Lots of exciting learning opportunities for solopreneurs and side hustlers this Fall! We are in the thick of back to school mode, so sharpen your pencils—and your marketing and systems skills—with an awesome suite of offerings :)
- In honor of my birthday on Friday, I'm giving you a present! Pay-what-you-want pricing for my 5-day Systems Ninja course from now until midnight on Friday, October 9. What's a fair price? The live course was $179, the recorded bundle is $97, or you could pay $32 since that's how old I'm turning—but you can get it for whatever you want to pay, even if that's zero dollars! Sign-up here to get your systems ninjary on :)
- I'm excited to be participating in a giveaway this month for Ramit Sethi's Zero to Launch course. For one lucky winner, he's giving away 20 fully-paid coaching sessions with a great group of entrepreneurs, authors, and business strategists. Get all the details and enter to win here.
- If you are thinking of creating courses as part of your business strategy, check out Ruzuku's Roadmap to Earning Your First $5K. I use their platform for hosting all of my courses (for 5+ years now) and love it!
Behind the Business: Lucent
- Check out the recently revamped Lucent List Tumblr! We pivoted to curating content related to meditation and mindfulness instead of maintaining the app itself. Our strengths as a team were in having our pulse on the best content, but the app was too much to handle as a side project for all of us (and there are some other powerhouse meditation apps that can serve you well!). With Lucent List, we sift through the noise to bring you the latest research, articles, courses, and events related to meditation.
- Don't miss Dan Harris' 10% Happier: Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics two-week mobile course: "A two-week introductory course to meditation with video lessons that teach the essentials, guided audio meditations that walk you through the practice, and a coach to help you follow through."
- I'm honored to be featured in WeWork's latest article on daily reflection with my co-founder Adam Chaloeicheep. An excerpt:
Blake thinks having “daily reflection” and an “evening wind-down routine” can help people make their days more energizing and exciting. She encourages success journalers to ask themselves these questions: “When did I feel the most in the zone? What type of work recharged my batteries? What work drained them?” By doing so, “That can also help people understand what to do more of and what to do less of, and how to structure their day,” she says.
5. See the positive in every day
“There is the Native American story of the grandfather speaking to his grandson,” says Jenny Blake. “The grandfather says, ‘We all have two wolves fighting inside us, good and evil. One is joy, and the other is fear.’ The grandson asks, ‘Which one lives and which one dies?’ And the grandfather says, ‘The one you feed.’”
Blake continues, “It’s so easy at the end of the day to focus on what didn’t go well, what we don’t know yet, why we’re still confused. All this stuff is creating anxiety. And that anxiety tends to be more consuming than the small, joyful moments. So creating any kind of gratitude or reflection practice feeds the joy. And it’s really important to do this, because it is not our instinct.”
- Tim Ferriss shares 5 Morning Rituals That Help Me Win The Day
- Eric Barker reveals the neuroscience behind 4 Rituals That Will Make You Happy and How To Increase Mental Toughness: 4 Secrets of Navy SEALS And Olympians
- James Altucher on The Six People You Must Find Today
- Oliver Burkeman asks, Why don't we take our own advice?
- Greatist on What 15 Top Meditation Experts Struggled With Most as a Beginner and Tech Insider's A Harvard neuroscientist reveals three ways meditation changes your brain
- My thoughts exactly!! The sky isn't even sacred anymore . . . New York Times on The Selfie-Drone: Invasion of the Vacation Snatchers
- Seed Magazine says The Next Giant Leap In Human Evolution May Come From Appreciating Our Ancient Brains
- Brené Brown on How to Reckon with Emotion and Change Your Narrative
- Tim Urban of Wait But Why's hilarious take on Why I'm Always Late (h/t to my brother for sending!)
"When it comes to people who are chronically not okay late, I think there are two subgroups:
Group 1) Those who don’t feel bad or wrong about it. These people are assholes.
Group 2) Those who feel terrible and self-loathing about it. These people have problems. Let call them CLIPs (Chronically Late Insane Person).
While both groups of not okay late people end up regularly frustrating others, a reliable way to identify a Group 2 CLIP is a bizarre compulsion to defeat themselves—some deep inner drive to inexplicably miss the beginning of movies, endure psychotic stress running to catch the train, crush their own reputation at work, etc. etc. As much as they may hurt others, they usually hurt themselves even more."
