The CEO Library Blog

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

by Cristina on February 11, 2019

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]

by Cristina on February 7, 2019

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]

by Cristina on January 31, 2019

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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Best Books Read in 2018 by The CEO Library Community

by Cristina on January 28, 2019

Curious to learn what books do the members of The CEO Library community recommend? We asked those subscribed to our newsletter what were the best books they read in 2018 and we put their answers together, in one big list. Check all the book-interests and recommendations below! Thinking, Fast and Slow, by Daniel Ka [...]

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The Book Smuggler

by Cristina on January 24, 2019

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]

by Cristina on January 23, 2019

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]

by Cristina on January 23, 2019

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

by Cristina on January 14, 2019

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]

by Cristina on December 7, 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]

by Cristina on December 5, 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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Why reading about productivity might make us anxious and… unproductive

by Cristina on November 11, 2018

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]

by Cristina on November 9, 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?

by Cristina on November 2, 2018

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]

by Cristina on October 26, 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]

by Cristina on October 19, 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

by Cristina on October 15, 2018

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

by Cristina on October 12, 2018

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

by Cristina on October 12, 2018

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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