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Neil Pasricha

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Hey Goodreads peeps,

Pass me a drink. Let's chill on the ripped couch at the back. I love this place. Book lovers are my favorite people. (And my favorite lovers.)

My name is Neil Pasricha (pass-REACH-ah) and I'm the New York Times-blah-blah bestselling author of eight books exploring how to live an intentional life including THE BOOK OF AWESOME (gratitude), THE HAPPINESS EQUATION (happiness), and YOU ARE AWESOME (resilience.) My books are published in a lot of languages I can't read and sold a couple million more copies than anyone was expecting.

The most Goodsready thing I think I can tell you about myself is my podcast "3 Books" (www.3books.co) which is my epic almost 15-year-long quest to uncover and discuss the 1000 most formative books i
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Neil Pasricha A good friend of mine told me a story once that really stuck with me.

He said Stephen King had advised that an aspiring writing should read something l…more
A good friend of mine told me a story once that really stuck with me.

He said Stephen King had advised that an aspiring writing should read something like five hours a day. My friend said "You know, that's baloney. Who can do that?" but then, years later, he found himself in Maine on vacation. He was waiting in line outside a movie theater with his girlfriend and who should be waiting in front of him? Stephen King! He said his nose was in a book the whole time in line. He said they got into the theater and the guy was still reading till the lights dimmed. And he said when the lights came up he noticed he pulled the book open right away. He read as he was leaving.

Now, I'm not sure what percent of the story is true. Broken telephone and all. But I think the message is really good. Basically, you should read more. A LOT more. And you CAN. There are minutes hidden in all the corners of the day and they add up to a lot of minutes.

In a way, it's like the 10,000 steps rule. Walk around the grocery store, park at the back of the lot, chase your kids around the house? Bam. 10,000 steps. Maybe it's the same way with reading.

I know I've always had a problem in my life with finding books I loved and that kept my interest. So now I probably quit 3-4 books for every one I read to the end. I think I just accepted quitting them as okay. And that way I remove them as roadblocks to read something else, something better, something waiting...
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Neil Pasricha I've got two books slated to come out in the next 12 months:

1) Awesome is Everywhere - A 32-page children's picture book coming out in Fall, 2015. It'…more
I've got two books slated to come out in the next 12 months:

1) Awesome is Everywhere - A 32-page children's picture book coming out in Fall, 2015. It's an interactive, hyperrealistic photo book which, frankly, has been a labor of love for a couple years. I hired an animation studio that does work for The Discovery Channel and we used hundreds of photos (and even hired a photographer in Cuba to take pictures of crabs!) to give readers the feeling of using their fingers to zoom into the Earth, shake the book to make waves, flip the book over their head to dive underwater, and pinch their fingers right into the sand to see all the molecular detail.

2) The Happiness Equation: Want Nothing + Do Anything = Have Everything. This is my new business book coming out next Spring. Basically, when my wife told me she was pregnant, I suddenly had this thought: What if I didn't get to tell my child everything I want to share about living a happy life? So, for the duration of her pregnancy, I wrote every day until I came up with this book. It is comprised of 9 counterintuitive secrets to living a happy life. I have a feeling some of them will be controversial!!

Thanks so much for the question,

Neil

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“Life is so great that we only get a tiny moment to enjoy everything we see. And that moment is right now. And that moment is counting down. And that moment is always, always fleeting. You will never be as young as you are right now.”
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“The [Five Second Rule] has many variations, including The Three Second Rule, The Seven Second Rule, and the extremely handy and versatile The However Long It Takes Me to Pick Up This Food Rule.”
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“Gliding down the bike path on a Saturday morning, you whip by somebody peddling in the opposite direction and give each other a nod. For a moment it's like "Hey, we're both doing the same thing. Let's be friends for a second.”
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