I started reading a new book yesterday:
This was on my yearly book list, technically for Q4….but I was in the mood for something “inspirational”. I’ve been in a pretty low time of reading. Hasn’t felt like I’ve had much time for it lately at all. I finished a book on June 12 and then somehow just never really started another one until yesterday, the 29th. Oops.
I released a few holds from suspension at the library, and this one popped up, so I swung by to pick it up.
My eyes popped out a little when I saw it on the holds shelf:
I hadn’t realized it is as thick as a textbook!! For a second I thought, “Did I reserve the large print version??” Lol. Nope.
It’s an interview style book, where Tim Ferriss has interviewed more than 100 of life’s “experts”, or latests and greatests in their fields. He’s asked each one a series of identical questions, things like “In the last 5 years, what new belief, behavior, or habit has most improved your life?” or “If you could have one gigantic billboard with anything on it (getting a message out to millions)- what would it say and why?”
Others are a little quirky, like “What is an unusual habit or an absurd thing that you love?”
There are 11 questions total.
Seems interesting! I haven’t followed Tim Ferriss’ work much, but I know he’s pretty popular. I love memoirs/ reading about interesting people, and I do enjoy reading interview answers, so I’m hopeful this will be a fun read.
*It also seems full of inspirational quotes/ tidbits (interspersed or as part of the answers or commentary), so expect some to be coming your way. 🙂 I’ll probably write a bunch down in my Reading Notebook.
From the intro:
🔷”The only true voyage would be not to travel through a hundred different lands with the same pair of eyes, but to see the same land through a hundred different pairs of eyes.“ -Marcel Proust
🔷“What we don’t do determines what we can do.” (*I really love this and it made me pause. It is true. We cannot do all things. Time is limited in life. So choosing carefully what we will NOT do certainly does, then, open up the space and time for other things, instead, that we WILL (or can) do.)
🔷 “Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.“
From 1st Interview (with writer, teacher, chef Samin Nosat):
🔷 “While cooking, I have ruined more dishes than I can recall.“
(As she is a professional chef, I found this quote inspiring…a nice reminder that the path is never easy, and no one succeeds without many, many, many failures along the way.)
🔷 “The more clear I am about what my goals are, the more easily I can say no.“
Are you reading anything good right now? Has anyone read Tribe of Mentors? I have such a big list of books I want to read, but my reading life has been weak lately. Sad. I like that this book is divided up into shorter/smaller chapters, so I’m looking forward to at least reading one each morning.
I am grateful for a nice text exchange with an old friend last night.