How YOU want to show up today

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One of my colleagues shared a terrific question she asks herself in the mornings if she’s not in an ideal mood when that alarm goes off.

It really appeals to me, and I thought I’d share it:

“How do you want to show up to the world today?”

I think this works pretty well for a variety of circumstances. Thanks Brezo!

Events and Life Mindsets

Lives of quiet desperation and debt

I came across this quote by Nigel Marsh in Adam Baker’s TEDx talk and I had to share the quote:

There are thousands and thousands of people out there leading lives of quiet, screaming desperation, where they work long, hard hours at jobs they hate to enable them to buy things they don’t need to impress people they don’t like.

Marsh also wrote a book titled “Fat, Forty, and Fired: One man’s frank, funny, and inspiring account of losing his job and finding his life” that, aside from the “fat” bit, seems like an appropriate read for me while I search for a new job or build another business.

You can find the full transcript of Marsh’s talk on the TED site and watch him speak here:

In Baker’s TEDx talk, he talks about freedom and the financial treadmills we buy into and run on for much of our lives. His video is worth watching too:

The things we do to ourselves …

Image credit: Mikael Kristenson

People Writing

“… something as wondrous as writing.”

I read an article about Susan Orlean on Brain Pickings this morning and love this quote from her about writing:

You have to appreciate the spiritual component of having an opportunity to do something as wondrous as writing. You should be practical and smart and you should have a good agent and you should work really, really hard. But you should also be filled with awe and gratitude about this amazing way to be in the world.

You can read “Susan Orlean on Writing” in full here:

Susan Orlean on Writing

I started following her on Twitter and her tweets make for a fun read too if you don’t have the time to read her articles or books.

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Business and work Mindsets

“Freedom and responsibility aren’t given, they’re taken”

I dipped into my unread Seth Godin items and read his post titled “Freedom and responsibility”. Like most of his daily posts, it isn’t long but it is worth reading. These two paragraphs stood out for me:

Responsibility without freedom is stressful. There are plenty of jobs in this line of work, just as there are countless jobs where you have neither freedom nor responsibility. These are good jobs to walk away from.

Freedom and responsibility aren’t given, they’re taken.

Read “Freedom and responsibility”:

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Mindsets Writing

How to beat writer’s block – move your fingers

My favourite quote about overcoming writer’s block today comes from Srinivas Rao’s Medium post titled “How Writing 1000 Words a Day Changed My Life”:

The simplest way to overcome this is to put your fingers on the keyboard and move them. Write whatever you are thinking. Don’t stop until the screen has 100 words on it. I don’t know why this works, but it does. Maybe it’s the principle of momentum.

I started doing something similar when I get stuck. Just open a blank document and start typing whatever comes to mind. The output is usually nothing I can actually publish (well, except for that one time) but it helps to break whatever is keeping me blocked.

(Thanks to Kira Hug for the link)


Yes oui כן

I attend ulpan classes two evenings a week to learn Hebrew. As you can imagine, the other people in my class come from different countries and there is a mix of languages in between the Hebrew lessons. Last night, our teacher wrote this on the board and it really appealed to me for a couple reasons which you probably noticed.

Yes oui כן

First it is the word “yes” in English, French and Hebrew. Secondly, it is also a play on US President Obama’s election slogan, “Yes we can!”. This isn’t so much a pro-Obama comment as it is just an appreciation for the play on words. If anything, the Obama link is a little ironic for me.

Entertainment Mindsets

Fear Is A Choice

I finally watched After Earth a couple nights ago. It received pretty lousy reviews and I was expecting a big disappointment. It wasn’t the best movie I have seen but I enjoyed it. One quote stood out for me. It is about the nature of fear which is a strong central theme of the movie:

Cypher Raige: Fear is not real. The only place that fear can exist is in our thoughts of the future. It is a product of our imagination, causing us to fear things that do not at present and may not ever exist. That is near insanity Kitai. Do not misunderstand me, danger is very real, but fear is a choice. We are all telling ourselves a story and that day mine changed.

Will Smith’s character included this as part of his account to his son of how he came to understand the nature of fear and make new choices about it. If I remember correctly, this was about 50 minutes into the movie.

Regardless of the movie’s quality, there is a lot to be said for this quote and it is something which I think about fairly often.


My favourite euphemism for "lie"

I just read my favourite euphemism for “lie”:

an adventurous relationship to the truth

Thanks to Pierre De Vos for such a diplomatic phrase.