About Me

My name is Egil (egil@carpediem101.com ).

My Philosophy of life is under construction.

I’m influenced by Zen Buddhism, Stoicism, Positive Psychology & all the exciting new insights in neuroscience.. and much more..

I’m a sucker for building good habits.. and have a very systematic approach to this involving continues logging & evaluation. I have built an computer based application where I register, activate, log & rate progress of new habits.

The keyword is “Continues training”.

So my passions in life are Personal Development & Art – (music in particular). This blog will cover personal development (plus some..) & two other blogs -> alldylan.com & borntolisten.com takes care of the music part.



Personal Development – OLD – Reading list:

will be updated soon

Currently reading

  • Story of Philosophy
    Will Durant


Finished Reading:

  • 52 Changes for 2013
    Leo Babauta 
  • Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof That You Can Heal Yourself
    Lissa Rankin
  • Thinking, Fast and Slow
    Daniel Kahneman
  • The Primal Connection: Follow Your Genetic Blueprint to Health and Happiness
    Mark Sisson
  • The How of Happiness: A New Approach to Getting the Life You Want
    Sonja Lyubomirsky
    how-happiness-new-approach-getting-life-you-want-sonja-lyubomirsky-paperback-cover-artfinished jan 2013
  • Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience
    by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
    finished in December 2012
  • The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles
    by Steven Pressfield
    finished in December 2012
  • The Upside of Irrationality: The Unexpected Benefits of Defying Logic at Work and at Home
    Dan Ariely
    Finished November 2012
  • The Emotional Life of Your Brain: How Its Unique Patterns Affect the Way You Think, Feel, and Live–and How You Can Change Them
    Richard J. Davidson (Author), Sharon Begley (Author)
    Finished – October 2012

  • Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain: How a New Science Reveals Our Extraordinary Potential to Transform Ourselves
    Sharon Begley
    Finished September 2012
  • Rewire Your Brain: Think Your Way to a Better Life
    John B. Arden
    Finished September 2012
  • Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything
    Steven D. Levitt (Author), Stephen J. Dubner (Author)
    finished August 2012
  • Man’s Search for Meaning
    Viktor E. Frankl
    finished August 2012
  • Outliers: The Story of Success
    Malcolm Gladwell
    finished August 2012
  • The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future
    Chris Guillebeau
    finished July 2012
  • Drive
    Dan Pink
    finished July 2012
  • Don’t Die with Your Song Unsung
    Gary Russo
    finished July 2012
  • The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business
    Charles Duhigg
    finished June 2012
  • Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery
    Garr Reynolds
    finished June 2012
  • Wherever You Go, There You Are
    Jon Kabat-Zinn
    finished May 2012 
  • 59 Seconds: Think a Little, Change a Lot
    Richard Wiseman
    finished April 2012 
  • What Color Is Your Parachute?
    Richard N. Bolles
    finished April 2012 
  • Mojo: How to get it, How to keep it, How to get it back if you loose it
    Marshall Goldsmith & Mark Reiter
    finished April 2012 
  • Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation
    Daniel J. Siegel
    finished April 2012 
  • A Whole New Mind: why right-brainers will rule the future
    Daniel H. Pink
    finished March 2012 
  • A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy
    William B. Irvine
    finished March 2012 
  • Your Brain At Work
    David Rock
    finished July 2011
  • The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work
    Shawn Achor
    finished March 2012
  • Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity
    David Allen
    finished April 2011
  • Making It All Work: Winning at the Game of Work and Business of Life
    David Allen
    finished authum 2011
  • The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything
    Lou Aronica and Ken Robinson
    finished October 2011
  • Crush It!: Why NOW Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion
    Gary Vaynerchuck
    finished October 2011
  • The Brain and Emotional Intelligence: New Insights
    Daniel Goleman
    finished June 2011
  • Emotional Intelligence 2.0
    Travis Bradberry
    finished August 2011
  • Zen To Done: The Ultimate Simple Productivity System
    Leo Babauta
    finished July 2011
  • Ona Fyr (Norwegian)
    Ingebrigt Steen Jensen
    finished July 2011
  • Opptur (Norwegian)
    Amund Fjeldstad
    finished September 2011

Did not finish/Paused:

  • Delivering Hapiness
    Tony Hsieh
  • Free Will
    Sam Harris
  • The Joy of Less, A Minimalist Living Guide: How to Declutter, Organize, and Simplify Your Life
    Francine Jay
    5% – temporary paused
  • The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference
    Malcolm Gladwell
    26% – After reading Freakonomics & Outliers…. I felt this was too much of the same stuff

Some of the books on my waiting list:

  • Minimalism: Essential Essays
    Joshua Fields Millburn (Author), Ryan Nicodemus (Author)
  • The Miracle of Mindfulness: An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation
    Thich Nhat Hanh (Author), Vo-Dihn Mai (Illustrator), Mobi Ho (Translator)
  • Imagine: How Creativity Works
    Jonah Lehrer
  • Be the Hero: Three Powerful Ways to Overcome Challenges in Work and Life
    Noah Blumenthal
  • Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom
    Rick Hanson, Richard Mendius
  • Beethoven’s Anvil: Music In Mind And Culture
    William Benzon
  •  The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science
    Norman Doidge
  • Stumbling on Happiness
    Daniel Gilbert
  • Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?
    Seth Godin
  • Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die
    Chip Heath & Dan Heath
  • The Personal MBA: A World-Class Business Education in a Single Volume
    Josh Kaufman
  • Emotional Awareness: Overcoming the Obstacles to Psychological Balance
    Paul Ekman Ph.D. (Author), Dalai Lama (Author)
  • Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions
    Dan Ariely


Other Books:


  • A Confederacy of Dunces
    John Kennedy Toole and Walker Percy
  • Hymns to the Silence: Inside the Words and Music of Van Morrison
    Peter Mills
  • Blues & Chaos
    Robert Palmer & Anthony DeCurtis
  • 1000 Recordings to hear before you die
    Tom Moon

Read – 2012:

  • Bruce Springsteen and the Promise of Rock ‘n’ Roll
    Marc Dolan
    finished July 2012 
  • Walk Like a Man: Coming of Age with the Music of Bruce Springsteen
    Robert J. Wiersema
    finished July 2012 
  • Good Rockin’ Tonight: Sun Records and the Birth of Rock ‘N’ Roll
    Colin Escott & Martin Hawkins
    finished June 2012
  • Sing Me Back Home: Love, Death, and Country Music
    Dana Jennings
    finished May 2012

Some of the books on my Waiting list – Music & Art:

  • My Cross to Bear
    Gregg Allman

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