3 Books With Neil Pasricha

By Neil Pasricha: Bestselling Author

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Do you want to read more? Join our epic quest to uncover the 1000 most formative books in the world… 3 books at a time.

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Chapter 27: My favorite bartender on fiddling with frankincense and fighting for freedom
01:45:54

3 Books is a completely insane and totally epic 15-year-long quest to uncover the 1000 most formative books in the world. Each chapter is hosted live and in-person at the guest's preferred location by Neil Pasricha, New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Awesome and The Happiness Equation. Each chapter of 3 Books uncovers and discusses the three most formative books from one of the world's most inspiring people. Sample guests include: Judy Blume, David Sedaris, Chris Anderson of TED, and the world's greatest Uber driver. Each of the 333 chapters is dropped on the exact minute of every new moon and full moon until September 1, 2031. 3 Books is an Apple "Best Of" award-winning show as well as the world's only podcast by and for book lovers, writers, makers, sellers... and librarians. For more info check out: www.3books.co 

Robin Goodfellow, founder of Little Bones Beverage company is part owner of Bar Raval, Prettyugly, and Harry's in Toronto with many new projects on the go. He started Bartending 16 years ago in Toronto and boasts about the constant need to change and evolve. His passion belongs to training new bartenders, fine tuning his existing establishments, helping new proprietors develop their bar programs, and throwing unique and creative events that push the beverage industry to new territory. Bar Raval was named #1 in the 2018 Canada’s Best Bars list and Prettyugly Bar was #8. Bar Raval is currently #70 Best Bar in the World.

Chapter Description:

 

A few years ago my friend Rita was raving to me about Bar Raval, a new bar in downtown Toronto, and took me there one night.

She said the interior was this unreal Antoni Gaudí-inspired pattern of curved mahogany which I had to see to believe.

So we get there and I go up to the bar and come face to face with this bartender completely covered in tattoos and say, “Can I grab a drink?” And he shoots back, “What do you want?” And I say, “Well, what do you have?” and he says “No, what do you want?” And I say “Well, I don’t want anything sweet.” And he does this sort of slow swivel to look back at the huge display of glass jars full of colorful tinctures behind him and then stares back and me and says, “Does it look like a fucking sweet place to you?” I was taken aback. But he kept challenging me to say what I wanted, what I felt like, what I was going for … and so finally … I did. I exploded in this giant passionate diatribe about how I wanted to feel optimistic and refreshed and nostalgic … and then he gets to work. He begins smashing ice cubes, picking glasses from fridges, shaving limes, adding drops of who knows what to my glass and then finally puts down in front of me a bubbling neon green concoction like I’d never seen.

And you know what?

The drink was optimistic… and refreshing … and nostalgic. It was like a magic trick! I couldn’t believe it.

Over the years I got to know and fall in love with this fiery, passionate bartender named Robin Goodfellow. Turns out he owned the place together with some partners. As well as other bars including PrettyUgly and Harry’s.

In 2018, Bar Raval was ranked #1 of Canada’s top bars and PrettyUgly was ranked #8. Also, Bar Raval is currently ranked #70 best bar in the world.

Robin has been bartending for sixteen years and spent eight years studying social theory.

Robin and I go deep into the purpose of a bar, what everyone is looking for in life and how we can find it, what underpins all great service, how to become more mindful eaters, the paradox between authenticity and quality, and why the farm-to-table movement is over.

I hope you enjoy Chapter 27 of 3 Books with my favorite bartender Robin Goodfellow.

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN:

  • How do we find what we are looking for in an era of loneliness, separation, and anxiety?

  • What should bosses never say to employees?

  • What’s the paradox between authenticity and quality?

  • Why should you try to sell a feeling rather than a product?

  • How can eating animals and certain plants be seen as exerting power over nature?

  • How has the ‘ideal body image’ changed over centuries?

  • Does cultural appropriation exist within the food industry?

  • What’s the difference between ‘good’ and ‘bad’ traditions, and when should we argue against tradition?

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Apr 19, 2019
Chapter 26: Angie Thomas on righting racist wrongs and remembering radicals
54:18

3 Books is a completely insane and totally epic 15-year-long quest to uncover the 1000 most formative books in the world. Each chapter is hosted live and in-person at the guest's preferred location by Neil Pasricha, New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Awesome and The Happiness Equation. Each chapter of 3 Books uncovers and discusses the three most formative books from one of the world's most inspiring people. Sample guests include: Judy Blume, David Sedaris, Chris Anderson of TED, and the world's greatest Uber driver. Each of the 333 chapters is dropped on the exact minute of every new moon and full moon until September 1, 2031. 3 Books is an Apple "Best Of" award-winning show as well as the world's only podcast by and for book lovers, writers, makers, sellers... and librarians. For more info check out: www.3books.co 

Angie Thomas was born, raised, and still lives in Jackson, Mississippi. A former teen rapper, she holds a BFA in creative writing from Belhaven University. Her award-winning, acclaimed debut novel, The Hate U Give, is a #1 New York Times bestseller and major motion picture from Fox 2000, starring Amandla Stenberg and directed by George Tillman, Jr. Her second novel, On the Come Up, is on sale now and is already a #1 New York Times bestseller as well.

Chapter Description:

No one gets it like Angie.

Her books are putting their fingers right on the pulse of America today. Racial tensions, police shootings, citizen uprisings. Does this sound like the setting of a YA novel? How about two of them? Well, as I write this her debut The Hate U Give and her sophomore release On The Come Up are #1 and #2 on The New York Times bestseller list.

We sat down together at the busiest hotel in downtown Toronto on the tail end of Angie’s 15-city book tour to discuss how we find the truth for ourselves, when do we bring up harsh realities to kids, and what place media and religion have in society today. We dive deep into the heightened racial and political tensions today and we search for a way out…

And, as always, we get to learn Angie Thomas’s three most formative books.

I hope you enjoy.

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN:

  • How and when do we expose children to harsh political realities
  • Why can we no longer trust the media to give us the honest truth?
  • How can we build BS-meters to filter out fake news?
  • What lawsuit did Martin Luther King Jr’s family win against the US government?
  • Was Jesus a radical?
  • What’s the potential first step needed in the US today to help start to sow deep racial divisions?

