What I’m Reading – Week of April 5th

* What You Truly Value: “Our devotion to our values gets tested in the face of a true crisis. But it’s also an opportunity to reconnect, recommit, and sometimes, bake some bread.”

* Self-education: How To Leverage The End of Credentialism: “The average lifespan of a technical skill is roughly 18 months. The world is moving fast. Anything you learn today may become obsolete tomorrow.”

* Kiwi Virtues in a Time of Trouble: “Nothing fancy. Nothing heroic. Just do our part and be there for our mates in trouble.”

* 7 Ways You Sabotage Yourself on the Path to Reaching Your Goals: “Sometimes, you really are your own worst enemy.”

* For The Full Life Experience, Put Down All Devices And Walk: “‘Walking with a purpose’ is usually regarded as a positive thing, taken as a sign that people are focused, with eyes on an end-goal or prize. But the art of walking is not about purpose or aim. The art of walking is all about this purposeless purpose.”

What I’m Reading – Week of March 29th

* A Complete Guide To Actually Getting Somewhere With Meditation: “Think of this post as a guide to finally “getting” meditation – to reaching that unmistakable place where you know what you’re doing, and your whole life is better for it.”

* George Carlin on Finding Your True Self (4 minute video): “I didn’t know myself because I was blinded by my dreams.”

* Emotional Agility: How to Build Resilience in Times of Crisis: “While people say that with crisis comes opportunity, the truth is, with crisis also comes uncertainty. Hustle porn and denying how challenging these times are is counterproductive.”

* Using Models to Stay Calm in Charged Situations: “When polarizing topics are discussed in meetings, passions can run high and cloud our judgment. Learn how mental models can help you see clearly from this real-life scenario.”

* Coping with Fatigue, Fear, and Panic During a Crisis: “We are dealing with two contagions — the virus itself and the emotions it generates. Negative emotions are every bit as contagious as the virus, and they’re also toxic.”

What I’m Reading – Week of March 22nd

* Fear Is Contagious – So Is Courage: “How we feel affects how we think and how we think affects how we feel.”

* Go To The Weak Spots To Get Stronger: “One of the best ways to get stronger is to stop suppressing your fears and weaknesses and instead lean into them, with the support of others when necessary.”

* How To Keep Your Cool (book recommendation): “Your anger is a kind of madness, because you set a high price on worthless things.” 

* A Better Way To Respond To Cravings: “The more familiar you are with the life cycle of cravings, the less trapped you feel by them. You begin to see that cravings aren’t impasses that demand a hard choice, they’re sensory events that arise and pass.”

What I’m Reading – Week of March 16th

* 100 Little Ideas: “A list of ideas, in no particular order and from different fields, that help explain how the world works.”

* When to Trust Your Gut: “Our emotions and feelings might not only be important in our intuitive ability to make good decisions but may actually be essential.”

*The Secret To Resilience Is A Good Story: “The stories we tell ourselves about ourselves are extremely powerful. They have a significant and lasting impact on our lives. Craft yours wisely.”

* How to Write Usefully: “The exciting thing is not that there’s a lot left to write, but that there’s a lot left to discover.”

What I’m Reading – Week of March 8th

* What We Can Learn From Regret And Nostalgia (audio): “Regret is the second-most mentioned emotion in daily life. It has a negative association but is actually extremely helpful and positive.”

* Having Difficult Conversations: “Productive conversations take real empathy. Empathy works. It’s not only human and caring; it’s practical.”

* How to Practice Loving-Kindness: “I discovered that while loving-kindness is taught in many ways by different teachers, ultimately it is an equalizer. It is a state that can be developed through practices that help us cultivate the unconditional, expansive qualities of the heart.”

* How To Read A Book: Reading a book is a way to temporarily walk into someone else’s shoes. How much you want to understand the way they think and see the world is up to you.”

What I’m Reading – Week of March 1st

* Structured Procrastination: “One needs to be able to recognize and commit oneself to tasks with inflated importance and unreal deadlines, while making oneself feel that they are important and urgent.”

* The Curse of Ambition: Steven Pressfield and Ryan Holiday (video): “On Kobe Bryant, Alexander The Great and Ambition.”

* How To Be More Optimistic: “Optimism can be learned.”

* The Power Of Great Feedback (video): “How to give clear feedback to others in order to unleash their potential.”

What I’m Reading – Week of February 23rd

* Self-Competition: Only Compete With Your Past Self: “When you try to compete with others, you are following rules instead of creating your own game.”

* Financial Advice For My New Daughter: “Her only job now is eating and sleeping. But, one day, when she needs financial advice, here’s what I’ll tell her.”

* I Don’t Know: “The pursuit of ignorance will help you grow. Next time you don’t know the answer, see if you can will yourself to tell the other person ‘I don’t know.'”

* What To Do When It All Goes Wrong: “One of the hardest things to do is to get out of a rut. When things are going poorly, and you know you can do better. And you’re helpless.”

What I’m Reading – Week of February 16th

* It’s Better To Focus On Where You Are Going Than How You Are Feeling: “Think of valued living as going about your daily life in the service of values that you find important, whereby engaging in these actions creates a sense of meaning and purpose.”

* The Illusory Truth Effect: “Truth is a precarious thing, not because it doesn’t objectively exist, but because the incentives to warp it can be so strong.”

* How to Create Gratitude: “It’s important that it’s an ordinary moment, because those are the kinds of moments that often seem neutral in value. Abundant and unremarkable.”

* Emotionally Intelligent People Insert a Pause Between Action And Reaction: “Understanding your emotions is great, but what’s even more useful for you is making use of that knowledge.”

What I’m Reading – Week of February 9th

* Even The Best Are Really Bad At Part Of Their Job: “Olympians who participate in some of the hardest endurance races there are finishing in the BOTTOM 20% of the Grit Scale.”

* The Difference Between Getting By and Getting Better: “When you’re a kid learning to navigate life, you inevitably find certain things particularly challenging. So you figure out a way to get by.”

* Seth Godin / Brian Koppelman Interview on Professionals versus Hacks

* The Narrative Fallacy: “The deep structure of the mind is such that stories, reasons, and causes, things that points an arrow in the direction of Why, are the ones that stick most deeply.”

What I’m Reading – Week of February 2nd

* Why Trying Too Hard Can Be Counterproductive: “If we can overcome the instinct to get in our own way and be more comfortable trusting in our innate abilities, the results may well be surprising.”

*Time Anxiety: “Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds.”

* Lessons from Roger Federer on Emotional Intelligence and Mental Toughness: “It is through modeling our behavior, in replication of transcendent people of high achievement that practice and preach time-tested values, that motivates us to high-levels of accomplishment.”

*11 Reasons Not to Become Famous: “If you’re interested in building a large audience to become rich and famous, some warnings and recommendations are in order. If you’re interested in building a large audience you also truly care about and with whom you are vulnerable, even more precautionary tales are in order.”