One of my very favorite people, the event planner extraordinaire Hannah Kane, who runs Everybody’s Invited, was kind enough to interview me about increasing luck, and posted it here. My new goal for 2014 is to mention Benedict Cumberbatch and kale in every interview.
I haven’t posted what I’ve been reading for several months—okay, for this entire year—primarily because I’ve been immersing myself in plenty academic books, and I want to use this space to recommend books I can’t put down. As fascinating as I found it, I’m not going to recommend The Social Psychology of Power to anyone unless their prescription for Ambien has run out.
One book that I read a few months ago and can’t stop recommending is The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance by David Epstein.
My background in connection
How can you read more? This is something I deal with all the time. I haven’t been reading tons of books lately–I’ve been reading articles from academic journals, chapters from academic books, and articles. But still, when reading is important to you, whether it’s important to you because it’s part of your job, or you’re just aware of how enriching and fulfilling the process of reading is, you always feel like you could be reading more than you currently read. That hour at night before you go to bed just doesn’t cut it.
I am absolutely in love with this
I have a book deal!! Yes, I’ve already posted it elsewhere, but you’re allowed to repeat yourself when it’s a dream you’ve worked really hard to achieve.
My editor at Portfolio/Penguin is Maria Gagliano, who was also the editor of fellow Portlander/personal hero Chris Guillebeau’s first book The Art of Non-Conformity. Because Portfolio is a business imprint and my book is a work of popular psychology, I’ve been analyzing books by Dan Pink and the Heath brothers just to see how they perfect that mix of readability and prescription. Because of all of my analyzing, I’m confident that I have
I’m so proud that Psychology Today magazine has asked me to join their roster of bloggers! Starting today, The Science of Luck will be on the Psychology Today blog network. I’ll repost some of those entries here, and will use this space to discuss other topics.