The growth of this newsletter has far exceeded my expectations. Thank you to all who have supported it from the beginning, and welcome to all who joined this month! Let’s jump right into my favorite reads from the month of August.
Choose Yourself! by James Altucher
I love reading books that force me to pause and evaluate whether the career assumptions I’ve made are valid. Choose Yourself! did that for me. Altucher argues that companies are continuously trying to eliminate your job and that college is a waste of time. I don’t agree, but he makes some interesting arguments.
For this book I thought I’d try something new. I want to take the conversation a little deeper, so I recorded an audio clip discussing the book.
The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life by Alice Schroeder
My biggest takeaway from Warren Buffett’s biography is this: to be truly great at something—to be exceptional—you must have focus. You have to rule out doing a lot of things, many of them good things, so you can focus on what’s most important to you.
Ever since he was a kid, Buffett’s goal was to be rich. He read the book One Thousand Ways to Make $1,000 as a boy and was constantly thinking of new business ideas. Buffett was driven by the singular goal of making money. He knew what he wanted out of life and he got it. He sacrificed some of his relationships in the process, but with a net worth of $67 billion, he has certainly accomplished his goal of being wealthy. With all that said, in his later years, Buffett used a different yardstick for measuring success:
“Basically, when you get to my age, you'll really measure your success in life by how many of the people you want to have love you actually do love you. The trouble with love is that you can't buy it. The only way to get love is to be lovable. The more you give love away, the more you get... That's the ultimate test of how you have lived your life.”
Around the web
Why Marissa Mayer's 130-Hour Workweek Idea Is Hogwash
The pendulum has swung from glamorizing those who work long hours to almost vilifying them. While I disagree with the author on several points, I think it's a discussion worth having.
What Having a “Growth Mindset” Actually Means
Stanford psychologist and Mindset author Carol Dweck explains what having a growth mindset is, and what it is not.
How To Recover From Mistakes: The Career Opportunity Ryan Lochte Missed
Ryan Lochte could have avoided his #Lochmess at the Summer Olympics by following these four steps.
What You Can Learn From Kobe Bryant’s Latest Career Move
Kobe Bryant made headlines by launching a $100 million venture capital fund. Here's my completely biased opinion of what we can learn from him.
This Underused LinkedIn Tool Can Boost Your Networking Game
An article I wrote for Fast Company. When I teach groups how to use LinkedIn, I’m always surprised at how many are unfamiliar with the LinkedIn Alumni tool. It's so powerful.
Build-A-Bear and the Secret to Employee Engagement
Only 13% of employees are engaged at work. Here’s how to fix that.
One of my friends recently shared the importance of keeping the review page of your books ‘evergreen’. She emphasized that they don't need to be 5-star reviews and some variety is preferred, even trusted. So, if you are willing to write an Amazon review for Not Your Parents’ Workplace, hit reply and say, "Happy to review your book." I'll give away up to 5 copies.
Thanks for reading! My goal is to write and share great career-related content. If you've read anything worth sharing, please let me know. And do let me know if there's anything I can do to help you.
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