The best 91 Simplify Podcast books

Interested in simplifying your life with insightful podcasts? Our curated book list on the Simplify Podcast topic illuminates key strategies for enhancing productivity and decluttering your mind, making it easier to navigate today's fast-paced world.

Delve into these essential reads to uncover practical tips and transformative insights. Ready to streamline your daily routines and unlock your full potential? Let's dive in and embrace simplicity with these illuminating titles.

The best 91 Simplify Podcast books
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Simplify Podcast Books: The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

The Power of Habit

Charles Duhigg
Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business
4.3 (2,969 ratings)
Listen to the Intro
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What's The Power of Habit about?

The Power of Habit (2012) explains what an important role habits play in our lives, whether they’re good ones, like brushing our teeth and exercising, or bad ones, like smoking. Filled with research-based findings and engaging anecdotes, The Power of Habit not only explains exactly how habits are formed, it provides easy tips for changing habits, both on an individual and an organizational level.

Who should read The Power of Habit?

  • People striving to form good habits, like exercising regularly, or kick bad ones, like eating fast food
  • Anyone interested in how our tendency to form habits is manipulated by companies
  • Anyone who wants to implement new routines in their organizations

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Simplify Podcast Books: Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely

Predictably Irrational

Dan Ariely
The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions
4.5 (420 ratings)
Listen to the Intro
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What's Predictably Irrational about?

Predictably Irrational (2010) explains the fundamentally irrational ways we behave every day. Why do we decide to diet and then give it up as soon as we see a tasty dessert? Why would your mother be offended if you tried to pay her for a Sunday meal she lovingly prepared? Why is pain medication more effective when the patient thinks it is more expensive? The reasons and remedies for these and other irrationalities are explored and explained with studies and anecdotes.

Who should read Predictably Irrational?

  • Anyone who wants to understand why we indulge in irrational behaviors like procrastination, overeating and overpaying, and how we can avoid this
  • Anyone who wants to learn how to counter their innate irrationality and make better decisions
  • Anyone interested in social psychology and people’s decision-making behavior in general

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Simplify Podcast Books: The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

The Happiness Project

Gretchen Rubin
Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun
4.3 (250 ratings)
Listen to the Intro
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What's The Happiness Project about?

What is happiness and how can we bring more of it into our lives? Gretchen Rubin asked herself this question because although she fulfilled all the prerequisites for a happy life – an intact family, a good job and enough money for a rainy day – she found herself frequently unhappy. During her year-long Happiness Project, she read about various techniques and theories on increasing happiness and tried to become happier with their help.

 

Who should read The Happiness Project?

  • Anyone who wants to boost the little bits of happiness in their everyday lives
  • Anyone looking for ideas and theories about happiness
  • Anyone in need of concrete suggestions about how to establish a balance between work, social life, family and self-fulfillment

 

 


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Simplify Podcast Books: Trust Me, I’m Lying by Ryan Holiday

Trust Me, I’m Lying

Ryan Holiday
Confessions of a Media Manipulator
4.1 (123 ratings)
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What's Trust Me, I’m Lying about?

Trust Me, I’m Lying (2012) is an in-depth exposé of today’s news culture, which is primarily channeled through online media sites called blogs. By detailing his experiences with multimillion-dollar public relations campaigns, the author takes us behind the scenes of today’s most popular and influential blogs to paint an unsettling picture of why we shouldn’t believe everything that is labeled as news.

Who should read Trust Me, I’m Lying?

  • Anyone interested in learning how blogs and other online news media work
  • Anyone who wants to know why we should question what we read online
  • Anyone looking to understand how blogs are affecting society

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Simplify Podcast Books: Linchpin by Seth Godin

Linchpin

Seth Godin
Are You Indispensable?
4.4 (216 ratings)
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What's Linchpin about?

Linchpin explains why you should stop being a mindless drone at work and instead become a linchpin – someone who pours their energy into work and is indispensable to the company. It is not only better for your career but it also makes work far more enjoyable and rewarding.

Who should read Linchpin?

  • Anyone who feels they are not giving their all at work each day
  • Anyone worried about their job security
  • Anyone who ever dreamed of doing something more meaningful than the standard 9–5 grind

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Simplify Podcast Books: Making It All Work by David Allen

Making It All Work

David Allen
Winning at the Game of Work and the Business of Life
4.1 (143 ratings)
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What's Making It All Work about?

These blinks build on the principles laid down in David Allen’s previous time-management smash hit, Getting Things Done (also available in blinks). It explains how you can manage your tasks and pursue your meaningful life goals.

Who should read Making It All Work?

  • Anyone who feels like they spend their days doing meaningless tasks
  • Anyone who feels they are not getting any closer to their life goals
  • Anyone who wants to achieve a better work-life balance

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Simplify Podcast Books: Growth Hacker Marketing by Ryan Holiday

Growth Hacker Marketing

Ryan Holiday
A Primer on the Future of PR, Marketing and Advertising
4.2 (117 ratings)
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What's Growth Hacker Marketing about?

Growth Hacker Marketing charts a major departure from traditional marketing practices, relying heavily on the use of user data and smart product design. This book illustrates how today’s top technology companies, such as Dropbox and Instagram, have used this strategy to gain millions of users.

Who should read Growth Hacker Marketing?

  • Anyone looking to build a start-up company
  • Anyone who works in advertising or marketing industries
  • Executives who want to leverage cutting-edge business techniques

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Simplify Podcast Books: Purple Cow by Seth Godin

Purple Cow

Seth Godin
Transform Your Business by Being Remarkable
4.3 (353 ratings)
Listen to the Intro
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What's Purple Cow about?

These blinks explain why traditional marketing no longer works, and why to be successful you need to build Purple Cows, remarkable products and services that stand out of the crowd. They also explain how you can reach your target market once you’ve found your own Purple Cow.

Who should read Purple Cow?

  • Entrepreneurs
  • Marketing professionals and executives who believe that they can survive by not standing out of the crowd
  • Anyone interested in why traditional advertising no longer works

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Simplify Podcast Books: The (Honest) Truth About Dishonesty by Dan Ariely

The (Honest) Truth About Dishonesty

Dan Ariely
How We Lie to Everyone – Especially Ourselves
4.1 (110 ratings)
Listen to the Intro
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What's The (Honest) Truth About Dishonesty about?

Using various experiments to uncover the hidden factors that drive us to cheat in everyday situations, author Dan Ariely finds that certain anticipated motivators – for example, money – actually don’t play a crucial role in our dishonesty. At the same time, other, quite unexpected forces influence us very strongly – for instance, the social acceptability of cheating, and even our altruistic tendencies.

Who should read The (Honest) Truth About Dishonesty?

  • Anyone who considers themselves to be a good, honest and honorable person
  • Anyone interested in the psychology of irrationality
  • Anyone who wonders why people constantly cheat and lie

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Simplify Podcast Books: Eat to Live by Joel Fuhrman

Eat to Live

Joel Fuhrman
The Amazing Nutrient-Rich Program for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss
4.2 (178 ratings)
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What's Eat to Live about?

Eat to Live gives readers a comprehensive overview of human nutrition, a re-evaluation of conventional nutritional wisdom, personal case studies and a practical dietary program with lots of recommendations. The reader can expect to learn about a number of different nutritional studies as well as the health benefits and repercussions of basic foods such as meat, milk, fish, vegetables and fruits.

Who should read Eat to Live?

  • Anyone interested in learning about the link between nutritional science, the modern diet and health
  • Anyone looking for practical advice on losing weight and achieving optimal health

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Simplify Podcast Books: The Obstacle is the Way by Ryan Holiday

The Obstacle is the Way

Ryan Holiday
The Timeless Art of Turning Trials Into Triumph
4.5 (786 ratings)
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What's The Obstacle is the Way about?

