Habit - a decision you made at some point. And then stopped making, but continue acting upon.
In The Power of Habit, Charles Duhigg brings us scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist and how they can be changed Charles Duhigg is a Pulitzer Prize–winning reporter at The New York Times, where he writes for the business section. You can follow him on Twitter @cduhigg.
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It's based on this quote from Shakespeare's Julius Caesar,
Cassius: "The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, But in ourselves, that we are underlings.” - Julius Caesar (I, ii, 140-141)
In this quote, Cassius seems to be arguing that it's not fate that controls our lives, but rather that we're in control, and that we are thus responsible.
The title The Fault in Our Stars seems to be saying the opposite. With the two main characters, Augustus and Hazel, John Green shows us of that sometimes we're not in control of our lives.
Clearly Augustus and Hazel didn't do anything to cause the cancer they have, yet they have to live with it. The book poses the question: is it possible to find happiness in life despite the fault in our stars?
In this episode of On Books I chat The Fault in Our Stars with Kate Gavino (The author and illustrator behind lastnightsreading.tumblr.com).
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In Blink, Gladwell shares stories that celebrate the power of quick decisions, as well as those moments when our instincts betray us.
In this episode of On books we cover: Thin-slicing, and "The Right - and Wrong - Way to Ask People What They Want." This includes stories of Coke vs. Pepsi, Butter vs. Margarine, and a man who can predict with 95% accuracy whether a couple will still be married fifteen years later (just after meeting them for 15 minutes).
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In 1903 Franz Kappus (a 17 years old student) wrote the poet Rainer Maria Rilke (27 years old) asking his advice on becoming a writer.
The book is a collection of Rilke’s replies over a series of 10 letters. In the letters Rilke beautifully articulates advice on topics of creativity, dealing with criticism, inspiration, love, life, and loneliness.
“For me the letters are a credo of creativity and a source of inspiration. After reading Rilke it became clear that I had no choice in the matter. I had to create.” – Dennis Hopper
When asked, “What advice would I give to someone looking to make music their career?” Sarah Mclachlan responded, “I’d tell them to go read Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke. Because his advice is better than any advice I could ever give.”
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In this episode I'll give a summary, some highlights and exceprts from the book Leading at the Speed of Growth by Katherine Catlin
Essentialism is one of those books that I come back to and re-read a few times a year. And the reason I say I “re-read it”, is because this book is more like a meditation. In this episode I’ll gives highlights, takeaways and read some quotes from Essentialism.
In this week's On Books I'll dive into Essentialism by Greg McKeown.
In Mating in Captivity, Esther Perel asks the question, “How can you want, what you already have?”
Love is about having; desire is about wanting. When you have too much desire you’re insecure and anxious. On the other hand, when you have too much love you’re too comfortable, you have too much security, and you feel trapped.
The thesis of Mating in Captivity is that if you’d like to create passionate, long-lasting relationship you’ll need find a balance between your love and your desire. Perel gives her advice and tactics on how to find this balance.
More info about Mating in Captivity and Ester Perel is on my site at http://castig.org/mating-in-captivity/
Jim Henson created a legacy around The Muppets, Sesame Street, Fragile Rock, and Labyrinth. His life is a testament to the idea that you can use art, and creativity to change the world. The book is an snapshot of Jim’s journey from the early days of creating Kermit out of his mother’s felt coat, to philosophical understandings art vs. commerce, how to run a creative business, manage working long hours, and be an amazing father.
More information on Jim Henson, and his autobiography are available on my site at: http://castig.org/jim-henson-the-biography/