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Apr 02, 2019
Chapter 25: James Frey on drunk, defiant differentiation
01:14:36

3 Books is a completely insane and totally epic 15-year-long quest to uncover the 1000 most formative books in the world. Each chapter is hosted live and in-person at the guest's preferred location by Neil Pasricha, New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Awesome and The Happiness Equation. Each chapter of 3 Books uncovers and discusses the three most formative books from one of the world's most inspiring people. Sample guests include: Judy Blume, David Sedaris, Chris Anderson of TED, and the world's greatest Uber driver. Each of the 333 chapters is dropped on the exact minute of every new moon and full moon until September 1, 2031. 3 Books is an Apple "Best Of" award-winning show as well as the world's only podcast by and for book lovers, writers, makers, sellers... and librarians. For more info check out: www.3books.co

James Frey is the author of the international bestsellers A Million Little Pieces, My Friend Leonard, Bright Shiny Morning, The Final Testament of the Holy Bible, and his latest hit, Katarina, and has sold over 20 million copies of his books in 42 languages. In 2009, Frey founded the publishing company Full Fathom Five, through which he wrote and released The Lorien Legacies series under the pseudonym Pittacus Lore as well as the YA series Endgame. Frey is well-known for writing about his struggles with substance addiction and his path to sobriety. 

Chapter Description:

What do you know about James Frey?

Or what do you think you know about James Frey?

I’m guessing it’s not nothing. Everyone has an opinion! When I first spotted A Million Little Pieces on my wife’s bookshelf when we were moving in together I was like “Oh? Really? That book? The Oprah guy?”

And she was like “Have you read it?”

And I was like “No, no idea what it’s even about. Just that it’s not real or whatever.”

She looked at me with disappointed eyes. Understandably so! I hadn’t bothered to go below the surface. To read about it on my own. I had just soaked in some distant fumes off the story.

“Read it,” she said, and pushed the book into my hands.

That night I opened A Million Little Pieces and was completely pulled into this pulsing, frenetic, endlessly climactic story of addiction, growth, and finding yourself. The book shook me. It was a masterpiece. I couldn’t believe it existed. I almost felt anger towards the Oprah saga because it headfaked me into thinking I knew what the book was about… when I couldn’t have been more off. I went deeper into James Frey’s catalogue and found myself similarly seduced by books like Bright Shiny Morning and Katerina.

His stories have a pace and staccato to them that’s perfect for distracted brains like mine. He doesn’t mince words, he doesn’t shy away, and his characters always punch you in the gut.

I sat down with James with a lot of questions and I loved our discussions around fatherhood and living an intentional life. We talk about teaching children to read, the importance of secular bibles, and why (and how) we can slowly stop comparing ourselves to others.

We talk about critics and he shares an incredible story on what true pain really is. (Hint: It’s not getting yelled at on TV.) We explore what getting drunk really means and talk about how to step outside and learn to fall in love with whatever you see.

I hope you enjoy Chapter 25 of 3 Books with James Frey.

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN:

  • How can ‘getting drunk’ help you enjoy life more?
  • How do we avoid comparing ourselves to others in the age of social media?
  • Why should writers focus less on following rules and expectations of the literary world?
  • How can we learn to live more in alignment with our morals and what we think is right?
  • How can different activities be forms of meditation?
  • How do we learn to accept ourselves?

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Mar 21, 2019
Chapter 24: Jonathan Fields on winning with will and weaving why into work
01:15:30

3 Books is a completely insane and totally epic 15-year-long quest to uncover the 1000 most formative books in the world. Each chapter is hosted live and in-person at the guest's preferred location by Neil Pasricha, New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Awesome and The Happiness Equation. Each chapter of 3 Books uncovers and discusses the three most formative books from one of the world's most inspiring people. Sample guests include: Judy Blume, David Sedaris, Chris Anderson of TED, and the world's greatest Uber driver. Each of the 333 chapters is dropped on the exact minute of every new moon and full moon until September 1, 2031. 3 Books is an Apple "Best Of" award-winning show as well as the world's only podcast by and for book lovers, writers, makers, sellers... and librarians. For more info check out: www.3books.co 

Jonathan Fields is the bestselling author of five books and currently runs the media and education giant Good Life Project®. Jonathan hosts the Good Life Project podcast, which attracts one million listeners every single month. His podcast has been dubbed one of the best self-development podcasts by Wall Street Journal and made it onto The Guardian’s Top-25 Episodes of the Year. Jonathan is a world renowned speaker, hosts an annual summer camp, and created Sparketypes™, a set of archetypes designed to reveal the source-code for the work you’re here to do. Jonathan’s latest book How to Live a Good Life was an instant international bestseller.

Chapter Description: 

How do we focus more on meaning and what matters?

What’s the key to living a good life?

Enter my good friend, Jonathan Fields.

Jonathan is the bestselling author of five books and the host of Good Life Project podcast, which attracts over a million listeners a month. His podcast has been dubbed one of the best self-development podcasts by Wall Street Journal and made it onto The Guardian’s Top-25 Episodes of the Year.

Jonathan is a maker. He’s made books such as How To Live A Good Life, which was an instant international bestseller. He has made products such as the Sparketypes™, a set of archetypes that allows individuals to discover their unique source-code for work that fuels purpose, deepens engagement, and unlocks the fuller expression and performance of who they are. He’s even hand made his own guitar!

So, it probably comes as no surprise that we cover gigantic themes in this chapter such as how to find leanness in an era of fat, how to touch on bigger life questions without being prescriptive, how to shift from a fixed to a growth mindset, and how everything in the world is endless … except attention and life.

With that, let’s head to the upper west side of New York City to visit the Good Life Project’s headquarters and sit down with the incredible Jonathan Fields.

Welcome to Chapter 24.

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN:

  • How can we find leanness in an era of fat?

  • How can enforcing creative restraints help people produce better work?

  • What’s more important: the conquest or the journey?

  • Which book should every aspiring writer read?

  • How can a short story paint a very elaborate and moving picture in so few words?

  • How should we deal with our kids experiencing failure?

  • What’s the difference between a fixed mindset and a growth mindset?

  • How can we navigate changes that don’t seem like we’re moving ‘forward,’ such as the transition from teacher to student, doctor to patient, spouse to divorcee?

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Mar 06, 2019
Chapter 23: Jesse Finkelstein zooms into the zeitgeist and zeroes in on zesty Zora
59:23

3 Books is a completely insane and totally epic 15-year-long quest to uncover the 1000 most formative books in the world. Each chapter is hosted live and in-person at the guest's preferred location by Neil Pasricha, New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Awesome and The Happiness Equation. Each chapter of 3 Books uncovers and discusses the three most formative books from one of the world's most inspiring people. Sample guests include: Judy Blume, David Sedaris, Chris Anderson of TED, and the world's greatest Uber driver. Each of the 333 chapters is dropped on the exact minute of every new moon and full moon until September 1, 2031. 3 Books is an Apple "Best Of" award-winning show as well as the world's only podcast by and for book lovers, writers, makers, sellers... and librarians. For more info check out: www.3books.co

Jesse Finkelstein is the co-founder and principal of Page Two Publishing, a premium author-centric publishing house. Prior to founding Page Two, Jesse was Chief Operating Officer at D&M Publishing leading the company’s digital and international sales strategies, and Associate Publisher at Raincoast Books. Jesse holds a Master of Publishing from Simon Fraser University and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from McGill University.

