Happy Weekend! Short and sweet with the intro this morning as I'm off to attend day 2 of The Work Revolution Summit. Yesterday was full of inspiration AND brass-tacks (Melissa and I dove deep into a solopreneur strategy session for 2014), including an absolutely kick-ass keynote from Seth Godin on the importance of doing the hard work of today's world: emotional work. Connection work. Art. Making meaning. Failing. Over and over again.
A picture of the awesome notes, from artist and conference scribe Kelly Kingman:
- Lissa Rankin shares 10 Signs You’ve Found Your Calling
- Found your calling but lost in the weeds of it? Here are 11 Unconventional Ways to Breathe New Life Into Your Work from Jonathan Mead
- Leo Babauta writes a great post on Overcoming the Social Costs of Being Different (the short link cracked me up: zenhabits.net/wierdo)
- Another great one from Leo on The Pain and Beauty of Life Changes
- Here are 25 Productivity Secrets from the History's Greatest Thinkers
- The first step might be to systematize your daily routines. Charlie Gilkey discusses how Choice Limits the Stress of Creative Work
- Nicole, who has done some incredible health and life 180s in recent years, writes a no-BS post on The Myth of Motivation (and 3 Things You Need Instead)
- Penelope Trunk implores us to Test yourself: Are you an Information-Age star or a cog in the wheel?
- LOVED this story on teaching yourself new skills (h/t Willie Jackson): 19 year-old neuroscience student Zain Shah outlines How I Learned to Code:
"Here’s the distilled method: I learned by doing small project after project that I was very passionate about slightly outside of my skill-set; with each iteration I grew slightly more knowledgeable in the domain, but also had enough prior information to proceed without giving up, knowing I was close enough to succeed if only I learned a little on my own.
It’s a little hard to choose projects that fit this exact description, but you have to select projects at a certain point along the continuum. You’ll know when you’ve found a project that fits this description.You’ll be so excited you begin work immediately."
—Zain Shah, How I Learned to Code
- Earlier this year Gretchen Reynolds of the NYT wrote an article about the Scientific 7-Minute Workout, showing the benefits of short-burst, high-intensity interval training: "Even a few minutes of training at an intensity approaching your maximum capacity produces molecular changes within muscles comparable to those of several hours of running or bike riding."
- Well, now there's an app for that! Check out 7-min.com: a website (with an accompanying app) that will take you through the whole sequence.
- The WSJ asks, Why Do We Eat Junk Food When We're Anxious?
- From I Quit Sugar: A Bluffer's Guide to Chia Seeds
- Another good app for people on the go: Pocket Yoga
- Overwhelmed by the proliferation of yoga classes in your area? This comprehensive yoga flow chart (get it??) from YogaTrail can help
- Alexis Grant wrote a great post on How to Stay Fit When You’re an Entrepreneur or Self-Employed
- Standing ovation for Jon Morrow (LOVED his free "Headline Hacks" e-book): How to Be Smart in a World of Dumb Bloggers. In short, always be learning. And when in doubt? Do less.
- Here's Yet another (astonishingly simple) way to write your own bio from the word wizard Alexandra Franzen
- Jonathan Fields asks, Can I Feel Your Soul Through Your Work?
- No more guilt over a messy desk! It's a sign that you might actually be more creative than your Type-A neat freak counterparts. I am guilty of both.
- Super in-depth article from Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian on How to Get National Press With No Budget
- Interesting article on the rising trend of corporate execs quitting to become full-time yoga teachers, and the pros and cons of little hourly pay in return for peace, love and happiness (or the attempt at such). In general, it's an interesting quandry that many of us are familiar with: how do you take a job that has you trading time for (in this case little) money, and find a niche audience or particular Zone of Genius that you can innovate within? How do you leverage your time in a meaningful way to broaden your impact using today's abundance of online resources?
- Loved this post from Melani Ward on Why We're Terrible at Taking Advice (with three great tips to remedy the situation):
"Some social psychologists attribute it to our inability to create psychological distance and cite construal level theory (CLT) as the explanation why. According to CLT, making a decision for ourselves versus deciding for others involves different cognitive processes. And these processes lead us to divergent preferences and decisions.
Psychologists say that the clarity we have around offering advice to others is a result of our ability to focus on just the most important factors. When we think about our own choices however, we are masters of making everything much more complex. We consider every possible variable, we take on every emotion and those emotions stick to us like crazy glue throughout the decision making process."
—Melani Ward, Why We're Terrible at Taking Advice
- Author Ryan Holiday makes the case for gool ol' fashioned books, his "life and livelihood" in How to Keep a Library of (Physical) Books
Just for Fun
- What's your Harry Potter MBTI sign? I'm The Teacher (ENFJ) — not much surprise there. Hat tip to my mom for sending this! Funny, she's been Stanford University's Landscape Architect / Campus Planner for 16+ years . . . her Myers Briggs is crazy-accurate, describing her as "The Architect." The question we discussed yesterday: can your job actually shape and train you to your type over time, just as your type may shape your interests in the first place?
- While we're on the topic of MBTI, check out what your type does under stress (via Melani Ward)
- Hah! Would you respond to this? Interstate Dating – Single Entrepreneur Uses Highway Billboard to Find Love (If I were his dating consultant, I would champion the courage . . . but ask him to choose a different photo :)
I've got to rescind my earlier standing ovation and spend it entirely on Louis C.K., who makes the case on Conan for why cell phones are so detrimental to our emotional capacity for connection:
"You need to build an ability to just be yourself and not be doing something. That's what the phones are taking away — the ability to just sit there. That's being a person. Underneath everything in your life, there's that thing — that forever empty. That knowledge that it's all for nothing and you're alone....the sadness. Life is tremendously sad, just by being in it.
[Instead of reaching for the phone] just be sad. Stand in the way of it, and let it hit you like a truck. Sadness is poetic. You're lucky to live sad moments. When you let yourself feel sad, your body has happiness — like antibodies — that come rushing in to meet the sadness. Because we don't want that first bit of sad, we push it away with our phone. You never feel completely sad or completely happy, just kind of satisfied with your product, then you die."