Happy Weekend! A short-and-sweet intro this morning as I'm off to Michael Port's day-long NYC event, Think Big Speak Easy. If you want to grow your speaking skills, join me for a free 30-minute Lunch and Learn webinar with People On the Go on How to Speak Like a Pro. The webinar is on Thursday, April 3 at 12pm PT and you can register in advance here.
In other exciting news, I'm helping kick-off Fitbit's Spring guest post series with a fun 7-Day Clutter Cleanse that I cooked up. Stay tuned — I'll share the link here on Tuesday!
- Three of my recent favorite books (and counter-intuitive strategies for staying sane) in this week's post, Be Agile & Antifragile: How to Find Strength and Happiness From Chaos
- On a similar subject, I often think about this question from Ben Casnocha (particularly as it relates to entrepreneurship): Is A Happy Life The Same As A Meaningful One? and his follow-up, Happiness vs. Meaning
- Beth from Buffer shares The Best Time to Write and Get Ideas, According to Science — turns out mornings are the best time for writing, creativity and ideation, whereas the "editing brain sleeps in."
- Must be myth-debunking season! Scientists question the validity of brain workouts and the 10,000 hours theory in Do Brain Workouts Work? and Scientists Debunk The Myth That 10,000 Hours Of Practice Makes You An Expert
- Great words of wisdom from the New York Times, What You Learn in Your 40s
- Hah! Three cheers for Shane Parrish of Farnam Street (one of my favorite blogs, this article being a primary example of why) for 10 Ways to Get Smarter, Be More Productive, and Do Everything with Zero Effort:
"Why did you click? Was is for the promise of being awesome? Was it the ten ways to get smarter? Was it for the image that has nothing to do with the post?
Why do you want things to be so simple and easy?
The best way to be more productive, generally speaking, is to stop clicking on headlines like this one.
There are no shortcuts.
But often these articles disappoint. (Sometimes they don’t though; that’s variable reinforcement for you.) Most of the time, however, you’ll forget these nuggets of distilled common sense by the time you click on the next piece of link bait.
And next week, the same crap will be out with a different title. You’ll click again and agree with the common sense advice again. This isn’t really knowledge. It’s an illusion. And it’s mostly a waste of time."
- Psychology Today says that Early Risers are Happier, Healthier and More Productive Than Night Owls (Seems a bit silly, though, given that we all have different body clocks. The NYT says the biggest cause of "everyday jetlag" is sleeping against type)
- Buffer shares some great research in Lifehack Your Lunch: 8 Scientifically Proven Ways to Maximize Your Mid-Day Break
- The health industry is hilarious. What's calamitous one decade is the hot nutrient for the next. The latest Study Questions Fat and Heart Disease Link
- This is crazy! New York Times op ed on The Fat Drug — the role antibiotics have played in fattening-up our livestock and our humans
- Greatist shares 10 Meat-Free Protein Sources That Are Totally Underrated: Beans, Green Peas, Chia Seeds, Cottage Cheese, Greek Yogurt, Lentils, Nut Butters, Quinoa, Seitan, and Tempeh.
- Please tell me you saw Obama as a guest on Zach Galifianakis' show Between Two Ferns. If not, go watch — it's hilarious! Here's Vulture's interesting look Behind the Scenes — turns out that show is now the number one referrer to HealthCare.gov.
"How did you balance the need for it to be an ad and staying true to your brand? The good thing about "Between Two Ferns" is it is a talk show, and people go on talk shows to plug things, so when we talked about it from that angle — I mean comedically — it makes sense that Obama would come on this show to plug this thing. There’s a long precedent of people doing talk shows in order to plug things, so it really didn’t bother us at all. What we were really concerned about is we wanted the preponderance of the video to be comedic, and not be a take on "Between Two Ferns," where it really was just an ad that wasn’t funny at all. When the White House caught on with that, it was just smooth sailing. They were laughing just as much at what was going down. They couldn’t have been easier to work with.
Were there certain things that you had to go back and forth on or cut out? Zach and I both at a certain point in the process were looking at each other going, "I can’t believe they’re letting us do this," so pretty much the whole thing — we definitely couldn’t believe it. We kept expecting resistance, but there wasn’t any. It was really an incredible situation. We kept expecting them to say “No, no, no, you can’t have that joke,” or “No, no, no, you can’t be funny, it has to all be about the Affordable Care Act,” but to their credit they really wanted it to be what it was and got out of our way."
- Interesting article from Sarah Kessler for Fast Company: Pixel And Dimed: On (Not) Getting By In The Gig Economy. "For one month, I became the 'micro-entrepreneur' touted by companies like TaskRabbit, Postmates, and Airbnb. Instead of the labor revolution I had been promised, all I found was hard work, low pay, and a system that puts workers at a disadvantage."
- Sometimes you have to say no to the good (or very bad) to make room for the great. Here are 11 Times It's Appropriate to Fire a Customer
- Very exciting! Fancy-up your Google docs with even more functionality: Google launches Docs plug-ins to better compete with Office
- Freelancer's Union says Stop Working Out Of Your Inbox (I feel my wrists being virtually slapped as we speak)
- Then again, maybe you need more inboxes in your life. (Yes, you read that correctly)
- Helpful tips from Nick Reese on How to Optimize Your Contact Page to Get More Leads
- Copyblogger adapts the Lean Start-up method to the blogosphere with 5 Ways a Minimum Viable Audience Gives You an Unfair Business Advantage
- I'm featured in Under 30 CEO's list of 13 Important Qualities to Look for in a Mentor:
"Look for someone who is not just interested in your idea, but you. Find someone who recognizes your potential and can hold the vision for what’s possible for you even when you can’t fully see it for yourself (particularly when you hit big dips on the entrepreneurial rollercoaster). Beyond being an advocate and a cheerleader, a champion is someone who helps you reach even further outside your comfort zone."
—Me! (How does one cite oneself in their own round-up . . . hmmm)
- Overwhelmed by options! BrainPickings' Maria Popova curates 33 Books on How to Live: My Reading List for the Long Now Foundation’s Manual for Civilization
- My books and bookshelf are one of my most prized possessions too. Ryan Holiday on How to Keep A Library Of (Physical) Books
- I'm featured with 10 others in Small Biz Trends' 11 Ways to Promote a New Book
Just for Fun
This Wheel of Fortune win will definitely get your your mirror neurons firing as you vicariously experience this moment of slam-dunk joy: [youtube id="HOuo_3UmIuE"]