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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, The Happiness Equation, Two-Minute Mornings, etc. 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, the founder of the world's largest feminist magazine, the world's greatest Uber driver, Pete Holmes, Angie Thomas, and Malcolm Gladwell. Each of the 333 chapters is dropped on the exact minute of every single new moon and full moon until September 1, 2031. 3 Books is an Apple "Best Of" award-winning show and 100% ad-free, commercial-free, sponsor-free, and interruption-free. For more info check out: https://www.3books.co

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Chapter 50: Marcus Buckingham on soul ciphers and strength of self
01:02:57

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, The Happiness Equation, Two-Minute Mornings, etc. 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, the founder of the world's largest feminist magazine, the world's greatest Uber driver, Pete Holmes, Angie Thomas, and Malcolm Gladwell. Each of the 333 chapters is dropped on the exact minute of every single new moon and full moon until September 1, 2031. 3 Books is an Apple "Best Of" award-winning show and 100% ad-free, commercial-free, sponsor-free, and interruption-free. For more info check out: https://www.3books.co/

Marcus Buckingham is a global researcher, bestselling author, and thought leader focused on unlocking strengths, increasing performance, and pioneering the future of how people work. He is the co-author of two of the bestselling business books of all time including FIRST BREAK ALL THE RULES and NOW, DISCOVER YOUR STRENGTHS as well as his newest bestseller NINE LIES ABOUT WORK. Building on nearly two decades of experience as a Senior Researcher at Gallup Organization, he currently guides the vision of ADP Research Institute as Head of People + Performance. He founded The Marcus Buckingham Company in 2006 with the clear mission to instigate a "strengths revolution." 

Chapter Description:

Welcome to Chapter 50 of 3 Books!

Yes, in the midst of Coronavirus chaos we’re going to hang out on a hotel room couch in Vancouver for a little bit of calm. (PS. If you haven’t listened to the Surprise Waning Crescent episode of 3 Books all about Coronavirus please check that out first.)

I am very excited to have you on the couch beside me and the absolutely incredible Marcus Buckingham.

Who is Marcus?

Well, if you’re in the business world, you’ve probably heard of him. Why? Well, he’s written books sitting on every executive’s bookshelf and his assessments and work is used everywhere. Marcus Buckingham is a global researcher and thought leader focused on unlocking people's strengths, increasing their performance, and pioneering the future of how people work. I have a feeling his work is going to be much needed after Coronavirus! How did Marcus end up doing this job? Well, after working as Senior Researcher inside Gallup for a couple of decades he co-authored some of the most popular business books of all time including First Break All The Rules, Now Discover Your Strengths, and his latest bestseller, Nine Lies About Work.

What does Marcus do now? He guides the vision of ADP Research Institute as Head of People and Performance and in 2006 he founded the Marcus Buckingham Company, with the clear mission to instigate a “strengths revolution.”

I love the optimism behind his work. That people are born as acorns, with an imprint inside them on what they could be, and what their true potential could lead them to.

I sat down with Marcus overlooking the foggy mountains over Vancouver Harbour just before he took to the stage for the headlining slot at The Art of Leadership.

We cover a lot of topics in this chapter including:

How do we learn to truly see our children? 

How can the education system be improved?

How do we avoid tribalism? 

What is the real definition of weird?

What’s the single best question to ask yourself when trying to articulate your strengths? 

And how can we find our own unique way to draw strength and love from life?

I found Marcus to be brave, vulnerable, and inspiring in this conversation. Years ago, when I worked at Walmart, we used Marcus’s books and videos in our training sessions. Getting a chance to sit down with him many years later to discuss his 3 most formative books was a rare treat. 

 Let’s go…

What You'll Learn:

  • How do we learn to truly see our children?
  • How can the education system be improved?
  • How do we avoid tribalism? 
  • What is the real definition of weird?
  • What’s the single best question to ask yourself when trying to articulate your strengths? 
  • How can we find our own unique way to draw strength and love from life?

You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: https://www.3books.com/chapters/50   

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Mar 24, 2020
Surprise Waning Crescent: Leslie and Neil on cultivating calm during coronavirus chaos
01:08:44

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

 

It's not a full moon. It's not a new moon. 
 
The moon is currently a crescent and slowly waning before Chapter 50 arrives with the new moon next week.
 
So why this episode of 3 Books? 
 
Because we are swimming in unprecedented seas. I am feeling stress and anxiety around coronavirus. And I can tell by your DMs, tweets, comments, and voicemails to 1-833-READ-A-LOT that you're feeling it, too.
 
Of course we are!!
 
I am worried about what happens when we all wake up feeling scared and mortal and alone at the same time. I am worried an invisible enemy that may already be inside us or people we love. I am worried for my sister and friends on the front lines. I am worried about the health of my parents and grandparents-in-law. I am worried about feeling isolated and distanced... and so many more things. 
 
Today I welcome back my wife Leslie and we sit down on our basement couch, after putting the kids to bed, to have an open-hearted talk about cultivating calm during coronavirus chaos. 
 
We discuss things like: 
 
- How do we create systems to control our media consumption?

- How do we stay connected in this disconnected time? 

- What do we say to children and preteens?

- How can we take care of ourselves as we go through this trauma?

- What are some ways we can practice self-care?  

- And much, much more... 

If you need an empathetic voice, a compassionate voice, a loving voice, a tender voice, or a guiding voice, I can’t wait for you to meet or remeet my lovely wife, Leslie. (Chapter to Chapter Club members will of course know Leslie from Chapter 1 of 3 Books.)

During our chat we set up a chair for you in the basement beside us. (We honestly did.) It has a thick wooly blanket and a cup of lavender chamomile tea. 

I hope you'll join us. 

Let's go! 

 

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Mar 20, 2020
Chapter 49: Dr. Andrea Sereda’s oddly original offerings on opioid overdosing
01:22:47

3 Books is a completely insane and totally epic 15-year-long quest to uncover the 1000 most formative books in the world. Each of the 333 chapters discusses the 3 most formative books of inspiring people such as Judy Blume, David Sedaris, Dr. Jen Gunter, Malcolm Gladwell, or the world's greatest Uber driver. 3 Books is hosted by Neil Pasricha, New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Awesome series, The Happiness Equation, and Two-Minute Mornings. 3 Books is recorded in a special "two-ear" format so you are in the middle of the conversation and the show is released on the lunar calendar with every chapter dropping on the exact minute of every single new moon and every single full moon up to September 1, 2031. 3 Books is an Apple "Best Of" award-winning podcast and 100% ad-free, sponsor-free, and commercial-free. 

For more info check out: www.3books.co  


Dr. Andrea Sereda graduated from Schulich Medicine in 2007. She provides care through the London Intercommunity Health Centre in London, Ontario.

Dr. Sereda is a family physician who practices street outreach medicine, caring for people living in homelessness, women working in the survival sex trade and people who inject drugs.

Dr. Sereda is an avid harm reductionist who has pioneered Canada’s first oral take-home Safe Supply program, which provides prescription opioids to people at risk of death from the fentanyl contaminated street drug supply. Safe Supply challenges the paradigms of how the healthcare system interacts with people who use drugs and is saving lives by dismantling the harms of drug prohibition.