In The Obstacle is the Way (2014), Ryan Holiday brings the age-old wisdom of Stoic philosophy up to date. By examining the struggles of historical figures of inspiring resilience, Holiday shows not only how obstacles couldn’t stop them, but more importantly, how these people thrived precisely because of the obstacles. Holiday shows how we can turn obstacles to our advantage, and how we can transform apparent roadblocks into success, both in our businesses and our personal lives.

Who should read The Obstacle is the Way?

  • Anyone working for a business during tough economic times
  • Anyone working at a start-up facing great challenges to get off the ground
  • Anyone who wants to learn how to better deal with inevitable hardships

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Simplify Podcast Books: Sex at Dawn by Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jethá

Sex at Dawn

Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jethá
How we mate, why we stray, and what it means for modern relationships
4.1 (533 ratings)
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What's Sex at Dawn about?

Sex At Dawn argues that the idealization of monogamy in Western societies is essentially incompatible with human nature. The book makes a compelling case for our innately promiscuous nature by exploring the history and evolution of human sexuality, with a strong focus on our primate ancestors and the invention of agriculture. Arguing that our distorted view of sexuality ruins our health and keeps us from being happy, Sex At Dawn explains how returning to a more casual approach to sex could benefit interpersonal relationships and societies in general.

Who should read Sex at Dawn?

  • Anyone who wants to know what kind of sex life is intrinsic to human nature
  • Anyone who has experienced the strains of preserving monogamy over time, and wonders how lifelong relationships can work out
  • Anyone interested in biology and evolutionary psychology

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Simplify Podcast Books: Tribes by Seth Godin

Tribes

Seth Godin
We Need You to Lead Us
4.5 (189 ratings)
Listen to the Intro
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What's Tribes about?

In this book, author Seth Godin reveals the most powerful unit of social organization: the “tribe,” or a group of people connected to a cause, a leader and each other, who together drive change in society. It shows us how we can harness the power of the internet to form and lead our own tribes. Tribes also advocates the universal need for change and leadership, so we can grow as a company or as a society.

Who should read Tribes?

  • Anyone who wants to create a movement to change the status quo
  • Anyone interested in the latest marketing concepts
  • Anyone who wants to learn how to be a great leader




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Simplify Podcast Books: Blinkracy by Ben Hughes and Sebastian Klein

Blinkracy

Ben Hughes and Sebastian Klein
3.8 (12 ratings)
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What's Blinkracy about?

Blinkracy (2015) is all about an innovative organizational approach based on empowering employees and eliminating the need for managers. With insights from the Berlin-based startup Blinkist, which restructured its own workplace using this model, these blinks describe how you can implement it at your own firm.

Who should read Blinkracy?

  • Executives who want their business to be more organic and flexible
  • Startup founders who want to get things right from the very beginning
  • Consultants interested in how to best organize a workplace in the modern business landscape

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Simplify Podcast Books: 10% Happier by Dan Harris

10% Happier

Dan Harris
How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress without Losing My Edge and Found Self-Help That Actually Works
4.3 (387 ratings)
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What's 10% Happier about?

10% Happier demystifies the ancient art of meditation by explaining recent, cutting-edge scientific research into how meditation affects your body and mind. Importantly, it shows you just how valuable meditation can be in coping with the chaos and stress of modern life.

Who should read 10% Happier?

  • Anyone who battles with stress and wants to find a way out
  • Anyone who is skeptical or curious about meditation and how it works
  • Anyone content with their life but could benefit from more happiness

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Simplify Podcast Books: Chasing the Scream by Johann Hari

Chasing the Scream

Johann Hari
The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs
4.6 (38 ratings)
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What's Chasing the Scream about?

Chasing the Scream (2015) gives a riveting account of the first hundred years of the disastrously ineffective War on Drugs. Weaving together fascinating anecdotes, surprising statistics and passionate argumentation, Hari examines the history of the War on Drugs and explains why it’s time to rethink addiction, rehabilitation and drug enforcement.

Who should read Chasing the Scream?

  • Anyone interested in drugs and drug enforcement
  • People who know someone struggling with drug addiction
  • Those considering moving to California just for the medical marijuana card

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Simplify Podcast Books: This Is Your Brain on Music by Daniel Levitin

This Is Your Brain on Music

Daniel Levitin
Understanding a Human Obsession
4.1 (107 ratings)
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What's This Is Your Brain on Music about?

In This is Your Brain on Music (2006), musician and neuroscientist Dr. Daniel J. Levitin illuminates exactly what happens in the brain when people listen to rhythms, timbres and pitches, helping us understand why we’re so profoundly affected by music.

Who should read This Is Your Brain on Music?

  • People curious about what happens in their brain when they listen to music
  • Anyone who wants to learn more about the relationship between psychology and music

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Simplify Podcast Books: Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin

Better Than Before

Gretchen Rubin
Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives
4.1 (314 ratings)
Listen to the Intro
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What's Better Than Before about?

Better Than Before (2015) gives you the strategies to both create and maintain good, healthy habits, and break the habits that don’t serve you.

Who should read Better Than Before?

  • Anyone who wants to pick up and maintain good habits
  • Anyone wishing to kick a bad habit

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Simplify Podcast Books: Yes, And by Kelly Leonard & Tom Yorton

Yes, And

Kelly Leonard & Tom Yorton
How Improvisation Reverses “No, But” Thinking and Improves Creativity and Collaboration
4.3 (70 ratings)
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What's Yes, And about?

Yes, And (2015) shows you how by incorporating the techniques of improvisational comedy to the business world, you can generate better ideas and foster more effective communication, with the ultimate goal of building a team ready to meet any challenge. The authors draw on personal experience from working with leading talents such as Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert and Amy Poehler.

Who should read Yes, And?

  • Entrepreneurs looking to expand their creative skills
  • Business leaders in search of tools to optimize creativity and collaboration
  • Fans of improvisational theatre

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Simplify Podcast Books: 10 Days to Faster Reading by The Princeton Language Institute and Abby Marks Beale

10 Days to Faster Reading

The Princeton Language Institute and Abby Marks Beale
Zip Through Books, Magazines, and Newspapers – Understand and Remember Everything You Read
4.4 (555 ratings)
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What's 10 Days to Faster Reading about?

10 Days to Faster Reading (2001) sets out to help you get through your ever-growing pile of must-read books. By breaking down the mindsets and bad habits that inhibit effective reading and replacing them with highly efficient reading techniques, you’ll be reading faster and retaining more than ever before.

Who should read 10 Days to Faster Reading?

  • Anyone who wants to read faster and remember more of what they read
  • Educators looking for new reading strategies for students
  • College students and bibliophiles

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Simplify Podcast Books: I Know How She Does It by Laura Vanderkam

I Know How She Does It

Laura Vanderkam
How Successful Women Make the Most of Their Time
3.7 (57 ratings)
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What's I Know How She Does It about?

I Know How She Does It (2015) reveals how career-minded women balance work, family and time for themselves. Based on extensive research covering time logs to interviews, these blinks provide practical advice on time management for the modern working mother.

Who should read I Know How She Does It?

  • New mothers seeking advice on how to resume their professional life
  • Working mothers who want to rebuild their careers
  • Managers and employees seeking insight into the juggling act required of their female colleagues

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Simplify Podcast Books: All Marketers Are Liars by Seth Godin

All Marketers Are Liars

Seth Godin
The Underground Classic That Explains How Marketing Really Works – and Why Authenticity Is The Best Marketing of All
4.4 (150 ratings)
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What's All Marketers Are Liars about?

All Marketers Are Liars explains how telling your customers authentic, meaningful stories about your business helps you sell your products and build a strong, long-lasting relationship with them.

Who should read All Marketers Are Liars?

  • Marketers and marketing students
  • Anyone who wants to connect with their customers
  • Anyone who wants to know why wine tastes better in a Riedel glass

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Simplify Podcast Books: The Upside of Irrationality by Dan Ariely

The Upside of Irrationality

Dan Ariely
The Unexpected Benefits of Defying Logic at Work and at Home
4.3 (99 ratings)
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00:00

What's The Upside of Irrationality about?

