Exercise provides an unparalleled stimulus, creating an environment in which the brain is ready, willing, and able to learn.” – John Ratey MD
Looking for motivation to exercise in the new year? Stop seeing exercise as means to get a better body, and start seeing it as a tool to build a better brain.
See why in my video summary of ‘Spark’:
Getting Things Done by David Allen
Most people have lived in a semistressful experience so consistently, for so long, they don’t know that it could be quite different—that there is another and more positive place from which to engage with their world.” – David Allen, Getting Things Done
An inability to remember all ‘things’ we want to do or need to do but can’t complete in this moment, creates stress.
Without a trusted system to capture, clarify and remind us of our ‘things,’ we are forced to live in a semistressful state all day long…..
1-Page PDF Summary of ‘Getting Things Done’
The Rise of Superman by Steven Kotler
Researchers recently coined the phrase “Twenty-First-Century Skills” to describe the myriad abilities our children need to thrive in this century. Action and adventure sports demand them all. – Steven Kotler, The Rise of Superman
1-Page PDF Summary of ‘The Rise of Superman’
Little Bets by Peter Sims
By expecting to get things right at the start, we block ourselves psychologically and choke off a host of opportunities to learn.” – Peter Sims, Little Bets
People like Chris Rock, Frank Gehry and the Pixar filmmakers are perfectionists who systematically make mistakes to discover new ideas and develop great products. How is this possible?
The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor
The fastest way to disengage an employee is to tell him his work is meaningful only because of the paycheck.” – Shawn Achor, The Happiness Advantage
Most of us experience a lack of ‘happiness’ in our jobs. Most of us think that this is normal and happiness at work is a cute luxury…
Well most of us are seriously limiting ourselves if we think this way.
1-Page PDF Summary of The Happiness Advantage
The Accidental Creative by Todd Henry
If you are one of the millions among us who make a living with your mind, you could be tagged a creative.” – Todd Henry, The Accidental Creative
The challenge of being a ‘creative’ in today’s workforce is that we’re expected to create on-demand. We can’t afford going weeks or months between great ideas.
So how can we learn to be creative on-demand? How can we be sustainability brilliant?
Watch the following video to find out:
Anything You Want by Derek Sivers
Don’t be on your deathbed someday, having squandered your one chance at life, full of regret because you pursued little distractions instead of big dreams.” – Derek Sivers, Anything You Want
‘Anything You Want’ is a book about author Derek Sivers journey of accidentally starting a company and growing it into a $20 million business.
The book contains 40 lessons for aspiring entrepreneurs. I’ve condensed those 40 lessons into a three part story (5-minutes in total) to illustrate how you can start a company, grow a company and know when to leave your company:
1-Page PDF Summary of Insights from Anything You Want
Sprint by Jake Knapp
No problem is too large for a sprint.“ – Jake Knapp
Google Ventures invests $300 million dollars in start-ups each year. To protect their investment Google Ventures helps these start-ups solve big problem and test new product ideas.
In an effort to solve problems and test new products quickly, Google Ventures designers Jake Knapp, John Zeratsky, Braden Kowitz have designed a rapid problem-solving method called ‘Sprint’.
Watch the following video to understand how you can solve big problems in just 5 days:
“Ultimately, the people who choose to champion originality are the ones who propel us forward. ” – Adam Grant
To be original you need to be creative. However, being creative is hard and unpredictable. But what if there was a way to systematically be more creative?
In the following video I extract 5 big ideas from Adam’s book to help you generate more ideas and foster creativity: