The Anti-CEO Playbook

SO MUCH YES! This talk by Chobani founder Hamdi Ulukaya resonates so deeply.

Virtual Choir

Completely mesmerized by Eric Whitacre’s Virtual Choir. The Virtual Choir is a global phenomenon, creating a user-generated choir that brings together singers from around the world and their love of music in a new way through the use of technology. Singers record and upload their videos from locations all over the world. Each one of the videos is then synchronised and combined into one single performance to create the Virtual Choir.

(I recently started a real life choir, inspired by James Sill’s CreativeMornings “talk: last December!)

My Dad, the Facebook Addict

“I have a folder on my computer full of memes!” This is sad and funny at the same time. So many emotions. My Dad, the Facebook Addict

Amy Padnani: Overlooked Obituaries

New York Times digital editor Amy Padnani talked about Overlooked, a series telling the stories of remarkable people who never received an obit in their publication.

Compliment!

People > Craft

I keep coming back to this brief talk by Larry Legend. Reminding me that People > Craft.

Gratitude

1. What am I taking for granted this week?
2. Who helps to keep the comforts of my life coming to me?
3. What systems are helping my life to run right now?
4. Three mundane things that I do almost daily that I’m grateful for.
5. Five utilitarian things I use in my life, why I’m grateful for them, and some of the factors and circumstances that help bring those into my life.

Loving these 5 questions for deeper gratitude. Thank you for sharing, Danielle LaPorte.

We All Have Hurt Someone

The Great Mental Models Project

This new book by Farnam Street covers the first 9 mental models that we refer to as the General Thinking Concepts. A thorough understanding of these will improve the way you approach problems, consider opportunities, and make difficult decisions.

The Great Mental Models is a project by Farnam Street to help equalize opportunity in the world by making a high-quality education free and available to everyone.

Their newsletter is one of my favorites. Always super thoughtful and thought provoking. You can sign up here.

Habits of Lucky People

Rumble Language

… The story I make up
… I am curious about
… Tell me more
… That is not my experience
… I’m wondering
… Help me understand
… Walk me through
… What’s your passion around this
… Tell me why this doesn’t fit/work for you

These are a few of Brené Brown’s favorite questions and sentence starters during hard conversations, when she feels herself reaching for her favorite armor (perfectionism, anger, being the knower, trying to control, emotional intensity, getting critical). In those moments she tries to remember that the antidote to armoring up is staying curious.

I will use this.

How to Save Our Planet

(via Kottke)

What Is a Zen Koan?

What Is a Zen Koan? An animated introduction to eastern philosophical thought experiments.

I Feel This:

This made me laugh. And nod my head.

The 12-Hour Rule

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Mid-Century Modern Playgrounds

These mid-century modern playgrounds are completely bonkers.

(via Present & Correct)

Why Trust Is Worth It

Small Mistakes | Big Mistakes

Small mistakes:
1. Messing up school exams.
2. Not finishing college.
3. Failing at your first business.
4. Failing at your second.

Big Mistakes:
1. Not listening to your gut.
2. Not keeping your word.
3. Not looking after yourself.
4. Not looking for the good in people.

Do Lectures

People Matter, Real Life Matters

This vulnerable talk by Grace Bonney hit me in the heart. In it she speaks on the last 15 years of running Design*Sponge and why 2019 will be her final year. She unpacks the noteworthy lessons she’s learned along the way and what truly matters even in this digital age.

Youmna

My friend Youmna, force behind Live Love Bierut is a very special human.

Being an Advocate for Love

Beautiful talk by poet and author Cleo Wade.

Believe

“Speak to your children as if they are the wisest, kindest, most beautiful and magical humans on earth, for what they believe is what they will become.”

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If I had my life to live over again

If I had my life to live over again,
I’d dare to make more mistakes next time.
I’d relax.
I’d limber up.
I’d be sillier than I’ve been this trip.
I would take fewer things seriously.
I would take more chances,
I would eat more ice cream and less beans.

I would, perhaps, have more actual troubles but fewer imaginary ones.
you see, I’m one of those people who was sensible and sane,
hour after hour,
day after day.

Oh, I’ve had my moments.
If I had to do it over again,
I’d have more of them.
In fact, I’d try to have nothing else- just moments,
one after another, instead of living so many years ahead of each day.

I’ve been one of those persons who never goes anywhere without a thermometer, a hot-water bottle, a raincoat, and a parachute.
If I could do it again, I would travel lighter than I have.

If I had to live my life over,
I would start barefoot earlier in the spring
and stay that way later in the fall.
I would go to more dances,
I would ride more merry-go-rounds,
I would pick more daisies.

– Nadine Stair, Louisville at 85 years of age

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Complaints Have No Magic

Thank you for these magical words, Cleo Wade. This was one of my biggest energetic shifts, when moving to New York City, 20 years ago, realizing people don’t really complain here much. Complaining is draining. It truly has no magic. Hence my personal rule: “When I catch myself complaining about something repeatedly, I have two options: Do something about it or let it go.”