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We’re Adam and Adam, two Aussie blokes that love reading great books. Each week we share the best bits from the best books, and interview the world’s top authors. The books we cover can help you improve every area of your life, from your health to your wealth, from your relationships to your mindset. You’ll learn to pick up healthier habits, and drop the ones that are holding you back. We put the world’s best ideas within your reach, for a fraction of the time it would take to read the full book.
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How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big - by Scott Adams   Scott Adams is the creator of the 'Dilbert' cartoon series. Before this world-wide phenomenon though, Adams is happy to admit the looong list of things he tried (and failed at) before eventually achieving success. Each failed attempt gave him a lesson, something he could take with him and apply to the next thing he tried. Even as Dilbert was growing in success, he still worked full time for 10 years, drawing Dilbert at 5am before work. This book provides some important ideas and approaches for achieving (eventual) success. In this episode, we'll talk about: the downside of passion, goals VS systems, managing your attitude and energy, prioritising and making decisions, and 'skill stacking'.    Grab a copy of the book here: https://www.bookdepository.com/How-to-Fail-at-Almost-Everything-and-Still-Win-Big/9781591847748/?a_aid=adamsbooks    Get your 7 day free trial with Blinkist: Www.blinkist.com/whatyouwilllearn   Check out top 50: www.whatyouwilllearn.com  
Everything is F*cked

Everything is F*cked

2019-10-1100:25:59

Everything is F*cked - by Mark Manson 'A book about hope'    In the infinite expanse of space/time, the universe does not care whether your mother's hip replacement goes well, or your kids attend college, or your boss thinks you make a great spreadsheet You care, and you desperately convince yourself that because you care, it all must have some great cosmic meaning behind it. You care because deep down, you need to feel that sense of importance in order to avoid the uncomfortable truth, to avoid the incomprehensibility of your existence, to avoid being crushed by the weight of your own material insignificance, and you like everyone - project an imagined sense of importance onto the world around you because it gives you hope. You might say: "I believe we're all here for a reason, and nothing is a coincidence, and everyone matters because all our actions affect SOMEBODY, and even if we can help one person, then it was all worth it" This is hope. That's a story made up in your mind that your brain spins to convince you that it's worth waking up in the morning. SOMETHING needs to matter because without something mattering, then there's no reason to go on living.   Grab a copy of the book here: https://www.bookdepository.com/Everything-Is-F-cked-Mark-Manson/9780062888464/?a_aid=adamsbooks   Get your 7 day free trial with Blinkist: Www.blinkist.com/whatyouwilllearn   Check out top 50: www.whatyouwilllearn.com  
Meditations

Meditations

2019-10-0400:40:51

Meditations - by Marcus Aurelius   Originally written as a diary almost 2000 years ago, the struggles people faced then are almost identical to the ones we are facing today. This is one of the core books on stoic philosophy. We recap some of the vital passages of the book and pull out the key themes: differentiating between the things you can control and the things you can't, responsibility and taking ownership, being indifferent toward things like death and change, and living in the present instead of the past or the future.    If you want to buy this book, make sure you get this version (other translations are harder to understand, this one is the best we've found that mixes the true essence of Marcus's sentiments with modern day understandable language): https://www.bookdepository.com/Mod-Lib-Meditations-Marcus-Aurelius/9780812968255/?a_aid=adamsbooks   Get your 7 day free trial with Blinkist: Www.blinkist.com/whatyouwilllearn   Check out top 50: www.whatyouwilllearn.com  
Talking To Strangers

Talking To Strangers

2019-09-2800:27:281

Talking to Strangers - by Malcolm Gladwell 'What we should know about the people we don't know'   We think we can understand people. We think that by meeting someone, shaking their hand, looking into their eyes, we can get a grasp on who they are, how they feel, and what their motives or intentions are. We think that a little bit of personal knowledge gives us a big insight into their character - a job interviews shows us if they'll be a good employee, a first date can indicate the likelihood of compatibility. We're wrong. Strangers are complex.  In Malcolm Gladwell's brand new book, he highlights just a few of the things that make strangers particularly hard to understand: Truth Default Theory, Transparency, Coupling.   Grab a copy of the book here: https://www.bookdepository.com/Talking-Strangers-Malcolm-Gladwell/9780241351574/?a_aid=adamsbooks    Get your 7 day free trial with Blinkist: Www.blinkist.com/whatyouwilllearn   Check out top 50: www.whatyouwilllearn.com  
Five years ago, Nir Eyal wrote the best-selling book 'Hooked'. It was all about the four-step process businesses can use to make habit-forming products and services. By getting people 'hooked', by getting people to almost the point of addiction and compulsion, businesses can thrive (think Facebook, Candy Crush and Spotify as some examples). Now, Nir writes gives us individuals a four-step methods to get UNHOOKED in his brand new book Indistractable. This book is all about reclaiming our time and attention by adding more focus and traction to our lives - becoming "Indistractable".   To check out the book, and more of Nir's work, head to his website: http://indistractable.com or https://www.nirandfar.com/indistractable/    Get your 7 day free trial with Blinkist: Www.blinkist.com/whatyouwilllearn   Check out top 50: www.whatyouwilllearn.com  
Hooked

