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Happy Sunday! I just wrapped up a 6-hour car ride back from 30A Florida. It was 84 degrees and beautifully sunny the entire week. We enjoyed the incredible weather alongside the daily strolls we took to downtown Seaside (10,000+ steps easy everyday). We’ve vacationed anywhere on 30A for the last 5 or so years, incredible place for families.
I am exhausted from the car ride but excited to share with you some of my absolute favorite things I dove into this past week. I don’t know about you but I stay pretty unplugged from anything work related on vacation. I know some people still like to check their email as to not get “too behind” (whatever that means) but I take the time to fully zone out, be with my family and think about things I otherwise wouldn’t have.
I hope you enjoy the inspirations from my unplugged time.
Sunday Six ☀️
📚 The Ride of a Lifetime by Robert Iger — This is easily the best book I have read all year and likely in my top 5 books of all time. Bob Iger is the CEO of the Walt Disney Company and walks through his career biography where he started working at ABC forty-five years ago and worked his way up to become CEO of one the most iconic brands in the world.
He gives leadership insights for handling succession, creative acquisition, team growth, scale and culture. While this book will absolutely be helpful to your career and professionalism, it’s so story-driven it feels like you’re reading a novel. Here’s a few of my favorite insights from the book:
“To tell great stories, you need great talent.”
“Don’t be in the business of playing it safe. Be in the business of creating possibilities for greatness.”
“No one wants to follow a pessimist.”
Link to book: https://amzn.to/3Wnq1ek
🐦 Tweet from Dickie Bush —
4 Productivity Lessons I've Learned From Years Of Wasting Time Chasing Shiny Objects:
- 4 Hours of focused worked done every morning will solve your productivity problems. Rather than try to engineer the perfect system planned weeks in advance, I now focus on a simple list of things to execute the next morning.
- If you can't use the system with a pen and paper, it will break down eventually. Speaking of simple lists, I have abandoned any complex systems in favor of my Muji notebooks, pens , and Google Calendar.
- Notion is great at keeping track of things that don't matter. Just because you have the ability to capture and track more information doesn't mean you should. And I learned this the hard way after creating and engineering systems that felt productive but were really procrastination.
- I overestimate how many things I can take on at once, but underestimate how much effort it takes to do one thing well. And lastly, this one is a mistake I've made dozens of times and will make dozens more times in the future. I have to constantly remind myself to choose to do fewer things (despite always feeling like I should do more).
Link to tweet: https://twitter.com/dickiebush/status/1658941281173741569
💭 Atomic Essay — 3 Reasons Everyone Needs a Life Coach:
- The greatest fear of life is the unknown. Life coaches help you see the unknown in your life and navigate it before you hit it.
- They can help you expand your small thinking into big picture thinking or your big vision into small steps.
- They keep you accountable against your shiny object syndrome.
Link to tweet: https://twitter.com/AlinDragu/status/1658538750392033307
🔨 Lego — Lego is a company that has been around for over 90 years and valued at approximately $12 Billion dollars. This past week, for the first time since my childhood, I sat down and played with legos… and I’ve got to say — I’m obsessed. Here’s why:
- It’s a “zoned in” activity that pulls you out from the rest of the world
- You see the results happening before your eyes
- It stirs your creativity
- You can do it together with people
- Non-downloadable moments make it even more special
I’ve never loved puzzles (or been good at them anyway) but for some reason, I fell in love with the process of putting lego kits together. So much so that my kids and I had to get separate kits because I was so focused on building that I was barely sharing haha
Link to the kit I created: https://amzn.to/3MlNhFb
💬 Captions App — As the world of AI continues to skyrocket, here’s an incredible app that streamlines content creation for social media and youtube. Captions perfectly adds beautiful subtitles to your videos to post on TikTok, Reels, YouTube Shorts, or whatever platform — and it does it in just minutes.
I’ve tried a million of these apps. They’re usually slow, or complicated or they get half the words wrong. This one works so easily and well that I ended up subscribing to it for the 10 bucks per month. I’m seeing people all over social media use it. It use to take 1-2 hours PER VIDEO to do this. Now it takes 1-2 minutes 🤯
Link to app: https://www.captions.ai
🎵 Harry’s House by Harry Styles — It’s the one year anniversary to what I named my personal favorite album of the year for 2022. I’ve listened to this album front to back probably 250 times (ask my wife). It was my main summer running playlist last year and I ran to this album multiple times already in the beautifully hot weather.
If you haven’t already obsessed over this album before, go do so.
Link to album: https://open.spotify.com/album/5r36AJ6VOJtp00oxSkBZ5h
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