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About Tiago Forte
Tiago Forte was born in South Laguna, California in 1985 to immigrant parents from Brazil and the Philippines. After growing up in Orange County, he studied abroad in Brazil, worked in microfinance in Colombia, served in the Peace Corps in Ukraine, and worked in product development consulting for large companies. In 2013 he founded Forte Labs, an education company for professional development in the Information Age.
Tiago's mission is to help knowledge workers use design and technology to transform their productivity, elevating their performance and reframing their relationship to work. He writes, speaks, and delivers workshops on topics related to the future of work, including design thinking, productivity, habit formation, and personal knowledge management. His online courses, including Building a Second Brain, teach fundamental skills for working in the digital age.
Visit the Forte Labs website at https://fortelabs.co and his Praxis blog at https://praxis.fortelabs.co.
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Tiago’s writing reflects his unusual ability to connect the abstract and the practical, and converges on a theme: the theory and practice of modern knowledge work − how it is defined, how it is practiced, and how it is evolving.
This collection explores an overarching idea: that you can design your work. You can adapt, tweak, customize, and reframe any part of it, from how you process emails, to how you organize information, to how you structure your attention, to how you measure your performance.
It includes 18 in-depth essays written by Tiago Forte, covering diverse topics related to personal and professional effectiveness. From note-taking and writing, to creativity and curation, to being a digital nomad and working with a virtual assistant, and many more.
Tying together these topics is the theme of personal growth – how to tap into the power of our emotions and intuition to produce more creative and impactful work. Tiago continues his work seeking the edge of human potential, by examining how self-awareness and emotional intelligence help us reach it.
Through personal experiences, extensive research, and unique thought experiments that span many fields, The Heart is the Bottleneck provides a blueprint for personal growth that is practical and achievable, instead of mystical. It lays out a series of concrete skills that anyone can master to tap into their creative potential and confront their greatest challenges with confidence.
It includes 14 essays tracing his journey to understand the interplay between "logical" ways of knowing centered in the brain, and "intuitive" ways of knowing through the body and heart. And not only to understand them, but to experience them first hand.
After years of searching and experimenting, he came to realize that there is a different way of knowing besides the intellect: as embodied instead of dissociated, as intuitive instead of analytical, as somatic instead of cerebral. So much of our most valuable knowledge isn’t stored in the form of facts and figures. It is stored inside the body and the heart as memories, instincts, traumas, and dreams.
Tiago's writing explores how memories and emotions are expressed in the human brain and body, connecting that to lessons from other cultures and throughout history, with his own journey as the backdrop tying them together.
His goal is to better understand the nature of knowledge by reuniting the mind and body that modern society so often treats as completely separate. To recruit every form of intelligence at our disposal to help us live better, happier, more fulfilling lives.
Over the next several years, Tiago participated in several other Mesas in the U.S. and Brazil, and watched the method evolve from an experiment, to a thriving business that has executed more than 130 such projects around the world. Each time he took part, he came away with a renewed sense of what was possible when creative people come together with the right conditions and work according to the right principles. This book is Tiago's account of what he has learned about the Mesa Method, and the possibilities it offers for a way of working that is more human, more fun, more productive, and most importantly, more effective.
This is the story of a new, more modern way of getting things done. It is a methodology invented by creative professionals for solving complex challenges at a breathtaking pace. It is a vision for how the most talented people in the world can come together to create something great, while remaining free to pursue other projects.
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