Five things #1

Trance Frendz by Nils Frahm & Olafur Arnalds

Trance Frendz by Nils Frahm & Olafur Arnalds


I'm launching a little experiment. Every Wednesday I'm going to share five things that I've recently discovered and enjoyed. These things might be books, videos, interviews, podcasts, albums, playlists... You get the idea!

So here we go. Here are the five things I thought were worth sharing this week: 

  1. Chase Jarvis interviews Seth Godin as part of CreativeLive's 30 Days Of Genius series — Seth Godin is one of my favourite thinkers and this interview is well worth the 62 minutes of your time. Seth is incredibly smart and he doesn't mince his words. I recommend you check out his books and blog too.
  2. I really enjoyed the recent Freakonomics podcast on the debate over talent vs deliberate practice called “How to Become Great at Just About Anything”. It features a great discussion with research psychologist Anders Ericsson, who is an expert on the science of expertise and led the research behind the 10,000 hour rule popularised by the writer Malcolm Gladwell.
  3. Last week I finished reading “So Good They Can't Ignore You” by Cal Newport in which he debunks the belief that following your passion" is good advice. The book came highly recommended by one of my heroes Derek Sivers. I found it to be quite repetitive but nonetheless full of useful insights. It's definitely worth reading and I wish I had done so sooner!
  4. As the debate on the UK's membership of the EU rages on I came across this satirical video featuring Patrick Stewart “What has the European Convention on Human Rights ever done for us?”. Very funny and makes some good points. It also features some strong language, you've been warned!
  5. For the last few months I've been listening to and loving Olafur Arnalds & Nils Frahm's most recent collaboration “Trance Frendz”. The album name is pretty daft but don't let that put you off. The music that makes up the album was recorded during sessions filmed at Nils Frahm's studio in Berlin, the video is up on youtube and worth a watch!

That's all for this week. Enjoy!