7 Point Saturday 2/1/2020

It was an interesting week of studies between the Yale work I am into right now and articles I’ve read. No rhyme or reason again to the below. Just some items that grabbed my attention and felt I needed to share out.

  1. Grit by Angela Duckworth is coming to an end. I’m on track to still complete one book for educational purposes each month. This was a great pick. Helped me see the power you can reinvigorate passion with. How to bring better awareness to perseverance. It’s a great book making the grind work for you. We have some biases about talent. Here’s a link to getting the book from one spot I frequent: https://books.apple.com/us/book/grit/id1013997364
  2. New podcast that I am into “What’s Working” is hilarious with outtakes on our work environments shared by some brave souls that love to be honest. I get a smile and laugh out of them. Maybe there’s some part of me that knows they kind of relate too. Work got you down? Listen to the cast, you’ll realize it’s not as bad as you think: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/whats-working/id1484810273?i=1000460543374
  3. Quote for the week that’s been on my mind is from Henry Ford. “Whether you think you can or can’t – you’re right.” So good. What we think we become. It’s really that simple. Think negative, you’re more than likely going to be negative. Think with a closed mindset, you’re more than likely going to stay where you’re at and not grow into something you aspire to be.
  4. I have a fear of getting hacked and something rather bad with my finances will happen. This Vox article is meant as a teachable moment from someone that had that very act happen to them and what it taught them. Like myself, I share from my learns so others can find the best version of themselves they can by not making the same mistakes I did. I learned a lot from this one. Here’s the dive: https://www.vox.com/recode/2020/1/28/21080122/avoid-hack-hacker-theft
  5. I just dropped one of two podcasts for this February: Creating Your Best Possible Self. I take you through my learns on doing just that and staying inline with your resolutions or goals. How to get back on track and why we sometimes fall and stay off track. Enjoy!
  6. What can one learn from quitting? There in lies the issue. We quit and don’t learn from it. We just ghost it and walk away the majority of the time. This was a cool introspective look in at 20 stories of people who did just walk away. Good research on why we quit. Here’s the dive: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/01/20/style/quitters.html
  7. Maybe this week’s finds and learns did have a theme. I ran into a lot of articles around maxing our optimism and improving our ability to be really resilient so we can achieve. I like this one from BCG. Here’s the dive: https://www.bcg.com/publications/2020/optimistic-collaborative-persistent-secret-unlocking-world-potential-age-of-anxiety.aspx

Hope you enjoyed the articles and finds this week. Thanks as always for hanging in there while I put these out. Can not wait to share with you next week.

✌🏻 Shawn

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