Dr. Sereda also provides primary care for “Street Level Women at Risk” (SLWAR), a Housing First model of care that strives to rapidly house women while concurrently addressing a woman’s physical health, mental health and substance use problems. SLWAR is a program unique within Canada, bringing together a team of women supporting women. SLWAR is seeing profound successes in their work of housing and caring for chronically homeless women.

In 2018, Dr. Andrea Sereda was recognized as one of Canada’s top 40 under 40

Chapter Description:

Today we sit down with Dr. Andrea Sereda at the Sherbourne Health Centre on the east side of downtown Toronto, an area of the city sometimes known for its challenges with drug abuse.

Who is Dr. Andrea Sereda?

Dr. Andrea Sereda is a family physician who practices street outreach medicine. She provides care through the London InterCommunity Health Centre in London, Ontario and works with the emergency safer supply substitution program to prescribes hydromorphone, an opioid used by injection drug users to reduce the risk of contaminated street drugs.

Wait! What?

Yes, on the face of it, Dr. Andrea Sereda ‘gives drugs to drug users but there is a lot more to the story. We are going right to the front lines of the opioid epidemic which, even before the end of this conversation, will take 10 lives in North America alone. (To illustrate the issue more deeply, 8,048 Americans died of opioid related drug overdoses in 1999. What about now? Well, the number was 47,600 in 2017, which is the most recently available data.)

It will take ingenuity, creativity, and passion to address this issue. As you’ll hear, Dr. Andrea Sereda offers all three in spades. Her views are often provocative, sometimes controversial, and she will argue that drugs should be decriminalized and why we should indeed give drugs to drug users. What about the challenges to these ideas? The critics? The controversies? We get into that, too. And we are fortunate enough to use Andrea’s three most formative books as a launchpad into this conversation.

I am so grateful to Dr. Andrea Sereda for sharing so much of her life, her journey, and her practice with all of us.

I find her and her work incredibly challenging, intriguing, and inspiring.

I hope you do, too.

Let’s go!

What You'll Learn:

  • Why should drugs be given to drug users?
  • Should drugs be decriminalized? Why or why not?
  • What is actually more harmful -- the drugs themselves or the quality of drugs?
  • How can we reduce stigma on people in our communities living with mental illness, drug addiction and homelessness?
  • Can drugs be considered a ‘basic need’?

You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: https://www.3books.com/chapters/49      

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Mar 09, 2020
Chapter 48: Michael Bungay Stanier on massive moons and the magic of metaphor
01:39:31

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

Michael Bungay Stanier is a Rhodes Scholar and author of The Coaching Habit, which is the #1 selling coaching book with over 700,000 copies sold over 2,000 Amazon reviews. In 2019, he was named the #1 thought leader in coaching, and was shortlisted for the coaching prize by Thinkers50, the “Oscars of management.” His work has been featured in HBR, Fast Company, and Forbes, and his company, Box of Crayons, has helped trained over 100,000 people in becoming more coach-like. His new book The Advice Trap comes out February, 2020. He lives with his wife in Toronto, Canada.

Chapter Description:

I am so excited to sit down with the one and only Michael Bungay Stanier on a pair of folding lawn chairs on his front porch in the Roncesvalles neighborhood of Toronto.

Michael’s mind is like a box that you open and a whole bunch of springs suddenly fly out in all directions.

Here’s his Amazon biography to give you a taste of this guy: “Michael was banned from his high school graduation for the ‘balloon incident’, he was sued by one of his law school lecturers for defamation, he gave himself a concussion digging a hole one day as a laborer, he was fired on his first shift as a garage attendant and he’s held a number of jobs where he had little to no impact.”

Should we stop there?

No, I’ll keep going. Michael is an Australian who goes to Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. He meets a beautiful Canadian woman who he falls in love with and follows back to Canada. He founds company called Box of Crayons which teaches 10-minute coaching strategies so busy managers can build stronger teams. He wins numerous awards for Coach of the Year and writes a book called The Coaching Habit which turns into a huge phenomenon with (in only 3+ years) sold over 700,000 copies and scored over 2000 Amazon reviews. (Sidenote: The book was published by Jesse Finklestein of Page Two Publishing, our guest in Chapter 23)

Never one to rest on his laurels, as this chapter drops Michael is just about to release the follow up to The Coaching Habit which is called The Advice Trap: Be Humble, Stay Curious & Change the Way You Lead Forever.

I love Michael Bungay Stanier. He’s one of the most fascinating minds in my life, and I feel so grateful and honored to call him a friend. I hope you fall in love with him too.

In this chapter, we talk about making complex things simple, finding And of course, his three most formative books.

Let's go!

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN:

  • What surprising thing actually gave us civilisation on the planet?  

  • In a world of endless everything, how do we develop the critical skills to be filterers and translators?

  • From that, how do we go about making complex things simple? (Michael is a virtuoso at this.)

  • How do we actually think about maximizing our tiny, short lives?

  • When should you zig when others zag?

  • When should you think about provoking curiosity rather than create certainty?

  • And, of course, what are the incredible Michael Bungay Stanier’s 3 most formative books?

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Feb 23, 2020
Chapter 47: Derek The Hype Man on gingers jumping for joy and justice
01:32:08

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

Derek Forgie was born in North Bay, Ontario. At the age of 17 he became the host and producer of his own television show, called Planet Skwirl on MTV, before becoming an activist and founding an organization called HSSE, Heterosexuals for Same-Sex Equality, with the slogan ‘straight not narrow.’ He was also recognized as a leading voice by the World Wildlife Foundation. Derek is a standup comic who has toured and presented to over 2000 audiences and has even been featured on NBC’s Last Comic Standing. He is a huge, passionate believer in so many cause and travels around on his own, going from school to school, to present environmental presentations called Eco-Allies, as well as anti-bullying presentations. He is also the founder of International Kiss a Ginger Day! Currently, you can find him entertaining and hyping up the in-studio audiences of CTV’s The Social, and when he’s not hyping up the crowd, you can catch him on the 10 Minute Talk Show, hosted by Derek. He lives in Toronto with his wife and daughter.

Chapter Description:

In chapter 47, I sit down with Derek The Hype Man, also known as Derek Forgie.

Who is Derek Forgie?

Well, as background, there’s a huge daytime talk show in Canada called The Social. (Some people say it’s similar to The View— a series of interesting women, talking about interesting issues of the day, in a really interesting way.) I’ve been lucky enough to have been a guest on The Social a number of times and have always noticed that it has an incredible chemistry and audience connection. And every single time I go on that TV show, I notice that there is this guy hanging around, an energy-packed red-headed guy, dressed really snazzily dressed in a vest and brightly colored shoes, and he is just working the audience like nobody’s business. Yes, he is … the hype man!

This man is Derek Forgie.

He stands on a little box, he cheers, he yells, he laughs, he gets everyone clapping. When you’re on The Social or when you watch The Social, you notice the audience basically, in Derek’s words, brings out their inner Jerry Springer. They cheer or they boo or they laugh or they clap after every point made on the show. As a guest it fills you with energy and what I feel is happening is Derek’s energy, the energy that erupts from this one guy, helps fill an audience, fill a set, fill the hosts, fill the guests, fill the TV show, and, of course, fill the millions of viewers watching on TV. Derek’s energy beams out of him like the sun! Every time I talk to him I get such a warm glow inside me.