In The Upside of Irrationality (2011), Dan Ariely uses behavioral economics to show us why we behave irrationally, how it affects our decision-making processes, and what we can do to make better choices.

Who should read The Upside of Irrationality?

  • Psychology and behavioral economics students
  • People who want to know why they act irrationally sometimes
  • People curious about human behavior

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Simplify Podcast Books: The 15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership by Jim Dethmer, Diana Chapman and Kaley Warner Klemp

The 15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership

Jim Dethmer, Diana Chapman and Kaley Warner Klemp
A New Paradigm for Sustainable Success
4.6 (101 ratings)
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What's The 15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership about?

The 15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership (2014) teaches you how to become a conscious leader – a leader who inspires positive change, creates a great work atmosphere and builds close relationships in their personal life. Because leading is about a lot more than just giving orders.

Who should read The 15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership?

  • Leaders who want to create a great work atmosphere
  • People who want to be more productive
  • Those wanting to strengthen their personal relationships

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Simplify Podcast Books: Happier at Home by Gretchen Rubin

Happier at Home

Gretchen Rubin
Kiss More, Jump More, Abandon Self-Control, and My Other Experiments in Everyday Life
4.0 (110 ratings)
Listen to the Intro
00:00

What's Happier at Home about?

Happier at Home (2012) is a guide to transforming your home into a sanctuary that reflects your family’s personality. By helping you identify both your and your family’s needs, this book gives you everything you need to start changing your home and family life for the better.

Who should read Happier at Home?

  • Anyone who wants to build the best environment for their family
  • People striving to be happier

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Simplify Podcast Books: Super Immunity by Joel Fuhrman

Super Immunity

Joel Fuhrman
The Essential Nutrition Guide for Boosting Your Body’s Defenses to Live Longer, Stronger and Disease Free
4.0 (301 ratings)
Listen to the Intro
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What's Super Immunity about?

Super Immunity (2011) reveals the secret to a better, stronger immune system and healthier body: superfoods. These blinks shed light on the shortcomings of modern medicine and teach you how to take advantage of the healing powers of plant foods rich in nutrients and phytochemicals.

Who should read Super Immunity?

  • People tired of suffering from colds and flu
  • Individuals interested in alternatives to antibiotics and prescription medicine
  • Anybody keen on boosting their health the natural way

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Simplify Podcast Books: It Starts With Food by Dallas Hartwig and Melissa Hartwig

It Starts With Food

Dallas Hartwig and Melissa Hartwig
Discover the WHOLE30 and Change Your Life in Unexpected Ways
3.6 (76 ratings)
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What's It Starts With Food about?

It Starts With Food (2012) gives you the inside scoop on the profound effects food can have on your body and well-being. Importantly, these blinks explain how you can alter your diet to both lose weight and feel better, body and soul.

Who should read It Starts With Food?

  • People interested in improving their overall health
  • Dieters who have tried everything
  • Busy executives seeking to eat more healthily

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Simplify Podcast Books: The Coaching Habit by Michael Bungay Stanier

The Coaching Habit

Michael Bungay Stanier
Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way You Lead Forever
4.5 (758 ratings)
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What's The Coaching Habit about?

The Coaching Habit (2016) breaks down the elements of coaching and explains how to coach effectively. Contrary to what you might think, coaching isn’t about giving advice but instead about guiding employees to find their way to success. These blinks show how you too can become a great coach.

Who should read The Coaching Habit?

  • Managers and supervisors
  • Anyone who leads a team
  • Employees looking to improve their performance

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Simplify Podcast Books: You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero

You Are a Badass

Jen Sincero
How To Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life
4.2 (688 ratings)
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What's You Are a Badass about?

You Are a Badass (2013) is your guide to living life to the fullest. Sincero provides an analysis of exactly what’s holding you back and provides powerful strategies geared toward breaking bad habits so that you can truly live out your dreams.

Become the badass you always wanted to be.

Who should read You Are a Badass?

  • People stuck in jobs that they hate
  • Readers looking for new strategies to tackle self-doubt
  • Anyone seeking motivation to make a serious life change

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Simplify Podcast Books: Smarter Faster Better by Charles Duhigg

Smarter Faster Better

Charles Duhigg
The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business
4.1 (425 ratings)
Listen to the Intro
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What's Smarter Faster Better about?

Smarter Faster Better (2016) combines personal stories and business research to show that being productive isn’t just about managing your to-do list, but about making the right choices and maintaining the right mindset. These blinks offer advice on how to stay motivated, keep yourself on track and work in teams effectively to maximize your creativity, productivity and success.

Who should read Smarter Faster Better?

  • Leaders looking to motivate a team
  • Business people who want to energize a company or employees
  • Anyone with a serious, long-term goal

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Simplify Podcast Books: Ego is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday

Ego is the Enemy

Ryan Holiday
The Fight to Master Our Greatest Opponent
4.4 (842 ratings)
Listen to the Intro
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What's Ego is the Enemy about?

Ego is the Enemy (2016) outlines the dangers of egotism and the strategies we can use to rein in our pride, using historical and cultural examples. From finding a mentor to learning how to delegate tasks, these blinks show us why staying grounded can secure future success.

Who should read Ego is the Enemy?

  • Anyone who has been told that they’re arrogant or proud
  • Successful business people feeling uneasy about their newfound fame
  • Managers interested in how the ego impacts our work lives

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Simplify Podcast Books: The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin

The Four Tendencies

Gretchen Rubin
The Indispensable Personality Profiles That Reveal How to Make Your Life Better (and Other People’s Lives Better, Too)
4.4 (255 ratings)
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What's The Four Tendencies about?

The Four Tendencies (2017) reveals the four personality types that dictate how people react to the expectations in their daily lives. Expanding on the first chapter to her book on habit Better Than Before, Rubin provides insight and advice to help you understand your own tendencies, as well as those of the people you live and work with.

Who should read The Four Tendencies?

  • Parents and teachers who want to have better communication skills
  • Managers and supervisors hoping to improve employee relations
  • Anyone who wants to live a more productive, happier life

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Simplify Podcast Books: The All-or-Nothing Marriage by Eli J. Finkel

The All-or-Nothing Marriage

Eli J. Finkel
How the Best Marriages Work
3.7 (157 ratings)
Listen to the Intro
00:00

What's The All-or-Nothing Marriage about?

The All-or-Nothing Marriage (2017) shows us the many ways in which the institution of marriage has changed over the years. Supported by a wealth of data and sociological studies, these blinks explain what makes the best marriages work and what causes the vulnerable ones to fall apart.

Who should read The All-or-Nothing Marriage?

  • Married people
  • Couples considering marriage
  • Singles who want to improve their relationship skills

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Simplify Podcast Books: The Whole-Brain Child by Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson

The Whole-Brain Child

Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson
12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind
4.5 (460 ratings)
Listen to the Intro
00:00

What's The Whole-Brain Child about?

The Whole-Brain Child (2011) is a parent’s guide to understanding children’s minds. These blinks explain how to help your child integrate various aspects of his or her brain and develop into a mentally well-rounded human.

Who should read The Whole-Brain Child?

  • Parents and expecting parents
  • Anyone with an interest in intricacies of the human brain
  • Teachers and coaches of all types

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Simplify Podcast Books: Weaponized Lies by Daniel J. Levitin

Weaponized Lies

Daniel J. Levitin
Critical Thinking in the Information Age
3.7 (205 ratings)
Listen to the Intro
00:00

What's Weaponized Lies about?

Weaponized Lies (2016) is a user’s manual for today’s news media. It teaches you various skills that will help you to analyze the vast amount of information you encounter when skimming the internet or watching the news. Take time to learn what’s real and what’s fake, so you won’t get duped.

Who should read Weaponized Lies?

