This Book Gave Me Five Full YEARS of My Life Back

Matt Karamazov
8 min readJan 28, 2024

You can read this book in 3 hours — and it could save you 30,000 of them

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Most people suffer because they struggle against time and never learn how to use it, and to flow with it.

That changes today, and that changes with this book.

It’s short, you can read it in just a few hours, and it could return literally years of your life back to you, as it did for me.

But it does this in a strange way.

For one thing, it’s timeless, so you’re not going to learn time management hacks like time blocking, or the two-minute rule. Which are fine as far as they go, but if you really want to maximize the time you have on this beautiful green earth, you have to get strategic.

You also need to get clear on the infinite value of what exactly you’re trading away so cheaply.

On the Shortness of Life, by the Roman Stoic philosopher Seneca, does this beautifully, and despite being more than two thousand years old, it’s dead simple to read, and devastatingly effective at helping you secure your own freedom.

But don’t just take my word for it here.

Below, I’m going to share with you a short summary of the book, some of my best book notes, and also a few related books you can check out if you liked this one.

Seneca completely blew up the way I think about time, its value, and how I engage with it to maximize my return on life.

It’s been doing this for thousands of years, for hundreds of thousands of people who have read it and profited from it to take their lives back.

Now it’s your turn.

Let’s begin.

As far as moral essays go, this one from the ancient Roman statesman Seneca is one of my favorites. Written in 49CE, it’s addressed to his father-in-law Paulinus, whom he advises about how to expand time, prevent it from being squandered on nonsense, and use it in the best way we can.



Matt Karamazov

🥇 The Most Disciplined Man on the Planet 📚 Read 1,197 Books in Just 10 Years 💪🏻 Strong Believer in Human Potential ⤵️