Book Freak

By Mark Frauenfelder

Short pieces of advice from books

Short pieces of advice from books

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Book Freak #73: Advice from the Stoics

"It may take some hard work. But the more you say no to the things that don’t matter, the more you can say yes to the things that do.”


Book Freak #72: Reframe your "money" mindset

"More is better" drives a competitive culture of accumulation, acquisition, and greed that only heightens fears and quickens the pace of the race ... When we believe that more is better, and equate having more with being more — more smart or more able — then …


Book Freak #71: The Courage to Be Disliked

“The courage to be happy also includes the courage to be disliked. When you have gained that courage, your interpersonal relationships will all at once change into things of lightness.”


Book Freak #70: Think Like a Freak

“The key to learning is feedback. It is nearly impossible to learn anything without it.”


Book Freak #69: Advice for Graduates (and Everyone Else)

"You won't change the whole world, but you'll change somebody's world - and for the better. And, just as inevitably, some of you won't. You'll park your principles in the long-term lot and spend your future taking advantage of people.?


Book Freak #68: How to Live on 24 Hours a Day

“You wake up in the morning, and lo! your purse is magically filled with twenty-four hours of the unmanufactured tissue of the universe of your life! It is yours. It is the most precious of possessions.”


Book Freak #67: The Happiness of Pursuit

Chris Guillebeau is the New York Times bestselling author of The $100 Startup, and The Money Tree. Here are four pieces of advice from his book, The Happiness of Pursuit: Finding the Quest That Will Bring Purpose to Your Life.


Book Freak #66: Overcoming Obstacles

Ryan Holiday is one of the world's foremost thinkers and writers on ancient philosophy and its place in everyday life. His books have been translated into over 30 languages and read by over two million people worldwide. Here are four pieces of advice from his…


Book Freak #65: How to Push Past Your Comfort Zone

Anders Ericsson is a professor of psychology at Florida State University. He studies expert performance in domains such as music, chess, medicine, and sports. His groundbreaking work has been cited in bestsellers from Moonwalking with Einstein to Outliers to …


Book Freak #64: How to Make Your Ideas Interesting to Others

Chip Heath is a professor at Stanford Graduate School of Business, teaching courses on strategy and organizations. He has helped over 450 startups hone their business strategy and messages. Dan Heath is a senior fellow at Duke University’s CASE center, which …


Book Freak #63: The Wisdom of Insecurity

My new newsletter!Before we get started with this issue of Book Freak, I wanted to let you know about a new newsletter I started, call The Magnet. Every week in The Magnet I’ll write about tips I find useful, things that interest me, what I've learned, interv…


Book Freak #62: Tim Gunn's Golden Rules for Living

Beloved pop culture icon and New York Times bestselling author Tim Gunn is best known as the Emmy Award–winning host of Project Runway. He also hosted two seasons of his own Bravo makeover series, Tim Gunn’s Guide to Style, and was the host of the reality TV …


Book Freak #61: Achieve Goals Through Tiny Habits

BJ Fogg, PhD, founded the Behavior Design Lab at Stanford University. In addition to his research, Fogg teaches industry innovators how human behavior really works. Here are four pieces of advice from his book, Tiny Habits: The Small Changes That Change Every…


Book Freak #60: Be More Confident

Katty Kay is the anchor of BBC World News America, in Washington, DC. Here are four pieces of advice from her book, The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance – What Women Should Know.


Book Freak #59: How to Control Your Attention

Nir Eyal lectured at Stanford's Graduate School of Business and Institute of Design. He writes, consults, and teaches about the intersection of psychology, technology, and business. Here are four pieces of advice from his book, Indistractable: How to Control …


Book Freak #58: How to Have a Crucial Conversation

Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, and Al Switzler are international corporate consultants who have developed corporate training programs for dozens of fortune 500 companies. Here's advice from their book, Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking W…


Book Freak #57: How to Write a Novel

Chris Baty is a freelance writer and writing coach whose work has appeared in The Washington Post, The SF Weekly, and Lonely Planet guidebooks. Here's advice from his book, No Plot? No Problem!: A Low-Stress, High-Velocity Guide to Writing a Novel in 30 Days.


Book Freak #56: How to Practice Mindfulness

Thich Nhat Hanh is a Vietnamese monk, a renowned Zen master, a poet, and a peace activist. He was nominated for the Nobel Prize by Martin Luther King, Jr., in 1967. Here's advice from his best-selling book, The Miracle of Mindfulness.


Book Freak #55: How to Design Your Life

Bill Burnett is a Consulting Assistant Professor at Stanford University and currently the Executive Director of the Design Program. Here is advice from his book, Designing Your Life: Build a Life that Works for You.


Book Freak #54: How to Take Smart Risks

Paul Arden (1940-2008) was the executive creative director at Saatchi & Saatchi. Here are four pieces of advice from his book, It's Not How Good You Are, It's How Good You Want to Be.