In addition to being a hype man Derek became the host and producer of his own television show, called Planet Skwirl on MTV, when he was 17 years old. He became an activist (you’ll hear why) and founded HSSE (Heterosexuals for Same-Sex Equality), with the slogan ‘straight not narrow’, and was also recognized as a leading voice by the World Wildlife Foundation. Derek is also a standup comic who’s toured and presented to over 2000 audiences and has been featured onNBC’s Last Comic Standing. And he currently hosts a great show called the 10 Minute Talk Show. Derek is a passionate believer in many causes and gives environmental and anti-bullying presentations in schools as well as — get this — even founding of International Kiss a Ginger Day!

I was thrilled when Derek Forgie accepted my invitation to sit down in the green room of The Social, live in the CTV studios, and share his 3 most formative books with us.

Let's go!

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN:

  • How does hate inflame and fuel purpose?
  • How do we get comfortable embracing the unknown?
  • How do we the energy to challenge social beliefs?
  • How do we develop the strength of mind to change the negative stories in our heads?
  • How do you think about changing the world … one day at a time?

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Feb 09, 2020
Chapter 46: Dr. Laura Markham on prioritizing presence to parent peacefully
01:34:55

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

Dr. Laura Markham creates Aha! moments for parents of kids from babies through teens. She trained as a clinical psychologist at Columbia University, is founding editor of AhaParenting.com which has over 150,000 newsletter subscribers, and is the author of three bestselling books including Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids. Visit her on Twitter @DrLauraMarkham, on Instagram @DrLauraMarkham_AhaParenting, and online at www.ahaparenting.com

Chapter Description: 

Today we are nestled into a beautiful century-old brownstone in Park Slope, Brooklyn with the amazing Dr. Laura Markham, a preacher of love, letting love in, sending love out, and using that as a way to deepen our connection with ourselves and our children.

Who is Dr. Laura Markham?

She’s a Colombia-trained clinical psychologist, founder and editor at AhaParenting.com, author of three parenting books including my favorite Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids, a parenting expert for many websites, and a life-changer for many, many families including mine. (You’ll hear what my wife Leslie thinks at the beginning of this chapter!) Dr. Laura Markham translates proven science into practical and simple solutions to live an intentional life.

So in chapter 46, let’s stop and pause and choose how we respond to help drive a movement towards love and compassion. I partly resonate so deeply with Dr. Laura Markham’s work, because I feel like the higher place she’s leading us towards is also the same place I want 3 Books to lead us toward.

In this chapter, we chat about the complexities of parenting and how we can be more present as parents. Dr. Laura Markham shares many valuable insights, from communicating through play, navigating our own traumas, mastering the skill of sending love to strangers, and how we need to develop a closer relationship with death.

And, of course, we talk about Dr. Laura Markham’s 3 most formative books.

Let's go!

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN:

  • How can we heal our inner trauma first so we don’t project that onto our children?

  • How is sitting in stillness an important key to ‘getting things done’? 

  • Why do we need to bring awareness to our pain?

  • Why do we project our emotions and our pain onto the people we love?

  • How has our understanding of mental illness progressed over history, and where do we need to go from here?

  • How can you make death your peer instead of your persecutor?

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Jan 24, 2020
Chapter 45: Rich Roll on wrestling with recovery and running to redemption
02:02:55

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

A graduate of Stanford University and Cornell Law School. Rich Roll is a 53-year old, accomplished vegan ultra-endurance athlete, wellness advocate, bestselling author and host of the Rich Roll Podcast. A former entertainment attorney turned full-time wellness & plant-based nutrition advocate, popular public speaker, husband, father of 4 and inspiration to people worldwide as a transformative example of courageous and healthy living. His inspirational memoir FINDING ULTRA became a bestseller upon it's release in 2012 and THE PLANTPOWER WAY cookbook graces kitchens across the world. Along with his wife and four children, Rich resides in Malibu Canyon outside of Los Angeles.

Chapter Description:

Today we are headed West, perched atop the hills of Calabasas, California, overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

I’d love for you to be my guest for an incredible conversation with the one and only Rich Roll.

Who is Rich Roll?

Well, Rich was introduced to me by Jonathan Fields, our guest in Chapter 24 and host of the Goodlife Project. Jonathan told me Rich was one of his favorite people and he soon became one of my favorite people. I love his mind, his words, his outlook, and his incredible podcast … and was thrilled to have a chance to ask him which 3 books most shaped his life.  

Rich went to Stanford and Cornell and was a national athlete at Stanford in swimming, but his career was cut short by a decade-long struggle with drugs and alcohol, eventually landing him in jail and rehab. On the eve of his 40th birthday, as he walked up the stairs he was left totally winded… and decided it was time to make a change.

The next day Rich overhauled his life. He switched to a 100% vegan, plant-based diet, grabbed his running shoes, jumped back into the pool, and two years later, fueled only by plants and after losing 50 pounds, he became the first vegan to ever compete in the 320-mile ultra-marathon and finished as the 3rd fastest American in the race.

Are you kidding me??

He then went on to complete five Ironman Triathlons on five islands of Hawaii in one week!

In 2012, he wrote his inspirational memoir FINDING ULTRA: Rejecting Middle Age, Becoming One of the World’s Fittest Men, and Discovering Myself, which became a bestseller upon its release and is still ranking highly to this day. It’s a fantastic book and memoir. I’ve read it. I loved it and can’t recommend it enough.

In 2013, he launched the Rich Roll Podcast. An incredible podcast, often ranking in the top 50 on iTunes, he does a deep exploration and mindmeld with people such as Russell Brand, Kevin Smith, Lance Armstrong, and Edward Norton. He calls it a two-hour experience, where he covers huge themes around fitness, creativity, and the human condition.

I was very lucky to link my mind with Rich in Chapter 45 of 3 Books.

Let’s go!

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN:

  • How do you decide which once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to do?
  • How far should you lean into your art?
  • What are some tools that help you be fully present and available?
  • How do you build a successful podcast?
  • How do you overcome deep addiction?

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Jan 10, 2020
The Best of 2019: Neil Pasricha reminisces on relationships, romance, and radical reading
03:33:43

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 

Episode Description:

And we’re here!

It’s 11:59 pm on December 31, 2019 and we’re about to enter into 2020. 

We’re winding down the holiday cheer and staring ahead at a brand new year. 

It’s a time to reminisce and remember all we’re grateful for, it’s a time to look back on our struggles, and it’s time to open the next waiting door.

Welcome to the second annual “Best Of” episode of 3 Books. 

I hope this serves as a great welcome mat into the show for new listeners and a way to reflect and remember some of the goldiest gold nuggets from Chapters 20-44 which aired through 2019. 

We are publishing a new chapter of 3 Books on the exact minute of every new moon and full moon from 5:36 am on March 31,  2018 to 5:52 am on September 1, 2031. 

Please explore the show further at www.3books.co, read our values, see our show notes, and catch up on our growing list of The Top 1000 most formative books in the world. 

Thanks again for joining me on this wild and crazy ride. 

Neil

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Jan 01, 2020
Chapter 44: Kevin the bookseller on subtracting stuff and sorting Star Wars
01:27:38

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

In this chapter, I walk into a full-blown Indigo bookstore, inside of a hospital and run into my old friend Kevin, who has been working there for 11 years. As we begin talking about his three most formative books, I decide to bring out my iPhone and record the conversation.

