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Blinkist believes in big ideas. This is the place where you can hear them. On our podcast and Blinkist Magazine audio companions, we dive into our library of 1,000+ books on psychology, productivity, self-help, and more to bring you great ideas from today’s top writers and thinkers.

Episodes

TED Speaker Dan Ariely On Why Human Behavior Is Utterly Irrational  

Today on the Blinkist podcast, Ben speaks with esteemed behavioral economist, bestselling author, TED speaker extraordinaire, and all around cool guy Dan Ariely. Ariely is the author of Predictably Irrational, The Upside of Irrationality, and (just published) Payoff among other books. His TED talks have been viewed like 8 million times. No big deal. In the interview, Ben and Ariely go into some of the nuts and bolts of behavioral economics, like, why it’s different from standard economics, and what Ariely’s time away from his wife and children teaches us about short-term vs. long-term motivation. (Also: a story about a t-shirt with Ariely's name on it.) Aaaand that’s it for interviews for 2016! Thanks so much for following us this year, it’s been a blast. There are a few more really fun podcasts in the hopper for the turn into 2017, and then we’ll be back at it. Hit us up at podcast@blinkist.com if you want to share some feedback or if you’re itching to hear something in particular. Linkage: - Hop on over to iTunes to subscribe to the podcast or give us a review: http://blnk.st/28JBVIY - That excellent intro and outro music you heard is by Nico Guiang. You can find more of it on SoundCloud [@niceaux] and Facebook [www.facebook.com/niceaux].

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Productivity Champion Ari Meisel Shares How He Set Up A Business in 24 hours  

This episode is an interview with famous Less Doing More Living author Ari Meisel, a champion of productivity and efficiency. Since beating the incurable Crohn’s Disease through optimizing his body, Ari has had a successful career as an entrepreneur. Recently he started a virtual assistant company called Less Doing and wrote a book with his co-founder Nick Sonnenberg called Idea to Execution that came out in early October. That book is all about how to optimize, automate, and outsource (these are the major themes in Meisel’s approach to success) everything in your business. In the interview, you’ll find out what Ben’s doing wrong when it comes to optimizing his work, Ari’s favorite new tricks and tools out there to be more efficient, and what you can not under any circumstance delegate or outsource to someone else. Linkage: - If you haven't heard it yet, take a listen to our Podcastumentary (Ben note: sorry, had to) about the Blinkist rebrand! The audio and transcript are here: https://www.blinkist.com/magazine/posts/blinkist-rebrand-podcast - Hop on over to iTunes to subscribe to the podcast or give us a review: http://blnk.st/28JBVIY - The year is almost over. We'd love to hear what you think about the podcast. Email us what you think at podcast@blinkist.com - That excellent intro and outro music you heard is by Nico Guiang. You can find more of it on SoundCloud [@niceaux] and Facebook [www.facebook.com/niceaux].

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Rebranding Blinkist: How We Got App Store Features in 9 Countries  

Two weeks ago we launched a completely revamped brand, complete with new logo, new art direction, new features in the app, and a whole bunch of fun extras. As the rebrand project started picking up steam in the late summer, we realized that this was a really cool opportunity to try and tell the story of a rebrand from inside. Up close and personal. There was some high drama around the office: Would we finish on time? Would Apple and Google feature the app worldwide, as they hinted to us? How would our users take to the new look and feel of Blinkist? So Ben started interviewing people around the office. He talked to founders, people from mobile development, product managers, designers, and more. This episode of the Blinkist podcast is the story of a rebrand. The story of how the new Blinkist came to be. Linkage: - Feel free to email Ben at podcast@blinkist.com - Hop on over to iTunes to subscribe to the podcast or give us a review: http://blnk.st/28JBVIY - That excellent music you heard is by Nico Guiang. You can find more of it on Soundcloud [@niceaux] and Facebook [www.facebook.com/niceaux].

