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The best of what I’m reading, watching, and exploring (March 2023)

Posted in the following categories: Motivation

From time to time, instead of my usual email with one big idea you can read in 3 minutes or less, I share with you the best of what I’m reading, watching, and exploring. Enjoy!

Books

The Psychology of Money: Timeless Lessons on Wealth, Greed, and Happiness by Morgan Housel. This book is about human behavior first and money second. By better understanding your relationship with money, you can make better sense of yourself. The book is packed with practical advice, paired with fascinating stories, to navigate all sorts of financial decisions. Short, easy-to-digest, and powerful.

The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups by Daniel Coyle. Another brilliant book on human behavior that explains what sets apart successful teams from others. Coyle’s insights that demystify the magic of great groups apply, not just in the workplace, but in all areas of life. A must-read for leaders of all kinds.

An exciting event

My friend Dina Kaplan (Founder/CEO of The Path) is hosting a curated, invite-only meditation retreat led by world-class teachers, taking place May 4th-7th in Mexico.

It’s called Mela, and it’s attended by highly accomplished people in tech, business, finance, nonprofit, and creative fields. You’ll become part of an incredible community of like-minded peers and even make friends for life.

I haven’t been able to attend Mela myself, but I’ve heard wonderful things. If you’re interested in joining, please write to Dina at [email protected] or head over to thepath.com/melaapply.

Films

I say very little about the plot of the films that follow—in large part because I don’t want to ruin the fun. I refuse to watch trailers—or even read film descriptions—because I want to be surprised from minute one.

Sharper. (Apple TV+) A puzzle box of a thriller. The first two acts were stellar and kept me guessing through many plot twists. The third act took a sharp turn toward the unbelievable. Still a fun watch, boosted by a great cast.

The Hours. (Paramount+ | Apple TV) My jaw dropped as the opening credits listed the cast for this 2002 film: Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, Julianne Moore, Allison Janney, Claire Danes, and Ed Harris, among others. The film weaves together the stories of three women across different eras. Beautifully done.

10 Things I Hate About You. (Disney+ | Amazon Prime) A teenage rom-com from 1999 that has aged surprisingly well. Julia Stiles is stellar.

Shows

Shrinking. (Apple TV+) My new favorite TV show. It’s a dramedy that revolves around three therapists in the same practice played by Harrison Ford, Jessica Williams, and Jason Segel. Ford is perfect as an old-school, grumpy boss (“Do you know what percentage of yourself is actually made of water?,” asks Jessica Williams’s character. “I know what percentage of me doesn’t give a shit,” Harrison Ford’s character responds). If you enjoyed Ted Lasso, you’ll like this one.

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