What I’m Reading – The Week of December 8th

* On Happiness and Enjoying Life: “We can easily spend nine-tenths of our lives trying to appreciate the free time, hammocks, bike rides, and coffee breaks to come, or we can spend that time—which amounts to decades—appreciating what is already happening. And there’s nothing subtle about the difference it makes.”

* On Regret: “We all have joys, hopes, fears, and longings that never go away no matter how old we get.”

* On Asking Not Telling: “We put tasks and achievements before relationships, without recognizing the damage it does to our colleagues or families. ”

* On What You Can’t Buy: ” All of the money in the world can’t satisfy your soul. Wealth can’t satisfy the need to belong to something bigger than yourself. As someone who writes about finance every single week, I can tell you that there are some things that money can’t buy. Things like character. Things like integrity. Things like beliefs. ‘

* On Impostor Syndrome: “All that separates an impostor from a real person is the willingness to grow. As long as you push your comfort zone a little bit each day, you’re never an impostor.”

What I’m Reading – The Week of December 1st

* You Probably Won’t Make it to the Top: “Making it to the top isn’t the game you should be focused on.”

* Why Boredom Is So Powerful in Your Life: “Boredom is neutral — it’s up to you turn into something positive or negative.”

* On Human Nature, Confidence and Worship: “No matter how complicated the problem, you have an absolutely overwhelming belief that you are infallibly right in your solution.”

* On Humble Exits and The Value of Leaving When On Top: “In each case it’s the actual success – not bad luck, not a mistake, not unfortunate timing – that sets up the potential downfall.”

What I’m Reading – The Week of November 24th

* On Why We Often Remember Bad Memories Rather Than Good: “Memories are fallible. Long-term memories are nearly always wrong.”

* On the Importance of Long Term Thinking in a Society Dominated by Instant Gratification: “The information you consume will likely one day provide you with some benefit, you just don’t know where yet. It just takes time.”

* When a Stress Expert Battles Mental Illness: “It’s hard to reconcile being an ‘expert’ on performance and experiencing what I’m experiencing. At times, I feel like a fraud and an impostor, fragile and scared.”

* On Taking Risk and Timing: “Isn’t that what drives us? The desire to acquire more, even if not necessarily more things but more knowledge, more skills, more experiences, more praise, more power.”

What I’m Reading – The Week of November 10th

* How Nostalgia Can Help Us Find Our Meaning in Life  (PODCAST): What exactly nostalgia is, what it feels like, and what induces nostalgic feelings

* On Living a Perfectly Imperfect Life: “It’s about being compassionate with yourself as you are, and building on whatever that is — not feverishly trying to rebuild yourself in order to pose as something else entirely.”

* On Strategy and Execution: “Strategy is about making choices, trade-offs; it’s about deliberately choosing to be different. The essence of strategy is choosing what not to do.”

* On The Advantages of Being Underemployed: “It’s not about working less – it’s the opposite.”

* On Stories That Saved a Prisoner’s Life: “I didn’t just live for that library. I lived because of that library. The Patuxent prison library saved me from crushing despair. It saved hundreds of other guys, too.”

What I’m Reading – The Week of November 3rd

On Figuring Out Your Flaws: “No one is crazy, including you. But everyone justifies actions based on poor reasoning, including you.”

On Self-Reflection and Gratitude: “Money and career are important but they’re not everything.”

On Being Good Not Great: “ ‘Trust comes from vulnerability.’ Recent experimental data suggests that this is because deep down inside, most everyone dislikes having to pretend they’ve got all their shit together. When you let your guard down and get real, others feel relieved and gain the confidence to do the same.”

How the Many Sides to Every Story Shape our Reality: “We can select truths that engage people and inspire action, or we can deploy truths that deliberately mislead. Truth comes in many forms, and experienced communicators can exploit its variability to shape our impression of reality.”

What I’m Reading – The Week of Oct 27th

On Endurance and Time Horizons: “One is how much time you have to achieve your goals. The other is …”

On the Value of Irrational Thinking: “You are always explaining to yourself the motivations for your actions and the causes ….”

On the Relationship Between Dogs and Man: “The dog is a result of fear transformed into love. When we look …”

On Living a Meaningful Life: “Nothing could be more self-defeating than scrutinizing one’s life purpose. We ask ourselves if …”

What I’m Reading – The Week of Oct 20th

Below are some of the most intriguing, thought-provoking and actionable performance-related content pieces I read, watched or listened to this week. You Never Have Time, Only Intentions https://www.raptitude.com/2017/05/you-never-have-time-only-intentions/ “Time shrinks and disappears, or arrives with new problems we hadn’t accounted for. It has done this out whole lives, and we never learn. Unlike time, you … Read more

What I’m Reading – The Week of October 13th

Below are some of the most intriguing, thought-provoking and actionable performance-related content pieces I read, watched or listened to this week. Four links and descriptions:   Mindsets: Optimism vs. Complacency vs. Pessimism https://www.collaborativefund.com/blog/mindsets-optimism-vs-complacency-vs-pessimism/ “A real optimist wakes up every morning knowing lots of stuff is broken, and more stuff is about to break. Big stuff. … Read more

What I’m Reading – Week of Oct 6th

Below are some of the most intriguing, thought-provoking and actionable performance-related content pieces I read and watched this week: On The Value of Distraction https://www.newyorker.com/culture/cultural-comment/a-new-theory-of-distraction  “What if, in fact, we’re not very good at being distracted? What if we actually don’t value distraction enough?” On Self Doubt https://stevenpressfield.com/2018/09/self-doubt-is-good/ “For every measure of self-doubt we experience … Read more