Building a Second Brain

Book Update #5: Our first international book deal – the United Kingdom & India

We’ve just signed our first international book deal to publish Building a Second Brain….in the United Kingdom! The initial wave of pre-orders in the United States has turned publishing heads around the world, and my literary agency has reported a surge in interest and enthusiasm for BASB in multiple countries. We’ve signed with Profile, whose UK catalogue includes such bestsellers as:

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Book Update #4: You showed up – book sales are taking off!

Last week I asked you to be among the very first people to pre-order my new book Building a Second Brain….and boy did you deliver! The book quickly climbed the bestseller charts in the early morning hours last Tuesday, hitting the #1 spot in all 3 of its categories on Amazon. We peaked at #65 across the entire

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My Book Building a Second Brain is Open for Pre-Orders!

It’s not every day that 4 years of nonstop work hinges on one moment. But today’s one of those days! I’ve dreamed of writing this email for many years, and I can officially say it: You can now pre-order Building a Second Brain, which distills all of my best insights from 7 years of writing and

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Book Update #3: The Goal That Took Me 15 Years to Achieve

It was the fall of 2005. I was a 20 year-old student at Saddleback Community College near my hometown in Orange County, California. Over the previous year, I had exhausted nearly all of my college savings by attending one of the most expensive universities in the country, in faraway Washington D.C. Before I knew what hit me,

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Book Update #2: Manuscript in Production

I can hardly believe it, but my manuscript is officially in production and pre-orders for my book Building a Second Brain (BASB) will open in just TWO WEEKS, on Tuesday, Nov. 16!!! Subscribe below if you’d like to be notified the moment it’s available and stay updated on our milestones: If you’re just joining, I’m working

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Building a Second Brain 13: The Founders

We are officially launching cohort 13 of Building a Second Brain (BASB), our flagship online course on how to save your best ideas, organize your knowledge, and use it to lead a fulfilling life with more ease and less stress. We’ve spent the last 5 months making a new round of radical improvements to every

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Intermediate Packets in the Wild

One of the most powerful shifts I see people make in the way they work is breaking down their large projects or goals into smaller chunks, which I call “Intermediate Packets.” I use the term “packet” because it reminds us that so much of our work today is digital, which means it is malleable and can

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Second Brains in the Wild

I’m often surprised when people find the idea of a “Second Brain” – a system of knowledge management that lives outside one’s head – to be fanciful or unrealistic. When in fact, the practice of saving and storing important information in a trusted place is ubiquitous. Professionals of all kinds have developed ways of documenting

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What do you call your Second Brain?

A system of personal knowledge management, which I call a “Second Brain,” is an indispensable part of any modern professional’s toolkit. Because it is such a personal tool, it’s important to give it a name that evokes the special relationship you have with it. Here is a collection of alternative names for a Second Brain

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