  • Any consumer of news media
  • Media studies and journalism students
  • Conspiracy theory aficionados

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Simplify Podcast Books: Quiet Power by Susan Cain, with Gregory Mone and Erica Moroz

Quiet Power

Susan Cain, with Gregory Mone and Erica Moroz
The Secret Strengths of Introverts
3.9 (167 ratings)
Listen to the Intro
00:00

What's Quiet Power about?

Quiet Power (2016) explains why adolescents struggle with introversion and explores how an aversion to socializing can make it challenging to form friendships, complete schoolwork and fulfill social obligations. These blinks offer a number of different techniques that introverts can use to make these situations bearable and turn their so-called weakness into a straightforward advantage.

Who should read Quiet Power?

  • Teachers, students and parents
  • Child psychologists
  • Introverts

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Simplify Podcast Books: The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck by Sarah Knight

The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck

Sarah Knight
How to Stop Spending Time You Don’t Have with People You Don’t Like Doing Things You Don’t Want to Do
3.1 (172 ratings)
Listen to the Intro
00:00

What's The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck about?

The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck (2015) is your definitive guide to freeing up your time, money and energy. These blinks teach you how to stop caring about the things that don’t serve you so you can focus your attention on the parts of life that bring you joy.  

Who should read The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck?

  • People tired of other people’s nonsense
  • Anybody anxious or stressed out by everyday life
  • Anyone who wants to be happier and healthier

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Simplify Podcast Books: You Are a Badass at Making Money by Jen Sincero

You Are a Badass at Making Money

Jen Sincero
Master the Mindset of Wealth
3.6 (289 ratings)
Listen to the Intro
00:00

What's You Are a Badass at Making Money about?

You Are a Badass at Making Money (2017) offers a fresh and exciting perspective on what it takes to bring home the big bucks. Yes, you too can be a money-making maestro once you improve your mind-set and understand the energy of money. So stop making excuses and fooling yourself that only evil people are rich. Unlock your inner badass and open the door to success!

Who should read You Are a Badass at Making Money?

  • The unemployed and underpaid
  • Readers who want more badassery in their lives
  • Anyone looking for motivation and inspiration

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Simplify Podcast Books: American Savage by Dan Savage

American Savage

Dan Savage
Insights, Slights and Fights on Faith, Sex, Love and Politics
4.0 (35 ratings)
Listen to the Intro
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What's American Savage about?

American Savage (2014) explores some of the most contentious social and political issues in the US today, ranging from religion to gay rights, and from health care to education. It offers a fresh, humorous and unconventional perspective on today’s most divisive subjects, while also sounding a rallying cry to fight oppression and stand up for human rights.

This is a Blinkist staff pick

“Podcast fans will no doubt know Savage from shows like This American Life and his own wildly popular podcast, Savage Love. His unflinching, playful style provokes honest thought about gender, orientation, love, sex, and why we all have a blinkered view of what constitutes a healthy relationship. Read, think, enjoy — and never, ever Google “Santorum”. ”

– Carrie, Managing Editor of Blinkist Magazine

Who should read American Savage?

  • Advocates of LGBT issues
  • Partners looking for relationship and sex advice
  • Readers interested in health care, gun laws and gay rights

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Simplify Podcast Books: Perennial Seller by Ryan Holiday

Perennial Seller

Ryan Holiday
The Art of Making and Marketing Work that Lasts
4.0 (40 ratings)
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00:00

What's Perennial Seller about?

Perennial Seller (2017) explains how to ensure that great creative work also succeeds in the market. These blinks not only demonstrate how to generate success for a particular project, but also how to secure continued long-term success for yourself as a creative individual.

Who should read Perennial Seller?

  • Creative types
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Dreamers with high ambitions but low success rates

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Simplify Podcast Books: Better Sex Through Mindfulness by Lori A. Brotto

Better Sex Through Mindfulness

Lori A. Brotto
How Women Can Cultivate Desire
4.2 (222 ratings)
Listen to the Intro
00:00

What's Better Sex Through Mindfulness about?

Focusing on women, Better Sex Through Mindfulness (2018) explores why stress and a lack of attentiveness are the root causes for many sexual problems, and shows how mindfulness can help all women be more satisfied, both inside and outside the bedroom.

Who should read Better Sex Through Mindfulness?

  • Women struggling to stay in the moment during sex
  • Women who experience physical or psychological pain as a result of sex
  • Sexual partners who want to improve their sex lives through mindfulness

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Simplify Podcast Books: Unscrewed by Jaclyn Friedman

Unscrewed

Jaclyn Friedman
Women, Sex, Power, and How to Stop Letting the System Screw Us All
3.8 (29 ratings)
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00:00

What's Unscrewed about?

Unscrewed (2017) looks at the numerous obstacles that women face every day on their path to equality and respect. Author Jaclyn Friedman shows the way forward. She shines a light on those who are already hard at work dismantling these barriers and explains why even though the current system may be imbalanced, but we can build a new one.

Who should read Unscrewed?

  • Women and men interested in sexual politics
  • Sociology students
  • Readers who want to be better sex educators

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Simplify Podcast Books: What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast by Laura Vanderkam

What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast

Laura Vanderkam
And Two Other Short Guides to Achieving More at Work and Home
4.3 (1,018 ratings)
Listen to the Intro
00:00

What's What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast about?

What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast (2013) is a guide to the early hours. Packed with useful tips drawn from the lives of today’s highfliers, it lays out an actionable plan that’ll help you design and implement your perfect morning routine. Do that, and you’ll find time for the things that matter most to you. Even better – once you’ve mastered a few time-management skills and revolutionized your mornings, you’ll be set to boost your work performance and get the most out of your weekends.

Who should read What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast?

  • Managers
  • Parents
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Busy bees

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Simplify Podcast Books: How to be Heard by Julian Treasure

How to be Heard

Julian Treasure
Secrets for Powerful Speaking and Listening
3.7 (191 ratings)
Listen to the Intro
00:00

What's How to be Heard about?

How to be Heard (2017) identifies proven ways to become a powerful speaker, the kind that commands people’s attention and keeps them hanging on your every word. Author Julian Treasure also examines the steps people can take to improve their listening skills, allowing them to better understand what’s being said and making the listener feel that they’re being heard. These tips can help improve both communication skills and our most important relationships.

Who should read How to be Heard?

  • Couples who want to repair their relationships through better listening
  • Readers eager to overcome their fear of public speaking
  • Managers and leaders who want to inspire people with their words

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Simplify Podcast Books: The Whole30 by Melissa Hartwig and Dallas Hartwig

The Whole30

Melissa Hartwig and Dallas Hartwig
The 30-Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom
3.4 (88 ratings)
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00:00

What's The Whole30 about?

The Whole30 (2015) is a dietary program aimed at improving your health and general well-being. It’s based on the idea that, by cutting out certain harmful food groups and reintroducing others, you can find a diet that works for you.

Who should read The Whole30?

  • Nutritional therapists and health enthusiasts
  • Anyone suffering from lifestyle diseases such as diabetes or high blood pressure
  • Cooks eager to experiment with healthier recipes

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Simplify Podcast Books: Poke the Box by Seth Godin

Poke the Box

Seth Godin
When Was the Last Time You Did Something for the First Time?
4.3 (77 ratings)
Listen to the Intro
00:00

What's Poke the Box about?

Poke the Box (2015) dives deep into today’s connected economy, where initiative and innovation are more important than financial capital or prestige. If you want to embrace innovation and be the first to stick your neck out with a new idea, you must overcome your fear of failure and keep bouncing back when you get knocked down. This is a handbook for those who need a push to take their ideas off the drawing board and into the real world.

Who should read Poke the Box?

  • Creative types and marketing executives
  • Entrepreneurs and advertisers
  • Anyone with a great idea or dream project that they wish to pursue

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Simplify Podcast Books: How Luck Happens by Janice Kaplan and Barnaby Marsh

How Luck Happens

Janice Kaplan and Barnaby Marsh
Using the Science of Luck to Transform Work, Love and Life
4.3 (194 ratings)
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00:00

What's How Luck Happens about?

