There sure have been a lot of great free ebooks that have come out this week.
I can’t think of a time where so many books that delivered the goods in realms that I love to dwell in all hit the virtual bookshelves in that short of a timespan. Needless to say, I’ve been having a great time reading this week.
I’ll give all of them their due time on this weblog over the next week or so, but today I want to start with the one that resonated with me most of all: Chris Guillebeau’s The Tower. Guillebeau has put together a brief book that held me captive n one sitting. Sure, it’s a quick read – but it is one of the best quick reads I’ve ever had the pleasure of laying my eyes upon. Even quick reads sometimes don’t keep me fully engaged in one sitting. The Tower did that…and more.
I’ll try not to spoil too much here, but one of the reasons that Guillebeau’s book hit home is that it reminded me of my days playing Smurf Village on my iPad – and gaining nothing really out of it. I remember “gaming” the iPad by disconnecting from the Internet, manually changing the time ahead so that I could reap the rewards of a crop or two just so that, well…I could do the same thing all over again. Between possibly altering my OmniFocus data (thankfully, I didn’t) and feeling guilty when the wrath of Papa Smurf was unleashed on me because I turned on my game too soon after resuming normal space-time operation, it finally dawned on me that I had fallen into a huge time suck. The idea of playing a game was to take a break every once in a while from my writing and work, not to take me away from my writing and work.
But that’s what happened. Which isn’t really what a productivityist is supposed to do.
Actually, it’s something no one is really supposed to do.
The Tower asks the reader questions, it dives deep into all of the questions the author asked himself during this period of discovery (both of self and beyond), and it captivates you every step of the way. It may not give you all of the answers, but it certainly makes you want to look harder to find them in yourself.
Get The Tower for free. Read The Tower. Then start building yours.
You’ll be glad you did all three.