November Turkey Talk: Mind, Body, Business & Books (#28)

Happy Thanksgiving week to those of you in the states! Perhaps I should have called this November Tryptophan Talk . . . for when we all start falling into a food coma after stuffing our faces with turkey, sides and sweets. Isn’t that kind of meta? Stuffing ourselves with turkey stuffed with stuffing? But I digress. Sorry for my crudeness, vegetarians.

A Tangent off of trypto . . .

Thanks to Google auto-suggest, I learned something new! Did you know there is a phobia called Trypophobia that describes people who are afraid of holes, like pot holes or even objects like honeycomb or sponges? From “This is a strange fear of holes that some people possess. They are afraid that they will fall into these holes until eternity.”

Since I’ve got my new book on the brain, it immediately made me think of the “What’s Next?!” question that can often feel like a black hole threatening to swallow you whole (see what I did there? Puntastic!).

Particularly around the holidays, you might be asked by loving, well-meaning friends and family who are curious about your next year . . . “So, what’s next??” Insert heart palpitations here.

If you don’t know, and the thought of trying to answer all at once gives you hives, just talk about one small thing you’re most excited about, whether it’s pursuing a new hobby, taking a class, an upcoming trip, or a small side project you’re launching. And let me know how the rest of the conversation goes! I consider this book research :)

Speaking of which . . . want to be in my next book?

I've been working on getting down the bones of a VERY rough draft of my book, and pretty soon it will be time to start working in more research and stories. That's where you come in!

I would love for you to share your own pivot-related experience. I can't promise everything will make it in, but I will reach out to you if so (and if I have any follow-up questions)—I probably won't know for sure until mid-way through 2015. That said, please aim to fill out the form in the next few weeks if possible.

Click here to submit your story (and brilliant perspective) for The Pivot Method!

And if you know someone who has a cool career-change story to share, please send them this link:

Hack Attack

In other housekeeping news, the site was down for about three weeks after being subjected to “brute force attacks” . . . it’s now back up (yay for the first post in a month!) but we’re still working on getting some of the design elements back in place.

Now if only these hackers would put their efforts toward curing cancer! Or solving world peace! Or cracking the case on dark matter! Sigh.

What I am really trying to say is, thank you for your patience through all of this! Now onward ho to our cawfee tawk—I can't leave you hanging for all these holiday gatherings! Here's how to sound like a fascinating, well-read genius in 50 links or less . . . ;)


"I’m ashamed to admit that I’ve spent most of my life pursuing outcomes: money, weight loss, accolades, admiration, and praise. I’ve looked forward, doing nothing unless there was explicit pay-off for me.

. . . I’ve written on the Internet for fame, Twitter followers, comments, likes, and admiration, recognition. I’ve exercised tirelessly and eaten food that my body did not want to digest for the sole purpose of thinning out my waistline. I’ve sacrificed my happiness and peace for financial reward, the same reward I would use to buy things that I assumed would bring me joy. I’ve wanted to write a book only if I know it will be: a) published; b) a bestseller; and c) bring me fortune.

. . . These outcomes are so fleeting, so empty, and so ingrained into the heartbeat of my motivation that I’ve found myself completely unable to see where my joy and passion begins or ends. What has looked like ambition in the past has turned out to be an ego-race to the finish line of outcomes I never wanted in the first place.

. . . Then, it hit me during a conversation I had with my cousin, that everything I’ve thought I desired were meant to be BYPRODUCTS, not DREAMS. Most of what I’ve desired (money, fame, fortune, accolades, admiration) are byproducts of a life well-lived and a life that is guided by passion and love."

—Jamie Varon for Thought Catalog


"A new study suggests that looking down at a cell phone is the equivalent of placing a 60-pound weight on one's neck. Sixty pounds is roughly the weight of four adult-sized bowling balls. Or six plastic grocery bags worth of food. Or an 8-year-old."


"I've written several articles recently about something I call Generation Flux. This refers to the group of people best positioned to thrive in today's era of high-velocity change. Fluxers are defined not by their chronological age but by their willingness and ability to adapt. These are the people who are defining where business and culture are moving. And purpose is at the heart of their actions.

Don't confuse this with social service. For these folks, a mission is the essential strategic tool that allows them to filter the modern barrage of stimuli, to motivate and engage those around them, and to find new and innovative ways to solve the world's problems. Their experiences show the critical advantages of building mission into your career and your business. Businesses that find and then live by their mission often discover that it becomes their greatest competitive advantage."

—Robert Safian, Generation Flux’s Secret Weapon


Just for Fun

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New SpringUps Manifesto

Last but not least, I’m excited to share our new SpringUps manifesto video . . . big thanks to Monica McCarthy who led the charge!

That’s it for now . . . I hope you all have a wonderful week! THANK YOU, as always, for being the best damn community I could ask for—I am grateful for you every day, but will be sending extra-special shout-outs through the ether this Thursday :)