In this episode, Clay and Sarah share 3 books each that have influenced their lives in a major way. As Clay describes it, “Books that punch you in the face.”

[1:09] Sarah and Clay talk about International Women’s Day

[7:10] Our top three books for this year!!

[7:40] Clay asks ‘what book punched me in the face’?

[8:20] Clay starts with Balkan Ghosts: a journey through history by Robert D. Kaplan — travel writing & the longterm impact of violence and racism

[18:00] Sarah talks about reading Cave in the Snow by Vicki Mackenzie about a woman who trained in meditation and spent twelve years in a cave in the Himalayas — processes of our mind in solitude

[29:30] Clay describes why Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead by Tom Stoppard has always stuck with him — fate, the randomness of circumstance and the interconnection of all things

[35:00] This is Sarah’s favourite book this year — Running Down a Dream by Tim Grahl — the truth of the creative process, obstacles as you advance in the creative journey, and the alternative to the standard self-help success story

[44:02] Clay talks about his third choice, The Inner Game of Tennis by W Timothy Gallwey — internal mastery, habits of mind that inhibit performance and pushing ourselves outside our comfort zone to the next level

[49:50] Sarah’s last book choice, Daring Greatly by Brene Brown — we discuss the famous “man in the arena” quote, playing to win vs. playing not to lose, & how to embrace vulnerability when we’re trying to “put ourselves out there”


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