Join Me At The Passion Planner Summit

I am honored to be speaking on a panel at the 2021 Passion Planner Summit.

A 3-Day virtual experience with workshops, panels, networking opportunities and tools for living an authentic and intentional life in 2021.

I have been an avid fan of Passion Planner for years and used their products in my annual goal setting retreat.

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

* How to Make Friends as an Adult:

“Leaping your way to even one new friend kicks off a wonderful compounding effect. Each friend tends to come with more acquaintances, and usually they’re highly qualified friend candidates.”

* Jootsing: The Key to Creativity:

“Creativity can seem like a mysterious process. But many of the most creative people understand that you can actually break it down into a simple formula.”

* The Big Rocks And The Jar:

“A Lesson in Making Priorities”

What I’m Reading – Week of December 31st

* It’s You Against You, All Day Long

“Some you’ll win. Most you’ll lose. Sometimes you’ll feel accomplished and warm-fuzzies and the burst of happiness and ownership in doing a great job, being recognized, being loved, winning. Most times you will go to bed knowing you did alright, not your best, but given the chance to wake up tomorrow you’ll get a little closer to your best.”

* Favorite Farnam Street Posts From 2020

“Much of what we do at FS is about reflection. Learning requires reflection; time to sit, think, and process.”

* Own The Tools

“This little insight suggests a principle that we 21st-century wanderers might want to write down: whenever you can, own the tools, or you never stop paying for them.”

* Resistance And Dreams

“I wish I could hear that voice and say, ‘Ah, that’s Resistance! I’ll simply dismiss it.’ But I’m terrified that the voice is true.”

What I’m Reading – Week of December 20th

* Don’t Look Back and Don’t Look Down: “We’re talking here about a discipline of the mind. Mental toughness. A choice that you and I make (and hold ourselves to) as professionals … a deliberate act.”

* Highlights From 2020’s Farnam Street “Ask Me Anything” (Video)

* Marc Andreessen On Productivity, Scheduling, Reading Habits, Work, and More: “The sheer load of the number of things coming at me and coming at the senior partners here is just very intense. That has forced a comprehensive shift to a far more structured way of living. It’s actually by far the most structured I’ve ever been.”

What I’m Reading – Week of December 13th

* You’re Only As Good As Your Worst Day: “As individuals, we tell people the most about who we are when everything goes wrong.”

* Practice = Professional: “All are here to serve a higher purpose, to seek, in the training and conflict between and among one another, to realize the best of themselves. That’s you and me every day at the easel, at the piano, at the keyboard. That’s a practice.”

* The Comfortable Misery Syndrome: “If everything is too good, you’re probably stuck not being awesome.”

What I’m Reading – Week of December 6th

* How To Handle The Beast: “Our species knows the Beast well, but we don’t talk about it much. I suppose that’s because it’s hard to win at the rat race and other public-facing status games when you admit you are suffering. But suffering less is more important.”

* Leading During A Crisis (video): “There are certain kinds of rules in a crisis. Number one, I don’t respond in little pieces and then change my mind. I wait until I get the facts. It’s your response that defines who you really are in other people’s eyes.”

* How Julia Child Used First Principles Thinking: “There’s a big difference between knowing how to follow a recipe and knowing how to cook. If you can master the first principles within a domain, you can see much further than those who are just following recipes.”

What I’m Reading – Week of Nov 29th

* Lots of Overnight Tragedies, No Overnight Miracles: “An important thing that explains a lot of things is that good news takes time but bad news happens instantly.”

* Three Recession-Proof Investments for 2021: “Emotional stability. Connection to others and the environment. Frequent moments of peace and gratitude. A world that seems quieter. An easier time being yourself.”

* Gratitude – Becoming A Better Person By Not Taking Things Personally (video): “What you’re actually made of is what you encounter when you voluntarily embrace the unknown.”

* The Learning Loop (video): “A short video that answers the question of how we can translate information and experiences to actual knowledge that we own.”

Gratitude Season

I’m a massive fan of the mastermind format when it’s done right. Peer mentor groups can be your raft when you’re holding onto that volleyball in the storm at sea and also incredibly fulfilling to share your personal and professional successes with because they are usually the only ones who know what you went through to get there, more than your biz partner or your spouse or your shrink.

What I’m Reading – Week of November 22nd

* How to Gradually Become a More Relaxed Person: “Our cultural ideas of relaxation tend to involve some sort of external intervention — drinks, vacations, entertainment, or some other kind of stimulation, more to distract us from tension than actually relieve it.”

* On Cultivating and Sustaining Love: “Love is losing yourself in the process of caring about and showing undivided attention to someone or something, through ups and downs. It’s as simple and as hard as that.”

*Learning Through Play: “Doing things we enjoy without a goal in mind leads us to find new information, better understand our own capabilities, and find unexpected beauty around us.”

* The Big Lessons From History: “An important lesson from history is that the risks we talk about in the news are rarely the most important risks in hindsight. The same story, again and again.”