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#CTFirstFridayBookclub ~ September

It’s time for a new book – and this month, we’re reading Life in Half a Second by Matthew Michalewicz.

Matthew proposes a series of ‘doors’ that you need to pass through in order to achieve success. From his site:

“What if there was a proven path to success? A path supported by science and research? A path that led to your goals and aspirations in less time, with less risk? Would you take it?

Truthful and hard hitting, Life in Half a Second is the first “fact-based” formula for achieving success in life and business. Proven through thousands of studies and decades of research, it presents the five doors you must walk through to achieve success in your career, business, or personal life.

Gimmicks, mind tricks, fairy tales, and wishful thinking NOT INCLUDED. Just facts.”

{This book is available in ebook, print, and audio formats.}

I won’t give away the doors of success, but I would agree that he’s pretty spot-on in his assessment of the things you need to do to achieve success – in whatever endeavour you choose.

Again, you are always MORE than welcome to take the monthly book image and share it on your own social channels.

Are you joining us?

What is the #CTFirstFridayBookclub?

I read a LOT of creative and business blogs. Most days see me start my day with a cup of coffee and my Flipboard app, reading blog posts and getting inspired for the workday ahead.

However… as much as I adore blogs, I realised I was really not reading anywhere near as many BOOKS as I would like to. The beauty of a book is that it takes you on a much deeper journey into a specific topic. It tends to suck you in, challenge you, make you question your life and business (if it’s a good book…) and many a book has been transformational in my life.

My solution? I figured the best thing to do would be to create something that would not only ensure that I read more books, but that would hopefully help YOU to do the same!

Welcome to the#CTFirstFridayBookclub.

The #CTFirstFridayBookclub is a community of makers, artists, designers… basically, creatives of all stripes who are also interested in learning about how to harness our creativity to build a thriving business.

Each month, we read a creative/business book, and discuss it over on the club Facebook group. Or on twitter or instagram using the #CTFirstFridayBookclub hashtag!

On the First Friday of the month, I’ll announce the transition to the new book we are reading. During the subsequent month, you can share your thoughts, favourite quotes, questions, arguments, tangents etc. prompted by the book we are all reading in the group, at whatever time suits you.

Half-way through the month I’ll make a brief announcement as to the title of the NEXT book we’ll be reading. This is to give you time to order a copy/get it from your library so that you have it when we transition over to it on the next First Friday. I am planning on sticking to traditionally published books for now, so that they come in hardcopy and ebook formats, and if you’re lucky, they might be available for free from your library/a friend.

Sound good? 

Head on over here to join us! It’s completely free and open to anyone with the right mindset.


Van Den has written 319 posts in this blog.

Jess Van Den is the editor of Create & Thrive, and has been a full-time creative entrepreneur since 2010. She makes eco-conscious, contemporary, handmade sterling silver jewellery under the Epheriell label, and blogs about her jewellery and other beautiful things at You can catch her on twitter @JessVanDen.

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