Chip and Dan Heath, Sally Hogshead, Shane Snow, Kevin Ashton: It’s not just what they say, it’s what we do.


I had five discretionary minutes between meetings.

I opened Safari on my iPad.

I started clicking.

First here. Then over there. Eventually someplace entirely new:

Well, this is interesting.

Instead of a traditional book review that condenses hundreds of pages into a handful of paragraphs, each Actionable summary identifies the primary (as in just one) thing you should actually start doing after you return Made to StickHow the World Sees You or Smartcuts to your bookshelf.

They call that thing the golden egg. Each summary then shares a couple of gems (as in just two) from the book that can help you put into practice the key actionable takeaway.

It’s a nice format for turning your reading list into a doing list.

In January, I joined their team of volunteer summary writers. My latest is for a powerful book, How to Fly a Horse: The Secret History of Creation, Invention and Discovery, by Kevin Ashton.

Give the summary a read the next time you have five discretionary minutes between meetings.

If I’ve done my job, you’ll know what to do next.