The CEO Library Blog

New non-fiction books just released (September 2019)

by Cristina on September 24, 2019

September came bearing amazing non-fiction books from incredible authors! LOTS of titles that we're really excited about will come out this month (or already did), with new titles from authors Malcolm Gladwell (after a 10-year break), Nir Eyal (who released the antidote to his bestseller Hooked), Vaclav Smil (one of Bi [...]

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How I filter books and (try to) control impulse buying

by Cristina on September 22, 2019

The text below was first sent to our newsletter subscribers, in August 2019. If you enjoy it and want more, subscribe here. I talk a lot about how to read more and build this life-changing habit, but I never shared how and when I buy new books. I get this question a lot and avoided answering it because...well, I hav [...]

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3 tips to retain more from the books you read

by Cristina on September 19, 2019

The text below was first sent to our newsletter subscribers, in July 2019. If you enjoy it and want more, subscribe here. At The CEO Library, we believe in empowering people to grow with the help of the best books, and use them to accelerate our growth on a personal and professional level. It's why a few months ago [...]

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An exercise to increase conscientiousness & goal-oriented behavior

by Cristina on September 12, 2019

The text below was first sent to our newsletter subscribers, in August 2019. If you enjoy it and want more, subscribe here. How do you want your life to look like in 3 to 5 years down the road? How would you define success in each area of your life? What do you want from your career? What about family, intimate r [...]

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Edward Snowden’s memoir coming in September: ‘Permanent Record’

by Cristina on August 8, 2019

Edward Snowden wrote a book... and we can't wait to get our hands (and eyes) on it! 'Permanent Record' is the name of his memoir, where he shares the story of his life, including his role in building a system designed for mass surveillance, and what led to his crisis of conscience, motivating him to bring it down. [...]

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New book from Basecamp: Shape Up

by Cristina on August 5, 2019

Basecamp is one of my favorite companies in the whole wide world in terms of work culture and what they stand up for. It started in 1999, as a web design firm that was called 37signals back then. Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson, the co-founders , were looking for a simple project management tool for their c [...]

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Non-Fiction & Business Books Dropping in August 2019

by Cristina on August 1, 2019

At the beginning of every month, we put together a list of interesting books that will be released during that month and are on our radar. The purpose of this list is to make it easier for you to discover new, interesting non-fiction or business books that might help you with certain skills. But, just to be clear, w [...]

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Email productivity, vacation auto-responders & beating FOMO [Weekly Brain Tools #103]

by Cristina on July 30, 2019

The text below was first sent to our newsletter subscribers, in July 2019. If you enjoy it and want more, subscribe here. I love summers. I love the crazy high temperatures, I love long days, I love not having to feel like an onion, wearing layers over layers. And, above all, I love how everything slows down and the [...]

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True freedom requires discomfort

by Cristina on July 30, 2019

The text below was first sent to our newsletter subscribers, in June 2019. If you enjoy it and want more, subscribe here. 49% of the year has passed. It's gone. You can’t do anything to get those months back. What have you accomplished from your list of resolutions for this year? Are you on track, keeping up wi [...]

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Addictive social media usage patterns: find the root cause first

by Cristina on July 29, 2019

The text below was first sent to our newsletter subscribers, in June 2019. If you enjoy it and want more, subscribe here. One hot summer day, four years ago, I was looking over my RescueTime stats. RescueTime is a time management app that monitors how you spend your time on every digital device and analysis how p [...]

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Interesting Non-Fiction Books Coming Out in July 2019

by Cristina on July 2, 2019

At the beginning of every month, I put together a list of interesting books that will be released during that month and are on our radar. I want to make it easier for you to discover new, interesting non-fiction or business books but, just to be clear, I (or any other member of The CEO Library team) haven't read or [...]

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The dangers of instant gratification

by Cristina on July 1, 2019

The text below was first sent to our newsletter subscribers in May 2019. If you enjoy it and want more, subscribe here. Helloooo! Hey! Hi there! Welcome to another weekly dose of "weird things that've been going through Cristina's mind". I've been talking a lot lately about habits and their importance in the big [...]

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Oussama Ammar, The Family co-founder, will soon release 1st book: ‘Anyone Can Become an Entrepreneur’

by Cristina on June 18, 2019

Anyone can be an entrepreneur... but that doesn't mean everyone can be, or that everyone should want to be! This is one of the touchstones at The Family, a European community and startup accelerator that I discovered last year and been following their work since. It was started 5 years ago, in Paris, and they're foc [...]

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Unpopular opinion: sleep deprivation is NOT the key to succeed

by Cristina on June 10, 2019

The text below is an excerpt from our weekly newsletter. If you enjoy it, please subscribe here. Today's society celebrates sleepless nights and bragging about how we trade sleep for midnight workathons. We feel superior when we tell others how busy we are and how important our job is, like we're some kind of her [...]

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What to read next? 8 interesting non-fiction books dropping in June 2019

by Cristina on June 8, 2019

You know you can count on us for a neverending source of interesting books to add to your to-read list, yup, yup! And this month it's raining with plenty of interesting non-fiction titles hitting the shelves. You can see below a list of books that are highly recommended by leaders and personally caught my attention. [...]

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A few resources to deal with social media addiction & information overwhelm

by Cristina on June 6, 2019

The resources below were first sent to our email subscribers, as part of our weekly newsletter. If you want more, join here. 1. GQ: "Cal Newport on Why We'll Look Back at Our Smartphones Like Cigarettes" (2019) Cal Newport is a computer science professor who writes about the intersection of society and technology [...]

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8 books to read about the Chernobyl disaster – recommended by Craig Mazin, creator of the TV series

by Cristina on June 6, 2019

You probably heard about Chernobyl, the popular five-part TV miniseries from HBO and Sky Television about the nuclear disaster with the same name, that occurred on April 26, 1986, at the Chernobyl Nuclear Plant, Ukraine. The final episode aired (err. streamed?) this week and, right afterwards, its creator Craig Mazi [...]

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The illusion of feeling special

by Cristina on June 5, 2019

The text below was first sent to our newsletter subscribers, in April 2019. If you enjoy it and want more, subscribe here. Thanks to my father’s profession, an IT engineer, I had early access to computers and technology. I first learned how to use a personal computer when I was only three or four years old – tha [...]

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