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What Great Brands Do: Denise Lee Yohn on how not to be RadioShack  | Business  

Today on the Blinkist podcast we have an interview with branding expert Denise Lee Yohn, author of the book What Great Brands Do. In the interview, Lee Yohn and Ben talk about why all branding starts inside, and how exactly Sony implemented that idea when Lee Yohn was there. Then they get into what happened with brands like Saturn and RadioShack – remember them??? They also tried something new: Lee Yohn and Ben read brief bits from some of their favorite branding books. (Hint: neither of them picked Seth Godin!) A quick intro to Lee Yohn: After her time as brand leader at Sony, she worked on many other big brands, including Land Rover, Jack in the Box, and Burger King. She currently runs her own brand consultancy in addition to giving speeches and writing for the Harvard Business Review blog, her own Brand-As-Business Bites blog, and many other outlets. Linkage: - Hop on over to iTunes to subscribe to the podcast or give us a review: http://blnk.st/28JBVIY - Let Ben know what you think about the podcast by writing him at podcast@blinkist.com - Lee Yohn's blog: http://deniseleeyohn.com/bites-brand-your-business-briefs/ - That excellent intro and outro music you heard is by Nico Guiang. You can find more of it on SoundCloud [@niceaux] and Facebook [www.facebook.com/niceaux].

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Deep Work: Cal Newport's Formula That Will Transform Your Productivity  

Today on the podcast, we welcome Cal Newport. Newport is Associate Professor of Computer Science at Georgetown University but most of us know him as the author of five excellent books, each of which takes a unique view on how to study better, find a career better, or, with his new book Deep Work, work better. Deep work, as he defines it, is professional activities performed in a state of distraction-free concentration that push your cognitive capabilities to their limit. These efforts create new value, improve your skill, and are hard to replicate. Newport argues that the ability to work deeply is the most important skill to have in our knowledge economy. In our conversation, Newport explains why he thinks we need to teach people a new vocabulary for training focus, and why most of us are living the cognitive equivalent of a couch potato life. He also lays out how anyone can begin learning how to work deeply, right away. Links! - Hop on over to iTunes to subscribe to the podcast or give us a review: http://blnk.st/28JBVIY - Newport's blog, Study Hacks, also deserves a shout out. It’s full of examples and tips for how people manage to hunker down and make great things. You can find it here: http://calnewport.com/blog/ - That excellent intro and outro music you heard is by Nico Guiang. You can find more of it on Soundcloud [@niceaux] and Facebook [www.facebook.com/niceaux].

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Entrepreneur Vishen Lakhiani of Mindvalley on Breaking Rules & Optimizing Everything  

*** Podcast programming alert!! *** Today we have something a little different. Not only do we have Vishen Lakhiani, one of the most forward-thinking CEOs in the world, but we also have him in conversation with one of the Blinkist co-founders, Niklas Jansen. Niklas is a huge admirer of Vishen’s distinctive approaches to his companies, so we figured we should let him ask Vishen whatever he wanted! Vishen is the founder and CEO of Mindvalley, a transformational education company, and Afest, an invite-only festival for entrepreneurs and change-makers that takes place in exotic locations all over the globe. He’s also an author now, and his book The Code of the Extraordinary Mind is just out and already a New York Times bestseller. (Read it on Blinkist here: http://buff.ly/2cxJF45) It’s cool to hear the two entrepreneurs chat. They talk about morning routines, exercise, and how to get the best possible company culture. But they also talk about the book, and get into Vishen’s distinctive way of optimizing his life, focusing on what he calls Consciousness Engineering and Brules (or bullshit rules). Oh, and as a complement to the new magazine edition on #AlwaysLearning, we have a giveaway! We have five signed copies of Vishen Lakhiani’s book and five memberships to Mindvalley to go with it. Here's what to do to win: download the Blinkist app, sign up, and open the blinks to The Code of The Extraordinary Mind. If you already have the app (well done you!), simply open up the blinks to The Code of The Extraordinary Mind to be in with a chance to win. Extras: - If you like what you hear today, please do hop on over to iTunes to subscribe to the podcast or give us a review: http://blnk.st/28JBVIY - Read the key insights to The Code of the Extraordinary Mind on Blinkist: http://buff.ly/2cxJF45 - That excellent intro and outro music you heard is by Nico Guiang. You can find more of it on Soundcloud [@niceaux] and Facebook [www.facebook.com/niceaux].

