Past Newsletters

Why reading about productivity might make us anxious and… unproductive

In an interview that I gave recently, I was asked about the side effects of always pushing oneself to be more productive. When you're always reading about other people's routines and how they're constantly trying to optimize every process, you might compare yourself to them and become extremely anxious. You'll reali [...]

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It Doesn’t Have to be Crazy at Work [Best Books of 2018]

"It's crazy at work" - how many times have you heard yourself complaining about this? When did working throughout the nights and weekends become a badge of honor? Or hearing managers tell you that you're like one big family, only to request something from you afterwards (such as ignoring time with your real famil [...]

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What do YOU care what other people think?

If a golden fish granted you the wish to meet anyone and go out for drinks, anyone who ever lived on this planet, who would it be? For me, in the past couple of years, the answer would probably be Richard Feynman. He was one of the world's most important physicists of the past century. Awarded the Nobel Prize for ph [...]

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The Art of Learning [best books read in 2018]

As 2018 is getting closer to its end (we're at 82% / 9 weeks left), I'll dedicate the next Friday emails to the best books I read throughout the year. Please note that these are NOT books launched in 2018 - if that's what you're looking for, sorry to disappoint you. I don't usually read books that are new and "trending [...]

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Mindset: how to change the way we think [best books read in 2018]

As 2018 is getting closer to its end (we're at 80% / 10 weeks left), I'll dedicate the next Friday emails to the best books read throughout the year. Please note that these are NOT books launched in 2018 - if that's what you're looking for, sorry to disappoint you. I don't usually read books that are new and "trending" [...]

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The importance of small good habits: the devil’s in the hundreds of details

This weekend I competed in a 21k race that was part of Bucharest Marathon's eleventh edition. The organizers of the event invited Robert Hajnal to hold a workshop about his performance in trail running. I've talked about Robert before, he's our country's best long-distance runner and winner of the second place at UTMB [...]

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Life-lessons about hard work, failure & mindset from an ultra-endurance athlete: Robert Hajnal

One of my friends, Robert Hajnal, is an ultra-endurance athlete, winner of long distance races (more than 100 km long) that take place on mountain trails. He recently won the second place at UTMB (Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc) - a race you can think of as the equivalent of Superbowl. The best trail runners in the wor [...]

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How being radically true & transparent helps us learn faster

As 2018 is getting closer to its end (we're at 78% / 11 weeks left), I'll dedicate the next Friday emails to the best books that I read throughout the year. Please note that these are NOT books launched in 2018 - if that's what you're looking for, sorry to disappoint you. I don't usually read books that are new and "tr [...]

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You are not special. Don’t let your toxic ego take control.

The text below is an extract from weekly newsletter. If you enjoy it, subscribe here. For almost 10 years, I've had the opportunity to work with famous musicians. First by writing about them and interviewing them for the music blog I founded and ran for a few years, afterwards by changing camps and starting to pr [...]

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Startup fatal mistakes 101: hiring people who don’t match your values

"I don't think there's an easier or more tempting mistake to make than to hire someone who has great ability or a great track record of performance with the recognition that while they're not a match with the current values and culture of the company, over time you believe you can bring them into alignment." I was r [...]

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Reality check: luck vs ego

The text below was sent as part of our weekly newsletter. If you enjoy it, subscribe here. I was only 19 when I dove into my entrepreneurial journey, during my freshman year at the University of Journalism. It was then that I met Bobby, with whom I co-founded my first online project, and we successfully exited a few [...]

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What Kanye West can teach entrepreneurs about resilience

"Before anybody wanted K. West beats Me and my girl split the bucket at KFC Dog, I was having nervous breakdowns Like man, these niggas that much better than me?" (lyrics from Touch the Sky, screenshot from Otis video) Kanye West knows a little something about resilience. Almost 20 years ago, the idea that [...]

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The freedom of working remotely: what we learned from Liam Martin

Liam Martin is an expert in all aspects of remote working. A Canada-based entrepreneur, he's the co-founder and CMO of Time Doctor and Staff.com, two platforms that help individuals and organizations be productive while working remotely. Six years ago, Liam built Time Doctor as a tool to scratch his own itch. He was [...]

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Do you actually need an office?

"Start by empowering everyone to make decisions on their own. If the company is full of people whom nobody trusts to make decisions without layers of managerial review, then the company is full of the wrong people." The quote above is from "Remote: Office Not Required", a book written by DHH and Jason Fried, the two [...]

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Decision making: how to outsmart your biases AND know you’re right

Being a business leader requires you to challenge the status quo and bet against the consensus. A few years after he started his firm, Ray Dalio confidently predicted that the global economy was heading into a depression and positioned himself accordingly in the stock market. He was dead wrong. He lost so much mo [...]

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The CEO Library Community: our first newsletter!

The text below was sent in September 2017 to our newsletter subscribers. If you enjoy it and want more, subscribe here. Hello there, fellow book worms! Cristina here. First of all, I wanna thank you again for believing in us and subscribing to our newsletter. This is actually the first one we're sending out, so I [...]

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