And now, time for book recommendations…or shameless commercialism…or both. Okay, there are definitely book recommendations…
These seven books are go-to sources of inspiration and valued experience. These are affiliate links which, if you use to preview and buy the product, won’t raise the product’s price and will earn me a commission. At that point, I’ll be that much closer to buying that unclaimed island in the Caribbean. Please don’t ask for the island’s coordinates. It is mine and you can’t have it. ;->
I’ve been spending lots of time checking out MasterClass’s greatly expanded offerings since my wife bought me a James Patterson writing course. One of my discoveries–its targeted sets of topic-based videos.
I was going to post this here and at my inventwithwords site next week, but I’m going to squeeze this in today to promote their 2-for-1 annual membership offer through Nov. 30. (Nope, not getting any $$ for doing this. Just wanted to pass this along. I’m inches away from ordering myself, as it opens me up to gift my friend with free year of all their courses.)
Holidays for many side hustlers the holidays are a time when they’re putting in the extra time. But these not-so-normal times may well generate a few extra rationalizations for easing off the gas pedal.
Some favorite takeaways:
Your brain is programmed to accomplish short-term tasks for more immediate gratification.
I like the Warren Buffett strategy of listing several goals, then paring it down to five goals, and then to one goal.
I had heard, but never really learned, the term, ‘kaizen’–small steps toward continuous improvement.
Chris uses Trello for his ‘break it down’ strategy. I went ahead and signed up. I had done so four years ago and never followed up. Gee, seems procrastination really is hard-wired into some people.
“You have to pick carefully. I’m actually as proud of the things we haven’t done as the things I have done. Innovation is saying no to 1,000 things.” –Steve Jobs [I just installed the Escape 2 app to keep me focused.]
I liked the quick bullet-pointed review at the end of the post.
Of course, the enduring notion rattling around in my head is: “Am I creating these posts to put off my other projects?”
If my eyesight and concentration were ‘at one with each other’, I counted 156 different book excerpts.
Other authors include: Srinivas Rao Chris Guillebeau Jen Sincero Paul Jarvis
Other titles include: Applied Empathy Forging An Ironclad Brand How We Make Stuff Now The Right It: Why So Many Ideas Fail and How to Make Sure Yours Succeed
Reminder: Don’t forget my suggestion in this post. Record yourself reading aloud ‘good stuff’ like these excerpts and listen to them while rearranging the silverware [yeah, like that’s ever going to happen in my house] or walking the dog [and that happens all too regularly].
A thought…An experiment: You give me the content and I’ll create an mp3 or slide show or video for you. [sidehustlecurator at gmail dot com].
NOTE: I’m not trying to throw shiny objects at you. Just alternative options and ideas from people who’ve ‘been there’.