Mindfire: Big Ideas for Curious Minds by Scott Berkun is a wonderful collection of 30 essays meant to help you “find passion, think freely, manage time, pay attention, and much more.” Far from a “self-help” book, what I loved about it is Berkun’s concise and humorous approach to questions of life that can easily be overlooked.
In our everyday lives, we can get so wrapped up in our routines and our own goals, that we forget to stop and think about our world and how things are done or even to question the status quo. This is a great book to spark such thoughts.
Split into three parts (gasoline, sparks, fire), this book encourages you to think about:
- the cult of busy
- how to detect bullshit
- why the world is a mess
- why does faith matter?
- creative thinking hacks
- attention and sex
- and much more
One of the best parts about this book is that at the end of each essay there is enough room for you to take notes and reflect on what you’ve just read. Berkun makes a point of stating, at the beginning of the book, that all of his essays can be read for free on his website, but I highly recommend actually purchasing the book. It’s a book you can always go back to as a reference or for inspiration, I know I will be.
I’ve also reviewed this book on Goodreads.