Books I’m reading and recommending as well as books I’m writing. Featuring behind-the-scenes of the #NoOffice book creation process (read it online free!). You can also read my past books online, like: It’s All About Passion!.
Even though the Covid-19 pandemic is mostly over, I still remember the start of it the long wait to get my vaccine shot, how I had to convince people around me to get the vaccine while still having friends being skeptical about it. This year, people behind the mRNA Covid vaccine got a Nobel prize in medicine! If you want to learn more about their story, their work and the whole (very bumpy) journey how the mRNA technology came to be I encourage you to read this book: “A Shot To Save The World” by Gregory Zuckerman: An inside story of life-or-death race for a COVID-19 vaccine (Amazon / Audible).
I’m a big fan of Derek Sivers and his writing. I had a pleasure of interviewing him for the Productive! Magazine #30 and we’ve stayed in touch via email since then. I re-designed my blog inspired by him and just like him I maintain a “now” page. This December when I got an email from him about a sale of a bundle of all 4 of his books, I decided to take him up on his offer and bought two sets of his books - one for me and one for one of my best friends - Steve. Today I gave Steve the books and I wrote 4 separate dedications on each of them:
It’s been a little over 11 years since Steve Jobs died and to commemorate this anniversary I’m posting here my short review of the new book by Tripp Mickle: After Steve - how Apple became a trillion-dollar company and lost its soul.
It’s time to revive the book corner on my blog and post notes from the books I’m reading currently. Even though I have been reading around 30 books per year on average, I stopped updating the list and posting my notes. It’s time to get back to it. I regret not doing that for the past many years of this blog so this is my redemptive action - I’m starting with my review of the Power of Regret by Daniel Pink:
Yes! Yes! Yes!… Yesterday I finished writing the #NoOffice book. It’s still a rough draft, because the final chapters need more editing and I want to review the book completely before the launch date this September. However, you can read it all online today for free as the book is completely published as an open source project and licensed under Creative Commons license. I’ve already presented part 1 of the book on this blog, and also talked about it on my show so it’s time for Part 2 of #NoOffice book:
Last year on the GTD Summit one of the speakers was Marshall Goldsmith, the author of the book What got you here, won’t get you there! (Amazon or Audible) which I really liked. I discussed this book with Radek on The Podcast - The Art Of Feedback because one of the most memorable things Marshall wrote in this book (and said to me on the GTD Summit) is that we’re taking in feedback wrong. We have a tendency of ruining feedback. Here’s why:
I’m writing the #NoOffice book right now and I’m more than half way through (60% done, but who’s counting?). You can read it all here for free. In my book after each chapter I’m leaving the reader with just one thought as the gist of it. One thought, one thing they can start doing now. Here are all these thoughts from the chapters in the first part of the book compiled for you to convince you to give the entire book a chance. If you want to work in a more modern way and you believe that work is not a place to go, but a thing that you do, this book might be for you:
Thanks to my decision NOT to work on Nozbe for the entire month of August (see the recent update of my now page) I’m on a roll and just today I wrote the 10th chapter of my new book #NoOffice. Why I’m writing this book? Because I want more people to know that “Work is not a place to go to, it’s a thing that you do!” and I started with these chapters:
I just maxed out my limit of audiobooks for this year’s Audible subscription and I still haven’t read all of the ones I purchased, but recently I decided to re-read some of the old books I already read before. Why would I do that?
After I’ve initially published my video course, 10 Steps to Ultimate Productivity, I decided to self-publish a book inspired by the course. I went ahead and did that in Polish my mother tongue first, then in English for the entire world to read and now in Traditinal Chinese on Taiwan. Yes, Chinese version of my book, officially published by a major publisher on Taiwan - here’s how it happened and why I’m so psyched about it: