Weekend Reading

January 11, 2014


I cleared my schedule this last week to make room for the baby’s arrival – but a no-show baby meant lots of time to read and write. So I’ve got lots to share this week.

First off! Podcasts! I know it’s not reading but I’m finally getting into podcasts. I can’t work / write and listen to a podcast at the same time (I just tune it out) so I’ve been listening to them while on my daily walk. Here are a few I’ve been enjoying:
• The School of Greatness / Lewis Howes – This podcast is a former pro athlete who interviews people like Tim Ferris, Danielle LaPorte, Jamie Eason, Marc Ecko and more. I love hearing the interviews and stories of how people got to where they are and the roadblocks, struggles, and insecurities they had to tackle along the way.
• TED Radio Hour – If you like TED and you like NPR you’ll like this podcast. Top notch quality and gives you lots to think about. Jeremy and I listened to this on our last road trip to Austin and the time flew by.
• With Purpose – my new friend Erin Haslag invited me to be interviewed on her brand new podcast, With Purpose. After checking out what it was all about I couldn’t say no. And chatting with Erin felt less like an interview and a lot more like catching up with an old friend over coffee. They’ve got some quality guests lined up to talk about how they live with purpose and I can’t wait to follow along.

What other podcasts should I check out?

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The Virtue of Insecurity – Chris Guillebeau talks about giving it your all and not accepting failure … even when you’ve failed.
“Sure, you can challenge or change the rules to suit your own purposes. You can define success however you see fit. But you shouldn’t accept less than your best. If your best doesn’t allow for failure, it’s not over.”

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Blog Log: The Key to Building an Engaged Audience – Shauna (aka Nubby Twiglet) nails it here with this how to “how to” post. “If you want an audience that’s engaged and keeps coming back for more, create genuinely helpful content.” Plus, she gives you lots of post ideas if you don’t know where to start.

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555 Words on Hate Blogging + Bullying – I’m finding more and more bloggers taking a vocal stance against the toxic bullshit that is hate blogging. It’s tough because you don’t want to “feed the trolls” or even give the smallest amount of energy or acknowledgment to haters, but at the same time… is this something bloggers should really stay quiet about? This post by Alex Franzen is not only firm and concise but also compassionate. (Plus, she references Mr. Rogers. You can’t go wrong there.)

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The Four Agreements by Miguel Ruiz – I’ve had this sitting on my Kindle for over a year and finally picked it up the other day. It probably deserves an entire post on its own but my favorite chapter was the one one not taking anything personal. It’s become a mantra and daily discipline for me to not take it personal. I highly recommend checking out this book (the end gets a little “out there” but it’s still great) – and in the meantime check out the Q&A on the Four Agreements.

Have you read anything interesting lately? Leave me some links in the comments! 

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