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BONUS: WBO Middleweight Boxing Champion Andy Lee on How Champions Approach Fights  

Today on the podcast, we’re continuing our Olympics-themed episodes, where we’re talking about world-class athletes, these people who made it to the top, and how they got there. Last week we talked to David Epstein about what makes athletes great, and this week Ben speaks with a champion to find out more. Andy Lee is 34-3-1, and a former WBO Middleweight Boxing Champion. Known in boxing circles as a tough-as-nails southpaw, Lee’s famous right hook is absolutely devastating. He’s also an Olympian, having competed for Ireland at the 2004 Olympic games in Athens. In this interview, you’ll hear Andy and Ben get into what actually makes up a perfect right hook, what Lee thinks makes a champion different from a great athlete, and how Lee ended up acting in a Chekhov play. Linkage: - Hop on over to iTunes to subscribe to the podcast or give us a review: http://blnk.st/28JBVIY - That link to Andy Lee’s knockouts: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wHZ8_mcuTug - Lee winning the ‘ship: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LBd9NfSxiC4 That excellent intro and outro music you heard is by Nico Guiang. You can find more of it on Soundcloud [@niceaux] and Facebook [www.facebook.com/niceaux].

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David Epstein on the Olympics and Why 10,000 Hours Won’t Make You Great  

Today, we have the author of the The Sports Gene, David Epstein. The Sports Gene is a New York Times bestseller about exactly what it sounds like: whether or not there are things that make certain people preternaturally more likely to be great athletes. It feels like a perfect thing to talk about considering, you know, the Olympics start today. So Ben and David talk about some of the greatest physical specimens in the world, one athlete you must watch out for in Rio, and the central weakness of the 10,000 rule everyone always talks about. Oh, and also, if aliens invaded and you had to pick one athlete to compete against the aliens in a competition they decide, which athlete today do you pick? David’s a journalist at ProPublica whose work appears in places like The Washington Post, Sports Illustrated, The New York Times, and much more. He just put out an exclusive interview with the former chief investigator of the World Anti-Doping Agency, which you should read here https://goo.gl/u48unt. - There's a transcript of the interview up here: http://buff.ly/2aG6aQ7 - If you liked what you heard, hop on over to iTunes to subscribe to the podcast or give us a review: http://blnk.st/28JBVIY - And read more about the Sports Gene at David Epstein’s website: http://goo.gl/8mJwAz That excellent intro and outro music you heard is by Nico Guiang. You can find more of it on Soundcloud [@niceaux] and Facebook [www.facebook.com/niceaux].

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David Burkus Debunks Everything You Thought You Knew About Creativity  

This is our second podcast in the Eureka! theme. Last week we spoke with Inventology author Pagan Kennedy, and we’re excited to build on that by featuring David Burkus, author of The Myths of of Creativity. In this podcast, Ben and David focus on a concept called incubation. According to creativity research, this incubation moment often occurs right before a Eureka moment, and the best part? Everyone can incubate. The only question is how. David Burkus is a professor of management, bestselling author, and award-winning podcaster. Linkage: If you liked what you heard, we'd reallllly appreciate it if you hopped on over to iTunes to subscribe to the podcast or give us a review: http://blnk.st/28JBVIY More on David Burkus can be found here: http://goo.gl/iZqKPD Also check out his podcast over here: https://goo.gl/SczJcV That excellent intro and outro music you heard is by Nico Guiang. You can find more of it on Soundcloud [@niceaux] and Facebook [www.facebook.com/niceaux].

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Blinkist Magazine Audio Companion | Lateral Thinking: The Sidestep To Eureka  

Audio accompaniment to Blinkist Magazine's fourth edition, Eureka. This article was written by Erik Niklasson and narrated by Cam Drynan. You can find it, and more good stuff, over at the Blinkist Magazine: http://bit.ly/29PbDnJ

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Inventology Author Pagan Kennedy on How to Accidentally Find Genius  

Welcome to a brand new era! Hot on the heels of the sleep episodes, this week’s podcast is the first of two episodes on the theme of Eureka. Where do great ideas come from? It turns out it’s not that clear. So today on the podcast, Ben speaks with Pagan Kennedy, author of the new book Inventology; How we dream up things that change the world. You probably already know Pagan from her time writing the Who Made That column in the New York Times Sunday Magazine. She’s an expert on invention, and we grilled her in particular about one central tension in her book: the paradox of serendipitous inventing (like accidentally inventing penicillin) and new technologies that can focus research to look for inventions in certain areas (like bioinformatics). Hop on over to iTunes to subscribe to the podcast or give us a review: http://blnk.st/28JBVIY You can read a transcript of this podcast, and more good stuff, over at the Blinkist Magazine: http://bit.ly/29PaJHT That excellent intro and outro music you heard is by Nico Guiang. You can find more of it on Soundcloud [@niceaux] and Facebook [www.facebook.com/niceaux].

