Book Brief: It’s Not You: 27 (Wrong) Reasons You’re Single by Sara Eckel

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It’s Not You: 27 (Wrong) Reasons You’re Single by Sara Eckel 2014, TarcherPerigee The Idea Dating advice is horrible. The premise is always “you’re doing it wrong” or “you’re not enough” or “change yourself.” Still, it’s seductive to think that some new piece of advice will be the magic formula that manifests Mr. or Ms. Right and end in happily ever after. Eckel challenges every “reason” we’ve heard before, whether from dating advice books or well-meaning friends or popular culture, and offers optimistic counter-evidence and practical guidance to reframe singledom as possibly the most rewarding time of life. Recommended For Obviously, for single people, especially […]

Book Brief: Get Some Headspace by Andy Puddicombe


Get Some Headspace: How Mindfulness Can Change Your Life in Ten Minutes a Day by Andy Puddicombe 2012, St. Martin’s Griffin The Idea You can travel anywhere in the world, but if you’re suffering from ennui when you depart, chances are those feelings are going to follow you to your destination. You can’t escape your mind, so why not hunker down and make it a more comfortable place to spend time? Andy Puddicombe, co-founder of the meditation app Headspace and former Buddhist monk, shows how taking the time to meditate 10 minutes each day can help you feel less crummy… […]

Book Brief: The Road Less Traveled by M. Scott Peck

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The Road Less Traveled: A New Psychology of Love, Traditional Values, and Spiritual Growth by M. Scott Peck 1978, Simon & Schuster The Idea Life is difficult, and the sooner we come to terms with that, the easier it becomes. We’re all shaped by early-life experiences, primarily the massive influence of our own caretakers, and unraveling those influences can hold the key to personal development – if we’re willing to work for it. Recommended For Those unafraid to take a deep dive into their own psyches and wrestle with truth, even when it’s uncomfortable. The Pros Peck has a great style […]

Book Brief: Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most by Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton, and Sheila Heen

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Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most by Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton, and Sheila Heen 2000, Penguin Books The Idea The hardest conversations are typically the most important ones (and the easiest to screw up). Thankfully, three smart souls from the Harvard Negotiation project have hooked us up with this gem, a book that helps us navigate the challenging meta-conversations that underlie any hairy discussion and become better communicators. Recommended For Anyone who’s ever felt misunderstood. Anyone who’s ever had difficulty communicating, personally or professionally. Anyone who’s wanted to better understand themselves or other people. (At this point, I […]

Book Brief: Rework by Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson


The Idea Modern business is overcomplicated: here’s how to keep it simple for maximum efficiency and effectiveness. Recommended For Entrepreneurs, managers, project & team leaders, anyone dreaming up a startup concept The Pros More like a blog than a conventional book, short chapters are to the point and distill big ideas into actionable advice. The Cons The non-tech crowd might overlook this book, but those working in traditional businesses can definitely use it to adopt common-sense practices. My Take This is one of my favorite business books of all time. I own it in print and digital so I can reference it often […]