He’s also the founder of the Restful Company. This book is his case for, as per the sub-title: “Why You Get More Done When You Work Less.”
Alex brilliantly walks us through the science of why rest is an unequivocally essential part of doing truly great work. He integrates the latest findings in neuroscience with compelling and inspiring stories of historical exemplars who leveraged rest to achieve greatness. It’s awesome.
And… Having said that, as I read the book, I had the thought that “Rest” might not be the best title for this book. I mean, I get it. Rest is essential, it’s a compelling one-word title, etc.
But… What Alex is REALLY selling us on isn’t just “Rest” or “Working Less” per se, it’s creating RHYTHMS in our lives such that we integrate both intense work and equally powerful recovery—deliberately TRAINING our recovery like world-class athletes.
As such, I might have actually crossed out “Rest” on the cover and wrote “Rhythms.”
Then I might’ve modified the sub-title as well. I changed that one to: “Why You Get Your Best Work Done When You Train Your Recovery.” :)
Work + Rest = Rhythms = Creative Genius <- THAT’s where it’s at.
Of course, it’s packed with Big Ideas and I’m excited to explore a handful of my favorites so let’s jump straight in!
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