Good things to read.
The Art of The Pitch by Peter Coughter. There are few books that better illustrate the art, power and storytelling prowess that comes from being a good presenter. I went from loving this book to believing that the ability to be a great (ok, decent) presenter is directly linked to your level of success. No joke.
Linchpin by Seth Godin. I used to be an entrepreneur, then I worked for a bunch of companies, then I became an entrepreneur again. I used to wonder what it takes to keep oneself employable in this day and age. The answer was simpler than I thought: make yourself indispensable. No one has written about this more magically than Seth Godin.
The War of Art by Steven Pressfield. Most people whine about their work. Pressfield is a professional writer. He doesn’t get writer’s block… he simply does the work. This is an amazing book for anyone who procrastinates or thinks that there’s something out there that will help them get a move on. Read this book and get going.
Good things to watch.
Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee. This is a web series by Jerry Seinfeld. The title explains the premise. His guests have included everyone from Sarah Silverman to Don Rickles. From David Letterman to Larry David. It will not only make you laugh, but it will help you appreciate the very serious work that it takes to make us all laugh.
Good Life Project. I love this video interview series by Jonathan Fields. Long before I was invited on as a guest, I would watch and re-watch his amazingly deep interviews with people like Brene Brown, Dan Pink, Nancy Duarte and Dan Ariely. He has a gift for interviewing people.
Helvetica. This is an amazing documentary film by Gary Hustwit. Yes, a movie about the font Helvetica. This is true art and passion. Also, the filmography is just perfect.
Good things to use.
Buffer. This nifty little app allows you to choose online content and then decide how to share it online via Twitter, Facebook and more. I love this, because I typically read in the morning, so instead of flooding my feeds in one shot, Buffer app lets me stagger the links over a day or two.
Kindle App. I try to read as much as possible and I love books. I now read books exclusively on my iPhone with the Kindle app. Everytime I open it and see the hundreds of books, I marvel at the technological brilliance of being able to carry that many books around with me in my pocket.
LEGO Architecture. LEGO isn’t just for kids. I love building these more complex LEGO kits. I find it both relaxing and creative. Plus, this LEGO Architecture series allows me to feel both like an adult and a kid at the same time… who wouldn’t want that? Currently working on the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum model.
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