“You’re so productive!”
“You’re so disciplined!”
“You’re so handsome!”
OK, I may have misremembered that last one. But I did receive the first two compliments more than once. I usually accept this positive feedback reluctantly, given my ongoing frustrations about “never getting anything done around here!”Read more
For three weeks, I had been working on a new presentation: New stories, new message, new visuals, new format, new jokes… everything was new. Even my hair was new. The idea was to reinvent myself as a public speaker. Raising the bar!Read more
Today is International Day of Happiness. What a great day to search and find all the best book on the topic of happiness!
This list is created from the books on GoodReads tagged with “happiness”, sorted using an algorithm that favors number of reviews, average rating, and recent availability.Read more
I have done many things for free.
All chapters of my new #Workout book have been available for free since I started writing them, because this helped me get early and fast feedback. I have done countless of free talks for local communities, because it allowed me to learn about their needs and stories. And I have offered plenty of participants free seats in my workshops when they offered me some other value in return.
What I don’t do is give away stuff for free just because people ask.Read more
I have developed an interest in mindfulness and meditation, from a scientific perspective. For this reason, I did a bit of research on GoodReads to discover which are the best mindfulness books. Unsurprisingly, I found a lot religious works among these books. Those were not what I was looking for. In my not-so-humble opinion, religion is spiritualy for the ignorant mind, while enlightenment is spirituality for the curious mind.Read more
On my final trip last year, I had been looking forward to run in Rio de Janeiro, along Ipanema Beach and Copacabana. But British Airways lost my luggage. I had no running gear and no time to purchase alternative shoes and clothes. I felt a bit sad and disappointed.Read more
“You did not receive your order? Well, I did all I could. But they aren’t doing their job properly.”
“They still haven’t paid your invoice? Strange. They told me last time it would be done.”
“The feature is still not working? I don’t understand. I did submit the service request for you.”Read more
As the author of a book, you make decisions all the time. Do you write about principles or about practices? Do you use the words he and she or the more neutral they? Do you use chapter numbers or not? Do you make your own illustrations, or do you hire someone else? Do you insert jokes, or is your bookkeeper funnier than you are?
If you want a good book, you need to make good decisions. The problem is, you often have too little information to know what the good decisions are. There are two ways of dealing with that.Read more
So, your book has a great title, a nice cover, good content, and proper design? What about the front and back matter? The what? The front matter and the back matter! That’s all the extra stuff at the beginning and at the end of your book that sits between the cover and the chapters. Oh that, I’ll do all that stuff the day before I publish the book. *EEEEE* Wrong!!
A book is only good when it’s good from start to finish. It starts with the cover and it ends with the backside (or the final page in case of an eBook).Read more
I’m reading the book Steve Jobs, the exclusive biography by Walter Isaacson. Granted, I’m not a big fan of Steve Jobs, nor have I purchased any of the products he has offered to the world, but there are reasons to admire him. One thing that I can admire is his well-known passion for design and detail. It is, I believe, a talent (or behavior or competence) that is lacking, sadly, among most self-publishing authors.Read more
One of the hardest parts of the book writing process is the design of the cover. Some experts claim the book cover is the most important aspect of the book. If the cover doesn’t appeal to your audience, neither a great description nor fantastic content are going to help you sell the book, because most of your audience won’t be taking notice. This leads to my first rule for book cover design: don’t do the design yourself.Read more
I believe most authors apply the hybrid approach to writing. They start anywhere they want, either with a logical outline or with some random writing, but then they bounce up and down continuously to ensure that their writing has both structure and surprise.Read more