Chapter Description:

I love Kevin Marusic. 

He’s a book nerd and bookseller and bookstore manager (and moustache aficionado) who runs the Indigo bookstore in the Mount Sinai hospital in downtown Toronto. 

Whenever I talk to Kevin our conversation rolls like a river so this time (this time!) I pulled out my cell phone after I walked in and recorded the very first guerrilla style chapter of 3 Books! 

No prep, no research, no notes, no books read in advance.

In Chapter 44 of 3 Books, join me inside the Indigo Books in Mount Sinai hospital as we discuss how to learn to look at worlds beyond our own, what order you should watch the Star Wars movies in and why, what the dangers are of the ‘pants computer’, why you should separate your phone into tool and toy, why books are magic (new 3 Books value!), and, of course, the incredible Kevin Marusic’s three most formative books. 

There are so many nerdy tic-tacs buried in this chat that I am not coming anywhere close to doing Kevin justice.

Trust me.

He is a gem! He is a lover. He has a wonderful heart.

And I am so delighted to share his incredible wisdom with all of you. The world will be a better place if we can all be a bit more like Kevin. 

Let’s go!

What You'll Learn:

  • What is the other definition of USSR?
  • Why is it important to lose yourself in art or in stories?
  • Why should a conversation flow like a river?
  • Who did JRR Tolkien go to school with to help inspire Lord of the Rings?
  • Why are booksellers and librarians ‘doctors of the mind’?
  • How can living with less give us more?
  • What are the dangers of the ‘pants computer’?

You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: https://www.3books.com/chapters/44   

Dec 26, 2019
Chapter 43: Lisa Labute on life lessons from loving legumes
01:49:23

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 

Lisa is the founder of the Goods, a cafe located on Roncesvalles Avenue in the West End of Toronto, that specializes in hand crafted, radically healthy food. Her inherent understanding of the medicinal potential of plant based cuisine has made her a leader in the functional food movement in Toronto. The Goods’ simple, yet meticulously crafted meals remind us of the deep connection between food and our wellbeing. Lisa left a career as an advertising executive to start The Goods which is ranked one of the ten healthiest restaurants in Toronto.

Chapter Description:

I am so excited to introduce you to Lisa Labute.

Lisa ratcheted up the ladder of the advertising world, working 100-hour weeks as an ad executive helping to sell everything from fast food to luxury cars.

And then she eventually burned out — had a “food incident” — and realized, like Emily McDowell told us in Chapter 18, that it’s a lot better to make things people want than making people want things.

After traveling the world to lean into her new passion for mindful and intentional eating she returned to her home of Toronto to found The Goods, a cafe located in the west end of Toronto in the Roncesvalles neighborhood, that serves vegan, hand-crafted, radically healthy foods.

Lisa’s understanding of the medicinal potential of plant-based cuisine has made her a leader of the functional food movement.

I stumbled upon The Goods while on one of my Life-Changing Magical Walks during an Untouchable Day and struck up a conversation with Lisa. I loved her energy, vibrancy, and passion. I sensed immediately that she was a true community leader and somebody who was happy “getting off the program” to live a purpose-filled life.

At The Goods every single food is made from scratch. Even the mustard! They buy mustard seeds, let them sprout, and then make their own. The kitchen is radically transparent and open concept and the walls are lined with jars full of ingredients visually listed in the ratio in which they’re used. All of the ingredients are clearly listed, and despite being a health conscious vegan restaurant, the food is presented in a non-dogmatic and non-judgemental fashion. Lisa is not a “you should” kind of person as you’ll hear.

Lisa and I explore themes around how we eat well, how to exit “the program,” how to discuss mental illness, and how we find our most adventurous, wild, and truest selves.

I hope you enjoy Chapter 43 of 3 Books.

Let’s go!

What You'll Learn:

  • How can we stop ‘shoulding’ on ourselves?

  • Why is there so much confusion surrounding health?

  • How can diet alter mental health and even our oral structure?

  • Why shouldn’t you eat any food that has a health claim on it?

  • How do we eat healthy even when we’re travelling or busy?

  • Why and how should we strive for a more ‘wild’ lifestyle?

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Dec 12, 2019
Chapter 42: Molly Bloom on poker princess privileges and pushing past pomposity
01:23:07

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 

Molly Bloom formerly ran one of the most exclusive, high-stakes underground poker games in the world, raking in millions annually and featuring players like Alex Rodriguez, Tobey Maguire, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Ben Affleck. After the dramatic takedown, she wrote the New York Times bestselling book Molly's Game detailing her life's story, which turned into a $59 million Oscar-nominated film starring Jessica Chastain and directed by Aaron Sorkin. Molly had previously trained as an Olympic skier and reached #3 in North America, despite having been told she could never ski again after having surgery for her scoliosis.

Chapter Description:

In Chapter 42 of 3 Books, I sit down with Molly Bloom at the Four Seasons after she had just spoken to 10,000 (no big deal — 10,000 people!) with other big stars like Tony Robbins and Rachel Hollis.

Who’s Molly Bloom?

Molly began her career as a world-class skier, but while training as a pre-teen she was diagnosed with severe scoliosis. Her doctor told her she could never ski again, but even as a pre-teen Molly had incredible strength of mind, which you’ll recognize in our podcast, and she ended up back on the slopes only a year after her surgery.

By age 21, she was ranked #3 in North America. She then took off to LA and began running one of the most exclusive, high-stakes, underground poker games in the world featuring players like Alex Rodriguez, Tobey Maguire, Leonardo DiCaprio, Ben Affleck, and was raking in millions of dollars per year.

So, what happened? The feds went after her! The mafia went after her! And there was a dramatic takedown. While waiting for her sentencing, she ended up writing her life’s story in her memoir Molly’s Game. That book became a bestseller and was turned into a movie written and directed by Aaron Sorkin, writer of The West Wing and The Social Network, starring Jessica Chastain (as Molly), Idris Alba, and Kevin Costner.

Molly has been featured on Ellen, NPR, LA Times, VICE, and many more. But what was happening below the surface is a story that, as she says in this chapter, has never been shared before. There was a journey happening inside Molly that forced her to look at the downsides of her ambition and addictive personality.

In this conversation we discuss: How do you recover from a life altering public defeat? Why is losing everything so liberating? How exactly do you get Aaron Sorkin to turn your life story into a movie? What is the counterintuitive way to prepare for a huge meeting? How do you find the 'monetizable asset' in your life?

And, of course, what are Molly Bloom's three most formative books?

Let’s go!

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN:

  • What’s one unusual way to get a book deal?

  • How can you train yourself to become calmer prior to meetings and life events?

  • What are the positive and negative effects of having a strong mind?

  • How do you know if you’re pursuing the wrong path?

  • How can you leverage negative qualities to become strengths?

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Nov 26, 2019
Chapter 41: Jen Gunter on beating bullying, bigotry, and body bashfulness
52:14

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 

Dr. Jen Gunter is a Canadian-American OB/GYN and a pain medicine physician. Jen is commonly referred to as Twitter’s resident gynecologist, the Internet’s OB/GYN, and is one of the fiercest advocates for women’s health. Jen writes the New York Times columns "The Cycle" and "You Asked Jen Gunter." She hosts the popular TV show Jensplaining and she has written the bestselling books "The Preemie Primer" and "The Vagina Bible."

