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Creativity by John Cleese, and Your Next Five Moves: Master the Art of Business Strategy by Patrick Bet-David – for the December 4 First Friday Book Synopsis on Zoom

For Dec., 2020 FFBS meetingFirst Friday Book Synopsis December 4, 2020 — on Zoom
Time: 7:30 am (Central Time)
Two Books: 
Your Next Five Moves: Master the Art of Business Strategy by Patrick Bet-David — Delivered by Karl Krayer
Creativity: A Short and Cheerful Guide by John Cleese – Delivered by Randy Mayeux
(Zoom link below)
Please invite one and all to participate in this session.

You are invited to learn the key content of two good books, in a fast-paced presentation, complete with comprehensive, multi-page synopsis handouts.

During Pandemic Season, we have continued to average well over 100 people gathering each month on Zoom for the First Friday Book Synopsis..

On December 4, we have again selected two important books.

Karl Krayer will present his synopsis of Your Next Five Moves: Master the Art of Business Strategy by Patrick Bet-David. This will be Karl’s first presentation after his stroke a few years back.  We are glad to have Karl participate in our December session.

I will present my synopsis of the new John Cleese book:  Creativity:  A Short and Cheerful Guide. To say that he is one of the creative geniuses of the era is an understatement.  This book will provide much thought, and plenty of transferable principles.

If you are like many, you do not have time to read all of the books you would like to read.  The First Friday Book Synopsis is designed for you.

Of course, it would be better if you read the books on your own. But, our synopses are comprehensive, thorough, and they will give you plenty of the key content and principles found in the books.  You will learn, and be able to ponder the ideas in a useful way.  And, if you have read the book, our synopses will help you remember more of what you read.

Come join us.


Here is the Zoom info for the December session:

Randy Mayeux is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Dec. 4 First Friday Book Synopsis
Time: Dec 4, 2020 07:30 AM Central Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting:


Meeting ID: 864 2553 8410
Passcode: 480416


The Daily Stoic is a Major Hit in Business Circles

A book that just won’t go away is Ryan Holiday’s The Daily Stoic: 366 Meditations on Wisdom,DailyStoicCover Perseverance, and the Art of Living (Portfolio, 2016).  For the past two months, it has made numerous appearances on the Wall Street Journal business book best-selling list.  The co-author is Stephen Hanselman.

As of this writing, the book is # 5 in two Amazon.com categories of Business Motivation and Leadership.

The book includes “insights and exercises, featuring all-new translations from the Emperor Marcus Aurelius, the playwright Seneca, or slave-turned-philosopher Epictetus, as well as lesser-known luminaries like Zeno, Cleanthes, and Musonius Rufus. Every day of the year you’ll find one of their pithy, powerful quotations, as well as historical anecdotes, provocative commentary, and a helpful glossary of Greek terms.  By following these teachings over the course of a year (and, indeed, for years to come) you’ll find the serenity, self-knowledge, and resilience you need to live well.”  (Taken from Amazon.com).

From his own website, here is what we learn about the author:


“Ryan Holiday is a media strategist and prominent writer on strategy and business. After dropping out of college at nineteen to apprentice under Robert Greene, author of The 48 Laws of Power, he went on to advise many bestselling authors and multiplatinum musicians. He served as director of marketing at American Apparel for many years, where his campaigns have been used as case studies by Twitter, YouTube, and Google and written about in AdAge, the New York Times, and Fast Company.

“His first book, Trust Me I’m Lying—which the Financial Times called an “astonishing, disturbing book”—was a debut bestseller and is taught in colleges around the world. He is the author of two other books and is now published in 16 languages. He currently lives in Austin, Texas.”

This book doesn’t fit our criteria for presentation at the First Friday Book Synopsis.  But, it sure will capture a lot of attention from our attendees.