Book Review: Mindfire

What: Mindfire: Big Ideas for Curious Minds, a book of essays on topics ranging from, “On God and Integrity,” to “How to Convince Anyone of Anything”

Who should read it: People who are bored with inspiration that comes in 140 characters are less, but don’t feel like enduring 300 pages of the latest theories on management, innovation, user experience, or whatever the author-with-one-single-thought is focusing on

Why: Because it’s inspiring and odd and will do exactly what the title promise – set your mind on fire, or at least give it a little buzz

When: Hold onto this book, read it slowly, absorb it, take notes, it will be worth it

For a little taste:

“Any act that confines a mind to one way of thinking cannot be good.”

“Travel makes clear how arbitrary the rules we defend are. We often have trivial reasons for being offended.”

“If you have kept the same beliefs and theories your entire life, then you haven’t been paying attention.”

“Hate is easy. Destroying things takes much less effort than making them—always has and always will.”

“An Artist is committed to their ideas in ways most people are not.”

“A good critic spends as much energy describing what something is, as well as what it isn’t.”

“I’m starting to judge people less by my own values, and more by how their actions match their own proclaimed values.”