Chapter Description:

Question for you.

Let’s say you were scheduled to give birth to triplets, but they arrived prematurely, and one of them died during birth at the hospital …

In that painful situation, what would you do?

You’d search for answers!

You’d ask questions!

And if you’re Dr. Jen Gunter, you would recognize that, even to a doctor, the answers were confusing, misleading, and sometimes contradictory. So what did she do? Well, Jen wrote an entire book on premature babies called the The Preemie Primer. The book became popular and helped Jen develop a massive following to the point where she’s known today as Twitter’s OB/GYN.

Why?

Because she’s not afraid to give people the cold, hard truth.

Today Jen hosts the TV show Jensplaining and writes not one but two New York Times columns!

Jen recently wrote another book called The Vagina Bible which took off and has been climbing bestsellers lists.

Due to the success of her books Jen is often on promotion tours so I was able to catch up with her at the PenguinRandomHouse offices in Toronto when she came through town for TV shows and to give speeches.

Jen and I discuss how medicine became rooted in mansplaining, how to teach kids sex ed, and of course, her three most formative books.

Let’s go!

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN:

  • How do we break the cycle of “those who get bullied become bullies?”

  • How did Dr. Jen Gunter become known as Twitter’s OB/GYN?

  • How should parents teach their children sex ed?

  • How is the stigma surrounding STIs impacting rates of transmission and treatment?

  • When is shame a wasted emotion and when is it an appropriate emotion?

  • What are the key ingredients for good sex?

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Nov 12, 2019
Surprise Waxing Gibbous: My new book YOU ARE AWESOME launches today!
34:59
Happy waxing gibbous!
 
What does that mean? Well, it's not a new moon, and it's not a full moon, and in between is the waxing gibbous moon. Waxing means getting bigger. Waning means getting smaller.  So as the gibbous waxes today on November 5th, 2019, I wanted to send a special short little “book launch” podcast for my brand new book which launches everywhere today! 
 
YOU ARE AWESOME: How To Navigate Change, Wrestle With Failure, And Live An Intentional Life is a 288-page hardcover from Simon & Schuster which offers a smacking takedown of our never-good-enough cell-phone culture and helps us develop resilience to shift from:
  • change-resistant to change-ready
  • failure-prone to failure-proof
  • thin-skinned to thick-skinned
  • and anxious to AWESOME
 
And I’d love to see you on book tour!
 
Nov 05, 2019
Chapter 40: Pete Holmes on infinite infinities and the insanity of is-ness
01:41:12

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 

Pete Holmes is a comedian, writer, cartoonist, “Christ-leaning spiritual seeker”, and podcast host. His wildly popular podcast, You Made It Weird, is a comedic exploration of the meaning of life with guests ranging from Deepak Chopra and Elizabeth Gilbert to Seth Rogen and Garry Shandling. Pete also created and stars in the semi-autobiographical HBO show Crashing which he executive produces alongside Judd Apatow. An accomplished standup with three hour-long television specials and innumerous late night appearances, he continues to tour regularly to sold-out crowds. He lives with his wife and daughter in LA.

Chapter Description:

A few years ago, I went to a Judd Apatow comedy show and I was completely blown away by the lineup of friends he brought out.

Ray Romano! Zach Galifianakis! And, of course, the incredible Pete Holmes.

Pete was my favorite comic that night, which is saying something because of who his company was.

I loved Pete’s brand new book Comedy Sex God and praised it in my monthly book club. I’m not a religious person, and Pete was, and then wasn’t, and now is but in a really thoughtful, interesting, and spiritual way. And this book, which is essentially his memoir, chronicles his journey through faith with a ton of laughs and mind-altering insights along the way.

Pete Holmes is a comedian, writer, cartoonist, podcast host, HBO star, and Christ-leaning spiritual seeker.

His podcast You Made It Weird is a comedic exploration of the meaning of life, with guests ranging from Deepak Chopra to Elizabeth Gilbert to Seth Rogan. Pete also starred in the semi-autobiographical HBO show Crashing which he executive produced with Judd Apatow (no big deal!).

We go deep in this chat and talk about why we withhold love, why myths are always true and sometimes really happened, why our brains want certainty but our hearts are comfortable with mystery, the salty sweet conundrum of life, and, of course, Pete’s three most formative books.

I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did.

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN:

  • How do you say ‘yes’ to what is?

  • Why doesn’t the game of infinite orgasms work?

  • How do we shift from thinking of travelling through the world … to realizing we are the world?

  • How can God be seen as a metaphor?

  • Why do we withhold love?

  • Why are cell phones manifestations of a mental problem we all have?

  • And much, much more..

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Oct 28, 2019
Chapter 39: A world-class variety store owner on Korean culture, connecting community, and cultivating calm
44:43

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 

Soyoung Kim lives in downtown Toronto and has run a variety store with her husband since she emigrated from Seoul in the late 1990s.

Chapter Description:

Have you ever developed a relationship with your local corner shop owner?

Maybe you pop into a convenience store every day to grab a drink or you walk into the same coffee shop every afternoon.

Leslie and I have developed a relationship with Soyoung Kim, a beautiful, kind, Korean woman who has run the corner store by our house for years.

My wife Leslie has long trained me to buy her fresh flowers every week. And I always buy them from Soyoung’s shop.

Soyoung reads 50 books per year and credits them to helping her form her identity and better understand English when she first emigrated to Canada.

I asked Soyoung to come on 3 Books to share her three most formative books and we grabbed two milk crates and sat down in the garden center at the side of her store.

I hope you enjoy this talk with Soyoung Kim as much as I did.

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN:

  • Why do older siblings often feel pressure to take care of the family?

  • How can we learn to take care of ourselves when we’re responsible for taking care of others?

  • Who should take care of us when we grow older?

  • How can we learn to empty our minds on a daily basis?

  • Why should we place less importance on money?

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Oct 13, 2019
Chapter 38: Ryan Holiday on bashing beachy books and building balance
01:40:44

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 

Ryan Holiday is a media strategist, father, and bestselling author of seven books including The Obstacle Is the Way, Ego Is the Enemy, The Daily Stoic, and his latest, Stillness Is The Key. Ryan was the former Director of Marketing for American Apparel, and then went on to found his own creative agency, Brass Check, which has advised clients like Google, Neil Strauss, Tony Robbins and Tim Ferriss. Ryan lives outside Austin, Texas where he writes and works in between raising cattle, donkeys and goats. 

Chapter Description:

Back in 2013 I stumbled on an article online called “How To Read More — A Lot More” by some writer guy on the Internet named Ryan Holiday.

I started reading the piece and got sucked into it. He had a point! A great point. Many great points, actually. And he was super young. A young man telling the world to read more books? In an era where most guys read none… or, you know, like three books a year?

I found Ryan Holiday to be a complete breath of fresh air.

So I immediately began to copy everything he did.

He launched a monthly book club.

I launched a monthly book club! (With his blessings, of course.)

He was talking about reading fifty then a hundred books a year.

I started to read five books then ten books then fifty books a year.

I started cancelling magazine and newspaper subscriptions and began to consciously put my phone away. I installed a bookshelf at my front door and cancelled cable.

And, of course, I started this podcast!

