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Bookworm is dedicated to doing more than just reading books. Mike Schmitz & Cory Hixson read a book every two weeks and discuss ways to apply the author's lessons to their lives.

Bookworm Mike Schmitz and Cory Hixson

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    • 4.4 • 98 Ratings

Bookworm is dedicated to doing more than just reading books. Mike Schmitz & Cory Hixson read a book every two weeks and discuss ways to apply the author's lessons to their lives.

    190: Learn Like a Pro by Barbara Oakley & Olav Schewe

    190: Learn Like a Pro by Barbara Oakley & Olav Schewe

    Do you have trouble learning new things? Today’s authors promise to help us improve our ability to learn based on neuroscience and cognitive psychology. Join Mike & new co-host Cory Hixson as they attempt to make the best use of their brains.







    Mike’s Notes from Learn Like a Pro

    Cory’s Designing Your Academic Life workshop

    Mike’s Learning Community

    Learn Like a Pro by Barbara Oakley & Olav Schewe

    Bookworm #56: Hyper Focus

    Write or Die

    RemNote

    Bookworm #188: Feel Good Productivity

    Bookworm #129: The Extended Mind

    Bookworm #94: Tiny Habits by BJ Fogg

    Bookworm #167: Master Your Motivation

    Cornell Notes in Obsidian

    Six Thinking Hats by Edward de Bono

    The Inevitable by Kevin Kelly

    Triumph of the Lamb by Dennis Johnson

    Bookworm Shirts

    • 1 hr 47 min
    189: Designing Your Life by Bill Burnett & Dave Evans

    189: Designing Your Life by Bill Burnett & Dave Evans

    Today’s authors (and Stanford Life Design Lab co-founders) promise to help us use design thinking to create a life that is both meaningful and fulfilling. Join Mike and new co-host Cory Hixson as they attempt to build their version of a well-lived, joyful life.









    Apple Vision Pro

    Focused 196: Focus & The Reading Life, with Maryanne Wolf

    Reader, Come Home by Maryanne Wolf

    The Upgradies Book Pick

    Bookworm #188: Feel Good Productivity

    Mike’s Personal Retreat video

    Designing Your Life by Bill Burnett & Dave Evans

    The Deep Life #284: Feel-Good Productivity (w/ Ali Abdaal)

    Bookworm #73: The 4-Hour Workweek

    Bookworm #132: So Good They Can’t Ignore You

    Bookworm #25: Grit

    Bookworm #83: The Infinite Game

    Finite & Infinite Games by James Carse

    Bookworm #14: The 12 Week Year

    Learn Like a Pro by Barbara Oakley & Olav Schewe

    Influence by Robert Cialdini

    Triumph of the Lamb by Dennis Johnson

    You Are the Brand by Mike Kim

    Bookworm Shirts

    • 1 hr 49 min
    188: Feel Good Productivity by Ali Abdaal

    188: Feel Good Productivity by Ali Abdaal

    This episode of Bookworm is sponsored by:









    * HelloFresh: America’s #1 Meal Kit. Get one free breakfast item per box for the length of your subscription with the code bookwormfree.









    Productivity isn’t just hard work and efficiency. Today’s author promises to teach us an easier and happier path to success.









    Cory’s Talking to the Internet podcast

    Mike’s Obsidian University Cohort

    Bookworm #187: Difficult Conversations

    Bookworm #42: How to Read a Book

    Feel-Good Productivity by Ali Abdaal

    Part-Time YouTuber Academy

    Ali Abdaal’s YouTube channel

    Bookworm #14: The 12 Week year

    Bookworm #63: Atomic Habits

    Designing Your Life by Bill Burnett & Dave Evans

    Bookworm Shirts

    • 1 hr 40 min
    187: Difficult Conversations by Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton, & Sheila Heen

    187: Difficult Conversations by Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton, & Sheila Heen

    As humans, we tend to avoid conversations that can cause us to feel anxious or frustrated. But today’s authors make the case for leaning into these difficult conversations and give us advice for doing so with confidence and skill.









