Like the title? Just seeing if you're paying attention! I'm on Day 10 of not drinking coffee . . . who knew it would last this long?! Matthew Riley commented on my Kick the Crutch post that by knocking out coffee I'd have to rename these round-ups "Weekend Tea & Finger Sandwiches." Hah! Done. But only for this week. I'm still feeling improved energy, mood, and sleep so am going to keep the coffee crutch at bay for as long as I can, with a re-entry modification: if I leave the house to meet a friend for coffee, I'll order decaf — I just won't make it in the morning to consume in firehose amounts.
My other big post this week was Pivot Before You Leap—I'm really excited to keep exploring many of the ideas mentioned, and would love to hear your feedback too! If you are at a pivot point in life or work and want to explore 1:1 coaching, you can read more about how I work here. It would be an honor to help you figure out what's next!
Finally, I'm excited to be heading to South Dakota next week as a keynote speaker for the Wire Me Awake entrepreneurship conference on March 5 at the University of South Dakota. If you're in the area, come say hello! Big shout-out to Ben Hanten for reaching out and setting the whole thing up. :)
- On the dating market? Here are the Top 50 Cities for Singles Looking for Love (To my chagrin New York City is just about dead last on monogamous relationships along with SF and DC. Can't say I'm surprised though!)
- NYT Modern Love column editor Daniel Jones on relationships: Good Enough? That’s Great (I am also laughing and head-nodding vigorously on every single page of his new book Love Illuminated)
- Absolutely HILARIOUS from Paul Angone (and I don't even have kids!): The Ultimate Guide to Parenthood
- Body language and micro-expressions fascinate me . . . How to Tell if Someone Is Lying
- An oldie but a goodie — thanks to my bro for resurfacing this! Julian Smith's The Complete Guide to Not Giving a Fuck (outstanding reminders for all of us)
- What To Do If You Worry Too Much: A great summary of Ad Kerkhof's book Time Warped, from Ben Casnocha
- Fantastic posts from Charlie Hoehn related to his new book, Play it Away: Preventing Burnout: A Cautionary Tale, How to Cure Anxiety — One Workaholic’s Story, Six Techniques That Work and How to Systematically Cure Your Anxiety
- Clare Herbert wrote a great post on getting out of "Cranky-ville" in The power of focus
- An important and insightful reframe from Jonathan Mead: Are You Receiving or Giving Your Passion? (Harkens back to my Looking for Business Love in All the Wrong Places)
- From the Wall Street Journal: Joe Queenan: A Word of Advice ... on Advice
- The New Yorker on The Powerlessness of Positive Thinking
"Ceaseless optimism about the future only makes for a greater shock when things go wrong; by fighting to maintain only positive beliefs about the future, the positive thinker ends up being less prepared, and more acutely distressed, when things eventually happen that he can’t persuade himself to believe are good."
—Oliver Burkman as quoted in The Powerlessness of Positive Thinking (from his book The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can't Stand Positive Thinking)
- Not drinking alcohol or at least want to pare back but without being relegated to water or OJ+tonic? Much to my delight Mocktails Come of Age (with recipes) — from the Wall Street Journal
- Eek! This list is frightening but useful: The 21 Germiest Places You're Not Cleaning (with practical tips for pillows, keys, towels, bath mats, cutting boards and many more)
- Yoga continues going mainstream among men! The Wall Street Journal sheds light on NFL Player's Off-Season: Swapping Cleats for Yoga Mats
- Mark does a great job breaking-down what we do and don't know about how our ancestors ate in We Don’t Know What Constitutes a True Paleo Diet
- Hilarious mockery of the state of online journalism from The Onion: Please Click On Our Website's Banner Ads
- Did you know the WhatsApp founder got rejected by every major tech company he applied to (Google, Facebook and Twitter among them)? A great example of a career pivot: his only remaining option was to start his own company . . . that he just sold for $19 billion. Sometimes rejection really is the best thing that can happen to us!!
- Speaking of Mergers and Acquisitions, these cracked me up in terms of raking Comcast and Time-Warner Cable over the coals for their abhorrent customer service: The 50+ Best Tweets About the Comcast-Time Warner Cable Merger. My thoughts exactly!
- It's definitely not all sunshine and roses... From BBC: Is being an entrepreneur a nightmare? and from Entrepreneur: The 4 Things No One Tells You About Entrepreneurship
- Fun peek behind POTUS habits: Always Wear The Same Suit: Obama's Presidential Productivity Secrets
- A free PDF overview on Gumroad (an awesome payment processing tool) from Fizzle: The Reason Your Business Idea Won’t Work (+ 12 page guide)
- Here are 29 Free Internet Tools To Improve Your Marketing Starting Today
- The Most Dangerous Thing About Your Competition . . . is your obsession with them. Quick punchy read from Bernadette Jiwa of The Story of Telling.
- This headline stopped me in my tracks; however, sadly I'm not surprised as I'm prone to this too (compared to my male online entrepreneur counterparts): There Is a Salary Gap Even When Women Pay Themselves
- So interesting to see how big data is being applied these days: Netflix Is Building an Artificial Brain Using Amazon's Cloud
- Is 5 now the magic viral list number or what?! Sheesh. But still helpful:
- The New Yorker on Cheap Words: Is Amazon Bad for Books?
- Chris Ducker shares 10 Lessons Learned Writing My First Book (That'll Help, When You Do the Same!)
- I echo my good friend J Money's sentiments: "I love this idea SO. Much." YES! Me too: let's all start BookCrossing Projects :)