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In Seven, Jacqueline Leo explains the many valuable ways the number 7 can be a tool to define time, synthesize ideas, and keep one's mind and memory performing at top speed.
Leo explores the powerful utility of 7 throughout cultures and the ages. Why are there 7 wonders of the world, 7 seas, 7 ages of man, 7 levels of hell, 7 primary colors, 7 whole notes of the musical scale, and 7 days of the week? And why, when asked to choose a number between 1 and 10, do most people choose 7? Leo and Burger celebrate the special qualities of the number seven by delving into its mathematical, scientific, psychological, and religious significance. Most importantly, they show readers how they can use 7 to simplify their lives to enhance their happiness, sustain their love, and win at life.
Full of Top 7 lists of advice and personal stories from experts and notables, Seven is guaranteed to provoke, enlighten and amuse.
|Publisher:||Blackstone Audio, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||6.26(w) x 6.56(h) x 1.18(d)|
About the Author
Media guru JACQUELINE LEO has held a number of high-level positions in publishing and television. She founded and launched Child magazine in 1986, and went on to be editor in chief of Family Circle magazine and editorial director of the New York Times Women's Magazine Group, where she launched Fitness magazine. She was senior producer and editorial director of Good Morning America, editorial director for Consumer Reports, and vice president and editor in chief of Reader's Digest. She is currently director of digital operations for the Peter G. Peterson Foundation. She lives in New York City.
SEVEN CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE. Just ask ...
Mehmet Oz: "I decided to be a heart surgeon at age seven."
Christina Ricci: "Every seven years, everything changes: your physical being, your emotional being, the way other people look at you. Everything."
Sally Quinn: "I have always had a thing about birthdays with a seven in my age: seven and seventeen and twenty-seven, thirty-seven, etc. I can't wait to be seventy-seven."
Liz Smith: "Like Sophie Tucker, I've been rich and I've been poor and believe me, rich is better. It is, as long as you know the difference. And the difference for me was seven years."
Jeff Greenfield: "I always thought Mantle would forever be the most memorable 'seven' of my baseball fandom-alas, that was not to be the case."
Danny Meyer: "When I opened my second restaurant, Gramercy Tavern, I knew we'd make it. Why? Because we were given the following phone number: GR 7-0777."
Jacqueline Novogratz: "Seven was the organizing principle for our wedding, a reference to the wisdom of many religions, our way of bowing to those who came before us."
Table of Contents
Introduction: I've Got Your Number 1
I Simplicity: How to Prevent Brain Pollution 7
II Happiness: The Exquisite Moments of Focus When All Else Fades Away 37
III Love: Why Love and Passion Are a Numbers Game 67
IV Learning: Decoding or Deep Thinking? How Digital Noise Is Drowning Out Attention 105
V Winning: Beyond Lucky Number Seven 141
VI Life: Seven-Year Cycles and the Mystery of Life 163
VII Wonder: The Inexplicable, Awesome Sevens 187
Afterword: The Seven Manifesto 217
Fourteen Fun Facts 255
About the Author 261