“Life is a continual process of arrival into who we are.”
– Maria Popova
Founded in 2006 as a weekly email to seven friends, BrainPickings now gets more than 5 million readers per month (!). I read very few blogs regularly, but BrainPickings is one of the few that makes the cut. It’s a treasure trove.
Maria is massively successful, and her output is staggering. None of it’s accidental, and she’s great at teaching what she’s learned.
This episode answers the top-10 most popular questions you all had for Maria, including:
- The single attribute that leads to greatness in any given field
- Required reading and habits for anyone in public office
- How Henry David Thoreau was the first to talk about the dangers of sitting
- Why we must stop referring to our work as “content”
- Listen to it on iTunes.
- Stream by clicking here
- Download as an MP3 by right-clicking here and choosing “save as”.
This podcast is brought to you by Vimeo Pro, which is ideal for entrepreneurs. In fact, a bunch of my start-ups are already using Vimeo Pro. WealthFront uses it to explain how it develops personalized investment portfolios. TaskRabbit uses it to tell the company’s story. Twitter uses it to showcase Periscope. Why are they using it instead of other options out there? Vimeo Pro provides enterprise level video hosting that typically costs thousands of dollars for a tiny fraction of the cost. Features include:
- Gorgeous high-quality playback with no ads
- Up to 20 GB of video storage every week
- Unlimited plays and views
- A fully customizable video player, which can include your company logo, custom outro, and more
You get all this for just $199 per year (that’s only $17 per/mo.) There are no complicated bandwith calculations or hidden fees. Just go to Vimeo.com/business to check it out. If you like it, you can use the promo code “Tim” to get 25% off. This is the deepest discount you will find anywhere for Vimeo Pro.
This podcast is also brought to you by Mizzen + Main. These are the only “dress” shirts I now travel with — fancy enough for important dinners but made from athletic, sweat-wicking material. No more ironing, no more steaming, no more hassle. Click here for the exact shirts I wear most often. Don’t forget to use the code “TIM” at checkout.
QUESTION(S) OF THE DAY: What blogs do you consider a must-read every week? What makes those sites worth your time? Please let me know in the comments.
Scroll below for links and show notes…
Selected Links from the Episode
- Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert
- Working Days by John Steinbeck
- The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert
- Gathering Moss by Robin Wall Kimmerer
- The Journal of Henry David Thoreau by Henry David Thoreau
- Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey
- A Rap on Race by James Baldwin
- On Science, Necessity and the Love of God by Simone Weil
- The Republic by Plato
- On the Move by Oliver Sacks
Mentioned from Brain Pickings
- Vonnegut’s 8 Tips on Writing
- Sontag on Writing
- Dan Gilbert on the Present vs. Future Self
- Van Gogh’s letters to his brother
- Desert Solitaire
- Gathering Moss
- Thoreau’s Journal
- A Rap on Race
- Simone Weil
- Oliver Sacks’s Memoir
- What advice would you give to someone just starting a blog? [4:07]
- You have probably read all the wisdom shared on Brain Pickings. Has this helped you become who you want to be? If not, what is stopping you? [8:45]
- What is the most significant characteristic that distinguishes people who have accomplished greatness in any given field? [11:43]
- How do you decide what to read? What makes something not worth reading? [16:00]
- What book have you read multiple times? [19:23]
- If you could guarantee that every public official or leader read one book and engaged in one habit, what would those be? [24:38]
- How do you turn down invitations that don’t interest you? How do you avoid losing time in your day? [26:05]
Posted on: July 24, 2015.
Please check out Tools of Titans, my new book, which shares the tactics, routines, and habits of billionaires, icons, and world-class performers. It was distilled from more than 10,000 pages of notes, and everything has been vetted and tested in my own life in some fashion. The tips and tricks in Tools of Titans changed my life, and I hope the same for you. Click here for sample chapters, full details, and a Foreword from Arnold Schwarzenegger!