Chapter Description: 

Have you ever found something you love doing but one tiny part of it you hate?

You love the company, the job, the values, the people … but hate your boss.

You love the school you teach at, the kids, the classroom … but can’t stand the commute.

We encounter these decisions all the time. You love something but you just can’t deal with this little part of it.

Enter Jesse Finkelstein, co-founder and principal of Page Two Publishing, a premium author-centric publishing house.

Why did I bring up the deal-breaker conundrum?

Because Jesse always felt this way about the publishing industry.

She went up through the ranks at the big publishing companies, all the way to COO at D&M Publishing. But she kept asking herself: What if there was a publishing company that put the author’s goals first?

So Jesse created Page Two, which sits somewhere in between self-publishing and traditional publishing.

Page 2 takes an author’s idea, looks at whether it has market potential, and then supplies the author with all the tools a big publishing house would: editors, copy-editors, graphic designers, distribution channels, everything.

In Chapter 23 of 3 Books, Jesse and I go deep into how the publishing landscape is evolving and then we dive into her three most formative books.

We discuss how acclaimed political writers can actually not be political enough, how books can get over-edited, the Harlem Renaissance, and how reading acts as therapy, and much, much more…

I absolutely loved listening to Jesse and think you will, too.

Welcome to Chapter 23.

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN:

  • When is it okay to be a quitter?

  • How can authors retain creative control in the strict world of publishing?

  • What are the most important steps to take when publishing a book?

  • How have self-published books radically changed over the past decade?

  • How did the Harlem Renaissance affect book publishing, particularly for black authors?

  • How has poetry transformed over the past century and why is it resurfacing again?

  • What makes a book accessible to readers and how do writers tap into that?

  • What book can help us learn from trauma and look past it with a fresh perspective?

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Feb 19, 2019
Chapter 22: Tim Urban on shivering in shorts and shifting from sheep to chef
01:59:56

3 Books is a completely insane and totally epic 15-year-long quest to uncover the 1000 most formative books in the world. Each chapter is hosted live and in-person at the guest's preferred location by Neil Pasricha, New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Awesome and The Happiness Equation. Each chapter of 3 Books uncovers and discusses the three most formative books from one of the world's most inspiring people. Sample guests include: Judy Blume, David Sedaris, Chris Anderson of TED, and the world's greatest Uber driver. Each of the 333 chapters is dropped on the exact minute of every new moon and full moon until September 1, 2031. 3 Books is an Apple "Best Of" award-winning show as well as the world's only podcast by and for book lovers, writers, makers, sellers... and librarians. For more info check out: www.3books.co

Tim Urban (@waitbutwhy) is the author of the blog Wait But Why and has become one of the Internet’s most popular writers with over 1.5 million readers per month. According to Fast Company, Tim has “captured a level of reader engagement that even the new-media giants would be envious of.” Tim’s series of posts after interviewing Elon Musk has been called by Vox “the meatiest, most fascinating, most satisfying posts I’ve read in ages.” Tim’s TED Talk, Inside the Mind of a Master Procrastinator, has received more than 30 million views.

Chapter Description:

Pop quiz!

Who’s the first person who comes to mind when you think of the word philosopher?

Aristotle, Plato, Socrates … Karl Marx?

If you asked me today, the first person that comes to my mind is Tim Urban. Because a philosopher is someone engaged with the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality, and existence. Wrestling with the big questions! And sure, lots of folks are doing that. But I can’t think of anyone doing it better right now than Tim Urban.

Tim Urban is co-founder and writer of the popular blog Wait Buy Why, which has over 1.5 million readers per month and scores of big-name fans including Elon Musk. Why? Because Tim has a beautifully simplistic way of distilling big, complex topics like artificial intelligence, picking a life partner, and, say, The Fermi Paradox, into simple language.

He’s an incredible teacher, an incredible philosopher. His TED Talk on procrastination is a great example of this, which has over 30 million views.

Tim’s intellectual curiosity is huge. Despite being a Harvard grad, Tim’s going against the grain of typical Harvard grads and spending his days writing long blog posts using simple words to explain big things. And we’re lucky enough to get a glimpse into how Tim’s brain works in Chapter 22.

We discuss breaking convention, retaining curiosity, Stitches vs Band-aids, why you should let your children wear shorts in the winter, the difference between cooks and chefs, and much, much more....

Join us over avocado toast in the corner of Ludlow Coffee Supply in Manhattan’s Lower East Side.

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN:

  • Why should you let your kids wear shorts in the winter?

  • Why is it important to separate art from the artist?

  • How can conservatism and progressivism work together?

  • How can we learn to break free from normalcy and follow our own paths?

  • How can we tell if old wisdom is still useful or if it no longer applies?

  • What’s the difference between reasoning with first principle versus reasoning by analogy?

  • How can we learn to appreciate children’s curiosity and tendency to ask ‘why’?

  • If someone is remorseful of something, does that mean they deserve forgiveness?

  • How can we make things people love, instead of things people already have?

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Feb 04, 2019
Chapter 21: Paulette Bourgeois on family foundations, frightening fiction, and forging Franklin
01:08:07

Were you one of the sixty million people who grew up reading Franklin The Turtle?

We were handed a dog-eared stack of them when my first son was born.

As my wife and I flipped through them, we couldn’t help but just buy into the whole Franklin universe.

There’s Beaver and Bear and Fox and good values and good parenting and good life lessons all delivered in a way that super appetizing for children… and their parents.

So I expected Paulette to choose, you know, three children’s books for her three most formative books. But she couldn’t have surprised me more with her picks.

(Spoiler alert: Chapter 21 contains the first ever horror book on The Top 1000.)

Now, who is Paulette? Well, she studied journalism at Carleton University in Ottawa. She used to be a reporter for CBC News. She lived in Washington, DC while writing for magazines like Reader’s Digest and Chatelaine.

And she’s the incredible mother of two children who inspire her to be intentional as a parent and family leader.

How do we raise intentional children?

What does ADD feel like inside your brain?

How can we turn anger into empathy?

We get into these questions and many more in Chapter 21 of 3 Books.

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN:

  • Do we all have ‘dark sides’ within us despite how seemingly normal our lives appear?

  • Why is it so important right now to find your voice?

  • How can we teach and encourage children to speak up and fight for what’s right?

  • How can we pass on our core values through generations?

  • What new book idea did Paulette come up with during our podcast?

