learning to think clearly, not avoid difficult talks, and adapt your mind to the information age

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Heyo, it's Nik again!

This week, The Art of Thinking Clearly will help you become more rational while showing you there's always something new to learn about yourself and your mind.

Difficult Conversations explains why we avoid some conversations longer than others and gives you the tools to successfully get through them.

Finally, The Organized Mind. will adjust your mind to our modern information culture with tools and principles, so that you can work efficiently without being overwhelmed.

Let's get into it!

The Art of Thinking Clearly by Rolf Dobelli

1-Sentence-Summary: The Art of Thinking Clearly is a full compendium of the psychological biases that once helped us survive but now only hinder us from living our best life.

  1. You have much less control over the world than you think.
  2. We’re not great at determining value because we mostly use availability and bad comparisons to do it.
  3. Decision-making reduces your strength of will, especially when you have too many options to choose from.

If you want to think more clearly and become a rational person, this book is for you.

Difficult Conversations by Douglas Stone

1-Sentence-Summary: Difficult Conversations identifies why we shy away from some conversations more than others, and what we can do to navigate them successfully and without stress.

  1. Hard conversations consist of feelings, blame, and identity.
  2. You can turn any difficult conversation into a learning conversation.
  3. Provide a third story that is neutral.

If you need help confronting someone you know you have to have a conversation with, this book is for you.

The Organized Mind by Daniel J. Levitin

1-Sentence-Summary: The Organized Mind will show you how to adapt your mind to our modern information culture so you can work efficiently without feeling exhausted.

  1. As a result of over 10,000 years of evolution, the human brain can't deal well with today’s complexity.
  2. Keep your physical environment clean and simple, and your mind will feel the same way.
  3. If you want to work efficiently, use external devices for organizing, remembering, and focusing on a single task.

If your mind is a web browser with 17 tabs open, 4 of which are frozen, and you don't know where the music is coming from, this book is for you.

Enjoy your weekend and these summaries!

Happy reading,

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