How Luck Happens (2018) debunks the myth that luck is something we have zero control over, revealing that we certainly can influence the level of luckiness in our lives. Packed with examples and practical advice, this book shows how luck can be improved in the workplace as well as the dating scene.

Who should read How Luck Happens?

  • Those who are tired of waiting for luck to find them
  • People hoping to improve their success in work, love or family
  • Anyone who wants to beat the competition

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Simplify Podcast Books: Lost Connections by Johann Hari

Lost Connections

Johann Hari
Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression – and the Unexpected Solutions
4.6 (346 ratings)
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00:00

What's Lost Connections about?

Lost Connections (2018) takes you on a historical and scientific journey that dispels many of the lingering myths surrounding depression and the reasons it touches so many of us. Along the way, author Johann Hari introduces readers to the cutting-edge advancements being made by those looking into new solutions for depression and anxiety.

Who should read Lost Connections?

  • Students of psychology, mental health and social work
  • Readers experiencing depression and eager for solutions
  • Friends and loved ones of those with depression or anxiety

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Simplify Podcast Books: Dollars and Sense by Dan Ariely and Jeff Kreisler

Dollars and Sense

Dan Ariely and Jeff Kreisler
How We Misthink Money and How to Spend Smarter
4.3 (137 ratings)
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00:00

What's Dollars and Sense about?

We use money every day to take care of bills and purchase the things we need to get by in life, yet rarely seem to think rationally about spending it. Dollars and Sense (2017) explores the irrational human nature that leads to bad spending habits, why we’re so bad at saving money and how to resolve this all too human shortcoming.

Who should read Dollars and Sense?

  • People who struggle to manage their money
  • Bargain hunters
  • Young people thinking about saving

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Simplify Podcast Books: A Really Good Day by Ayelet Waldman

A Really Good Day

Ayelet Waldman
How Microdosing Made a Mega Difference in My Mood, My Marriage, and My Life
4.2 (110 ratings)
Listen to the Intro
00:00

What's A Really Good Day about?

A Really Good Day (2018) is the true story of one writer’s attempt to tackle her struggles with depression and mood disorder through a novel – and illegal – remedy: microdoses of LSD. Charting her experiment with the drug over 30 days, Ayelet Waldman explores her reactions and discovers a newfound sense of serenity in her everyday life. At the same time, A Really Good Day is a broader exploration of the history of LSD, the myths that surround it and society’s attitudes toward legal and illegal drugs.

Who should read A Really Good Day?

  • People interested in new ways to treat depression and mood-disorder
  • Readers skeptical about traditional medication for depression
  • Those interested in drug policy and legalization

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Simplify Podcast Books: The Yes Brain by Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson

The Yes Brain

Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson
How to Cultivate Courage, Curiosity and Resilience in Your Child
4.2 (200 ratings)
Listen to the Intro
00:00

What's The Yes Brain about?

The Yes Brain (2018) is a hands-on guide to teaching yourself and your kids to approach the world with openness, creativity and boundless curiosity. Packed full of useful tips, examples and ideas, this book shows parents how to model and cultivate the traits that let you say “yes” to the world: balance, resilience, insight and empathy. And that doesn’t just give children better self-control and awareness; it also puts them on the path to meaningful and successful lives.

Who should read The Yes Brain?

  • Parents worried about their child’s selfishness
  • Anyone who works with children
  • Anyone looking for a mindful solution to everyday problems

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Simplify Podcast Books: Off the Clock by Laura Vanderkam

Off the Clock

Laura Vanderkam
Feel Less Busy While Getting More Done
4.4 (127 ratings)
Listen to the Intro
00:00

What's Off the Clock about?

Off the Clock (2018) gives practical advice on how to get more out of your time, from freeing up your busy schedule to achieving more work in shorter intervals. Using personal anecdotes as well as scientific insights, Vanderkam explores why some of us feel like we have all the time in the world, while others feel as though time is slipping through their fingers.

In an exclusive blink, Laura Vanderkam explains what you can do today to feel less busy and get more done.

Who should read Off the Clock?

  • Anyone struggling with time management
  • Workaholics looking for productivity tips
  • Psychology enthusiasts looking for new insights

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Simplify Podcast Books: The Icarus Deception by Seth Godin

The Icarus Deception

Seth Godin
How High Will You Fly?
4.4 (93 ratings)
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00:00

What's The Icarus Deception about?

The Icarus Deception (2012) takes aim at a myth as old as the ancient Greeks – that aiming high is bound to end in tears. Icarus might have flown too close to the sun, but we usually forget that he was also warned not to fly too low. Why does that matter? Well, we’re living in a new economy in which maintaining altitude on cruise control just won’t cut it. The new, global and connected economy is here to stay, and once “safe” jobs are being automated. Those who want to thrive better set their sights high. And that means one thing above all: living and working creatively.

Who should read The Icarus Deception?

  • Entrepreneurs
  • Dreamers
  • Artists

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Simplify Podcast Books: Conspiracy by Ryan Holiday

Conspiracy

Ryan Holiday
Peter Thiel, Hulk Hogan, Gawker, and the Anatomy of Intrigue
4.3 (64 ratings)
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00:00

What's Conspiracy about?

Conspiracy (2017) reveals the incredible true story behind the downfall of one of America’s most controversial media outlets. The author explores the motivations and machinations of billionaire Peter Thiel, who conspired against Gawker Media, and details the dramatic courtroom trial that saw wrestler Hulk Hogan win millions in damages against the world’s most notorious gossip website.

Who should read Conspiracy?

  • Anyone interested in current affairs
  • Media buffs interested in journalism
  • Business students wanting strategy tips

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Simplify Podcast Books: Get Your Sh*t Together by Sarah Knight

Get Your Sh*t Together

Sarah Knight
A No F*cks Given Guide
4.0 (438 ratings)
Listen to the Intro
00:00

What's Get Your Sh*t Together about?

Get Your Sh*t Together (2016) is a frank and practical guide to sorting your life out. From dealing with anxiety to exercise regimens, from your relationship to your career, these blinks will help you achieve your goals and get more out of your life.

Who should read Get Your Sh*t Together?

  • Anyone struggling to achieve their goals
  • Those looking for help with time management
  • People struggling with stress and anxiety

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Simplify Podcast Books: Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics by Dan Harris, Jeff Warren and Carlye Adler

Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics

Dan Harris, Jeff Warren and Carlye Adler
A 10% Happier How-To-Book
4.5 (182 ratings)
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00:00

What's Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics about?

Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics (2017) is a down-to-earth beginner’s guide to meditation – especially for those skeptics among us who think that meditation is a lot of new age hooey. Dan Harris presents readers with a firsthand account of how even people with restless minds and no time to spare can start experiencing the scientifically proven benefits of meditation.

Who should read Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics?

  • Professionals seeking serenity
  • Anyone pursuing happiness
  • Amateur meditators

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Simplify Podcast Books: No-Drama Discipline by Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson

No-Drama Discipline

Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson
The Whole-Brain Way to Calm the Chaos and Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind
4.5 (347 ratings)
Listen to the Intro
00:00

What's No-Drama Discipline about?

No-Drama Discipline (2014) provides a fresh approach to disciplining children by emphasizing the importance of teaching over punishment. Based on neuroscience, this method reduces drama and guides parents on how to build a deeper relationship with their children.

Who should read No-Drama Discipline?

  • Parents who are tired of yelling at their misbehaving kids
  • Therapists, educators, counselors or coaches working with children
  • People interested in mind development

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Simplify Podcast Books: This Is Marketing by Seth Godin

This Is Marketing

Seth Godin
You Can't Be Seen Until You Learn to See
4.5 (473 ratings)
Listen to the Intro
00:00

What's This Is Marketing about?

