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 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.
We discuss the impact and science behind what books do for us, why it's ridiculously impossible to find good ones, and how 3 Books will help.
And finally... I receive the very first book to kick off our Top 1000.
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What You'll Learn In Today's Episode:
What's the origin and vision behind 3 Books?
What's the biggest problem in the book industry?
How does the value of curation skyrocket in an era of infinite choice?
What types of guests and listeners are we looking for on 3 Books?
How did I lose and find my love for reading?
What's the relationship and science between reading and happiness?
Ideas Worth Sharing:
"The thing that made you successful in the first place was because you were doing something fun. You have to go back to just doing something fun." - @NeilPasricha
"Life is too short to live one life. And the reader lives a thousand lives before he dies." - @NeilPasricha
"I want to come up with a way for people to have a chance to find the books that change their lives." - @NeilPasricha
"Books touch a wider range of emotions and thoughts than anything else in the world." - @NeilPasricha
"I think if you do something that makes you happy ... it usually leads to something good." - Leslie Richardson
Resources Mentioned In Today's Episode:
The Book of Awesome by Neil Pasricha
The Happiness Equation by Neil Pasricha
8 Ways to Read (a lot) More Books This Year by Neil Pasricha
PostSecret by Frank Warren
How Toddlers Thrive by Tovah P. Klein
Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
The Nature of the Fun - David Foster Wallace
Listen to the Mustn'ts - Shel Silverstein
Memento Mori Coin - Ryan Holiday
Amor Fati Coin - Ryan Holiday
Seinfeld created by Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld
Amy Einhorn of Flatiron Books
I Like You: Hospitality Under The Influence by Amy Sedaris
Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
The Babysitter's Club by Ann M. Martin
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