  • How can we inspire children to look at all sides and come up with alternative explanations?

  • How can we best support people with ADHD?

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Jan 21, 2019
Chapter 20: Debbie Stoller on frenzied female fandom, fighting for freedom, and fourth-wave feminism
01:19:51

 

Do you remember Chapter 4 of 3 Books with Sarah Ramsey?

She introduced me to BUST Magazine, the largest feminist magazine in the world, and waxed on about how BUST had incredible book recommendations…

Well, they sure have a lot more than that.

I picked up a copy of BUST and was blown away by the urgency, voice, and community. I also wasn’t surprised to see The New York Times and Fast Company both profile BUST over the past few months.

So I trucked down to Brooklyn to see if we could learn what’s behind the curtain. I’m so delighted to introduce you to my next guest on 3 Books — founder of BUST, Master’s and PhD graduate of Yale University with thesis in the psychology of women, and rampant feminist since age six …

The one and only Debbie Stoller.

In addition to her three most formative books, Debbie shares her inspiration behind BUST and how pop culture influences societal views and laws.

Debbie has taken the powerful influence culture has on society by turning cultural narratives on their heads, striving to make BUST into a magazine that reads like the world that would exist ‘if women won.’

Debbie sits down with me in the middle of her office in the ‘warehouse district’ in Brooklyn, NY where I ask basic questions like: What is feminism? Who got us to where we are today? And what are the major gaps between men and women in the world right now?

I feel like I sound like an ignorant fool a lot in this chapter but I hope you enjoy and learn as much as I did. Huge thank you to Debbie for this opportunity.

And now let’s get into Chapter 20.

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN:

  • How does culture reflect male and female desire differently—and what has been left out?
  • What’s the difference between first-wave, second-wave, and third-wave feminism?
  • How has pop culture amplified and influenced gender roles and stereotypes?
  • How has the definition of feminism changed and shifted over the years?
  • What would media look like if sexism didn’t exist?

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Jan 06, 2019
The Best Of 2018: Neil Pasricha peers into the past and plucks perfect podcast pieces
02:10:30
So here we are.
 
It's 11:59pm on December 31, 2018 and we're releasing our first annual Best Of 3 Books for 2018.
 
It's a time to look back. It's a time to look ahead. It's a time to look inside and think about which lessons, which insights, and which paths we will follow in the year ahead.
 
For long time listeners of 3 Books, I hope this hopscotch through the first 19 of 333 chapters gives you poignant reminders, tiny amplifications, and little lightbulb ideas as you look to your year ahead. For new listeners, I hope this gives you a little sampler platter of what we're all about here. We believe books change lives and we're so grateful you decided to listen in to our epic quest to uncover the 1000 most formative books in the world. 
 
3 Books just won the Apple Best of 2018 Podcasts award and is routinely ranked in the Top 100 on Apple Podcasts. 
 
And what else do we believe in? We believe in 100% live in-person conversations, we believe in 100% ad / sponsor / interruption-free content, we believe in publishing every single chapter of 3 Books on the exact minute of every new and full moon from 5:36AM on March 31, 2018 to 5:52am September 1, 2031. 
 
Please visit www.3books.co to read about all our values, see all our show notes, and catch up on the list of The Top 1000 books in the world. 
 
Thank you for joining us. This is a powerful pilgrimage and I am so honored to be your host.
 
I can't wait for the year to come. Let's keep going.
 
Neil
 
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Jan 01, 2019
Chapter 19: Chip Wilson on living large, launching Lululemon, and leaving a legacy
52:59

Our next guest is the first billionaire entrepreneur of a global brand we’ve had on 3 Books. We fly over to Vancouver to talk with the founder and former CEO of Lululemon, Chip Wilson.

Chip founded the company Westbeach, a snowboard, ski, and apparel company, which he eventually sold in 1997. Then one day while flipping through the paper, he came upon a piece of fascinating information…

There are now more woman than men graduating from colleges and universities.

Then he got all prophetic.

“Women will have more money! They’re gonna want to live downtown! They’re going to want clothing that fits their lifestyle!

So he launched this brand called Lululemon. The first store was opened in 2000 in the Kitsilano neighborhood of Vancouver. Chip served as the company’s CEO for six years before transitioning to Chief Product Designer.

These days, although Chip is technically “retired,” he’s still doing so much. He’s raising five boys. He founded the Imagine1Day foundation with his wife to work on improving education in Ethiopia. And he just released a book called Little Black Stretchy Pants: The Unauthorized Story of Lululemon.

This chapter is filled with so much thrilling conversation and content. From redefining masculinity and our definition of success to the importance of investing in our minds and our families.

I think this is the perfect chapter to finish off the year, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Welcome to Chapter 19.

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN:

  • What helps prevent bureaucracy in big companies as they grow?

  • Why is there so much cynicism around motivation?

  • How can we stop ourselves from complaining too much?

  • Why are ‘mental workouts’ just as important as physical workouts?

  • How can we improve our communication skills?

  • What’s next for masculinity in the world?

  • How do we raise our children into the best people they can be?

  • What do all successful people have in common?

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Dec 22, 2018
Chapter 18: David Sedaris on holding happiness hostage and healing holes in our hearts
01:41:45

I discovered David Sedaris after asking my college writing mentor how to become a better comedy writer. He handed me a strange looking book with a pair of boxer shorts on the cover …

Naked by David Sedaris.

I’d never heard of David before, but when I went home and started paging through his book, I was completely blown away.

His autobiographical essays were incredibly sardonic, witty, and laugh-out-loud funny, and dealt with his homosexuality and his obsessive compulsive tics and dropping out of school.

Like millions of people around the world, I quickly became obsessed with David Sedaris. I’ve read all of his books and every article he’s written in The New Yorker.

I even went to see him speak, which is how I learned that after every single event he does, he’ll stay late (up to 10 hours!) just to talk to anyone who wants to meet him.

So it was with a lot of excitement that I squeezed into the back of his limo on his North American book tour for Calypso. I rode with him all over Toronto from his hotel to his CBC interview to his book signing to uncover and discuss his three most formative books.

What was supposed to be a tight half hour interview turned into a beautiful hour and a half long conversation.

Welcome to Chapter 18 with the generous and beautiful David Sedaris.

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN:

  • What’s the “secret to getting old”?

  • Why can’t you be a writer if you’re not a reader?

  • How do we remain artistically and ethically pure after commercial success?

  • Why do we try to hide our love for money when we generally need it to live?

  • How do we transition from mimicking other writers to establishing our own voice?

  • Why does David ask random people he meets who he thinks are funny to open for him at huge events?

