My favorite time of day is early morning, when my inbox and the streets of New York are still at an uncharacteristically quiet half-asleep hum.
I make a pot of coffee, slice up an apple with my favorite almond butter (be careful, its addictive) and gather up my reading material — most days its just my
third hand iPad Mini, and on weekends I start with a small stack of newspapers and magazines instead.
I love being able to share, debate and discuss crazy new studies and stories. So, in the spirit of livening up your coffee shop conversations this week, below are my favorite links from around the web at the intersection of mind, body and business — with a few extras thrown in on coffee, books and creativity.
I will post these round-ups regularly (as I accumulate enough good stuff to share) but haven't decided on an exact frequency yet. :)
- Julian Smith's The Short and Sweet Guide to Being Fucking Awesome (via Jonathan Fields)
- Peter Shallard wrote a great thought-provoking post on Why you don't trust yourself
- From Chelsea Latimer: 102 Ways to Think Outside the Box
- Molly Mahar's honest take on gossip, regret and learning from making mistakes
- Fast Company: Want to Conquer a New Skill? Do It Every Day (and check out my handy 5-min/day for 5 days tracker!)
- LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner on the Value of Under-Scheduling
- Having a tough time? Here are 6 Tips for Holding it Together
- A GREAT read: George Saunders' Advice to College Graduates
- Crazy! Seduced by the Illusion: The Truth About Transformation Photos by Andrew Dixon
- Want to get fit AND smart? Yoga, baby: What 20 minutes of yoga does for your brain And hey, this guy believes yoga gives us superpowers (I agree!)
- Greatist's awesome list of 51 Paleo Snacks Anyone Can Love
- Lissa Rankin debunks 10 Myths About Self-Healing (these fascinate me, particularly why we shouldn't ignore the powers of the Placebo effect)
- Mark's Daily Apple: When listening to your body doesn't work (I LOVE Mark's site -- consistently great, useful content)
- I'm a sucker for sugar, but this article is a reminder about why it's critical to keep sugar intake low: 10 Things You Don't Know About Sugar (And What You Don't Know Could Hurt You)
- But don't throw the fruit-sugar baby out with the bathwater; the NY Times Well Blog makes the case for eating fruit
- Ultimately all of these health and nutrition tips can be confusing (and contradictory) so experiment and see what works for you. For some guidance, here are 10 signs you're eating right for your body.
- Video: More than an Apple a Day: Preventing our Most Common Diseases (62 min)
- Read my mind: Jonathan Fields' The Start-up World's Big Miss -- with four great solutions for finding "upstream alignment" in your business
- (Video, 7min) Tim Ferris on working backwards from your desired lifestyle to create an (ideally) automated Business Muse
- Great tips from the Buffer Blog: 10 of the most counterintuitive pieces of advice from famous entrepreneurs
- From the always brilliant Derek Shanahan: 10 Things I’d Tell My Pre-Startup Former Self (I laughed out loud at "ramen profitable")
- Here's a recent written interview I did with Tayo Rockson on solopreneurship
- Jeff Unger of eMinutes is waiving legal fees for first time entrepreneurs
- Solopreneurship is on the rise: check out Forbes' article on The Rise of the Million Dollar One-Person Business
- Alexandra Franzen's insanely useful recap on spending an hour with "The Oprah Whisperer" - What I learned about telling a soundbite-sized story. And check out her other great piece on How to Tell People What You Do — and Be Remembered
- On the subject of storytelling, check out Seth Godin's Ode: How to Tell a Great Story
- New York Magazine on How Email is Swallowing Our Lives
- But I've gotta try this: Diane von Furstenberg starts her day by sending one email that doesn't directly benefit her — introducing two others, answering a question, or giving a compliment.
For the coffee lovers:
- New York Times: This is Your Brain on Coffee . . . and How the Hum of a Coffee Shop Can Boost Creativity
- But not too fast -- this New Yorker Article talks about how caffeine can cramp creativity. What to do?! Ignore all contrary advice and GIMME MY COFFEE! Okay fine, maybe just in moderation :)
- Good news: Starbucks Wifi is getting Ten Times Faster (thank you Google!)
Books & Writing:
- CopyBlogger features my friend Torre (she is such an amazing publishing success story, with a movie deal to boot!): How a Self-Published Author Negotiated a 6-Figure Book Deal
- Ryan Holiday shares some great tips for aspiring authors on Thought Catalog: So you want to write a book? "Want" is Not Nearly Enough
- Case study by a Boston University class: Write, design and publish an e-book in three hours
For those of you with an upcoming launch:
- Awesome, in-depth post from James Altucher -- How to Self-Publish a Bestseller: Publishing 3.0
- Tim Grahl's Book Launch Journal — "A peek into my crazy leading up to the release of my first book project"
- Let's get meta! A round-up within a round-up: Natalie Sisson's great list of 21 Online Resources for Launching Anything
- Bookish — "A book-centric, contextual and personalized experience to help readers find their next book."
- Next Draft — "The Day's Most Fascinating News" (via Maxine at Magnifying Culture) — I just subscribed and am loving it already
- Actionable Books — Free weekly summaries of the most popular business books
- Fast Company: BookVibe Finds Your Next Book Recommendation On Twitter
Just for fun:
- Wired's photo story of The Most Exquisitely Weird Spiders You Will Ever See — though they forgot to include the JUMPING TARANTULA that Elisa and I encountered IN OUR ROOM in Thailand!!