This Is Marketing (2018) begins with a provocative premise: the landscape of marketing has dramatically shifted in the past few decades, but we haven’t updated our thinking about it accordingly. Our mental model still places advertising at the center of the marketing universe – but in the age of the internet, that no longer makes sense. A new philosophy is needed.

Who should read This Is Marketing?

  • Marketing mavens looking for new ideas and inspiration
  • Marketing skeptics waiting to be won over to the discipline
  • Marketing opponents wanting to protect themselves against manipulation

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Simplify Podcast Books: My Morning Routine by Benjamin Spall and Michael Xander

My Morning Routine

Benjamin Spall and Michael Xander
How Successful People Start Every Day Inspired
4.1 (1,352 ratings)
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00:00

What's My Morning Routine about?

Based on the authors’ interviews with 64 of today’s most successful people, My Morning Routine (2018) is a practical guide for would-be early birds. Yes, it’s easy to live in fear of your alarm clock and worship at the altar of your phone’s slumber function, but it doesn’t have to be this way. Mornings don’t need to be traumatic at all. What’s more, finding the right routine for the early hours will change your whole day for the better.

Who should read My Morning Routine?

  • The sleep-deprived
  • Ambitious self-starters looking to boost their productivity
  • Parents struggling to adapt to a new morning routine

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Simplify Podcast Books: White Fragility  by Robin DiAngelo

White Fragility

Robin DiAngelo
Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism
4.3 (276 ratings)
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00:00

What's White Fragility about?

White Fragility (2018) aims to do exactly what its subtitle says: to explain why white people find it so difficult to talk about racism, particularly within an American context. The answers are surprisingly complicated and illuminating, as they tie together some of the darkest strands of American history with the most fundamental ideologies of American society.

Who should read White Fragility ?

  • White people who feel uncomfortable talking about racism  
  • People of color who wonder why white people are so uncomfortable talking about racism
  • Antiracism advocates who want to better understand that discomfort

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Simplify Podcast Books: I'm Judging You by Luvvie Ajayi

I'm Judging You

Luvvie Ajayi
The Do-Better Manual
2.7 (25 ratings)
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00:00

What's I'm Judging You about?

I’m Judging You (2016) provides a uniquely humorous take on all the ways modern society can produce annoying, absurd and downright terrible people. Whether it’s misusing hashtags on social media or being an unbearable sexist monster, author Luvvie Ajayi is ready to call out their awfulness and provide readers with some pointers on how to avoid her judgemental wrath.

Who should read I'm Judging You?

  • Anyone looking to get more woke
  • People fed up with racism and sexism
  • Readers who want a humorous take on American society

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Simplify Podcast Books: The Daily Stoic by Ryan Holiday & Stephen Hanselman

The Daily Stoic

Ryan Holiday & Stephen Hanselman
366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance and the Art of Living
4.7 (970 ratings)
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00:00

What's The Daily Stoic about?

The Daily Stoic (2016) is a collection of daily meditations drawn from the wisdom of the Stoic philosophers who lived in the Roman Empire. The writings of Emperor Marcus Aurelius, the playwright Seneca and slave-turned-philosopher Epictetus all provide thoughtful material for the authors to refashion and refresh. These blinks promote self-reflection, while encouraging the reader to value serenity and life itself.

Who should read The Daily Stoic?

  • Wallflowers lacking self-confidence
  • Exhausted workers looking for new perspectives and a sense of purpose
  • Platonists and students of philosophy

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Simplify Podcast Books: Outer Order, Inner Calm by Gretchen Rubin

Outer Order, Inner Calm

Gretchen Rubin
Declutter and Organize to Make More Room for Happiness
4.2 (239 ratings)
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00:00

What's Outer Order, Inner Calm about?

Outer Order, Inner Calm (2019) explains how you can declutter your home and keep it neat and beautiful. Exploring the reasons why orderly surroundings are so important for our wellbeing, these blinks offer practical tips and advice on how to overcome messiness for good.

Who should read Outer Order, Inner Calm?

  • Anyone wanting to take back control of their life
  • Neat freaks looking for new tips
  • Homeowners hoping to organize their homes better

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Simplify Podcast Books: The Dip by Seth Godin

The Dip

Seth Godin
A Little Book That Teaches You When to Quit (and When to Stick)
4.3 (204 ratings)
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00:00

What's The Dip about?

The Dip (2007) is about the common struggle we all face when we undertake an ambitious project or embark on a new career. As author Seth Godin points out, we can greatly increase our chances of success by preparing for the inevitable dip into difficult and trying times. By making tough choices, avoiding distractions and setting priorities, you can be well-equipped to persevere and come out stronger than you were before.

Who should read The Dip?

  • Entrepreneurs
  • Ambitious people
  • People who have trouble finishing projects

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Simplify Podcast Books: Burnout by Emily Nagoski and Amelia Nagoski

Burnout

Emily Nagoski and Amelia Nagoski
The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle
4.0 (269 ratings)
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00:00

What's Burnout about?

Burnout (2019) offers women an honest and practical look at the causes of their everyday stress and anxiety and the different ways in which science can help. Since women continue to face a very different set of expectations to men, it stands to reason that women also deal with a different form of burnout. Authors Emily and Amelia Nagoski offer scientific, as well as personal, insight into what’s really going on and what women can do to not only persist but thrive in the modern world.

Who should read Burnout?

  • Women facing daily burnout
  • Anyone tired of living up to impossible expectations
  • People in need of stress management tips

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Simplify Podcast Books: Stillness Is the Key by Ryan Holiday

Stillness Is the Key

Ryan Holiday
4.6 (2,970 ratings)
Listen to the Intro
00:00

What's Stillness Is the Key about?

Stillness Is the Key (2019) shows us the importance of stillness – the ability to think clearly, avoid distraction, conquer impulses, and find happiness. Drawing on wisdom from history’s greatest philosophers, and on the habits of outstanding athletes, leaders, and artists, these blinks show how achieving stillness is a powerful way to find contentedness and success in life. 

Who should read Stillness Is the Key?

  • Frazzled people seeking to escape the constant distractions of modern life
  • Busy people who need more balance, calm, and focus
  • Fast movers who want to slow down

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Simplify Podcast Books: Joyful by Ingrid Fetell Lee

Joyful

Ingrid Fetell Lee
The Surprising Power of Ordinary Things to Create Extraordinary Happiness
4.0 (94 ratings)
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00:00

What's Joyful about?

Joyful (2018) embraces aspects of color, shape, playfulness and whimsy that surround us in everyday life. These blinks make a positive case for the role that design and architecture can play in making lives more happy and joyful.

Who should read Joyful?

  • Designers 
  • DIY enthusiasts
  • New homeowners or renters

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Simplify Podcast Books: The Loop Approach by Sebastian Klein, Ben Hughes

The Loop Approach

Sebastian Klein, Ben Hughes
How to Transform Your Organization from the Inside Out
3.9 (97 ratings)
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00:00

What's The Loop Approach about?

The Loop Approach (2019) presents a systematic approach to the transformation of organizations. Its toolkit of ideas and methods is designed to help even the largest organization change its bad habits, thus enabling it to adapt to the challenges of the future. 

Who should read The Loop Approach?

  • Business leaders looking for ways to update their company structures
  • Teams aiming to work more effectively as a group
  • Entrepreneurs wishing to establish organizations that are forward-looking

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Simplify Podcast Books: Successful Aging by Daniel J. Levitin

Successful Aging

Daniel J. Levitin
A Neuroscientist Explores the Power and Potential of Our Lives.
4.5 (214 ratings)
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00:00

What's Successful Aging about?

Successful Aging (2020) turns the idea that old age is a time of inevitable decline and discomfort on its head. Daniel J. Levitin gives us insight into the neuroscience of aging and, along the way, a bunch of tips about how we can not only cope with aging, but actually appreciate it as a unique life phase.

