Greetings friends! I'm writing from Austin, where I'm hanging out for a 3-day Wayfinder Gathering with Martha Beck to celebrate the launch of her new book, Diana, Herself. Been itching to write a book but not sure where to start? Or in the middle of one but stuck on what’s next? Join me for a live week-long Book Ninja course in May with soup-to-nuts tactical tips for generating momentum and getting published. Get the course for free when you join Momentum, which includes every course and template I have ever created ($700 value), live monthly workshops, and optional private office hours calls with me.
I really enjoyed getting interviewed this month on Mike Michalowicz's hilarious and action-packed Profit First Podcast: Pivoting to Profitability with Jenny Blake and Derek Loudermilk's The Art of Adventure show.
On this week's Pivot Podcast, I talk with Penney Peirce about dreams as a doorway to 24-hour consciousness. It's a fascinating conversation about ways we work through personal growth issues in our sleep, and how you can better remember, interpret, and even program your dreams for things like problem-solving and creativity. Catch-up on the previous episode, Deep Work: Eliminating Cognitive Junk Food with Cal Newport.
I know it's a bit of a pain, but I would be oh-so-grateful if you could leave a rating and/or review in iTunes! It lets me know you're listening and what types of content you find most helpful. Just click here (or search for "Pivot Podcast Jenny Blake" on your iPhone), click on Ratings and Reviews, then leave yours. Thank you in advance!
Now onto our regular cawfee tawk programming!
- Van Winkle's says Science Confirms It: We Look For Ourselves in Our Partners
- On the subject of relationships, here are 13 Questions to Ask Before Getting Married
- Headed in the other direction? Just My Type talks about The Science Behind Breaking Up
- Which countries are happiest? Denmark Ranks as Happiest Country
- Lissa Rankin on 8 Signs You've Lost Touch with Your Intuition
- How to fix it? Jennifer Racioppi: Things Aren't Flowing? Tune Into Your Gut!
- Maria Konnikova on How People Learn to Become Resilient
- I'm biased, but I believe this is truer in New York City than almost anywhere else: When Friends Are 'Like Family'
- One of my best friends, Julie Clow, on Why Getting Pregnant as a Teenager Was the Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me
- Tim Ferriss on Why You Need a "Deloading" Phase in Life
- One of my best friends, Julie Clow, on Why Getting Pregnant as a Teenager Was the Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me:
"I was 16 when I heard through the grapevine that I had ruined my life. (My best friend delivered the message, which had apparently originated with another friend’s mother.) I decided to ignore the established route to success—I was no longer welcome on it anyway—and forge my own path."
- NPR: Artisanal Plastic: Japan's Fake Food Is a Real Art
- More gorgeous photos from Greatist! These Brilliant Food Photos Should Be in a Museum
- Well + Good: Are You One of the 2.7% of Americans Actually Leading a Healthy Lifestyle?
- Crazy and fascinating article from Tim Urban at Wait But Why: Why Cryonics Makes Sense (i.e. vitrifying yourself as you "die" so you can be thawed out in a couple hundred years when technology hopefully allows such things). Would you do it??
- Has anyone else been waking up, wide awake, smack dab in the middle of the night like me? Turns out this used to be how everyone slept. Check out the NYT's Letter of Recommendation: Segmented Sleep
"Back when segmented sleep was common, this period between “first” and “second” sleep inspired reverence. The French called it dorveille, or wakesleep, a hypnotic state. English speakers called it “the watch.”
I had usually approached the post-midnight hours full-sail, by staying up. Waking into them is different, childlike. The time feels freer. The urge to be busy abates. Conversation has a conspiratorial intimacy, as if you’ve sneaked behind the tent to find the only other smoker at the wedding."
- Seth Godin shares his advice for Treating Your Talk as a Gift
- Dan Pink on Why you should take notes by hand
- Fascinating . . . A Trip Through Amazon's First Digital Store
- The Atlantic on The Human-Robot Trust Paradox
- Feedly says It's not just you: Trends are moving faster than ever
- Fast Company on Why 2016 Is The Year Of The Hybrid Job
- Dorie Clark with counter-intuitive (but sensical advice!) in Actually, You Should Check Email First Thing in the Morning
- Wait But Why's hilarious How I Handle Long Email Delays
- I'm featured in Liz Funk's great FastCo article The Life-Changing Magic of Shorter Emails
- Pamela Slim Demystifies Passive Revenue
- NY Times on Holdouts of the Social Media Age:
"As hoi polloi shamelessly promote themselves, bestow disingenuous praise upon colleagues in hopes of receiving it in return and peck out snarkily hashtagged jokes during awards shows, the person who remains offline accrues mystique and is viewed as nobly intentioned, an elusive object of fascination rather than an accessible subject of self-glorification. Who knows how they’re spending their time? Likely working hard for some transcendent and paradigm-shifting purpose, their online absence suggests.
But post a tweet, and everyone knows what you’re doing at that moment: idly looking at a screen, chasing after notice."
Just for Fun
- Need a laugh? Silicon Valley's Stars Guess What Real Startups Do