[Every Friday, I share my favorite reads from around the blogosphere over the past week. Enjoy!]
Start Your Engines: It’s Time for the Copyblogger EBookWriMo Challenge!
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~Sonia Simone at Copyblogger
Let’s Stop “Working Harder.” Priorities, Decisions, Strategy.
It’s about making the decision to have the AND. I’m going to have a beer AND work hard AND go for a run AND take the time to relax. I’m going to build a business AND do my project. I’m going to do only the best things for each, and not grind myself to do all of the things.
It’s also about making the decision to say NO. I’m NOT going to go out, I’m NOT going to go to that meeting, I’m NOT going to work late, I’m NOT going to answer every email, I’m NOT going to have coffee with everyone.
I’m going to take the time I need to be the person I need to be, completely.
~Sarah Kathleen Peck at It Starts With
Your Doubt Decoder Ring: How to Understand What Your Inner Voice is Really Telling You
One of the biggest misconceptions career changers have is that once you get started on the right path, that the doubt will go away.
In fact, it’s just the opposite.
The more you invest in your passions, the more you’ll doubt your ability and dedication to achieve it.
If the solution were “just ignore that voice,” it would be easy. But often there’s an element of truth to the troubling questions you’re wrestling with.
The issue for a lot of people isn’t tuning in to their “inner voice,” it’s decoding what it’s saying.
~Jennifer Gresham at Everyday Bright
The best thing I ever learned about the word “no.”
I realized I tend to say yes so often in part because I feel like I have to justify or explain my no. I have to lay out in the best possible ways why I feel I need to say no. But recently I heard a guy say something really powerful about the word no. He said,
“’No’ is a complete sentence.”
How great is that?
That’s a complete sentence.
You don’t have to justify yourself. You don’t have to apologize for saying no. You just have to say it. And move on.
The Willingness to Think Differently
Most people take the safe route, because they’re afraid of being different and failing. If you do nothing amazing but you go with the crowd, then you don’t look stupid. But then you miss out on the amazing.
If you never stand out from the crowd, you will always be average. And that’s fine, but the people who stand out are the ones who make a mark, who innovate and discover, who learn the freedom of exploration and invention.
~Leo Babauta at Zen Habits
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