Who should read Successful Aging?

  • Anyone who plans on aging
  • Friends, partners, and family of an aging loved one
  • Neuroscience buffs

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Simplify Podcast Books: Good Reasons for Bad Feelings by Randolph M. Nesse

Good Reasons for Bad Feelings

Randolph M. Nesse
Insights from the Frontier of Evolutionary Psychiatry
4.3 (130 ratings)
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00:00

What's Good Reasons for Bad Feelings about?

Good Reasons for Bad Feelings (2018) bridges the gap between evolutionary biology and psychiatry by answering some pressing questions about why we feel the way we do. By focusing on our evolutionary development, we can better understand where many of our most instinctual feelings, moods and emotions come from, and how we can better treat our disorders when they arise.

Who should read Good Reasons for Bad Feelings?

  • Anyone affected by mental disorders
  • People who want to better understand how the mind works
  • Students of psychiatry and medicine

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Simplify Podcast Books: With the End in Mind by Kathryn Mannix

With the End in Mind

Kathryn Mannix
Dying, Death and Wisdom in an Age of Denial
4.3 (91 ratings)
Listen to the Intro
00:00

What's With the End in Mind about?

With the End Mind (2017) provides a powerful antidote to the fear, ignorance and misunderstanding that surrounds death in contemporary culture. Through observations and personal reflections, it tells the poignant stories of some terminally ill patients with whom the author has worked over her three-decade career as a palliative care doctor. 

Who should read With the End in Mind?

  • Friends and family members of people with terminal illnesses
  • Fans of emotionally moving medical stories 
  • Anyone with a fear of death

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Simplify Podcast Books: Drop the Ball by Tiffany Dufu

Drop the Ball

Tiffany Dufu
Achieving More by Doing Less
3.6 (64 ratings)
Listen to the Intro
00:00

What's Drop the Ball about?

Drop the Ball (2017) is a guide to living that makes the simple argument that you don’t have to do it all to have it all. Part memoir and part manifesto, the title provides a new approach to life for modern women.

Who should read Drop the Ball?

  • Young women breaking into the working world
  • Mothers still striving for professional success
  • Anyone interested in advocating gender equality

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Simplify Podcast Books: We Are All Weird by Seth Godin

We Are All Weird

Seth Godin
The Rise of Tribes and the End of Normal
4.4 (221 ratings)
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00:00

What's We Are All Weird about?

We Are All Weird (2011) takes aim at the one-size-fits-all mentality that underlies much of our culture. For too long, marketers, manufacturers, and the media have approached the world as if all people were the same. With this perceptive manifesto, Seth Godin unravels the myth of the mass market, arguing that humanity is much more diverse, eccentric, and weird than it seems.  

Who should read We Are All Weird?

  • Entrepreneurs and advertisers eager to reach niche audiences
  • Cultural critics looking to understand our zany zeitgeist 
  • Weirdos, oddballs, and misfits everywhere

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Simplify Podcast Books: The Power of Showing Up by Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson

The Power of Showing Up

Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson
How Parental Presence Shapes Who Our Kids Become and How Their Brains Get Wired
4.5 (437 ratings)
Listen to the Intro
00:00

What's The Power of Showing Up about?

The Power of Showing Up (2020) is a guide to doing one of the most essential things when it comes to raising well-adjusted children – being fully present for them. From providing a safe haven to helping cope with life’s hurdles, parents and caregivers can learn how to build strong bonds with their children that will encourage them to feel confident and secure as they step out into the world.

Who should read The Power of Showing Up?

  • Hands-on parents who want to feel empowered and connected to their children
  • Teachers and caregivers looking to become better equipped to support children
  • Students and educators in the field of child psychology

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Simplify Podcast Books: Free Prize Inside by Seth Godin

Free Prize Inside

Seth Godin
The Next Big Marketing Idea
4.4 (122 ratings)
Listen to the Intro
00:00

What's Free Prize Inside about?

Free Prize Inside (2004) provides practical answers to one of the most pressing questions facing marketers, entrepreneurs, and business owners today: In a world where people no longer pay attention to traditional advertising, how can you stand out from the crowd and reach your audience? Seth Godin shows that by tapping into the power of small-scale innovations, you can make your product, service, or company so remarkable, it will generate enough buzz to break through the noise of modern life. 

Who should read Free Prize Inside?

  • Entrepreneurs seeking their next big idea  
  • Marketers searching for alternatives to traditional advertising 
  • Business owners wanting to give their product or service an edge

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Simplify Podcast Books: You Do You by Sarah Knight

You Do You

Sarah Knight
How to Be Who You Are and Use What You’ve Got to Get What You Want
4.0 (304 ratings)
Listen to the Intro
00:00

What's You Do You about?

You Do You (2017) is part broadside against the enforcers of silly norms and part invitation to rethink our relationships with ourselves. Packed with no-nonsense truth-telling, these blinks suggest that whatever you’ve been told to the contrary, there’s nothing wrong with being you – warts and all. In fact, Sarah Knight argues, embracing your true self is the surest path to getting what you want out of life. 

Who should read You Do You?

  • Individualists and contrarians 
  • Conformists tired of living by the rules
  • Freedom fighters in search of happiness

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Simplify Podcast Books: The No Contact Rule by Natalie Lue

The No Contact Rule

Natalie Lue
A guide to surviving your breakup with your self-respect in tow
4.4 (113 ratings)
Listen to the Intro
00:00

What's The No Contact Rule about?

The No Contact Rule is the tough-talking guide you need if you’re feeling battered by a breakup, can’t seem to let go of your ex, or are stuck in an on-again off-again relationship. Here you’ll find tips and tricks on how to find emotional distance, refocus on yourself, and finally attain closure.

Who should read The No Contact Rule?

  • Anyone who’s just been dumped;
  • Anyone who’s just dumped someone; 
  • Everyone who just can’t seem to stop texting their ex.

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Simplify Podcast Books: The Advice Trap by Michael Bungay Stanier

The Advice Trap

Michael Bungay Stanier
Be Humble, Stay Curious & Change the Way You Lead Forever
4.6 (514 ratings)
Listen to the Intro
00:00

What's The Advice Trap about?

The Advice Trap (2020) is a practical guide to taming your inner Advice Monster. Many of us give advice compulsively because we’re insecure and want to control the situations we’re in. But that comes at the cost of alienating ourselves from other people, and stifling innovation in the workplace. Instead of jumping in with solutions, we need to cultivate a deep sense of curiosity and really learn to listen to other people.

Who should read The Advice Trap?

  • Mansplainers hoping to learn how to stop giving unsolicited lectures
  • Innovative leaders who want to learn new methods to inspire their teams
  • People interested in how coaching techniques can be used in daily life

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Simplify Podcast Books: Lives of the Stoics by Ryan Holiday and Stephen Hanselman

Lives of the Stoics

Ryan Holiday and Stephen Hanselman
The Art of Living from Zeno to Marcus Aurelius
4.4 (1,437 ratings)
Listen to the Intro
00:00

What's Lives of the Stoics about?

Lives of the Stoics (2020) explores Stoicism through the lives of its earliest followers. Packed with insights into the leaders, wars, and politics of classical antiquity, these blinks provide a fresh yet historical look at this popular philosophy.

Who should read Lives of the Stoics?

  • Philosophy buffs seeking new insights
  • Strivers looking for inspiration
  • Budding historians looking for a fresh perspective

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Simplify Podcast Books: The New Corner Office by Laura Vanderkam

The New Corner Office

Laura Vanderkam
How the Most Successful People Work from Home
4.1 (300 ratings)
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What's The New Corner Office about?

The New Corner Office (2020) is a practical guide to succeeding in the world of remote work. This timely tome is filled with sensible advice for remaining creative and productive while working from home.

Who should read The New Corner Office?

