Happy Weekend All! I'm a big fan of snail mail (perhaps a trait related to being a shameless book worm), so if you take the time out of your busy day to email me, I'll usually ask for your mailing address. Not so I can stalk you, but so I can thank you personally via good ol' fashioned pen and paper. One postcard made it all the way to a refrigerator in Bern, Switzerland!
With a great note from recipient Markus Stoller:
"Many many thanks for your happy new year postcard. It is now attached to my fridge and I can read your quote each day.
The photograph with a white Apple logo was taken on the Fifth Avenue in New York during a Christmas shopping tour in 2011. we spent 5 days in this wonderful and amazing city, and I never spent more money for clothes in such a short time, but we have seen also a lot of cultural things. i really like all these small blues bars with live music.
I wish you also all the best in 2014. All your wishes will come true, when you believe it and act every day to reach all your goals. But only take one step at a time, by living and enjoying the moment.
Stay hungry, stay foolish…"
- Who is in your network orbit? A recent post I wrote inspired by the New York Times' diagram of the Clintons' orbital pull.
- According to the Washington Post Only 13 percent of people worldwide actually like going to work
- Are you one of them? If so, check out the new coaching program I've launched with Rebecca Fraser-Thill of Working Self! We're opening up 10 spots for Spring.
- When it comes to your working life, what are you optimizing for? Ben Casnocha on Pursuing Happiness or Meaning in a Career
- A man of many setbacks—Shane Parrish of Farnam Street shares a fantastic excerpt on President Lincoln's many "failures" in The Man Who Never Quit
- Richard Wiseman's Secret persuasion mind trick: A one-minute video definitely worth watching on the power of starting with small suggestions (or sales) then building incrementally.
- Great quick read from Tom Asacker on the opposite of success
- Loved this post from Monica McCarthy: Being the Exception (Because Pounding the Pavement Sucks) and her latest launch for creatives: Act 2—For Performers who Mean Business. Happy Belated Birthday, Monica!
- Check out this hilarious video from Monica's Exception post — Ryan Gosling on the perils of Hollywood:
- WSJ gives A Brief History of Avoiding Exercise — long-live the power walk!
- Who knew?? The Atlantic on how Playing Tetris Can Reduce Urges to Eat, Smoke, Drink
- Say whaaa?! This man has eaten pizza every day for the past 25 years — and he says he's perfectly healthy
- Business Insider on What Happens If You Don't Get Enough Sleep — I've been using the Sleep Cycle app for a week now, and it's blowing my mind! A "bio-alarm clock that analyzes your sleep patterns and wakes you when you are in the lightest sleep phase."
- Gorgeous and powerful from Hybrid Medical Animation: This Video Gives an X-Ray Vision of Your Body Doing Yoga
- The New York Times weighs in on the pros and cons of the entrepreneurial life: Freelancers in the ‘Gig Economy’ Find a Mix of Freedom and Uncertainty
- Sean Ogle shares great questions to ask (of yourself and others) in How to Decide if Entrepreneurship is Right for You
- Michael Hyatt provides the ultimate Evernote guide! A Handy Index to All My Evernote Posts (via my Evernote guru, Tom Meitner of Cufflinked Magazine)
- Short, sweet and specific! Joel Gascoigne shares A Simple Strategy To Get More Replies To The Emails You Send
- Elite Daily shares 10 Habits All Extremely Productive People Have In Common. I'm starting to think one of the most productive habits is to stop reading habit and productivity posts. Myself included!
- I'm one of several quoted in Personal Branding Blog's Things Entrepreneurs Should Know When Speaking to the Media. My tip? Be succinct! Give the interviewer room to breathe and ask more questions.
- Are your customers problem-aware or solution-aware? Tara Gentile says What Your Customers Don’t Know Might Hurt You
- I get asked this all the time . . . The New York Times sheds light on the five traits hiring managers look for in How to Get a Job at Google:
"The No. 1 thing we look for is general cognitive ability, and it’s not I.Q. It’s learning ability. It’s the ability to process on the fly. It’s the ability to pull together disparate bits of information."
The second, he added, “is leadership — in particular emergent leadership as opposed to traditional leadership. Traditional leadership is, were you president of the chess club? Were you vice president of sales? How quickly did you get there? We don’t care. What we care about is, when faced with a problem and you’re a member of a team, do you, at the appropriate time, step in and lead."
What else? Humility and ownership. “It’s feeling the sense of responsibility, the sense of ownership, to step in,” he said, to try to solve any problem — and the humility to step back and embrace the better ideas of others.
—Laszlo Bock, senior vice president of people operations for Google
- Alexis Grant shares a success story on inviting readers to help launch her latest book in What Happened When I Asked You to Vote on a Kindle Cover
- Cal Newport weighs in on the pros of attempting the traditional publishing gauntlet: Should Gatekeepers be Bypassed or Embraced?
Just for Fun
I had a great time delivering the kick-off keynote for the Wire Me Awake conference on entrepreneurship at the University of South Dakota earlier this week.
A few highlights? My first standing ovation, having my new BFF Anthony show up in a t-shirt that said, "Jenny Blake is my Trep Crush!" (short for Entrepreneur) and signing books with brash businessman and TV personality Jeffrey Hayzlett