Thanks for helping spread Mindfire (the report in numbers)

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Thanks to everyone who spread the word about the free download of my book Mindfire. As of this moment the free download is up, but I’ll be shutting it down shortly. In case you are curious here are the resulting numbers: It was free for 100 hours instead of the promised 48 (but 70% of […]

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How to get your name in my books

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A few weeks ago I asked for photos of Mindfire out in the world. I promised to include their names in the 1.1 edition and I delivered. Here are the photos: And their names appear in the acknowledgements of the 1.1 edition: If you’re jealous, or think you can do better (these photos were tame […]

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Learning from how Mindfire was made

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To help celebrate the launch of Mindfire 1.1 (free for 48 hours), here’s a round up of the many behind the scenes posts I wrote.  One goal for the book was to learn about self-publishing, and I love to share things I’ve learned. Why give a book away for free Why I decided to self-publish […]

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Get Mindfire 1.1 Free for the next 48 hours

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Mindfire: Big Ideas for Curious Minds is a collection of my best and most provocative essays. It’s short, fast, fun and inspiring. Its been revised, cleaned up, and polished for your enjoyment. To celebrate and thank all of you readers, the book is available for FREE for 48 hours. All you have to do is go […]

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Tomorrow get Mindfire 1.1 for free

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The revised 1.1 edition of Mindfire: Big Ideas for Curious Minds is finally finished. More than 100 typos, fixes and little touches were added to make it the best version of the book ever. It’s currently on sale at amazon.com, but the official launch will be tomorrow at 9AM (Wed March, 20th). If you come […]

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How to design a great book cover (Behind the scenes)

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The 1.1 edition of Mindfire: Big Ideas for Curious Minds, a collection of my best essays, was officially released.  Here’s a behind the scenes story on how the cover was designed. After vetting more than 30 designers who applied, I hired Tim Kordik. And I’m glad I did. I wanted not just a graphic designer, […]

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Mindfire 1.1 Launch: Wednesday 3/20 – help wanted

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An updated edition of Mindfire: Big Ideas for Curious Minds, with more than 100 fixes, typo corrections and other minor improvements will be officially released next Wednesday. This collection of my best essays is finally cleaned up, polished and worthy of more readers. 9AM PST Wednesday March 20, I’ll make the book available for download here, […]

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Used copies of Mindfire selling for $300+

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I’m happy to announce that Mindfire 1.1 will be here shortly. Over 150 minor corrections have been made, making this the best possible edition of the best collection in existence of my best work from this blog (You can of course access my best posts of all time for free). The print edition is currently […]

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Last call: Mindfire photos wanted

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There are about 12 awesome photos so far, and the photographers will all get their name in the upcoming 1.1 edition of Mindfire. It’s not too late: 1) Pull out your copy 2) Take a photo 3)  Post it here, as a comment. And your name will be in the book. Offer ends EOD tomorrow. Go here […]

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Get your name in Mindfire 1.1: just take a picture!

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Among other writing projects, I’ve been working on a revised and cleaned up version of Mindfire: Big Ideas for Curious Minds.  The original printing had a long list of minor issues I’ve wanted to fix. Here’s a partial list of what’s improved in 1.1: Print version will have a more comfortable footprint: 8×6, instead of […]

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The future of outsourcing

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Dave Rodenbaugh, from How to buy a website, was one of my kickstarter supporters for my latest book Mindfire, a collection of my best essays.  He had this request for a blog post: Where do I see outsourcing heading in the U.S. and the world for the next 5 years? I avoid thinking about macro-trends. Even if […]

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Mindfire: Typos wanted

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I’m working on a 2nd edition of Mindfire: Big Ideas for Curious Minds, to clean up some typos and to make other minor fixes.  If you found a typo, I’d be grateful if you’d list it here. This is the current list of known corrections: page 30: while at the same time pleasing others.. / pleasing […]

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Mindfire #33 book on Kindle for Philosophy

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Thanks to all your support and word spreading, Mindfire: Big Ideas for Curious Minds is the #33 book on philosophy on Kindle. Cheers to everyone who has helped make this self-published effort such a success. And for you kickstarter folks, another update is coming soon. If you haven’t checked out the book yet, now is […]

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Amazing list of what people want me to write

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At the book launch party  for Mindfire: Big Ideas for Curious Minds last month, Much fun took place. (Photos by Shawn Murphy) I set up a big wall upstairs in the back where people could write topics they wanted me to see me write about. Wow. It took up three huge sheets of paper, and some […]

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Mindfire Day: the summary

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You folks are awesome. I know it’s annoying to keep getting asked to tweet, and post, and dance, in the name of some thing made by someone else. I know you have many other things to do.  And I’m grateful to every single one of you who helped out today. I promised a summary, and […]

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When is it time to quit a job to follow a dream?

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Andrew Rosen of Jobacle, one of my kickstarter supporters for Mindfire, had this request for a blog post: How do you know it is time to quit your job and put yourself into a project you believe in on a full-time basis (head and heart)? I try to live life backwards. It’s a cliché, but many […]

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Can you thrive on a sinking ship?

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Josh, one of my kickstarter supporters for my Mindfire: Big Ideas for Curious Minds, asked this question. My place of employment is closing. The problem is the mood is very somber and depressing. How do you work within that environment and not let it bring you down? If you stand back, way, way back, the […]

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Today is Mindfire day: Details for how to help

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To help spread word of the new book, I’m asking everyone I know to tweet, post or facebook about Mindfire. The goal is to see how high we can get the amazon.com ranking to go. Its been hovering at around #11,000 since launch. Can we get it to 7000? 2000? Lets find out. I’ll be […]

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