In a way 3 Books would not exist without Ryan Holiday. I can trace my rediscovered passion for reading all the way back to this writer guy from the Internet.

But he’s not just a writer guy on the Internet anymore.

Ryan Holiday has sold over 2,000,000 books (!) and essentially leads the repopularization of stoic philosophy on a mass scale. Some of his books include The Obstacle Is The Way, Ego Is The Enemy, and his brand new book, Stillness Is The Key.

Ryan also runs DailyStoic.com, the consulting company Brass Check, and his newest project Daily Dad.

He’s become a friend and I have definitely caught his bug.

So in Chapter 38 of 3 Books I ask Ryan to share his four most formative books. (You’ll hear why on the show.) He tells us how to decide who to trust, how he got dramatically fired from his first job, and why we shouldn’t turn parenting into a job.

I hope you enjoy Chapter 38 with Ryan Holiday.

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN:

  • Why should you spoil the endings of books and movies?

  • How do we win the war for attention?

  • Why does the path you take toward a goal matter more than achieving the goal itself?

  • How and why should you not turn parenting into a job?

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Sep 28, 2019
Chapter 37: Malcolm Gladwell on strangers, spies, and silencing the system
01:07:02

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 

Malcolm Gladwell is a journalist, a speaker, and the author of five New York Times bestsellers including The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers, What The Dog Saw, and David and Goliath. His latest book, Talking to Strangers, was published on September 10, 2019. He has been a staff writer for the New Yorker since 1996. Foreign Policy has three times named him one of their Top Global Thinkers, and he has been named one of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People. He is a trustee of the Surgo Foundation and currently serves on the board of the RAND Corporation.

Chapter Description:

Who we are is a function of where we are.

Do you agree with that?

Who you are depends on where you are.

We’re different people in different places, right?

You’re different in the board room than you are on vacation. You’re different with your parents than you are with your kids. And, as for me, I’m different hanging with with Malcolm Gladwell in the West Village than I am sitting in my basement as I type up this blog post.

And that theme is one that we get to open up in Chapter 37 of 3 Books with Malcolm Gladwell. Guys, I was so nervous for this podcast. I mean, super nervous. I couldn’t sleep for a few nights before. I read his three most formative books. I listened to his podcast Revisionist History. I got an advance copy of his brand new book Talking To Strangers. I mean, I was so nervous that I showed up for the podcast an hour early. (Who does that?)

So Malcolm invites me into his place and we get settled around a table surrounded by books. Top to bottom! Floor to ceiling! And, no big deal, all hardcovers. I’m intimated but at the very end of the podcast, right after I clicked stop on the recorder … he said three words that completely chilled me out. (I’ll tell you what they were after the show.) I found him extremely down to Earth with a beautiful calming energy.

We talk about raising great nerds in a world forcing us into the mean, how to find tribes where we truly fit in, who he thinks is the best non-fiction author alive, why thrillers are incredibly instructive, what his biggest advice is for aspiring authors, and, of course, his three most formative books.

I hope you enjoy Chapter 37 with Malcolm Gladwell.

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN:

  • Why should we reread books more often?

  • Are we all simply products of our environments?

  • What book has Malcolm read every five years since the age of 15?

  • Which book does Malcolm call “appallingly marketed”?

  • How do we preserve our privacy in an endlessly connected world?

  • And much, much more…

 

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Sep 14, 2019
Chapter 36: Two teenage Mormon missionaries on missing mom to make miracles
01:30:03

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 

Elder Cox and Elder Corona are two American teenage missionaries from the the Church of Jesus Christ. 

Chapter Description:

So one day I’m out taking one of my magical life-changing long walks when suddenly two guys are like “Hi! How are you?!”

And I look up kind of stunned because I’m walking around downtown Toronto where no one really pops out of the woodwork to shout a “Hi! How are you?!” at you …

What do I see?

Two young men smiling back at me. Like, big smiles! Gigantic smiles. Dressed up, too. It takes me a minute to piece it together but turns out they’re Mormon Missionaries living away from home for two years with the sole purpose of teaching people about their church.

They asked me what I’d heard about Mormonism and I said, uh, well, they don’t drink much and they have a lot of kids. Oh, and there’s a play called The Book of Mormon! Super ignorant.

I got to talking to them and my fascination with these guys deepened. They are teenagers. They go by Elder Cox and Elder Corona. They are living away from home for two years while most of their peers go to college. They get no TV, no music, no books, no booze, no bars, no dating, and no… well, no anything most teenagers would be interested in.

Do they have doubts? Do they have fears? What if no one believes in them? How successful are they?

How do they even define success?

So, on this Super Moon of August 30, 2019, we are sitting down with two teenage Mormon Missionaries to discuss their three most formative books and what it’s like devoting your life to one sole mission, purpose, and faith.

I found this conversation enlightening and inspiring on many levels.

I hope you do, too.

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN:

  • What is Mormonism? (And why do they prefer you don’t call it that?)

  • How do we battle constant rejection?

  • What beliefs underpin the idea of knocking on doors to discuss religion?

  • What is the missionary “success rate” or how often (and how) do they convert somebody?

  • How do followers of the church approach topics like homosexuality and feminism?

     

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Aug 30, 2019
Chapter 35: Jen Agg on fussy feminism and ferocious fastidiousness
01:19:18

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 

Famed author and restaurateur Jen Agg is responsible for creating six of Canada’s top restaurants. In Toronto, she created The Black Hoof, Rhum Corner, Cocktail Bar, Grey Gardens, and Le Swan, and in Montreal, Agrikol, a place she opened with the Grammy-winning indie rock band, Arcade Fire. Agg published her first book, “I Hear She’s A Real Bitch,” in 2016, which was a national bestseller, a Globe and Mail Best Book of 2017, a National Post Best Book of 2017, and a Chatelaine Best Book of 2017.

Chapter Description:

Jen Agg is a celebrated Toronto-based restaurateur. She has opened many award-winning restaurants including The Black Hoof, Rhum Bar, Le Swan, and Grey Gardens.

When Jen opens a restaurant, people notice. There are lineups. Buzz. An incalculable feeling that, once again, she’s put her finger on the pulse of what people want.

Jen is also the bestselling author of the memoir “I Hear She’s A Real Bitch” which features the cover blurb from Anthony Bourdain saying “Whatever Jen Agg says is worth listening to.” I agree.

We have this conversation at her restaurant Le Swan on Queen Street West in Toronto.

Jen and I talk about whether fussyness is a virtue, the art of dining alone, how to have a healthy marriage with someone twenty years older than you, and what it was like for Jen growing up with one breast. And that’s only the tip of the iceberg! She challenges me as you’ll soon hear.

I hope you enjoy Chapter 35 of 3 Books.

What you'll learn:

  • Is having a “type” when dating racist?

  • How can we avoid becoming vanilla and maintain a strong voice?

  • Why should we stop caring so much about what other people think of us?

  • How are misogyny and patriarchy still deeply ingrained in society?

  • How do tomboys currently occupy our complicated gender role landscape?

  • What is potentially the greatest last line in a book ever?

  • What is the next big gender role conversation in the world post #MeToo?

  • Why are friends overrated?

