New Book: “How to Work on Oneself”
Post from June 2, 2016 (↻ July 14, 2021), filed under Philosophy.
This book is one of my weakest.
Doubt led me to explore ways to grow, doubt now led me to ask my editor three times whether to publish under a pseudonym: I sketched, in what resembles a fluffy essay, how to learn, how to grow, or—How to Work on Oneself.
|Format and Price||Kindle ebook (free app for Android and iOS), $5.99|
How can we learn more effectively? How can we best work on ourselves? How do we grow? That is the subject of this brief book, this short sketch by interim philosopher and world traveler, Jens Oliver Meiert. A light treatise on personal growth, he goes over 20 paths to get to know ourselves, for “we are okay as we are, but we can always improve.”
👉 This is the book if you opt to explore different ways of driving yourself a little crazy.
- The 20 Paths
- Take Notes
- Pick Excellent Sources
- Pick Unassuming Sources
- Be Cautious Around Media
- Be Suspicious of Entertainment
- Ask Questions
- Ask Yourself Questions
- Make an Effort
- Be Diligent
- Develop Routines
- Improve Skills
- Use Tools
- Change the Point of View
- Cultivate a Reflex
- Focus on the Process
- Dial It Up
- Emergency Exit
- About the Author
❧ I’m ambivalent about this piece, yet I intend to look ahead and forward to wrapping up the next “Little Book” for O’Reilly (to come out in September), and to finishing two more manuscripts. Thanks to everyone who’s supporting my work—at the moment I write more compulsively than anything.
I’m Jens Oliver Meiert, and I’m an engineering manager and author. I’ve worked as a technical lead for Google, I’m close to the W3C and the WHATWG, and I write and review books for O’Reilly. Other than that, I love trying things, sometimes including philosophy, art, and adventure. Here on meiert.com I share some of my views and experiences.
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Perhaps my most interesting book: 100 Things I Learned as an Everyday Adventurer (2013). During my time in the States I started trying everything. Everything. Then I noticed that wasn’t only fun, it was also useful. Available at Amazon, Apple Books, Kobo, Google Play Books, and Leanpub.