myself.

Below are my best notes from the book The Unbearable Lightness of…


As of July 2021, I’ve read more than 1,000 books.

One of the best decisions I’ve ever made in my life (besides getting a library card) was to take notes on every single book I read, which I’ve done faithfully ever since I started counting the number of books.

So here on Medium (and on Patreon) I’m going to keep sharing my notes and summaries, because it would be a damn shame to keep everything I’ve learned and wondered at from more than 1,000 books all to myself.

Below are my best notes from the book We, by Yevgeny Zamyatin…


Chip and Dan Heath

As of July 2021, I’ve read more than 1,000 books.

One of the best decisions I’ve ever made in my life (besides getting a library card) was to take notes on every single book I read, which I’ve done faithfully ever since I started counting the number of books.

So here on Medium (and on Patreon) I’m going to keep sharing my notes and summaries, because it would be a damn shame to keep everything I’ve learned and wondered at from more than 1,000 books all to myself.

Below are my best notes from the book Made to Stick, by…


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Good Morning!

As usual, I have to give you the monthly “heads up” that this Progress Report is just to keep myself accountable, and thus more likely to achieve my biggest goals (detailed below).

That means that you can safely skip large sections of this thing, ignore the boring parts, etc.

The first part of this Progress Report is copy and pasted from last month (because it doesn’t stop being true), and then down below there are sections dealing with the books I read last month, my physique update, my income report, my goal updates, etc.

BUT, having said all…


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As of July 2021, I’ve read more than 1,000 books.

One of the best decisions I’ve ever made in my life (besides getting a library card) was to take notes on every single book I read, which I’ve done faithfully ever since I started counting the number of books.

So here on Medium (and on Patreon) I’m going to keep sharing my notes and summaries, because it would be a damn shame to keep everything I’ve learned and wondered at from more than 1,000 books all to myself.

Below are my best notes from the book Pale Blue Dot, by…

Matt Karamazov

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