(Photo above: more bookshelf porn, via The New York Times)
Happy Weekend! It's grey and rainy in NYC, but all the more excuse to stay inside and aggregate links. Okay okay, and hopefully do some creative writing too. Without further ado, let's dive in to your coffee talk fodder for the weekend!
- Fascinating study of where emotions show up in the body (turns out "love makes us warm all over"). See NPR's Mapping Emotions On The Body
- Rebecca Fraser-Thill nails something many of us bump-up against without even realizing it: The Hidden Barrier: Fear of Success
- Most costly four words ever spoken? Farnam Street on our cognitive bias toward "This Time is Different."
- One of my very first coaches, Adrian Klaphaak, on why Setting Goals Doesn’t Always Work (we often forget to address the underlying stuckness holding us back).
- Didn't get the roaring start to 2014 you were hoping for? Have no fear! The lovely Jennifer Racioppi answers with What to Do if the New Year Didn’t Kick Off With a Bang
- Got some important meetings or interviews coming up? Here are 6 Powerful Communication Tips From Some of the World’s Best Interviewers
- Great idea from Ramit Sethi: label networking-related emails with the city that person lives in so that you can follow-up when you head their way (via The productivity system I built to stay in touch with people)
- Cray cray! Thanks to Google+, you can now email ANYONE without their email address. If they respond, you will then have their contact information. Is this awesome or spamtastic? The jury is out . . .
- What is the connection between Social Networks and Being Lonely? This animated 4-minute video on The Innovation of Loneliness captures exactly why more "friends" doesn't always equal more meaning.
- The Wire Corroborates: Your Brain Can Only Handle a Limited Number of Close Friends
- I also enjoyed this 3-minute animated video of Brené Brown on Vulnerability, Human Connection, and the Difference Between Empathy and Sympathy:
- Interesting take on climbing the corporate ladder: Can Upward Mobility Cost You Your Health?
- You don't have to tell me twice! It's half the reason I live in a city like Manhattan. Here is Mark Sisson on 17 Reasons to Walk More This Year
- I enjoyed this Greatest podcast with Brad Pilon on Intermittent Fasting, Mindful Eating, and Why Chocolate is Great
- I'm featured in a short clip on Fizzle's podcast this week talking about my very first product launches: Pricing Hangups — First Product Series and a longer hour-long interview with the lovely Therese Schwenkler on The Year of Enough: Why You Already Have Everything You Need (on being grateful for the low moments, not just the shiny ones)
- The plight of a solopreneur: Work From Home? A Phone Call May Be a Rare Thing
- Does WFH have you itching to get outta dodge? For the globe-trotting among you here's a cool tool from Expatistan on the cost of living in 200 cities (via Elisa Doucette)
- Yes! This builds on my Career in the Age of the App theory, that everything we do accumulates in some random way that you could never fully predict up front. Here's a great story on How a First Career Enhanced a Second
- From HourlyNerd.com: 10 Easily Fixable Mistakes Small Business Owners Make
- Dave Ursillo shares a detailed look at 7 Biz Failures and Creative Flops (And How They’re Still Helping [Him] Succeed Today)
- Fantastic tools from the Buffer Blog: 10 Awesome Infographics to Guide your Marketing Plan for 2014
- The Jelly app was unveiled last week by Twitter co-founder Biz Stone. It's set to facilitate Q&A through photos (though I can't quite picture it, pun intended). What's your take -- will it be the next big thing?
- Speaking of apps, check out Mashable's 15 Underrated Apps Every Entrepreneur Should Use
- Zappos has done away with their management hierarchy in favor of a "holacracy." The Washington Post: Zappos says goodbye to bosses
- Meanwhile, Netflix completely upends the movie business . . . again. Fast Company on Netflix: The Red Menace
- Muhahaha, I can so relate! For entrepreneurs: Are We Networking, or Is This a Date?
"I go out on a lot of “dates” with all people of all ages. Sometimes groups of them — lunch dates, “mind meld” dates, coffee dates. Couldn’t tell you what we’re melding; it’s mostly a brainstorm with more jargon thrown in. But it’s fair to say most of my “dates” are about work. Or so I think.
In this new economy of the personal brand and doing your own thing, everyone is constantly working the room. But it can get confusing as both a single woman and an entrepreneur who works in communications. There are times when I find myself getting drinks or dinner to “talk shop” – but I cannot, for the life of me, figure out: am I on a date?"
—Meredith Fineman, Are We Networking, or Is This a Date?
- As a woman who people are often trying to diagnose for my single status (Maybe you're too picky! Or too intimidating! Or too focused on your career!) I really appreciated this Modern Love column on The Hard-Won Lessons of the Solitary Years and Sara Eckel's fantastic accompanying book, It's Not You: 27 (Wrong) Reasons You're Single — a great read for any of you who are unattached!
- Ryan Holiday shares 24 Books You’ve Probably Never Heard Of But Will Change Your Life
- A New York Times op-ed writer waxes nostalgic on the publishing industry and the loneliness of being one of the few "long-distance" readers left: The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Reader
- Make Sh*t Happen Alumni and longtime reader Ben Edwards launched a comprehensive dashboard tool for authors — if you're self-publishing a book and want help keeping track of every aspect of the process, be sure to check out the Virtual Book Coach (Self-Publishing Made Simple)
Just for Fun
- Turns out I'm one year older than classics such as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Tetris, and The Macintosh. Here's Mental Floss' list of 30 Things Turning 30 in 2014
- And did you know that the iPhone turned 7 (!!) last week? So insane to think about how much touch-screen smart phones (and tablets) have transformed our lives. Here's CNET on When iPhone met world, 7 years ago today