Past Newsletters



Stop wasting your time reading books that aren’t right for you, are guilty of survivorship bias, or you picked them up at a bad time.

Our mission at The CEO Library is to cut through clutter and guide you towards the BEST books that will make a difference in your life, challenge your assumptions and accelerate your learning.

You can see below some of the past newsletter issues, if you want to know what’s it about before subscribing. Or, for a shorter version, go here.


The illusion of feeling special

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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The rise of anxiety: how hyper-connectivity harms our brains

The text below was first sent to our newsletter subscribers in April 2019. If you enjoy it and want more, subscribe here. In “Digital Minimalism“, computer science professor Cal Newport talks about the sudden rise of mental health issues (anxiety and anxiety-related disorders) among teens. This is the first gene [...]

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Stop reading. Start applying.

The text below was first sent to our newsletter subscribers in May 2019. If you enjoy it and want more, subscribe here. You don't need to read more. You don't need to consume yet another word or bit of information. You don't need to devour more articles, more podcasts, more white papers, more blogs or more new [...]

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How business owners & marketers can use Lindy effect

The text below was first sent to our newsletter subscribers, in May 2019. If you enjoy it and want more, subscribe here. In the 1920s, in New York city, a restaurant called Lindy opened on Broadway. The place became popular for the cheesecake they served, and the actors used to gather there and gossip about the stat [...]

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How to avoid novelty-bias and information overload

The text below was first sent to our newsletter subscribers. If you enjoy it and want more, subscribe here. As humans, we need both structure and variety in our lives. Think of it as two complementary forces that need to balance themselves: we have the certainty of waking up at the same hour, in the same bed, com [...]

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How to get better at saying no

The text below was first sent to our newsletter subscribers. If you enjoy it and want more, subscribe here. I'm a people pleaser in disguise. I hate saying no to others, especially friends or those I admire. When people come ask for my help or opinion, even if it's just a question thrown as a random reply to this [...]

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Take back control of your mornings [Weekly Brain Tools]

The text below was sent to our newsletter subscribers. If you enjoy it and want more, join us. There are tens of articles available on the world wide web about how to start your day the "right" way and be more productive. Sleep at least 7 hours, but wake up before sunrise. Go to the gym or run 5 miles. Take a col [...]

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Recalibrating beliefs: pain is inevitable [Weekly Brain Tools]

The text below was sent as part of our weekly newsletter. If you enjoy it and want more, subscribe here. Four years ago, I was a sedentary who spent most days in front of a PC or behind the wheel. I was born in the third most traffic congested cities in the world, where everyone feels entitled to drive and park e [...]

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The joy of missing out [Weekly Brain Tools]

The text below was sent in October 2018 as part of our weekly newsletter. If you enjoy it and want more, subscribe here. Hello, friends, I started this week with "It Doesn't Have to be Crazy at Work", the book recently released by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson, Basecamp's co-founders, and I have to say [...]

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Stoic Inspiration: Exercises to Get You Started & Entrepreneurs Who Practice It

The text below was sent in February 2019 as part of our weekly newsletter. If you enjoy it and want more similar emails delivered straight to your inbox, subscribe here. Four or five years ago, I discovered stoicism, an ancient Greek philosophy developed a few centuries B.C. I had just finished reading Ryan Holid [...]

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Weekly Brain Tools: Memento Mori

The text below was sent in September 2018 as part of our weekly newsletter. If you enjoy it and want more similar emails delivered straight to your inbox, subscribe here. I recently found out that someone I knew passed away. He was a fellow runner and blogger, we had been talking online for many years, but I only go [...]

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Weekly Brain Tools: The Counter-Intuitive Benefits of Routine Disruption

The text below was sent in December 2018 to our newsletter subscribers. If you enjoy it and want more, join us. Hello, dear! This is your second brain speaking. Missed me? I've been sending you these freakin' long emails about all sorts of books that I read, probably making you wonder "When does she have time t [...]

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Weekly Brain Tools: How We’re Helping You Save Time

The text below was sent in January 2019 as part of our newsletter. If you enjoy it and want more, subscribe here. Heya! Cristina here. Long gone are the times when professions were for life, and no human jobs will be safe from automation / machine learning - the future is now, to quote my long-time friends Non [...]

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Weekly Brain Tools: Sleep is NOT for the Weak! 9+1 Practical Tips to Sleep Better

The text below was sent in January 2019 to our newsletter subscribers. If you enjoy it and want more, join us. Throughout my life, I've met a few people who were proudly talking about how they only need four hours of sleep to function. I used to envy and admire them for all those extra hours they'd have, free from [...]

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The sunk cost fallacy – or why you should quit bad books [Weekly Brain Tools]

The text below was sent in November 2018 as part of our weekly newsletter. If you enjoy it, subscribe here. Hello, my favorite people in the world! Here's something that most of you don't know: one of the reasons I created The CEO Library is because I started reading really late in life. 10 years ago, I didn't re [...]

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How to prepare for a digital detox [Weekly Brain Tools]

The text below was sent in December 2018 to our newsletter subscribers. If you enjoy it and want more, join us. Morning, brainiacs! I'm gonna start today's email with a question we're asked all the time: why do we unsubscribe those who don't open our newsletters? This is probably hard to understand, as it's co [...]

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The Book Smuggler

The text below was sent at the end of 2018 to our newsletter subscribers. If you enjoy it and want more, join us. Once upon a time, in a village lying at the base of some of the highest Carpathian Mountains, there lived a self-taught shepherd. He used to cross the Carpathian mountains with his sheep, right betwee [...]

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How to start your day to be more productive [Weekly Brain Tools]

The text below was sent in November 2018 to our newsletter subscribers. If you enjoy it and want more, join us. Happy Monday, dear brainiacs! A few important announcements before we dive into our usual monkey business: #1: We've been getting lots of messages from people who just subscribed and want to read w [...]

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