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BONUS: A How-To Sleep Talk with Max Kirsten, the Sleep Coach to the Stars  

In this special bonus edition of the Blinkist Podcast, we talk to sleep specialist Max Kirsten. Max is a hypnotherapist and a sleep coach, and he’s worked with stars like Adele and Ewan McGregor. In the podcast, Max and Ben delve into topics like the right position for optimal sleep, how one even becomes a sleep specialist, the problems some of his most difficult patients experience, and much more. This is a perfect follow-up to the first sleep-themed episode, which featured Arianna Huffington speaking about her new book The Sleep Revolution, and how we’re killing ourselves with bad sleep hygiene. Some linkage: - Also to receive your FREE Better Sleep MP3 Download and find out more about Max Kirsten visit www.thesleepcoach.co.uk - We also want to give a shoutout to Eve Sleep, who sent us a Mattress so we could build our own little nap station, which we covered in the Blinkist Magazine, here: http://blnk.st/29WJPBE - Subscribe to Blinkist Radio on iTunes here: http://blnk.st/28JBVIY - That excellent intro and outro music you heard is by Nico Guiang. You can find more of it on Soundcloud [@niceaux] and Facebook [www.facebook.com/niceaux]. - If you have any feedback about the podcast, or just want to say hi to Ben, email him at podcast@blinkist.com

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Blinkist Magazine Audio Companion | A Brief History of What’s Keeping You from Sleep  

Audio accompaniment to Blinkist Magazine's third edition, Sleep. This article was written by Tom Anderson and narrated by Gary Tiedemann. You can read the whole thing and find more good stuff at http://blnk.st/29eXeEA

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Arianna Huffington Talks Burnout, Death, & The Power of Sleep  

In her book The Sleep Revolution, Huffington Post Editor-in-Chief Arianna Huffington succinctly sums up the argument she’s been making in books and speeches for almost a decade now. Why should we fundamentally change the way we think about sleep? “Come for the job-enhancing benefits,” she says, “stay for the life-enhancing opportunities.” Huffington’s sleep revolution isn’t just about convincing people to sleep more so that they’re more productive and healthy. The sleep revolution is about recognizing that we’re sacrificing ourselves too much. We’re not living the right way, and as a result of too much work, too little sleep, too much stress, too little nourishment, we’re suffering. So the sleep revolution is really about changing the way we think about our days and our lives. Instead of sacrificing our health to cram in more hours at the office, we have re-organize and re-prioritize how we spend our time. That way, we can work our best and still have time to take care of ourselves, get a full night’s sleep, and, you know, be happy. In this interview you’ll find out Huffington’s sleep ritual, what to do with your alarm clock, and why the sleep revolution is so important to her (and to us!). If you’re at your desk and don’t have headphones with you, you can read a full transcript of the interview with Huffington here: http://blnk.st/29NaBeB And hop on over to iTunes to give us a review if you liked it: http://blnk.st/28JBVIY That excellent intro and outro music you heard is by Nico Guiang. You can find more of it on Soundcloud [@niceaux] and Facebook [www.facebook.com/niceaux].

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The Tyranny of Email in blinks  

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Success Through a Positive Mental Attitude in blinks  

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Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook in blinks  

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The Da Vinci Curse in blinks  

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Getting Things Done, Then What? The Truth Behind Productivity With David Allen  

This week on the Blinkist Podcast, Blinkist Magazine Editor-in-Chief Caitlin Schiller speaks with David Allen, known as the man behind the productivity system Getting Things Done, and the bestselling book of the same name. On today’s episode, they discuss what he calls “clear space,” and how easy it is to screw it up in your head; they talk about the happiness industry; and Abraham Lincoln, among other things. And near the end, you’ll find out why Allen isn’t a productivity or efficiency robot, but actually developed the system to have more time to do what he likes – like martial arts. David Allen was born in Louisiana in 1945 and currently lives in Amsterdam. If you like what you heard, subscribe on iTunes and leave us a review here: http://blnk.st/28JBVIY That excellent intro and outro music you heard is by Nico Guiang. You can find more of it on Soundcloud [@niceaux] and Facebook [www.facebook.com/niceaux]

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Blinkist Magazine Audio Companion | How To Maximize Productivity With Mini-Habits  

Audio accompaniment to Blinkist Magazine's second edition, Rethinking Productivity. This article was written by Tom Anderson and narrated by Amanda Mahr. You can read the whole thing and find more good stuff at http://blnk.st/28LdSda

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