 

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Aug 15, 2019
Chapter 34: Literary superagent Jim Levine on picking priorities to perform at peak potential
01:06:47

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

Jim Levine is the founder of Levine Greenberg Rostan Literary Agency. Most of their book titles are published by imprints of the major houses including Penguin Random House, Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins, Hachette, and Macmillan. Jim's love of books extends to his own writing of seven books and over 100 articles. When he's not working, Jim enjoys listening to music (especially jazz), learning to play piano, golf, photography, travel, and family time.

Chapter Description:

Jim Levine is a literary superagent.

He and his agency LGR Literary represent everyone from Tom Brady to Ray Dalio to Dan Ariely to Allie Brosch to Gillian Flynn to *cough* Neil Pasricha.

Jim Levine is an incredibly thoughtful and intentional guy who I’ve come to look up to in many ways. He has a wise calm mode of operating with a strategic lens that helps authors navigate the publishing world.

In his own words, Jim helps people “explode potential.”

Before establishing his own agency, he taught at Wellesley College and spent almost a decade as Vice President at the Bank Street College of Education in New York City. Jim’s written over seven books himself and has appeared on Good Morning America, The Today Show, and Oprah.

And, as you may have guessed, Jim is a voracious reader.

Welcome to Chapter 34 of 3 Books.

 

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN: 

  • How can you squeeze in more time for exercise and meditation

  • What’s a simple way to remedy any argument in order to find a solution?

  • How can jazz musicians help us improve our listening and negotiation skills?

  • What’s a fun relationship game you can play with your partner so you can make decisions faster and share your opinions more openly?

  • How can we balance our focus on both the inner journey and the outer journey?

  • What’s the easiest way to figure out the perfect job for you to pursue?

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Aug 01, 2019
Chapter 33: Raj Haldar aka Lushlife on invoking inner inspiration to instigate the Internet
01:38:10

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 

Raj Haldar is an artistic polymath who releases rap albums under the names Lushlife and The Skull Eclipses, produces albums, is official stadium DJ of the Philadelphia Eagles, makes science rap videos for Nick Jr, and is co-author of the runaway New York Times bestseller P Is for Pterodactyl: The Worst Alphabet Book Ever.

Chapter Description:

I recently visited Type Books in The Junction neighbourhood in Toronto and stumbled upon P is for Pterodactyl: The Worst Alphabet Book Ever.

So I flip open the book and I discover there’s a page for every letter! A is for Aisle. C is for Czar. T is for … Tsunami. It’s a beautiful read and has been on the New York Times bestseller list ever week since it’s come out. 

Who’s the guy behind wild book?

Well, it’s the incredibly polyman Raj Haldar aka Lushlife, who’s also a rapper, record producer, one half of The Skull Eclipses, the official stadium DJ of the Philadelphia Eagles, and, yes, in his spare time, also makes viral science rap videos for Nick Jr. 

We break open concepts like: How do we speak out against established societal norms? What does the hustle in side hustle really look like? And, of course, what are Raj Haldar’s three most formative books? 

I hope you enjoy Chapter 33 of 3 Books.

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN:

  • How can we preserve old cultures while creating new norms?
  • How can we think about growing our creativity?
  • How has the democratization of music production and distribution changed the entertainment industry?
  • How can you manage your side hustle with your main job?
  • How can you pursue your passions and dreams even if your parents don’t support you?

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Jul 16, 2019
Chapter 32: Cat and Nat on cutting the crap to create community for courageous caregivers
01:24:25

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

Catherine Belknap and Natalie Telfer are best friends, moms of seven children collectively, and the hilarious duo behind the @CatandNat movement to rid the world of mom guilt and mom shame. The pair's hilarious #MomTruths rants and podcast conversations quickly attracted millions of followers all interested in discussing the guilt and expectations surrounding parenting. Cat and Nat are the world's fearless crusaders against the perfection myth and all the gluten-free, sugar-free baking it entails. Every week the pair releases a Mom Truths podcast episode as well as a new recording of their worldwide series Mom Truths. The duo just released their instant bestselling book Mom Truths and regularly tour North America to sold-out audiences. You can find them @catandnat on all social media. 

Chapter Description:

Are you one of the million-plus people who follow Cat and Nat online? (@catandnat on every social.)

Cat and Nat are moms of seven (!) children together and they are attempting to give moms permission, help moms be heard, and rid the world of mom guilt and mom shame. Oh! And they’re the bestselling authors of Mom Truths: Embarrassing Stories and  Brutally Honest Advice on the Extremely Real Struggle of Motherhood.

How did I stumble upon these two badass, R-rated, intellectually flamboyant and passionate women?

Well, I was wandering around the prairies (Regina, Saskatchewan to be specific) when I stumbled on their show at a casino across from my hotel. Stumbled upon is an understatement given that a thousand women wearing tight leather pants and swishing white wine almost trampled me. I found myself watching their incredible stage show, keeping the audience in stitches, and just putting their finger on this giant invisible stress that so many moms feel … and helping that stress go away.

This is the first chapter since Chapter 1 of 3 Books where I have brought my wonderful wife (and mother of three boys!) Leslie. 

In this chapter, we discuss parenting, motherhood, the pressures we put on ourselves to raise these perfect children, and why those pressures could be harming us and our expectations of our kids.

Join me, my wife Leslie, Cat, and Nat as we hang out in Nat’s living room to have this important and honest conversation on Nat’s beautiful white couch. And, of course, to uncover Cat and Nat’s three most formative books.

I hope you enjoy this chapter.

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN: 

 

  • Why should we empower our children to make their own decisions?

  • How can we teach children about the consequences of their choices?

  • Why should you pursue marriage counselling before getting married?

  • How can we learn to let go of the guilt and shame we feel surrounding parenting?

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Jul 02, 2019
Chapter 31: A former sex worker on paying for pleasure and progressive parenting
01:09:36

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

Juniper is a mother, writer, artist, academic, and a gadfly. She completed a PhD in sociology with a specific focus on gender and sexuality, feminist and queer theories, and experimental methodologies. Her dissertation explored the experiences of sex workers in higher education. Juniper is also the author of numerous essays for VICE, BuzzFeed, Tits and Sass, Pacific Standard, Mutha Magazine, Broadly, and others. Her children's book, How Mamas Love Their Babies, received rave reviews and was even called a "patriarchy smashing children's book" by the editors at Ms. Magazine. It was the first children's book to feature a sex-working parent. She spends as much time as possible with her fabulous, gender-expansive child.

Today we are traveling to Omaha, Nebraska, to sit down with former sex worker, PHD graduate, TED speaker, and author of the world’s first children’s book featuring a sex working parent, Juniper Fitzgerald. 

How did I get to know Juniper?

It all comes back to Chapter 4 of 3 Books with Sarah Ramsey, who recommended the book How Mamas Love Their Babies to me.

This book is beautiful and evocative and filled with cut and pasted little pictures … and I was absolutely gripped by it. I was totally sucked in, and the mention of the sex working parent happens so gently and subtly.

So I sat down with Juniper in the middle of the Omaha airport and had an extremely educational conversation about important themes like: sex work, the pros and cons of paying for pleasure, decriminalization vs anti-criminalization, the real meaning of ‘consent,’ how to improve self-esteem, why we should teach children about sex, and so much more.

Juniper brings us all sorts of knowledge from her experiences as a mother, a sex worker, and a PhD graduate in sociology with focuses on gender, sexuality, feminist, and queer theories. She was a delight to speak to.

I hope you enjoy Chapter 31 of 3 Books.

