Weekend Coffee Talk: Mind, Body & Business (#3)

As we speak I'm off to the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health in Western Massachusetts for the first time (one of the biggest yoga, meditation and workshop centers in the country — a woo-woo woman's dream!) to attend a workshop with my idol Martha Beck based on her most recent book, Finding Your Way in a Wild New World. I'm excited to get out of the city and study with one of the authors I most admire — though I'm a little nervous that she'll have us talking to plants and bending spoons with our brain (which are both covered in the book). But she also talks about oscillating between rest and play (there's no "work" in there), harnessing creativity, and uncovering your life's purpose using the same principles as tracking a wild animal. As always, I'll share the best of what I learn back here on the blog!


"Some people might hate what you say. They might really love it. They might feel nothing. Any one of those things is oddly terrifying. But they will read it. There’s always the off chance of that, and that’s the whole reason you wrote in the first place."


"#21: Do whatever it takes to be happy 97% of the time. Settle for nothing less. Focus first and foremost on yourself. Then find what it is in this world that is worth dedicating your life to. Never stop learning. Never stop growing." —Pat Flynn


According to [Facebook and Asana co-founder Dustin] Moskovitz, the biggest problem in Silicon Valley culture is the fantasy that entrepreneurship is something you aspire to, in and of itself. “It’s total nonsense,” Moskovitz said. “I’m not really sure where it comes from, but every time I meet someone who says ‘I really want to be an entrepreneur’ but has no idea what they want to do, I really just think: ‘This person is totally aimless.’”

You shouldn’t want to start a company just for the sake of starting a company, he said. You should want to start a company because you believe in an idea. —Via Wired Magazine

  • I liked this quote from New York Magazine's feature story on the founders of eyeglass manufacturer Warby Parker, as they "train their sights on the stylish, 'post-wealth' millennial set—as customers and employees":

"When we looked out at the world of brands, they tended to think of aspiration as wealth,” says [co-founder] Blumenthal. “But when we talked to our friends and looked at macro trends, particularly of the millennials, the No. 1 goal of everybody is not to live a life of just buying a bunch of very expensive objects. I think today people would rather go see the mountain gorillas in Rwanda and have an amazing experience and tell their friends about it. That has more about social capital than, you know, taking a private plane to St.-Tropez." —New York Magazine, 30/20 Vision


Just for Fun

This video had me laughing out loud in seconds — via Yahoo, Comedian spooks strangers with 'Split Man' trick in viral video:

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Call me slow, but how does he do it?! Someone explain this to me please :)

That's it for now . . . have an amazing weekend, everyone!