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Dec 07, 2018
Chapter 17: Emily McDowell on family fallouts, finding phrases, and forging false fairytales
01:29:24

 

Have you ever looked through a bunch of greeting cards and felt like nothing reflected the way you feel?

The greeting card industry is 150 years old, and yet they haven’t quite mastered this skill yet…

But Emily McDowell has. Emily has an uncanny ability to characterize the relationships we have, not the relationships we want to have.

Emily runs Emily McDowell Studio, an online hub of greeting cards, tote bags, and other gifts that articulate things in an emotional way that we often can’t express ourselves. Emily finds the right words to say … when we can’t. For our Valentines when we haven’t quite defined our relationships yet. For our loved ones who were just diagnosed with cancer.

Emily is also the New York Times bestselling author of There Is No Good Card For This, which acts as a guidebook on how to navigate our relationships so we can understand our pain, work through our challenges, and develop resilience and empathy.

I think she has really put her finger on something that we desperately need in the world right now: how to create more empathy.

We discuss some really interesting themes including how our pasts affect us, how to raise creative children, and how to use lessons from advertising to make things people want… not make people want things.

I hope you enjoy Chapter 17.

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN:

  • How can we identify universal truths to better relate to others?

  • How can we turn pain into humor?

  • How do you raise children out of your own shadow?

 

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Nov 23, 2018
Chapter 16: Mitchell Kaplan on cultivating connection, Colorado quests, and creating community
01:01:19

Did you know the average person lives for 1,000 months?

Or that the average person is awake for 1,000 minutes per day?

That’s why I like the number 1,000 so much, and partly why I started my blog 1,000 Awesome Things about ten years ago. It’s why I’m on this quest with you to uncover the 1,000 most formative books in the world.

And that quest is what brought me to the independent bookstore Books & Books with Mitchell Kaplan.

Why did I decide to sit down with Mitchell?

Because he started the entire Books & Books chain. Back in the early 1980s, Mitchell opened a 500-square-foot bookstore because he was passionate about community and wanted to create a “third place.”

But it’s not just a bookstore chain. Mitchell has grown it to the point where there are rooms dedicated to publishers, outdoor magazine stands, and about 600 author events per year.

And although he runs what he jokes is a “no-profit” bookstore, he is wealthier than many of us ever will be because he’s living such a rich life. Rich in purpose, relationships, connection, and meaning.

Welcome to Chapter 16.

I hope you enjoy this soulful and passionate chat as much as I did.

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN:

  • What is a “third place”?
  • Why don’t we spend as much time and money on mental health as we do physical health?
  • How do you create an authentic community without it feeling manufactured?
  • How do teachers play a powerful role during our most formative years?
  • What is the “producer high”?
  • What should a bookstore try and be?

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Nov 07, 2018
Chapter 15: Mitch Albom on making music, managing mojo, and memorializing Morrie
43:32

Oh, this life, this world.

As Mitch says, once you find purpose, and once you find style… what’s left?

Beauty.

What’s left is finding and putting out beauty into the world.

There are not many writers who have genuinely figured this out … but one of them is Mitch Albom.

Mitch is the bestselling author of Tuesdays with Morrie, the bestselling memoir of all time, as well as The Five People You Meet in Heaven and his new book, The Next Person You Meet In Heaven, which just debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list this week.

His books have sold over 40 million copies.

Mitch just doesn’t turn off. He’s like a Tasmanian Devil. He’s hosting a radio show, he’s on TV, he’s writing columns in the Detroit Free Press, he’s a musician, he’s even running an orphanage in Haiti.

Mitch is full of energy and life and moves quickly and talks quickly … and so we talked about that. We go deep into why he moves through life so fast. We unpack his relationship with Morrie and talk about how I actually misinterpreted parts of the book.

We talk about what the worst thing you can say to an artist is (which he learned from Maya Angelou) and what the true enemy of getting things done is (and surprise, it’s not time or energy).

I hope you enjoy learning what Mitch Albom’s three most formative books are as much as I did.

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN:

  • What’s the worst thing you can say to an artist?

  • How do we balance parental expectations with chasing our own dreams?

  • How does Mitch say music and writing comes together?

  • What encouraged Mitch invite more purpose and faith into his life?

  • Which book inspired Mitch to transition from a reader to a writer?

  • What does Mitch think is the best compliment a writer can receive?

  • What will Mitch be sharing in his next book based on his own life? 

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Oct 24, 2018
Chapter 14: Rich Gibbons on paid public preaching, parenting prescriptions, and pickles with perfectionism
01:20:21

“On the one hand, information wants to be expensive because it’s so valuable. The right information in the right place just changes your life. On the other hand, information wants to be free because the cost of getting it out is getting lower and lower all the time.”

Recognize that quote?

It’s from a conversation between Steve Wozniak and Stewart Brand at the very first Hacker’s Conference in 1984.

We’ve heard it so many times.

Information wants to be free.

And in many ways, it already is. We live in The Information Age, a time when you can find the answer to just about any question with the push of a button.

But if that is the case, then why is the paid speaking industry expanding? Why pay five or six figures to bring a big name athlete or author to your conference when you could just watch the video for free online?

We have all this free content everywhere, yet the value of live is going up.

Well, maybe when we have more online content, we miss out on other things.

We have less … attention.

We have less … connection.

We have less … alignment.

If you want to get a room full of people excited about one thing, it’s hard to do that unless you all physically talk about that one thing.

Unless you all feel that one thing … together.

And nobody understands this better than my next guest … Rich Gibbons.

Rich is President of Speak Inc, the largest speaking bureau in the western United States, and was formerly President of the International Association of Speaking Bureaus.

And Rich is one of the most interesting and articulate people I’ve ever met.

How can you become a paid public speaker? How does the industry work and what do speaking bureaus do? What is the “99th Floor” metaphor to inspiring feelings of gratitude?

Buckle up, buckle in, and please enjoy Chapter 14 of 3 Books.

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN:

  • How can you become a paid public speaker?

  • How does the speaking industry work and what do speaking bureaus do?

  • What’s the biggest skill that makes for a great public speaker?

  • What’s the counterintuitive benefit to exposing ourselves to depravity in books?

  • What’s the next evolution of parenting after “The Helicopter Parent”?

  • Why did one of Rich’s dad friends describe himself as a benevolent dictator?

  • How can parents balance desires for children to be happy … and rich?

  • What is the “99th Floor” metaphor to inspire feelings of gratitude?

  • How can writing be compared to telepathy?

  • What’s Stephen King’s trick to read more books even if you’re a slow reader?

 

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Oct 09, 2018
Chapter 13: Ariel Bissett on brag-worthy book hauls, brainwashing beasts, and building BookTube
01:43:12

Do you remember the first person who introduced you to the love of reading?