    Talking to the Internet podcast

    Bookworm #101: Never Split the Difference

    Mike’s Obsidian University Cohort

    Difficult Conversations by Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton, & Sheila Heen

    Bookworm #182: Clear Thinking

    Bookworm #38: Mindset

    Bookworm #42: How to Read a Book

    Bookworm #124: Liminal Thinking

    Bookworm #137: Atlas of the Heart

    Bookworm #122: Digital Body Language

    Feel-Good Productivity by Ali Abdaal

    • 1 hr 41 min
    186: Same as Ever by Morgan Housel

    186: Same as Ever by Morgan Housel

    We tend to focus on the things that are new and different. But today’s author argues that we should really be looking at the things that stay the same. Join Joe & Mike as they attempt to navigate uncertainty by focusing on the things that never, ever change.









    Cal Newport podcast episode about task management

    Mike’s Obsidian task management Dashboard

    Obsidian Tasks

    Same as Ever by Morgan Housel

    Psychology of Money by Morgan Housel

    Bookworm 171: The Gap and The Gain

    Keep Going mug

    Bookworm #90: Good to Great

    Bookworm #44: Man’s Search for Meaning

    • 1 hr 20 min
    185: Who Not How by Dan Sullivan & Dr. Benjamin Hardy

    185: Who Not How by Dan Sullivan & Dr. Benjamin Hardy

    Today’s author(s) promise to teach us a perspective shift that will help us achieve incredible personal freedom. Join Joe & Mike as they consider who can help them get where they want to go.









    Adam Grant’s Hidden Potential Quiz

    Bookworm #184: Hidden Potential

    Who Not How by Dan Sullivan and Dr. Benjamin Hardy

    Bookworm 171: The Gap & The Gain

    Strategic Coach

    Bookworm #132: So Good They Can’t Ignore You

    Maria Popova (The Marginalia, formerly Brain Pickings

    10X Talk podcast

    Same as Ever by Morgan Housel

    Noise by Daniel Kahneman

    • 1 hr 21 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
98 Ratings

98 Ratings

Christin White ,

Really Helpful Discussions

I just listened to Bookworm from start to finish over the last couple of weeks and have learned a ton, found 100 or so books to add to my reading list and been thoroughly entertained along the way. I find their commentary really insightful and most of their book choices are superb, Joe in particular seems to think the way I do and I relate to a lot of what he says. It’s been one of the most influential, educational and helpful podcasts I’ve ever listened to.

That said, the Christianity *is* pretty pervasive and no review would be complete without mentioning it. I was going to say it’s all fine, a bit more than I’d prefer but by no means bad and give them five stars regardless. I felt that way until I got to the episode about The Antidote.

In that episode the book apparently included some information about Buddhism and while Joe’s point of view was neutral Mike’s total disregard for it as uninteresting, despite saying he doesn’t know much about it and his comment “I just wish it wasn’t attached to an eastern religion, I feel like that’s going to alienate a lot of people” really disappointed me.

This was an opportunity for them to bring in a little much needed diversity to the conversation and to model the behavior they ask listeners with different worldviews — like myself — to take with their beliefs. It would have been nice to see Mike look for something in another belief system that had value or related to his faith in spite of not being open to adopting it. At very least, treat it with the same respect with which he would like his faith be treated, not complain that some people believe something different than he does.

Talking about their faith is just fine and hey, if you don’t like it don’t listen, right? Follow that logic and maybe Mike shouldn’t have read that book. In dissing on an eastern religion because it will “alienate a lot of people” for the first time as a listener and an atheist I felt alienated by this podcast. That’s regrettable and listeners of all faiths deserved better.

Elizabeth Gdr ,

Dr. Julie Smith

I was interested in this episode because I’m interested in Dr. Smith m’s book, which has been a best seller for weeks. These guys seem to have high opinions of themselves and not of her. I beg to differ, but they’re not worthy of any more of my time.

dougitect ,

Enjoyable to listen in

I don’t actually read most of these books (though I like the ones on habits) but I like learning about them and hearing Mike and Joe think them through.

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