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Read by Famous sells books that were owned and read by people who have achieved high levels of recognition in their particular fields. Not copies of titles they have read, but the actual books that these people owned and read. The proceeds from the sales benefit book and literacy focused non-profits.

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“Verschlimmbessern”

25. Verschlimmbessern (German): To accidentally make something worse in the process of attempting to mend or improve it. Multiple applications around computers, cake baking and relationships.

From this fascinating list of Untranslatable Words.

The Art of Noticing, and Then Creating

A wonderfully insightful conversation between Seth Godin and the lovely Krista Tippett: The Art of Noticing, and Then Creating.

ON BEING is one of my all-time favorite podcasts. If you’re not familiar with it, you should put it on your radar.

15 Ways To Manage Stress

15 ways to manage stress

15 ways to manage stress according to scientists. Yes to #14.

Fundamental Principles for Overcoming Worry

31. Live in “day-tight compartments.”

32. How to face trouble:

a. Ask yourself, “What is the worst that can possibly happen?”

b. Prepare to accept the worst.

c. Try to improve on the worst.

33. Remind yourself of the exorbitant price you can pay for worry in terms of your health.

This post is full of gems: How to Overcome Worry and Be a Friendlier Person

The Last Audio Cassette Tape Factory

“We were too stubborn to quit and now we make more audio cassettes than eve before!” – The King of Analog

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Self Compassion

I am a champion at being too tough on myself. Here is an exercise in how to lessen the voices of self-flagellation by The School of Life.

Missions for your little one

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The folks behind Red Paper Plane believe that “Missions” are a whole new way to learn and play for little ones. They created mission based design challenges for the whole family, based on a creative process – 20 minutes per day for several days. This is fantastic! Especially for snowy winter weekends!

I’ll totally try the Spaceship Mission with Tilo (5) this weekend.

What does it mean to spend our time well?

Interesting talk in which Tristan Harris asks for technology that helps us spend our time well.

Manifesto of a Doer

Manifesto of a doer

16. Make a plan. Then accept it can and will change. Making something happen is about being nimble and adaptable.

Manifesto of a doer.

Love, Sex and Attachement

I thoroughly enjoyed this conversation between Krista Tippett and Helen Fisher on Love, Sex and Attachment. In her TED talks that have been viewed by millions of people, and the research she does for Match.com, Helen Fisher wields science as a sobering, if entertaining, lens on what feel like the most meaningful encounters of our lives.

So many gems. So many.

Unforgettable Thank You Notes

How to write unforgettable thank you notes.

(via Chris)

Being a Grown Up

A few weeks ago I asked the following question:

My wonderful friend Jocelyn K. Glei responded with a thoughtful post. Here’s an excerpt:

“When the going gets rough in any creative or entrepreneurial project, what we require isn’t reason or rationality, it’s sheer tenacity—commitment to our abilities, commitment to our process, commitment to finishing even in the face of the inevitable setbacks. This is what separates children from the adults, and the Peter Pans from the Pros.

If being grown up means being committed—to a business, a project, a person—then it’s impossible to peak. And the deeper the commitment, the deeper the meaning that can emerge.”

Read the full post: What Separates the Peter Pans from the Pros

Words of Wisdom by Carl Sagan

“The cosmos is all that is, or ever was, or ever will be. We long to return, and we can, […] because the cosmos is within us. We’re made of stardust. We are a way for the cosmos to know itself.” What will you leave behind?”

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The Concept of Black Sheep

Was nodding my head nonstop watching this. Gareth Kay is now officially on my list of people I’d like to have coffee with in 2016!

(via Sally)

Paper (Ceramic) Mug

paper ceramic mug

That moment where you love a Ceramic (Paper) Mug that was gifted to you *so* much you decide to buy 7 more to create a full set, and you realize it costs $58 and you fall off your chair. NOPE!

OMG!

The Impostor Syndrome

The Impostor Syndrome

Good read: Learning to Deal With the Impostor Syndrome, by Carl Richards

Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin Celebrate Female Friendship

This conversation about female friendship between Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin made me smile and want to call my girlfriends.

Secrets of Storytelling

In this rare appearance as a documentary subject, George Saunders reveals the pitfalls of bad storytelling and explains the openness and generosity required to breath life into great characters.

(via Kurt Andersen)

CreativeMornings Podcast: Steve Larosiliere

Steve Larosiliere is a dear friend of mine and a person I truly admire: He is the founder and president of STOKED, an award winning development organization for underserved youth that seeks to inspire these teens through action sports.

In this CreativeMornings talk from November 2014 in New York City, Steve speaks about the chances he’s been given in life — about the things that happened to him and the things that happened because of him — and how each one informed his mission to close the opportunity gap and pay it forward in his community.

Have a listen. It’s well worth it.

Creativity and Science Coming Together

Neil deGrasse Tyson talks about the ways in which logic and creativity enhance one another.

You Are Beautiful

How would you react if someone told you that you’re beautiful? Shea Glover, a highschool student from Chicago, conducted a social experiment to find out.

Teaching Kids About Online Safety

This is a rather chilling educational piece by Think U Know on teaching kids about online safety.

(Thanks Miranda)

Edible, but Ugly

To combat food waste, Imperfect Produce, a San Francisco Bay Area start-up, sells fresh fruits and vegetables that never make it to grocery store shelves.

(via Laughing Squid)