PRESENT Input and Recommendations
February 2020
The Netflix documentary about the living legend Quincy Jones. It gives an intimate look at the personal and professional life of this extraordinary man with a mind-blowing musical history. I really dig the kind of documentaries that leave you feeling motivated and wanting to become better at what you love.

‘Good luck usually follows the collision of opportunity and preparation – it’s a result of that collision. So, make your mistakes now and make them quickly. The process is the most beautiful part.’
The fantastic podcast How To Fail by Elisabeth May invites every week a new interviewee to explore what failures taught them about how to succeed better. It's such a good format. And so personal and insightful.

Great episodes to start with are Mo Gawdat, Cush Jumbo, Alain de Botton, or the conversations with Elisabeth's best friend Phoebe Waller-Bridge (for all you fellow Fleabag and Killing Eve fans out there.)
Oliver Burkeman: The Antidote — Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking

"There is an alternative path to happiness and success that involves embracing failure, pessimism, insecurity, and uncertainty ― the very things we spend our lives trying to avoid."
I found this book to be super refreshing, thought-provoking, counterintuitive, and ultimately uplifting!  

‘Schemes and plans for making things better fuel our dissatisfaction with the only place where happiness can ever be found – the present. Most humans are never fully present in the now, because unconsciously they believe that the next moment must be more important than this one. But then you miss your whole life, which is never not now.’