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…


More than 1,300 people trust me to bring them the absolute best book recommendations I can each week, but there’s only so much that I can fit into one email without overwhelming people!

So, what I’ve been doing is publishing the “long” version of those emails here, and sending the short version to my email newsletter subscribers, same as always.

If you’d like to sign up for my newsletter but haven’t, you can do so here, and I have even more book reviews and reading tips on my YouTube channel.

Today we’re taking a look at:

Confessions of a Sociopath…


Marcus Tullius Cicero

We have to die, but we don’t just have to lay down and take it. Not only that, but our later years can abound in peace, joy, satisfaction, and all those other great things we’ve all been looking for throughout our lives. We can have it all, even if we have to wait until the end.

So says Marcus Tullius Cicero, the great Roman statesman and author of the short volume, How to Grow Old. This is a very short book which came out in 44 B.C., …


Show Your Work! is such a generous book, and essentially a must-read for artists and creatives of any sort. I’m a huge fan of Austin Kleon, but I never would have heard of him if he hadn’t shared his work with the wider world — with people like me.

I’m his audience, and to reach me, he had to share, create, tell, showcase — basically everything that artists have to do to build a loyal following of people who love what they do.

Kleon reinforces the message of Kevin Kelly’s super-famous essay, 1,000 True Fans, namely that in order to…


This autobiography was an unplanned bookstore find — I didn’t even know she wrote one — but when I saw that Amelia Earhart the famous pilot had an autobiography I bought it immediately. It did not disappoint!

She was the first woman to fly solo over the Atlantic Ocean, and she inspired a generation of men and women to follow their dreams before she mysteriously disappeared in 1937 while attempting to circumnavigate the globe.

She’s also really, really funny, which I didn’t expect, and she had a deep personal history of reading, which didn’t surprise me one bit. Combine her…


As of right now, more than 1,100 people trust me to bring them the absolute best book recommendations I can each week, but, as I’ve come to realize, there’s only so much that I can fit into one email without overwhelming people!

So, going forward, what I’m doing is publishing the “long” version of those emails here, and sending the short version to my email newsletter subscribers, same as always.

If you’d like to sign up for my newsletter but haven’t, you can do so here, and I have even more book reviews and reading tips on my YouTube channel.


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No one will ever care more about your life than you do. That’s not a judgement or anything, it’s just a normal part of being alive as a human. We’re intensely interested in ourselves, even though we also carry the capacity to act altruistically as well.

Self-interest only becomes a problem, however, when it shades into narcissism, and we lose the capacity for empathetic connection with others. Will Storr says that this has been happening for decades, and he’s not alone. …


Later doesn’t exist. When the future gets here and becomes the present, the future gets pushed back, and later remains as far away from you as ever. If you live for “later,” you’re never going to get to start living.

This is plain and simple and obvious, but most people seem to be rushing about in a great hurry, exposing themselves to unnecessary misery and suffering, only to get to a future that, when they get to it, they won’t be there; they’ll be living in some other future that still hasn’t arrived.

There’s a better way, and it’s no…


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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 loved from more than 1,000 books all to myself.

Below are my best notes from the book The Little Book of Talent…

Matt Karamazov

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