Was it a teacher? A parent? A friend? For me, it was my third-grade teacher. I remember on the first day of class we all gathered on this old, dusty green carpet and Mrs. Dorsman asked us all where we went that summer.

“I went to Japan,” she began, with her eyes bugged open, “… and to Australia … and the waterfalls of South America … and to the Moon… and to Mars!”

And then she looked around the room and dropped the final bomb.

Through … books!!!”

Mrs. Dorsman lit a fire inside me that day.

But what if you don’t have an incredibly soulful teacher who loves books? Who flicks the lighter to ignite that burning passion within you, within any of us?

Well, these days, we have BookTube.

According to The New York Times the BookTube community has gotten over 200 million views and engagement is up 40 percent versus last year.

 

And one of the most popular BookTubers in the world is Ariel Bissett.

With hundreds of thousands of subscribers, Ariel feels BookTube kindles a passion and love for books.

So, I traveled to Ottawa to sit down with Ariel, and we discussed BookTubing, how to grow your Youtube channel, why you need a book ‘medicine cabinet,’ how to reinvent yourself, and how to navigate loss.

I hope you’re as excited about this Chapter as I am. Let’s begin.

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN

  • What is a BookTuber?

  • How does BookTube work?

  • How did Ariel grow her channel to hundreds of thousands of subscribers?

  • Why should you start a “book medicine cabinet” and what goes in?

  • Why (scientifically) should you reread books?

  • Why should you never read 1-star reviews?

  • How do we create trust online in an era where trust is at an all-time low?

 

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Sep 25, 2018
Chapter 12: Chris Anderson on tackling tribalism, trusting trust, and transforming TED talks
01:27:09

What was the first TED Talk you ever watched?

Was it Do schools kill creativity? by Ken Robinson?

Was it The power of vulnerability by Brené Brown?

Whatever it is I bet you felt a bit like you stumbled onto an oasis. The Internet is junky! The whole thing feels like a pack of cougars just ran through a dollar store. Pop-up everything, ads screaming at you, and everything feels like a fish-hooks tugging at your eyeballs.

TED is the opposite.

TED doesn't beg for personal info, force you to open an account, quick-pick your wallet for your credit card, or do anything other than help spread ideas to shape, grow, and inspire your thoughts.  

It is beauty in the scat-filled dollar store. 

So, who's Ted? Who runs TED? Who's the 18-minute-or-less Emperor? 

It's Chris Anderson.

The Pakistani-born, Oxford-educated, New York Times bestselling... Chris Anderson. 

In this Chapter, I fly down to New York City and sit with Chris in his office. We uncover his three most formative books and discuss developing willpower, tackling deeper issues, supporting ambitious spouses, and what being a dreamer really means... 

I hope you enjoy this conversation with Chris Anderson, Head of TED. 

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN:

  • Which book taught Chris more in a weekend than his entire Oxford philosophy degree?
  • What does Chris say is one of the chief criticisms of TED?
  • What does Chris see as humanity's greatest superpower?
    Should you work with your spouse? What is Chris's view and why?
  • What is the "shooting an asteroid out of space" view of intelligent life?
  • How do we inspire others to feel wonder, awe, and optimism?
  • What media tricks must we watch out for these days?
  • How can we regain control over our attention?
  • How do we become better dreamers?

 

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Sep 09, 2018
Chapter 11: Kerri Kolen on creepy closets, crafting cosmos, and courageously confined kids
01:36:13

Our world is so full.

Our world is so busy.

Our world is so cluttered.

Newspaper boxes. Pop-up ads. TVs in elevators. There are so many things trying to grab our attention. So many reaching out with their little fish lures to poke and grab us into signing up for their newsletters.

Don't you ever feel like it’s just too loud?

I say what we need in this world of constant stimulation are ... editors.

Not the people who correct your spelling and grammar. I’m talking about those among us who can be bastions of clear thinking. Pinnacles of clear communication! Who can strip away the noise and give us clear ideas in the simplest ways.

Our next guest is the very first editor to be interviewed on 3 Books.

Kerri Kolen is the super editor behind mega-hits #GirlbossA Stolen LifeLionand even my very own The Happiness Equation ...

I was delighted to visit Kerri in her home in Washington DC to chat about her three most formative books.

We discuss escaping into armoires, preserving imagination, fighting for feminism, and even carefully wade into a new dialogue about suicide... amongst a dozen other topics that touch on themes today.

I hope you enjoy this chapter of 3 Books as much as I did with the incredible Kerri Kolen.

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN:

  • How do we preserve imaginations as we get older?
  • What's the difference between a writer and an author?
  • What exactly does an editor do? (And what do they look for?)
  • What is "world building" and how does it work in writing?
  • How do we create the element of voyeurism in our writing?

 

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Aug 26, 2018
Chapter 10: Elan Mastai on astronomical advances, artistic ambitions, and advice for aspiring authors
01:31:15

Do you make your own luck?

Do you really control what happens?

Or do you simply dump everything you can in the system, press the big green button, and then hang on for the hairy-scary ride?

Elan Mastai is the award-winning screenwriter and novelist behind one of my favorite books of last year – the incredibly fast-paced, head-twisting, and emotionally moving sci-fi epic All Our Wrong Todays.

I was crying hot salty tears when I reached its final pages and was delighted when Elan accepted my invite to share his three most formative books on our show.

And! Just to tease the very first story he shares.

Elan received a $1,250,000 advance for his first book. You read that right.

A seven-figure book advance for All Our Wrong Todays.

His first book!

How did that happen?

Well, I ask him, and you’re going to love the story he shares.

And then we get deeper into ambition versus contentment, how hard you push versus what you get, and whether or not we control the inputs and the outputs… or whether we all have to really learn to just practice getting comfortable dumping whatever we can into the system.

Pressing the green button.

And holding on for the hairy-scary ride.

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN:

  • How did Elan get a $1,250,000 advance on his first book?
  • Why did Elan choose to make each chapter of his book 2-3 pages?
  • Which book helped Elan become more grateful and gave him perspective at a young age?
  • Why are our values less important than our actions when we’re trying to discover who we truly are?
  • Which body part does Elan compare a writer to, and how is it considered a “documented form of pain”? 
  • Which of Elan’s three most formative books was the only one he chose to read since he was forced to read the other two?
  • Why did Elan, Kurt Vonnegut, and I all choose not to put semicolons in our books?
  • How do you wrestle with book shame when you don’t love classic novels you assumed you’d enjoy?
  • What book reminds Elan of listening to a Pink Floyd’s song? 
  • What should aspiring authors keep in mind when looking for a literary agent?
  • How do royalties and advances work in publishing? 
  • How does an author entrench universal themes so deeply into their work that their stories stick with people and transcend time?
  • What’s the process of getting another author to write a blurb for your book?
  • How do you find your voice as an author?

