Episode Date November 22, 2022
Featured Guest Andri Snær Magnason
Featured Book "Einstein’s Dreams" by Alan Lightman

Episode Summary

Andri reading from Alan Lightman’s Einstein’s Dreams, and discussing his author’s journey, shedding light on being a product of his society and life experiences.

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My first job out of university was with a company that specialized in innovation. It was there that I really began to understand how creativity flourishes when there are restraints. We were once hired by Kellogg’s to help do something new for Corn Flakes, but weren’t allowed to change the product, packaging, or marketing. I remember realizing that I needed to figure out the rules in order to decide which ones needed to be broken.

Whatever your situation, there’s liberation in understanding what rules need to be followed, and which ones can be played with. I’m wondering, how might you more joyfully break a few rules?

Andri Snær Magnason is one of Iceland’s best-selling and most prolific authors, with experience writing across almost every genre, including film.

Andri reads two pages from ‘Einstein’s Dreams’ by Alan Lightman. [reading begins at 16:05]

Hear us discuss:

  • “As an artist, you always have to push your limits and try to reach out of your comfort zone.” [5:00]
  • The beauty of simplicity: “One of your roles is to not waste your reader’s time.”  [18:42]
  • A vision for the future. [25:12]
  • “The way we perceive time, both lived and unlived, can go from feeling like an eternity, to feeling like a flash.” [30:40]

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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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