Hooked

2019-09-2100:28:09

Hooked - by Nir Eyal 'How to build habit-forming products'   If a business can turn their product or service into a 'habit', then they've got you 'hooked'. It makes it much harder for the user to change to a competitor, usage becomes more frequent and more irresistible, and it becomes far more profitable for the business. Nir Eyal takes us through the 'Hook Model' which teaches business what they need to build into their offering to get consumers hooked: Triggers (external & internal) Action Variable Reward Investment   Grab a copy of the book here: https://www.bookdepository.com/Hooked-Nir-Eyal/9780241184837/?a_aid=adamsbooks  Get a free 7-day trial of Blinkist here: https://www.blinkist.com/whatyouwilllearn 
The Uninhabitable Earth

The Uninhabitable Earth

2019-09-1400:43:21

We've all heard of 'climate change' and we hear dystopian ideas about the horrors we may face if we don't take appropriate action, but what will life on the planet ACTUALLY look like if our planet heats up too much?   Get a free 7-day trial of Blinkist: http://blinkist.com/whatyouwilllearn   Check out top 50: www.whatyouwilllearn.com  
This book is the bible of behavioural economics. After introducing 'System 1' and 'System 2', the 'fast' and 'slow' thinking from the title, this episode dives into more of the applications of this discovery. THIS episode:    Over confidence:  - Narrative fallacy  - Hindsight/outcome bias   Choices:  - Intuitions vs formulas  - Planning fallacy  - Loss aversion  - Sunk cost fallacy   Two selves:  - Experiencing vs the remembering self   Thinking Fast and Slow features highly in our top 50, for the full list download for free at: www.whatyouwilllearn.com/top50   Get your 7 day free trial with Blinkist: Www.blinkist.com/whatyouwilllearn    
Thinking, Fast and Slow - by Daniel Kahneman This book is the bible of human behavioural psychology. Author Daniel Kahneman won the 2002 Nobel Prize due to his work on Prospect Theory, a big part of this book. The book is so dense we'll need to cover it over two episodes. This week we will learn about: System 1 - which operates automatically and efficiently, System 2 - which allocates attention to effortful activities.   And - that our brain has limited resources making us irrational, and prone to biases such as: - the law of small numbers - anchors - availability - base rate neglect - Linda effect - regression to the mean.   Thinking Fast and Slow features highly in our top 50, for the full list download for free at: www.whatyouwilllearn.com/top50 Grab a copy of the book here: https://www.bookdepository.com/Thinking--Fast-and-Slow/9780141033570/?a_aid=adamsbooks    Get your 7 day free trial with Blinkist: Www.blinkist.com/whatyouwilllearn  
Turning Pro

Turning Pro

2019-08-2500:29:25

Turning Pro - by Steven Pressfield 'Tap your inner power and create your life's work'   Pressfield book 'The War of Art' told us all about the REAL challenge of creating important work: confront (and beating) the Resistance. In that book, he showed us that the beat way to beat it was by Turning Pro. This follow-up book dives deeper into the difference between and amateur and a professional, and shows us exactly what is required of us if we are to become the best version of ourselves.   Grab a copy of the book here: https://www.bookdepository.com/Turning-Pro-Steven-Pressfield/9781936891030/?a_aid=adamsbooks    Get your 7 day free trial with Blinkist: Www.blinkist.com/whatyouwilllearn   Check out top 50: www.whatyouwilllearn.com  
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triton62674

Listening since 17 and really loving the podcast funny and educational while also knowing airing your genuine gripes with certain books - really great stuff!

Nov 24th
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Michael Adair

Great stuff! I’ve learned so much from you two. Love the laidback and genuine feel to every show.

Sep 17th
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Samuela Sirilo

You boys are killing it. This is what the young people of today need. Educational and down to earth. It's like listening to your mates talking smack, whilist being educational. 👏👏

Oct 16th
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