 

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Aug 11, 2018
Chapter 9: Dave Barry on snappy satire, secret societies, and singing with Stephen King
01:31:20

Do you remember the comedy dry zone?

I’m talking about the barren, hardscrabble times when getting a free laugh from the comfort of your toilet wasn’t easy. Before Internet memes, before parody Twitter themes, before viral SNL skits, before ShowerThoughts subreddits, before LOLCats and even before giant email chats…

… there was one man.

The inimitable, indomitable, indefatigable Dave Barry.

Beginning in 1983 and running for over twenty years, Dave Barry sent his syndicated humor column out to over 500 newspapers from his home base at The Miami Herald.

Every single week his columns offered guaranteed laughs and a fresh, head-tilting way of seeing the world.

Dave Barry poured perspective on political conventions, kicked socialites off soapboxes, cajoled critics into colonoscopies, and even popularized International Talk Like A Pirate Day.

Together with MAD Magazines and Calvin and Hobbes cartoons, Dave Barry columns gave me and millions of others a drink … in the dry zone.

I was beyond nervous to fly down to Miami and meet up with Dave at Books&Books in Coral Gables, Florida where he shared a fresh dose of his head-tilting way of looking at the world as only he sees it.

Please enjoy my conversation with screenwriter, novelist, performing musician, Pulitzer Prize winner, and New York Times bestselling author of over thirty books…

Dave Barry.

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN:

  • How is comedy changing these days?
  • What is the "cue card" approach to developing a story?
  • What are some key guidelines for giving introductions or appearing on a TV show? 
  • In Dave's view, who has the most unique voice in modern American comedy writing?
  • How should every stand-up comedian end their performances?
  • How do we balance ambition with contentment ... and feeling like you have “enough?”
  • What’s the one thing anyone can do to improve their writing?

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Jul 27, 2018
Chapter 8: Sarah Andersen on composing cartoons, combating critics, and cultivating creativity
01:11:36

 

It’s getting tougher to grow up these days.

We’re surrounded by endlessly reflecting images of everyone else having fun without us. 

There are incredible pressures to achieve, to be ourselves and be different, to stand up and stand out, to follow big footsteps… and follow our hearts at the same time. 

A friend said to me the other day “When I was in high school and I’d stay at home on a Saturday night I assumed my friends did, too. Now my daughter sees all her friends out partying without her on social media. Right after they told her they were busy.”

It broke my heart. 

But it’s happening right alongside rising anxiety, loneliness, and depression rates around the world.

So what does coming-of-age look like these days? How do we keep our children safe, raise our families, tap back into our best selves, and stay focused on what matters most?  

These days I don’t think anybody is addressing those big questions better than Sarah Andersen, author of Sarah’s Scribbles.

Every one of her cartoons taps into the feelings of anxiety, awkwardness, and stresses of growing up in the digital age. It’s no wonder her work has gained millions of followers, scored numerous awards, and resulted in three bestselling comic books including her award-winning debut Adulthood is a Myth and her newest Herding Cats.

I am so excited to share my conversation with the incredible Sarah Andersen of Sarah’s Scribbles, recorded above the clouds at the very top of the western hemisphere’s tallest building. 

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN:

  • How do we balance our desire to stand out and fit in?
  • How can we tap into the purest versions of ourselves?
  • How can we break free from the rigid rules of artwork and unleash our artistic freedom?
  • Which systems enable online abuse and how can we curb this without provoking censorship?
  • Why is it so difficult for artists to monetize their work online?
  • Where should aspiring artists start if they'd like to start publishing their work?
  • How do we balance our desire to learn more and contentment with where we're at?
  • How do we connect with our most childlike parts of ourselves?
  • How do we disappear into other worlds while remembering who we are?
  • How do our family reading habits affect our own -- and what should we watch out for?
  • What new distribution channels can we harness to share our art? And what are the risks?
  • Which areas of online harassment can we be more aware of and how do we protect ourselves and our families?

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Jul 13, 2018
Chapter 7: The world's greatest Uber driver on setting your own standards and sharing secrets of stellar service
01:54:02

In this Chapter of 3 Books, I jump into the backseat of Vishwas Aggrawal's Uber and take a trip you won't soon forget. 

This is a story about setting your own standards in a world constantly hammering us into "human resources." 

This is a story about setting your own winning lines in a world that wants us to be widgets.

This is a story about raising the bar for yourself and deeply valuing the human connection and love that has the potential to exist between every single one of us. 

Uber has no formal leaderboard, reward mechanism, or pay-for-performance tied to driver rating.

So why would Vish care?

Why would he care about giving thousands of rides and pouring in day after day of high-end customer services to establish an incredible 4.99 rating? Why would he clean his mats between every trip, only eat raw vegetables in his car, and develop masterful scripts that help riders feel deeply valued in the middle of their busy days?

Why bother?

Join me in the backseat of Vish's Uber as we slowly circle closer and closer to what we're really playing for in our short time on the planet.

We discuss the books that shaped Vish from his upbringing in central India to his sales roles at Coca-Cola to his journey to give his daughter a better education on the other side of the world... even if it meant starting back at the beginning.

Vishwas Aggrawal is one of the most engaging and inspiring people I've ever met. 

After you listen to his story, I hope you feel the same way. 

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN:

  • What business is Vish really in?
  • What master service lessons can we learn from Vish to apply to our lives?
  • What is the "yes man" / "no man" paradigm?
  • What is the "Every Single Day" lesson and what does it do for customers?
  • How does Vish earn customer trust in the first few minutes?
  • What universal need does Vish tap into?
  • Why does Vish only eat raw vegetables in his Uber?
  • How can you be amazing at your craft even if you’re ashamed to tell your family what you do?
  • What does it mean to truly “think big” and how can we adopt this mindset?
  • How do you achieve a perfect customer rating from the thousands of people you serve?

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Jun 28, 2018
Chapter 6: Judy Blume on bouncing balls, biting breasts, and building bookstores
55:09

Did you grow up with Judy Blume?

My mom says I “found my voice” reading Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing to my sister in the bathtub when I was a little kid. Well, I grabbed that tattered copy and carried it with me down to Key West, Florida where I had the extreme privilege of sitting down with the one and only Judy Blume (@JudyBlume).

Join us as Judy shares her three most formative books, how they inspired her, and we pull out some themes relevant to today.

Judy and I met on a hot and sweaty day in her Books & Books bookstore … where she works! I’m not joking. Step off your cruise ship and Judy Blume will ring up a copy of Fifty Shades of Grey if you like. We grabbed a little circle table, set it up in front of the bestseller wall you see behind us, and then talked about her most formative books.

