Author Seth Godin has compiled a free 80-page e-book entitled What Matters Now, a collection of thought-provoking nuggets from authors and technologists across the web. I'm thrilled that I had the privilege of contributing a page to it. Download the book for free.
Each page of the book is authored by someone different, and contributors range from Eat, Pray, Love author Elizabeth Gilbert to Wired editor Chris Anderson to The War of Art author Steve Pressfield to 37Signals founder Jason Fried.* The assignment was to come up with a 10 to 200 word essay or picture on a big idea that matters now. I tackled the subject of personal productivity. Here's a screenshot of my submission.
When I put this together I was feeling like a slave to my to-do list and email inbox, but--cheesy as it sounds--personal productivity is about so much more than that. I hope that in 2010 we can all take the 20,000-foot view on what's most important in life before we start checking our email.
The entire book is fantastic, but a few of my favorite contributions include:
- Seth Godin's own bit on Generosity (page 5)
- Hugh MacLeod's piece on Meaning (page 10)
- Dan Pink on Autonomy (page 25)
- Dave Ramsey on Momentum (page 27)
- Steven Pressfield on Tough-Mindedness (page 31)
- Kevin Kelly on Open-Source DNA (page 56)
- Penelope Trunk on Social Skills (page 75)
- Arianna Huffington on Sleep (page 77)
Thanks to Seth for including me in this outrageously good list of contributors. Check out the book right here:
What would your page read?
What Matters Now: get the free ebook [Seth's blog]
* It just so happens that Eat, Pray, Love and The War of Art are two of my all-time favorite books, so I'm truly gobsmacked to have my name appear in the same document with their authors. One word: SQUEE!