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Link Love 8/24/12

2012 August 24
by Cordelia

[Every Friday, I share my favorite reads from around the blogosphere over the past week.  Enjoy!]

 

BECAUSE AWESOME!
LIES LIKE CANDY. TASTE GOOD. TURN YOU FAT AND STUPID.

WORLD FAT AND STUPID ENOUGH. GIVE IT DIET PLAN OF TRUTH.

WHEN TASTE USEFUL TRUTH, WILL WANT MORE. AFTER WANT WILL CONSUME. AFTER CONSUME WILL CARE. AFTER CARE WILL WANT MORE.

GIVE THEM MORE. GIVE THEM TRUTH.

NEVER STOP. FOR EVERYONE.

WORLD FULL OF SELFISH. FULL OF USELESS. FULL OF LIES. IT NEVER STOP.

YOU MUST NEVER STOP EVEN MORE.
~guest post by the ever-fantastic Fake Grimlock at Copyblogger


The Bitch Slap: I’m Not Going to Ride Your Elephant
Quit riding other people’s elephants. And tell them the truth when you turn them down: I’M NOT GOING TO RIDE YOUR ELEPHANT! And then tell them why.

I don’t believe in what you’re doing.

Your projects never run on-time and take away from me running my own business.

You’re shitty at project management and I feel like it’s a never-ending infomercial where I’m watching three monkeys trying to hump a soccer ball.

Or simply…say no.

But the bottom line here is, YOU are the only one who makes the decision to climb on someone else’s elephant in the first place. No one’s forcing you. You’re the one who has to make it stop.

Stop waiting on others.

Stop living other people’s Shoulds.

Stop following the paths of others.

Start living your Musts and get yourself a motherfucking Ibex. An Okapi. Whatever it is, get one of your own. Business — and life — gets from point A to Fuck Yeah by building a herd. Run with people who have goals, dreams, and Awesomeapotamuses that help you thrive so you can help them thrive in return.

Because you’ll never get to Fuck Yeah by riding other people’s circus animals.
~Erika Napoletano at Redhead Writing

 

Make A Big Decision On The Spot With This Trick
If it ain’t a ‘hell yes’, then it’s a ‘no’.

A ‘hell yes’ feels like…

… your nerves are having a dance party in your gut.

… you can picture exactly what it will look like.

… if you do this, you’ll be one step closer to the image you have in your head.

If that’s how you feel about your big move, your new business idea, writing your novel, popping the question, or asking for the raise, then you should start thinking about the practicalities. Make the to do list. Consider financial implications.

But,

Don’t even worry about the pro + con list if you don’t feel excited.
~Courtney Johnston at The Rule Breaker’s Club

 

How to be Unhappy
The pursuit of happiness is as old as modern civilization. Books, elixers, religions, and philosophies are all devoted to it. Happiness is a quest, an obsession, and a universal aspiration.

But what does it take to be unhappy?

In some ways, it’s easier than happiness itself. New research and much life experience offers a simple recipe for genuine discontent…

Happiness may require more than pithy quotations on Twitter and a good sleep cycle, but unhappiness is fairly simple.
~Chris Guillebeau at The Art of Non-Conformity

 

Be this duck.
This week, you will have the opportunity to sit on your talent.

To walk when you could actually fly.

To hold your tongue when you know you’ve got a great idea.

To let fear win the day when there’s a smoldering bit of boldness you need to act on.

When presented with the choice to accept average this week, I want you to remember this photo.

I want you to be this duck…
~Jon Acuff

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