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- Listening Length: 10 hours
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Macmillan Audio
- Scheduled Audible.com Release Date: September 5, 2017
- Language: English
- ASIN: B06W525N3P
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Bored and Brilliant: How Spacing Out Can Unlock Your Most Productive and Creative Self Audiobook – Unabridged
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I bore myself in broad daylight..." - Iggy Pop
If you suffer from boredom, or what the French refer to as Ennui, you might be able to put that boredom and brilliance to good use. In Manoush Zomorodi's new book she is describing what the great Indian philosopher Krishnamurti meant when he once wrote and spoke of what he called "creative discontent." Krishnamurti wrote, "Don't be afraid to be discontent, but give it nourishment until that spark becomes a flame and you are everlastingly discontented with everything..."
Author Zomorodi's work is important on the subject of spacing out in the digital information age of overload. Boredom is a wake-up call that something is wrong with your job, your life, your relationship. There is time to be bored, but there is no time to be lost.
There is actionable and practical advice and research is this book. "Bored and Brilliant" takes a deep dive into the process of "rediscovering" those daydreams that have been languishing on some superficial or go-no-where situation. Technology is only useful when it serves us, when technology rules our daily life's we wake up in a sad reality. I personally find Facebook the most boring place on earth. Everyone's life is "Pleasantville (1998)" We all know how that movie ended.
I enjoyed this book immensely and will continue to exercise me boredom, because it is my path to freedom and I hope it is for you as well.
Ms. Zomorodi conducted a "Bored and Brilliant" experiment in 2015 with the radio listeners of her WNYC podcast "Note To Self". This book concentrates on that experiment and includes comments from some of the participants of the experiment. Overall, this is a noteworthy read, but not that noteworthy. Nothing the author or the participants say seems like anything new about modern day technology. It’s all been said before, it’s all been noted before. Maybe if you are someone who really does need to reduce the time you spend every day looking at one screen or another, this book will be useful to you. For me, it was just another sad look at those who actually think they can’t live without their cell phones, except for very short periods of time; where those very short periods of time are seen as huge accomplishments.
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