  • What is sex work?

  • How should we educate children about sex work?

  • Should sex work be decriminalized?

  • How can we improve our self-esteem?

  • Should we teach children masturbation and how to find their pleasure?

  • Why do we need to make mistakes in order to learn and grow?

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Jun 17, 2019
Chapter 30: Jerry Howarth on branding, bereavement, and Blue Jays baseball
01:02:35

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

For 36 years, Jerry Howarth was the radio broadcaster for the two-time World Series-winning baseball team, the Toronto Blue Jays. Howarth had shared the play-by-play duties with his late longtime broadcast partner Tom Cheek from 1982 until 2005, and then served as the play-by-play announcer until announcing his retirement before the start of spring training 2018. Jerry graduated with a degree in Economics from the University of Santa Clara in 1968, then served two years as an officer in the U.S. Army, and then finally began his decades-long career as a sportscaster. 

Chapter Description:

My friend Drew Dudley once told me that, other than his parents, he hadn’t heard anyone speak to him more in his life than Jerry Howarth

The voice of the Toronto Blue Jays.

I can relate. Growing up I would listen to Jerry Howarth call the Blue Jays games on the radio on long summer drives, with my friends at the park, or just on my clock radio with the “Sleep” timer on as I fell asleep.

I was thrilled to visit the Skydome in downtown Toronto to sit down with Jerry Howarth for Chapter 30 of 3 Books.

We get comfy watching batting practice together with some reggae and dance music in the background.

Why do I love Jerry?

Because for thirty-six years he was a local leader and community-builder who created trust with millions of baseball fans…

In addition to discussing his book Hello Friends, Jerry and I talk about:

How do we build a community? How do we develop authentic connections? How can we learn the art of being objective? And how do we learn to coach leaders from the ground up?

So come join me and Jerry in the front seats of the Skydome just before the game begins.

Welcome to Chapter 30 of 3 Books.

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN:

  • How can you become a “glass overflowing” kind of person? 
  • How can we lose with integrity and grace?
  • What’s most important when it comes to public speaking and emceeing?
  • How can we develop more empathy?
  • How can death unite and connect us with others?
  • Why shouldn’t you wear your religion on your sleeve?
  • Why should you keep background noise in recordings and tapings?
  • How do you take a stand with integrity?
  • What can major league coaches learn from coaching children?
  • What’s the only thing capable of hiding talent?

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Jun 03, 2019
Chapter 29: Michael Harris on queer questions and the quest for quiet
01:42:26

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

 

Michael Harris is the bestselling author of The End of Absence: Reclaiming What We’ve Lost in a World of Constant Connection, which won the 2014 Governor General's Award for English-language non-fiction, and his latest book, Solitude: In Pursuit of a Singular Life in a Crowded World. Harris is a former staff editor for Vancouver Magazine and Western Living, and his writing has also appeared in Wired, Huffington Post, The Globe and Mail, The National Post, and The Walrus. He has been nominated for both the Western Magazine Awards and the National Magazine Awards for his writing. Michael lives with his husband in Vancouver, Canada.

 

Chapter Description:

Loneliness rates have doubled since the 1980s and Vivek Murthy, former US Surgeon General, says loneliness will be the next major epidemic. So if loneliness is being alone and sad … then what’s being alone and happy?

Solitude.

Last year, I picked up an incredible book called Solitude by Michael Harris, bestselling author and winner of the Governor General's Award for his writing. It completely blew me away. Why? Because in our era of endless machine-gun blasts at our brains, I feel strongly that the ability to be alone, and to be alone well, is a muscle that is quickly atrophying.

Michael shares why we need to develop the strength and capacity to live and be by ourselves and how exactly we go about cultivating a rich interior life. I think after this conversation you’ll agree the benefits are enormous and this true “strength of mind” is a crucial aspect of living an intentional life.

For Chapter 29 of 3 Books, I flew to Michael’s home in Vancouver, BC. We discuss: How do we cultivate the area between wakefulness and sleep? What does a healthy media diet look like? Why shouldn’t you talk about anything serious over texts? And how do parents and children navigate the conversation about coming out of the closet?

Welcome to Chapter 29 with Michael Harris.

 

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN:

  • What’s the difference between solitude and loneliness?
  • How do you find love and intimacy in a world of pornography?
  • How can we help children become more self-sufficient?
  • Why can’t you improve your connection with other people until you improve your connection with yourself?
  • How can you prime your brain for creativity?
  • How can we learn to live more intentionally?
  • What is the gateway to help people get into different genres of books?
  • Why is it important to invite ‘weirdness’ into our cultural consumption?
  • Why should you never trust Netflix’s recommendations?
  • How can we avoid miscommunication with people online?
  • Should any books be banned from children, and should we censor content from kids?

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May 18, 2019
Chapter 28: Mark Manson on constant cursing and clearing clutter
02:00:25

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 

Mark Manson is the New York Times and international bestselling author of The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck, with over 6 million in sales in the US alone. His blog, markmanson.net, attracts more than two million readers per month. Mark just released a brand new book titled Everything is F*cked: A Story About Hope, and will be publishing another book, Will Smith's memoir, later this year.

Chapter Description:

Have you by chance heard of a book called The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck?

I’m guessing you have since it’s sold, oh, no big deal, over six million copies over the past three years in the US alone. Is there a bigger book in the world right now? No. There is not. And there hasn’t been a non-fiction book this big and this disruptive in a long, long time… So: Is Mark Manson a one-hit wonder? A one-trick pony? Was the success of his book a total random fluke? His fifteen minutes of fame?

I’m gonna say it straight up.

No.

Absolutely not.

Mark’s first book, and it’s meteoric success, is the ultimate product of an unbelievably large mind which has mastered the art of taking the biggest, densest books on the planet and then simmering, simmering, and simmering them down into beautifully simple, profanity-laced models and stories that hit you like a ton of bricks.

The world is so loud! So busy. So full. Everything is screaming at us to buy this, buy that, do this, do that. And you know what we need in this wild crazy world? We need guides. We need clear voices. We need people to give us simple and practical advice that we can follow and put into place…

Mark Manson is one of those guides for me and millions of others.

So in his cramped hotel room at The Drake Hotel in Toronto, on the eve of his release of his second book Everything is Fucked: A Book About Hope (which is mind-expandingly beautiful), Mark and I go deep, really deep, on how to build trust in an era of clutter, why he swears so much in his writing, why he poo-poos self-help gurus, what is the root problem with the “advertising model”, why Mark played video games for months straight after the success of his first book, and what his writing routines and principles are…

Welcome to Chapter 28 with Mark Manson.

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN:

  • Why is it important to be selfish when it comes to your writing?
  • Why is swearing an important form of self expression?

  • What is the root problem with the “advertising model”?

  • How do we make the most of our time in our short, tiny lives?

  • How are science and spirituality interrelated?

  • How does knowledge from ancient philosophers relate to modern psychology?

  • How do we choose the path that’s most aligned with our morals instead of most profitable?

  • Why is there no such thing as atheism?

  • Why do we need to be more comfortable with quitting?

  • How can you chew on and digest huge, complicated topics?

  • Why should you consider unfollowing all news?

  • How can you read more without losing your free time?

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May 04, 2019
Chapter 27: A #1 ranked 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
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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
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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