Episode Date December 16, 2021
Featured Guest Jenny Blake
Featured Book "How To Begin" by Michael Bungay Stanier

Episode Summary

This is still 2 Pages with MBS, the podcast where brilliant people read the best 2 pages from a favourite book, but now there’s a twist! It’s me reading 2 pages from my new book, and inviting brilliant people to reflect on what they’re hearing.

Writing a book can be lonely, scary, and confusing, but one of the things that has been brilliant about writing How To Begin is my friend, Jenny Blake. She’s been a friend of mine for many years now, and I feel like our friendship has only deepened within the last year. Since we think similarly, we’ve been encouraging each other to write a book, and when I thought of the small number of people I’d love to preview my new book, Jenny was an unmissable top-of-the-list person; she’s been with me all the way.

Michael reads two pages from his upcoming book, ‘How To Begin.’ [reading begins at 7:50]

Hear us discuss:

  • The intimidation of making a big leap. [12:29]
  • “It’s harder to read the label from inside the jar.” [14:39]
  • A lucky amateur?: “It takes ten years to become an overnight success.” [17:26]
  • “Plans are useless, but planning is useful.” [19:07]
  • The pursuit of ‘you 2.0’ [21:34]

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Jenny Blake’s books | Free Time: Lose the Busywork, Love Your Business | Pivot: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One

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Find Michael’s book | How To Begin

Michael Bungay Stanier

Michael Bungay Stanier

I'm the author of five books that have collectively sold more than a million copies. I'm the founder of Box of Crayons, a learning and development company that helps organizations move from advice-driven to curiosity-led. I'm the host of the *2 Pages with MBS* podcast.

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