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 I filter books and (try to) control impulse buying

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

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

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

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

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

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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The dangers of instant gratification

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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Unpopular opinion: sleep deprivation is NOT the key to succeed

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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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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