(As a special bonus, near the end of the chat we get up out of our seats and Judy gives us a walking tour of her store!)

In this chapter, Judy and I discuss censorship, why sexy scenes should be kept in books, how to get kids to love reading, the role of bookstores in a community, and a surprise reveal on which book Judy says is the only one she has left to write... 

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN:

  • What is one of the greatest gifts parents can give their children?
  • How can a writer create a world that readers can easily fall into with relatable characters?
  • How does Judy free her mind in order to come up with incredibly imaginative stories?
  • What book could Judy not put down in her 20s?
  • Why does Judy prefer not to reread books?
  • How do you recommend the right books to encourage children to love reading?
  • Why aren't there sex scenes in books anymore?
  • What do Judy and Neil disagree on?
  • What's the first thing Judy does once her books are published?
  • What's the only book Judy has left to write?
  • What book did Judy steal... and why?
  • What was Judy's household policy on reading censorship?

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Jun 13, 2018
Chapter 5: Gretchen Rubin on pinpointing personal patterns to perfecting our paths
40:17

Welcome to the fifth chapter of 3 Books where I chat with Gretchen Rubin (@Gretchen Rubin) in the Penguin Random House studio in downtown Toronto. 

I met Gretchen ten years ago before her New York Times bestsellers The Happiness ProjectBetter Than Before, and The Four Tendencies took the world by storm with over three million copies sold. And before her fantastic podcast “Happier by Gretchen Rubin” was launched scoring over 40 million downloads.

Back in the day we were just blogger friends who swapped stories and shared meals whenever we were in each other’s hometown. I’ve since watched her become one of the world’s most thought-provoking observers of human nature. Chatting with Oprah, hanging with The Dalai Lama, being the question to Jeopardy answers. You know. That’s just how she rolls now. The point I’m trying to make is I’m lucky she still takes my calls.

In this chapter, Gretchen talks about why she rereads certain books so often, why readers are shifting away from self-help books and towards biographies and memoirs, and why memoirs can effectively inspire us to change. We discuss themes like human nature, life-changing diets, and, of course, formative books...

What you'll learn:

  • What is the lightning-bolt strategy to making change?
  • What bookstore category is growing while self-help shrinks and why?
  • Which book completely changed Gretchen’s diet? (And changed mine, too.)
  • Why should you read certain books over and over and over again?
  • Which book made Gretchen want to play catch with a pig’s bladder?
  • How is the "radical authenticity" trend changing writing styles?
  • Which children's book series provides great value for kids ... and even more for adults?
  • According to Gretchen, what is the most important thing when it comes to writing?

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May 29, 2018
Chapter 4: Sarah Ramsey on beating book blame with brilliant bookselling
01:20:07

Welcome to the first chapter of 3 Books recorded live in an open bookstore!

Book City is in the heart of Toronto's beautiful Bloor West Village neighborhood and that's where I settled into the children's section to talk blame, beauty, and growth with my favorite bookseller in the world -- the one and only Sarah Ramsey.

I love Sarah because she takes the art of bookselling seriously and seemingly reads people’s minds to find the exact book they need to help them grow. As we always say: Humans are the best algorithm.

Listen in to hear us touch on themes of beauty, loss, and honoring ones we love...

What you'll learn:

  • What makes a great bookseller?
  • Who owns grief after loss? 
  • How do you honor a life through storytelling?
  • What Judy Blume book is the first to appear on 3 Books?
  • What is one of the funniest stories I’ve ever heard involving marital guilt, shame, and Kindles?
  • Why are humans the best algorithms?
  • How can books transcend generations?
  • What memoir helped invent the category -- and have we "over-memoired" ourselves?
  • Why can you judge a book by its cover?

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May 15, 2018
Chapter 3: Bestselling author Seth Godin on the stories you tell yourself
01:53:36

I flew down to New York to uncover and discuss the most formative books of the one and only Seth Godin (@ThisIsSethsBlog) from his Hastings-On-Hudson studio.

Seth is the bestselling author of Linchpin, Purple Cow, Tribes and many more books and is known as one of the world's biggest thinkers in communities such as TED and the Direct Marketing Association. This year he is being inducted into the Marketing Hall of Fame. And did I mention he writes one of the most popular blogs in the world? 

In this interview we discuss where Seth sees publishing going and his thoughts on the changes we're seeing in how people read and spend time. Seth shares his opinions on blurbs, acknowledgments, and his unique perspective on work-life balance. He also gives insights into how we can change our own world by changing the narrative inside our heads.

And that's just a taste. I sat in Seth's studio transfixed, mesmerized, and hypnotized by one of the world's best brains. 

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Big thank you to the kind, generous, and indispensable ... Seth Godin.

What you'll learn:

  • What strange lesson did Seth learn when he gave away 3000 of his own books?
  • How and why does Seth think the publishing industry is a mess?
  • How does Amazon and the “long tail” change the game? 
  • What counterintuitive benefit does Seth see in book blurbs?
  • How do we change our world by changing the story we're telling ourselves? 
  • How do you build trust?
  • What is "post-religious positive business-oriented evangelism?" (And who started it?)
  • What framework does Seth use to decide which "lines of business" he monetizes?
  • Which of Seth's books did The Tipping Point inspire?
  • What happened to Seth on a grounded United Airlines flight which prompted one his most remarkable insights into human nature? (And what is that insight?)
  • How did Seth discover his ultimate mission ... and what is it?
  • Why does Seth think work/life balance is a lie?

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Apr 30, 2018
Chapter 2: Frank Warren of PostSecret on understanding your past to control your future
01:00:51

From a sunny balcony in San Diego overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Frank Warren of PostSecret and I uncover and discuss his three most formative books and pull out the resonant themes affecting us all. How do we give people a voice? In a flattening world, how do we build trust with new people? And what are the lessons we can take and apply to our own lives from these three life-changing books?

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Apr 16, 2018
Chapter 1: Beginning the Hunt for Life-changing Books ... in the Basement with my Wife Leslie
42:23

Welcome! This is an unusual first chapter. In every other chapter I'll have a guest, their three most formative books, and a discussion touching on life's biggest themes. But this one? You'll join me and my wife Leslie in an intimate chat in our basement just after we put our kids to bed. I share my idea of starting 3 Books and talk about the rough vision, goals, and values of the show. She asks some surprising questions and you'll hear me struggling with my desires and the shape of the show.  

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Mar 31, 2018
3 Books With Neil Pasricha: A Podcast Trailer
03:57

Listen in for a hint of what's to come with five-time NYT Bestselling Author Neil Pasricha's brand new podcast: 3 Books With Neil Pasricha.

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Mar 27, 2018