Here we are at the end of October. I have to say that this is probably my favorite time of year. I love that the weather’s getting colder and the days are shorter. Does that mean I’m emo?
Anyway, here’s what we covered this month on Start Being Your Best:
Develop Your Reputation: Wrote this as a piece or two of advice to some of my readers who may be a little younger than I. There are certainly plenty of things I need to work on in my own life, so I hate to come off as condescending or anything. I just have noticed that a lot of folks in the younger generation make some mistakes, and this was my attempt to point them out.
What’s the Problem with Goals?: I’m getting more and more frustrated with people who say that “goals cause us too much stress, so don’t even bother”. Honestly, I think it’s a cop out. Keep setting goals. You need them to succeed.
How to Be Rich and Happy: A book review for a book that I was provided by Tim Brownson. I really enjoyed it and will be reading it again soon. I encourage you, if you haven’t already, to hit the ad over on the right sidebar and download the free chapters that Tim is offering. I honestly believe it’ll be worth your time.
Reader Spotlight: Standstrong.tv: This is a project that one of our readers here is getting started, and it’s going to be AWESOME. Some really good stuff lined up there for launch (including a short conversation with your’s truly). Make sure to subscribe to the site so you’ll hear when it launches. Oh, and if you know of a project that SBYB should shine a light on (or if you have one yourself), let me know about it, will you?
5 Reasons to Learn a Foreign Language: I’m in the process of trying to get my proficiency back up to snuff in Mandarin, which is what inspired this post. I believe that one of the best things you can do from a personal development standpoint is to learn a new language. If you haven’t in the past, give it a shot.
Obligation: How much do we really owe to people around us? How far does our obligation to our fellow human beings? I’m still trying to figure out exactly how altruistic I need to be, and I’m sure that it’s somewhat different for everyone. I’d be curious to hear your responses.
4 Ways to Make Your Own Luck: I read a really interesting article that inspired this post. I’d always had a feeling that luck comes down to more than.. well, luck. Finally someone’s studied exactly what lucky people do differently from unlucky ones.
Taking a Sagmeister: Sabbaticals are an interesting topic that’s becoming more and more popular to discuss in our current economic client. Not everyone is in a position to take a lot of time off, but everyone needs to pay attention to their level of burnout. It’s important to recognize when our creativity starts to wane, and to take steps to counteract this.
I’m heading out on another trip this month; for work this time. I’ll be gone in Asia, so I might not respond as promptly to email and comments as I normally would. Keep leaving them, though. Thanks again for all you do around here!
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