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.


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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Stop wasting your time ⌛ [on the shortness of life & other weekly brain tools]

The text below was sent in October 2018 to our newsletter subscribers. If you enjoy it and want more, join us. Life's short. Three years ago, 65 people were killed (including 6 I knew and worked with) and 146 were injured because of a fire in a nightclub called Colectiv, that was based in Bucharest, my home city. [...]

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When is it ENOUGH? Stop letting others define your success

Many years ago, I worked with this up-and-coming Romanian hip-hop artist, helping plan his digital marketing strategy. It was an opportunity to witness his transformation from an unknown local rapper, with a small core of loyal fans, to someone known by the whole country. In the process, he felt forced to abandon hi [...]

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How to Start Thinking in Bets & Improve Your Decision-Making Process [Best Books of 2018]

As you know, I avoid books that just got out and were written by authors I haven't read before. I'd rather wait for the hype to pass and decide afterwards if they're still worthy of my time - usually, the answer is no. The book I want to talk to you about today was an exception from that rule. Annie Duke's "Thinkin [...]

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Living with a SEAL and Monks [Best Books Read in 2018]

The text below was sent as part of our weekly newsletter. If you enjoy it, subscribe here. How can someone tell how much I enjoyed a book? By its cover. The best books look like they've been hit by a train, abandoned in a coffee shop, or given to school kids to play with it. "Living with a SEAL" is one of those b [...]

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