Do you remember the first time you ate yogurt? I certainly do, because they came with a free toy. Yogurt and packed cereals were a novelty in Canary Islands back then. Something unknown they needed to present to reluctant parents and children alike.
Somehow it worked, because to this day I eat yogurt; toy or not toy. (As for cereal I quickly returned to the traditional gofio).
But the guys at Philosophers’ Notes are braver: they are giving a load of free yogurt, I mean, subscriptions.
So what are these PhilosophersNotes all about?
“The difference between where you are today and where you’ll be five years from now will be found in the quality of books you’ve read.” ~ Jim Rohn
Philosopher notes are excellent summaries of books on practical wisdom. You aren’t going to find complex treaties on Epistemology or Hermeneutics but distilled ideas that can be easily put to action to transform your life.
“As we explore these great books, we WON’T get stuck in just the dry intellectual stuff.”
Brian Johnson, on that quote above from their website, makes a promise he faithfully keeps on each and every Philosopher’s Note I have read or listened. However that does not mean they are dumbing the books down, but trimming the fat and using such a clear and concise language as necessary. I’m a Spaniard and I can understand every word, you’ll have no trouble. It’s exactly as hard as reading an exceptional blog post.
You said listened?
I did, because the PNotes are available both as PDF and mp3 audio books. As each pdf is about 6 pages inside, they can be read or listened quickly. So quickly, in fact, that you can listen to them once and again to help your memory. You have probably heard it before, and it’s true: repetition helps your learning.
They call it “spiritual economics”.
Do you know what an army, and enterprise and a student have in common?
- Morale to survive. Without it the first mistake or misfortune will lead to defeat.
- Wisdom, that is to know why they are doing what they are doing.
- Strategy, to know what to do.
- Discipline, to do it.
These PhilosopherNotes provide for the first three. For Discipline, I’m afraid, that’s your main area of responsibility. But an area you can train, and learn from the pros too.
But I say, it is more than spiritual economics.
Because wisdom can be applied to many areas of life, from homemaking to teaching, from study to balancing your personal budget or even running a blog. (Yeah, this is one of the sources I look for inspiration, I admit that, are you happy now?)
Free, you said, free!
And here it is the catch. You have to post a comment here, and I will give 1 free subscription for PhilosopherNotes -and that meant quite a fair number of books summaries 25+ if I’m not mistaken. You know, summaries of books like “Seven habits of highly effective people”, “Meditations”, “Read Dad, Poor Dad”, “The power of TED”, “The Pareto principle”…
So please, do not miss this opportunity.