—Tim Urban, Why I'm Always Late
- NPR says About A Third of U.S. Kids and Teens Ate Fast Food Today (YIKES!) and The U.S. Doesn't Have Enough Of The Vegetables We Are Supposed To Eat
- Can this really be true?! NPR on The Latest Scramble In The Egg Industry: McDonald's Is Going Cage-Free
- Greatist shares 37 Energy Bites Recipes for On-the-Go Snacking and 38 Healthy Zucchini Recipes That Go Way Beyond Zoodles.
- Speaking of Zoodles, I MUST GET MY HANDS ON A SPIRALIZER! Hat tip to Summer Quashie who first introduced its wonders to me on a yoga retreat.
- This looks awesome too!! An app-connected water bottle to track how much water you're drinking. Thermos gets into the connected hydration game with Smart Lid
- Well+Good says This is what happens when you eat 40 teaspoons of sugar a day
- Are you guilty of this? Me too! NYT says Eating on the Move May Lead to Later Overindulging
- New York Times: Rethinking Work
- Melani Dizon says Write. Move. Practice. Every day. YES!
"That’s when I started leaving a notebook and notecards near my practice area. Now each day I end my practice by writing. No matter what. Some days my words make it into a letter that I mail. Sometimes they just stay hidden in my secret notebooks. But no matter where those words end up living, they serve their purpose – to extend the joy of being on the mat to the rest of my day.
Does that mean I never have a bad day or that I never do and say unjoyful things? Absolutely not. I’m a million miles from perfect. However, what this practice does is set the stage for my day and remind me that I have a choice as to how I am going to live it."
—Melani Dizon, Write. Move. Practice. Every day.
- Oliver Burkeman asks, Are machines making humans obsolete? On the transition from the knowledge age to the relationship age: meaning will be found in person-to-person work.
- Our fear of robots is as to be expected. Here's The Privacy Panic Cycle for New Technology and Seth Godin on How idea adoption works
- Get used to AI, though—We're on the Brink of a Revolution in Crazy-Smart Digital Assistants
- New York Times provides great commentary on the current jobs landscape in We're All Artists Now and The Creative Apocalypse That Wasn't
- Paul Angone always cracks me up and shares meaningful insights. Two great posts to check out: What It Takes to be a Crazy Successful Entrepreneur and 6 Things People Who Are Crushing It DO Really Well
- Forget job boards. Poach from high school classes! Uber Would Like to Buy Your Robotics Department
- Fortune on Why powerful women love Google, and why they leave it (h/t Joshua)
- Paul Angone always cracks me up and shares meaningful insights. Check out What It Takes to be a Crazy Successful Entrepreneur and 6 Things People Who Are Crushing It DO Really Well
- Anne-Marie Slaughter's husband Andrew Moravcsik on Why I Put My Wife's Career First
- YES!! Diversity makes the world go 'round. Entrepreneur says Step 1 to Hiring Good Employees Is Stop Looking Down on People (h/t Elisa) and 5 Essentials for Cultivating Intrapreneurial Employees
"Beyond grown-up coloring books, the possibility for creative self-exploration is everywhere — especially in our phones. It is easy now to record and edit images, audio and video on our cellphones, making the commoditization of creativity even more pronounced.
“We’ve become fascinated with innovation as a culture,” said Aaron Rasmussen, a founder of MasterClass, a new online education company that features writers, actors and sports figures teaching classes about the creative process. “People used to look at a movie and say, ‘I could do better than that,’ but they had no vehicle.” Now anyone can watch instructional videos on YouTube or observe experienced photographers on Instagram."
- Jodi from Legal Nomad's List of Books that May Change your Life
- James Altucher on The Ten Most Important Books To Expand Your Brain
- Ryan Stephens' 25 Takeaways from Austin Kleon's Steal Like an Artist
Just for Fun
Space theme today! Mashable's The scale of the solar system comes down to Earth in this video and IO9: Key and Peele's Spoof of Neil deGrasse Tyson Was Astronomically Brilliant. I concur!! Hilarious: