I probably should be reading up on the government shutdown, but I became enthralled by the Silk Road bust instead. Silk Road was the largest marketplace for illicit drugs — a billion-dollar Amazon.com of the drug trade — and its founder was a 29-year-old guy living a modest (almost Breaking Bad-esque) life in San Francisco. Most fascinating to me is that entire encrypted underground Internet networks exist (Silk Road was one of many sites promoting illegal activity on the Tor network) and that it's all powered by BitCoin, a digital currency slowly winding its way toward the mainstream.
In other news, I turn 30 (!) on Wednesday. I still laugh every time I think back to starting Life After College in 2005, thinking at the time that the late 20-something and 30-year-old experts talking about post-grad life were too old and out of touch. OOPS. #facepalm
- Fun interactive test from the New York Times: Can you read people's emotions?
- Love Rebecca Fraser-Thill's discussion of Meaning or Happiness. What Will it Be?
- Did you know that Emerging from a Bad Mood into a Good Mood Can Make You More Creative? So maybe that cranky wrong-side of bed feeling isn't always a bad thing . . .
- On the subject of moodiness, I LOVED and so resonated with this piece from my friend Sage (who I met across our two tables in a Bali restaurant earlier this year): You Must Be Crazy to Ride This Ride
- Buffer Blog reveals 8 Common Thinking Mistakes Our Brains Make Every Day and How to Prevent Them
- I've cut my Facebook use back to as minimal as possible . . . here's author and professor Cal Newport on why he never opened an account in the first place, and his follow-up: Why I’m (Still) Not Going to Join Facebook: Four Arguments that Failed to Convince Me
- On the topic of authenticity and the selves we present online, Clare Herbert gives great food for thought in Unraveling My Schtick
- Boundaries . . . tricky ol' things that I will spent a lifetime refining. It's a two-step dance: how to know what yours are THEN communicate them effectively, even in the heat of tense moments. Mike Robbins asks, Do You Have Healthy Boundaries?
- I can't get enough of James Altucher. Here's a great one on How to Cure Jealousy (and why we're all human). The first three of his seven tips for managing it:
"A) View it as a roadmap to what is going on inside of you. B ) It’s never about the other person. C) Jealousy is the first arrow. But the second arrow (shame, regret, etc) is what will kill you. That arrow stays in you and bleeds and infects you and never leaves."
—Keep reading James Altucher's How to Cure Jealousy
- Check out Greatist's list of 19 Seasonal Fruits and Veggies to Eat This Fall
- Yes! Even Paul Graham, founder of Y Combinator, tells his incubator companies that exercise is critical (thank you Chuck for the link!)
- Stress has it's own syndrome: it's called adrenal fatigue, when your energy stores are spent. Not sure if you're on the road to burnout? Review Well+Good's 8 signs you have adrenal fatigue (and what to do about it).
- For entrepreneurs: Jay Goltz at the New York Times shares 4 Things to Remember when Feeling Spent
- Are you kidding me?! WSJ sheds light on big beverage companies that are now marketing "Relaxation Drinks"
- This ad campaign promoting sugar as a diet in the 1960s BLEW MY MIND: One of the Biggest Con Jobs in Advertising History in which "the Sugar Association — up until the mid-1970s — aggressively advertised sugar as a healthy weight loss and diet aid." A few gems from the posters:
"Sugar can be the willpower you need to undereat." "Sugar keeps your energy up — and your appetite down." "Which is less fattening?" (A spoonful of sugar versus an apple or grapefruit)
—Read more at One of the Biggest Con Jobs in Advertising History - Part 2 (Part 1 was a series of Lysol campaigns for women that almost made me hurl.)
- A woman after my own heart: Tara Gentile talks about Why Good Ideas are the Best Investment You Can Make
- This month I've decided once and for all to become a ninja at delegating. I'm tracking all categories of email I send and tasks that could one day soon be delegated to a VA. I'm going to start with a Zirtual account, and have been playing with FancyHands while on Zirtual's waitlist. Here's Chris Ducker on 6 Reasons to Hire Virtual Staff Closer to Home (Instead of Overseas)
- Though is there such a thing as optimizing too much? Drake Baer at Fast Company asks When Does Efficiency Become Stupid?
- A great reminder from my good friend and mentor Susan Biali: Why it's best to sometimes ignore the advice of others
- Buffer's blog shares The Daily Routines of 7 Famous Entrepreneurs and How to Design Your Own Master Routine
- Great Q&A with Dan Andrews of Tropical MBA: Do Corporate Positions Prepare You For Entrepreneurship?
- The pros and cons of being a freelancer via infographic: Gig On! Freelancers Are Well-Compensated, Optimistic About Next Year
- Barrett Brooks provides an outstanding in-depth overview of The Top Trends in the World of Work
- Ev Williams (Twitter founder) tells Wired his Secret Formula for Getting Rich Online and here are 3 Things Entrepreneurs can learn from J.K. Rowling
"The bottom line, Williams said, is that the internet is 'a giant machine designed to give people what they want.' It’s not a utopia. It’s not magical. It’s simply an engine of convenience. Those who can tune that engine well — who solve basic human problems with greater speed and simplicity than those who came before — will profit immensely. Those who lose sight of basic human needs — who want to give people the next great idea — will have problems."
—Ev Williams in Twitter Founder Reveals Secret Formula for Getting Rich Online
- Asymmetrical offers an in-depth 6-part series on How to Publish an Indie Book
- Copyblogger on How an Enterprising Author Sold a Million Self-Published Books
- For writers, here are Pixar's 22 Rules of Storytelling Visualized (via Fast Company)
- Thought Catalog on 21 Harsh But Eye-Opening Writing Tips From Great Authors:
Hah! "Here is a lesson in creative writing. First rule: Do not use semicolons. They are transvestite hermaphrodites representing absolutely nothing. All they do is show you’ve been to college."
–Kurt Vonnegut in 21 Harsh But Eye-Opening Writing Tips From Great Authors
Just for Fun
- Muhahahahaha, these photo captions are hilarious! Don't miss Wired's Want Some Ketchup With Those Noodles? The Best in Absurd Stock Photography (originally from Gettycritics.com)
- DOH. Here are 6 Castles that Cost Less than an Apartment in NYC
- Want to know why Nacho Doritos are so drool-worthy (and addicting)? Check out this infographic on the beloved chip in the New York Times
- This article had me laughing out loud while reading the WSJ yesterday morning — It's True: You Talk Too Much (How to achieve the optimal 50-50 conversation flow):
"But, you say, what if your talking partner is just quiet and loves to listen? Stop it. She doesn't. Listening is like reading a corporate report. Talking is like eating a cinnamon bun."
"I can hear you complaining already: 'One minute? But I need to include all the details.' No you don't. Just get to the part when, on a crowded elevator, your mom turned to you and said, 'I wish I could press the up button on your boobs.' Your job is to quickly entertain and inform, and then to ask good questions."
"At parties people always say to you, 'Excuse me while I grab another drink.' People at parties are so thirsty!"
—Rob Lazebnik in It's True: You Talk Too Much
Those dimples . . . those dance moves . . . if you haven't seem this yet, it's a must! Joseph Gordan-Levitt crushes the competition in his lip-sync battle with Jimmy Fallon and Stephen Merchant (skip to 8:05 for Levitt's smash hit, though all six performances are pretty hilarious):