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Bookworm is dedicated to doing more than just reading books. Joe and Mike read a book every two weeks and discuss ways to apply the authors lessons to their lives.

Bookworm Joe Buhlig and Mike Schmitz

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Bookworm is dedicated to doing more than just reading books. Joe and Mike read a book every two weeks and discuss ways to apply the authors lessons to their lives.

    137: Atlas of the Heart by Brené Brown

    137: Atlas of the Heart by Brené Brown

    Today’s author condenses two decades worth of research into a comprehensive guide for mapping meaningful connections. Join Joe & Mike as they consider emotions and explore the language of human experience.







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    2022: The Year of Recalibration

    The 5am Club by Robin Sharma

    Concept 2 Model D

    Atlas of the Heart by Brene Brown

    Bookworm 136: Thinking in Systems

    Bookworm #113: The Great Mental Models, Volume 1

    Bookworm #130: Courage is Calling

    The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale

    Bookworm #38: Mindset

    Bookworm #9: Daring Greatly

    Bookworm #135: Four Thousand Weeks

    Bookworm #42: How to Read a Book

    How to Change by Katy Milkman

    Personal Socrates by Marc Champagne

    The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction by Alan Jacobs

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    • 1 hr 44 min
    136: Thinking in Systems by Donella Meadows

    136: Thinking in Systems by Donella Meadows

    Systems are all around us. Many of the problems we face every day (big & small) are simply systems failures. Today’s author attempts to help us develop the systems-thinking skills we need to avoid confusion find more effective solutions.







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    Bookworm #135: Four Thousand Weeks

    Thining in Systems by Donella Meadows

    Mike’s Input Workflow

    Bookworm #25: Grit

    Bookworm #53: Boundaries

    The Great Mental Models, Volume 1

    Bookworm #87: Thinking, Fast & Slow

    Personal Socrates by Marc Champagne

    How Will You Measure Your Life? by Clayton Christianson

    Bookworm #11: The Innovator’s Dilemma

    Bookworm #9: Daring Greatly

    Atlas of the Heart by Brene Brown

    How to Change by Katy Milkman

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    • 1 hr 33 min
    135: Four Thousand Weeks by Oliver Burkeman

    135: Four Thousand Weeks by Oliver Burkeman

    Nobody needs telling there isn’t enough time. Today’s author encourages us to reject the idea of getting everything done by recognizing our time on earth is short. Join Joe & Mike as they embark on a journey to embrace their own finitude.







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    Remarkable

    Four Thousand Weeks by Oliver Burkeman

    Bookworm #91: The Antidote

    Bookworm #113: Great Mental Models Volume 1

    Personal Socrates by Marc Champagne

    Stepping Off the Productivity Hamster Wheel

    Mike’s newsletter on redeeming the time

    Mike’s Lobster Gloves

    Bookworm #74: The Second Mountain

    Bookworm #123: Procrastinate on Purpose

    Focused #135: Don’t Eat the Frog, with Jesse J. Anderson

    Focused #141: You Never Arrive

    The Tim Ferriss Show: The Liberation of Cosmic Insignificance Therapy

    Bookworm #96: Triggers

    Bookworm #44: Man’s Search for Meaning

    Bookworm #63: Atomic Habits

    Thining in Systems by Donella Meadows

    Atlas of the Heart by Brene Brown

    Bookworm #9: Daring Greatly

    Take Back Your Family by Jefferson Bethke

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    • 1 hr 52 min
    134: Self Control – It’s Kingship and Majesty by William George Jordan

    134: Self Control – It’s Kingship and Majesty by William George Jordan

    What can we learn about productivity from a book written over 100 years ago? Turns out, quite a lot. Join Joe & Mike as they examine the oldest Bookworm book yet.







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    Bookworm #34: Think & Grow Rich

    Bookworm #133: Soundtracks

    Bookworm #38: Mindset

    Self Control – It’s Kingship & Majesty by William George Jordan

    The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale

    Mike’s Newsletter (Quiet Strength)

    Bookworm #104: The Minimalist Home

    The Art of Manliness

    Bookworm #42: How to Read a Book

    Focused #135: Don’t Eat the Frog, with Jesse J. Anderson

    Four Thousand Weeks by Oliver Burkeman

    Thining in Systems by Donella Meadows

    Simple Numbers 2.0 by Greg Crabtree

    Take Back Your Family by Jefferson Bethke

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    • 1 hr 38 min
    133: Soundtracks by Jon Acuff

    133: Soundtracks by Jon Acuff

    Today’s author promises to help change overthinking from a super problem into a superpower. Join Joe & Mike as they attempt to change their thoughts as they DJ their own mental soundtracks.







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    Bookworm Sweatshirt

    The Focused calendar

    Daily Content Machine

    Focused 134: Finding Space with Sean McCabe

    Overlap by Sean McCabe

    Linking Your Thinking

    Soundtracks by Jon Acuff

    Start by Jon Acuff

    The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale

    Focused #139: Soundtracks and Self-Talk

    Bookworm #48: How to Win Friends and Influence People

    Bookworm #34: Think and Grow Rich

    The Focus Course

    Finish by Jon Acuff

    Bookworm #113: The Great Mental Models Volume 1

    Bookworm #63: Atomic Habits

    Bookworm #23: Rhinoceros Success

    Self-Control by William George Jordan

    Four Thousand Weeks by Oliver Burkeman

    Thanks by Robert Emmons

    Take Back Your Family by Jefferson Bethke

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    • 1 hr 48 min
    132: So Good They Can’t Ignore You by Cal Newport

    132: So Good They Can’t Ignore You by Cal Newport

    If you’re trying to live a remarkable life, today’s author argues that “follow your passion” is terrible advice. Join Joe & Mike as they consider the craftsman mindset in an effort to collect their own career capital.







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    Focused #138: Hyper-Scheduling Revisited

    Email Lessons from Napoleon Bonaparte

    So Good They Can’t Ignore You by Cal Newport

    Thou Shalt Hustle

    Bookworm #74: The Second Mountain

    Bookworm #42: How to Read a Book

    A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

    Steve Jobs’ Stanford speech

    Bookworm #50: Bookworm Draft

    Hell Yeah or No by Derek Sivers

    Bookworm #38: Mindset

    Bookworm #130: Courage is Calling

    Bookworm #63: Atomic Habits

    Bookworm #64: Digital Minimalism

    Soundtracks by Jon Acuff

    Self-Control by William George Jordan

    The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale

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    • 1 hr 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
89 Ratings

89 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.

ColoradoKC ,

Authentic and Engaging

I found this podcast after listening to Mike on the older Asian Efficiency podcasts, which I also loved. Mike and Joe are just so real - I feel like I’ve been invited to come have coffee with them to have real discussions about stuff we all struggle with, and positive, growth-oriented ways to overcome that “stuff.” I sampled some of the newer episodes, dipping on here and there, and then I realized I wanted to hear the whole story about the follow-up items. That necessitated going back to the beginning to listen to the podcasts in order, and I’m glad I have. It’s comforting to know that even the productivity experts who spend their life working in the productivity space can sometimes struggle with which task management system works best for them, and sometimes need to trick themselves into getting things done, too. Makes me feel better about my journey. Oh - and the discussions about the books are really great, too! Lol

Listen. You won’t be disappointed.

malfoxley ,

Great show!

Joe and Mike, hosts of the Bookworm podcast, highlight all aspects of applying a book’s lessons and more in this can’t miss podcast! The hosts and expert guests offer insightful advice and information that is helpful to anyone that listens!

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