  • Remote workers seeking new success strategies 
  • Managers skeptical about the benefits of remote work
  • Anyone looking to stay productive while working from home

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Simplify Podcast Books: 168 Hours by Laura Vanderkam

168 Hours

Laura Vanderkam
You Have More Time Than You Think
4.2 (593 ratings)
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What's 168 Hours about?

168 Hours (2010) provides a revolutionary strategy to manage your time. Author Laura Vanderkam has discovered that successful people have a unique mindset, one that helps them fit everything they value into their week. By learning to time-manage like they do, you can free yourself from the daily grind and focus on what really matters. 

Who should read 168 Hours?

  • Employees trapped in demanding and unfulfilling jobs
  • Parents who want more quality time with their kids
  • Creatives struggling to pursue their dreams

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Simplify Podcast Books: The Practice by Seth Godin

The Practice

Seth Godin
Shipping Creative Work
4.6 (163 ratings)
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What's The Practice about?

The Practice (2020) is a handbook for both creative professionals and creatives looking to professionalize. Author Seth Godin busts the myths that creatives are lone geniuses and creativity can’t be taught and offers practical tips and insights for bolstering creative confidence and deepening creative practice.

Who should read The Practice?

  • Creatives who want to turn their passion into their profession
  • Creative professionals who want to get to the top of their field
  • Anyone who’s struggling through a creative block

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Simplify Podcast Books: Ready Aim Fire! by Erik Fisher and Jim Woods

Ready Aim Fire!

Erik Fisher and Jim Woods
A Practical Guide To Setting And Achieving Goals
4.3 (143 ratings)
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What's Ready Aim Fire! about?

Ready Aim Fire! (2014) is a step-by-step guide to setting and achieving personal and professional goals. If you want to accomplish more in life but aren’t sure where to begin, it provides an accessible starting point for learning the art of turning dreams into realities.

Who should read Ready Aim Fire!?

  • Newcomers to goal setting 
  • High achievers who want to go back to the basics
  • Anyone who could use some more direction in life

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Simplify Podcast Books: Emotional First Aid by Guy Winch

Emotional First Aid

Guy Winch
Healing Rejection, Guilt, Failure, and Other Everyday Hurts
4.4 (245 ratings)
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What's Emotional First Aid about?

Emotional First Aid (2012) is an easy-to-follow manual for addressing the everyday emotional hurts we all experience. From rejection to loss to low self-esteem, Emotional First Aid provides effective strategies for ensuring that treatable emotional pains don’t become deep wounds with lasting psychological effects.

Who should read Emotional First Aid?

  • People struggling to let go of past hurts 
  • Psychology enthusiasts
  • Parents wanting to raise resilient kids

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Simplify Podcast Books: The Dreamer and the Fantasy Relationship by Natalie Lue

The Dreamer and the Fantasy Relationship

Natalie Lue
4.3 (61 ratings)
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What's The Dreamer and the Fantasy Relationship about?

The Dreamer and the Fantasy Relationship (2012) is aimed at women who expect too much from unavailable, unreliable men, and want to change their ways. By examining the reasons that women delude themselves about men, as well as the specific lies they believe, it ultimately points the way toward happier relationships and more realistic dreams.

Who should read The Dreamer and the Fantasy Relationship?

  • Women tired of kidding themselves about undeserving men
  • Amateur agony aunts who love giving relationship advice
  • Unreliable men willing to mend their ways

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Simplify Podcast Books: Professional Troublemaker by Luvvie Ajayi Jones

Professional Troublemaker

Luvvie Ajayi Jones
The Fear-Fighter Manual
4.4 (191 ratings)
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What's Professional Troublemaker about?

Professional Troublemaker (2021) is a guide to overcoming the fear that stops us from being our best selves and living our truest values. From friendships to honesty and responsibility to kindness, the author explores the touchstones of a meaningful life – boldly urging us to speak up for what we really deserve.

Who should read Professional Troublemaker?

  • Scaredy-cats who need to learn to live with gumption
  • Nice people not getting results by just being nice
  • Control freaks who need to learn to take a break

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Simplify Podcast Books: Mr Unavailable & the Fallback Girl by Natalie Lue

Mr Unavailable & the Fallback Girl

Natalie Lue
The Definitive Guide to Understanding Emotionally Unavailable Men and the Women that Love Them
4.5 (143 ratings)
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What's Mr Unavailable & the Fallback Girl about?

Mr Unavailable & the Fallback Girl (2008) provides a lifeline for anyone who keeps getting messed around by emotionally unavailable partners. With searing personal insights, tough love, and a large dose of humor, Mr Unavailable is an essential guide to breaking destructive relationship patterns and finding love.

Who should read Mr Unavailable & the Fallback Girl?

  • Anyone who feels chronically unlucky in love but can’t seem to break the cycle
  • Women who want to get to know themselves better and develop their self-esteem
  • Men recovering from bad relationships who want to avoid becoming “Mr. Unavailable”

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Simplify Podcast Books: Deeper Dating by Ken Page

Deeper Dating

Ken Page
How to Drop the Games of Seduction and Discover the Power of Intimacy
4.3 (399 ratings)
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What's Deeper Dating about?

Deeper Dating (2014) is a roadmap to intimacy and loving relationships. It breaks down how looking inward can help us identify the kinds of people we’ll connect with most deeply, and shares tools for finding these people and fostering relationships that will inspire and fulfill us.

Who should read Deeper Dating?

  • Singles frustrated by popular dating advice
  • Couples looking to strengthen their bonds
  • Those who want to understand attraction and relationships

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Simplify Podcast Books: Digital Body Language by Erica Dhawan

Digital Body Language

Erica Dhawan
How to Build Trust and Connection, No Matter the Distance
4.4 (244 ratings)
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What's Digital Body Language about?

Digital Body Language (2021) is your rulebook to clear online communication. Combining cutting-edge research with personal know-how, it demystifies the digital signals that so often stand in for traditional body language.

Who should read Digital Body Language?

  • Leaders and employees seeking more streamlined digital collaborations
  • Virtual workers who want to improve their online tone and clarity
  • Anyone who’s struggled to convey what they really mean from behind a screen

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Simplify Podcast Books: Badass Habits by Jen Sincero

Badass Habits

Jen Sincero
Cultivate the Awareness, Boundaries, and Daily Upgrades You Need to Make Them Stick
4.4 (367 ratings)
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What's Badass Habits about?

Badass Habits (2020) is a lighthearted guide to developing positive habits. This manual lays out a step-by-step approach to breaking old patterns and creating new ones.

Who should read Badass Habits?

  • Stubborn people looking to drop old behaviors
  • Apathetic folks looking for some motivation
  • Anyone aiming to build better habits

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Simplify Podcast Books: Smart Brevity by Jim VandeHei, Mike Allen & Roy Schwartz

Smart Brevity

Jim VandeHei, Mike Allen & Roy Schwartz
The Power of Saying More with Less
4.1 (231 ratings)
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What's Smart Brevity about?

Smart Brevity (2022) offers a guide to effective communication in an age of information overload. It emphasizes the importance of conveying ideas succinctly and clearly and provides practical strategies to streamline communication across various platforms, from emails and meetings to presentations and social media.

Who should read Smart Brevity?

  • Professionals seeking effective communication skills
  • Entrepreneurs in digital media and journalism
  • Anyone interested in concise writing techniques

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What are the Top 10 Simplify Podcast books?

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  • The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
  • Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely
  • The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
  • Trust Me, I’m Lying by Ryan Holiday
  • Linchpin by Seth Godin
  • Making It All Work by David Allen
  • Growth Hacker Marketing by Ryan Holiday
  • Purple Cow by Seth Godin
  • The (Honest) Truth About Dishonesty by Dan Ariely
  • Eat to Live by Joel Fuhrman

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When it comes to Simplify Podcast, these are the authors who stand out as some of the most influential:
  • Charles Duhigg
  • Dan Ariely
  • Gretchen Rubin
  • Ryan Holiday
  • Seth Godin