In Creative Quest, Questlove synthesizes all the creative philosophies, lessons, and stories he's heard from the many creators and collaborators in his life, and reflects on his own experience, to advise listeners and fans on how to consider creativity and where to find it. He addresses many topics - what it means to be creative, how to find a mentor and serve as an apprentice, the wisdom of maintaining a creative network, coping with critics and the foibles of success, and the specific pitfalls of contemporary culture.
Questlove has some impressive points on his CV. To name a few: He’s the percussionist for the Grammy-award winning band The Roots (also known as the in-house performers on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon), he’s been a guest star on shows ranging from The Chappelle Show to Top Chef, and he has a producer credit for the Broadway hit Hamilton. Not to mention his collaborations with artists such as Jay-Z, D’Angelo, Erykah Badu, Bilal, Al Green, Amy Winehouse, and John Legend. His latest achievement? Published author and narrator of his breakthrough ode to the artistic process, Creative Quest. Through expertly woven personal anecdotes; quotable musings (“If you think you’re a creative person, then you are one.”); punctuated facts about advancements in the culinary, musical, and visual arts; and thoughtful assertions seasoned with charming laughter, mellifluous melodies, and meditational interludes, Questlove has created something truly admirable: a pastiche of inspirational advice that is, in and of itself, an innovation.
Today, it feels like there are a million different apps, tools, workouts, and eating plans designed to help you lose weight. Some promise success via drastic, unlivable restrictions; others are so complex they turn losing weight into a second job. In Target 100, celebrity weight-loss coach Liz Josefsberg shows you don't have to be a slave to your weight-loss program. You don't have to count every gram of every nutrient and every calorie you eat at every meal. Believe it or not, weight loss can be simple. It can even be...fun.
Every season brings a new trendy, get-fit-quick diet plan. Target 100 isn’t one of those. It’s truly a holistic approach, not one just based on counting calories. The “100” refers to the concrete goals Josefsberg lays out in the book: 100 minutes of movement a week, 100 minutes of exercise, 100 minutes of stress relief weekly, and so on. Josefsberg presents her case from a place of authority: years of experience in the health industry, notably as a leader at Weight Watchers, have earned her a wealth of knowledge—not to mention a slate of highly visible success stories. Just check out Jessica Simpson’s and Jennifer Hudson’s transformations for proof – and listen to this book to hear the habits that got them there.
Esther Perel takes on tough questions, grappling with the obstacles and anxieties that arise when our quest for secure love conflicts with our pursuit of passion. She invites us to explore the paradoxical union of domesticity and sexual desire, and explains what it takes to bring lust home.
Esther Perel has an innate understanding of relationship dynamics, and she illustrates them from multiple angles. These aren't the cliched musings of a relationship columnist or self-help guru, but qualified and experienced approaches from someone who has obviously studied relationships in earnest, and lived through their myriad issues in real life. She knows what she's talking about, and many of the insights she reveals in Mating in Captivity seem obvious in retrospect only because of how clear and adept they are as observations. I listened to this book before moving in with my girlfriend of a year and a half (it's the first time I've lived with an SO), afraid our relationship would fall apart the moment we signed the lease - and eager to prevent the slow decay that I've heard domesticity brings about. While I can't say this book has saved my marriage (I'm not married and we've only lived together for like 3 weeks now, so no verdict yet) it has already helped me shift my approach, and reassured me of the importance of uncertainty, mystery, and communication in any long term romantic exchange.
How to enrich your life and destroy doubt in five seconds. Throughout your life, you've had parents, coaches, teachers, friends, and mentors who have pushed you to be better than your excuses and bigger than your fears. What if the secret to having the confidence and courage to enrich your life and work is simply knowing how to push yourself?
Mel Robbins is not a motivator, and you won’t find much motivation in this book; however, that is the simplistic beauty of The 5 Second Rule. And if I had to distill down what this listen is all about into a single word, it would be, “action.” Self-development books are often filled with lengthy programs and routines that you need to follow judiciously in order to achieve a better you, but if you are like me and looking for a no-nonsense way to reach your goals—whatever they may be—in 2018 then look no further. Simply visualize what you need to make those goals into a reality, then 5-4-3-2-1… GO!