"Cause a little bit of summer is what the whole year is about." -John Mayer
It officially feels like summer here in Manhattan (hello humidity).
Everything seems to have slowed down. The city is quieter and it felt like the online world followed suit this week.
It seemed like the perfect time for some summer reading fun and a recap of some of the favorite blogs of the year (so far)!
In case you missed these the first time around, here’s my summer reading list!
I found out the hard way that our emotional, physical, and mental wellbeing doesn't only affect us, it affects every aspect of our lives from our relationships, to our health, to our businesses. Creating and sustaining energy is true self-care that goes deeper than a weekly mani-pedi and benefits us and our work.
Sometimes quitting is the best business and life decision we can make. Instead of moving us further away from our ultimate goal, a thoughtful, strategic, “I quit” can move us closer to where we want to be. Sometimes staying the course isn’t grit, sometimes it’s fear, treading water, and staying stuck.
I share my sweaty experience during a live speaking engagement. It’s easy to think we’re the only ones who get nervous or want to run and call it quits right before we’re about to take a leap, do something new, or put ourselves out there, but that couldn't be further from the truth. Fear is a normal human emotion. It’s part of the human experience. And, it’s not going anywhere.
I was lucky enough to go to the Digital Marker Traffic & Conversion Summit in San Diego earlier this year. In a digital world, at a digital conference, there are still some fundamental business truths that apply, and they came up more than once. The digital marketing aspect at this conference was mindblowing, but underneath it, all were some non-digital lessons that we can all apply to our work.
For all of us who feel like the market is too crowded, like it’s all been done before, and there isn't room for us, Uber debunks all of this. They’re also an example that nothing is really new. There are only five real plot lines and all that jazz …and, yet, there’s still room for improvement. There’s still space to put our own spin on things. There’s still a way to differentiate.
Whether they realized it or not, my favorite coffee shop was employing the power of psychology, which turns out to be pretty dang powerful in its influence to keep us coming back time after time even despite the higher price tag. There are three interesting psychological factors at play here that Robert Cialdini (who I was lucky enough to hear speak at The Digital Marketing Conference!) talks about in his famous book Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion.
I’m talking about that time I was going to become a professional writer...and what I decided to do differently when I started my business. We’re digging into how constraints make us creative, how deadlines and boxes make us focus and prioritize, and how a little time crunch here and there gets us thinking on our feet and coming up with answers.
I’ve got this whole productivity thang down. Except, a few weeks ago, my productivity went out the window. There were three main culprits that zapped my productivity: lack of clarity, allowing for interruptions, and being pulled into perfectionism. I'm sharing my takeaways from this experience.
I hope you’ll find a nugget you need to hear today in the posts above. After you have a chance to read, I'd love to hear what jumps out at you and if you have any favorite any blog posts!
Before you head back to your summer fun, I'd like to thank you for being a part of my world and having these conversations with me every week. I'm wishing you a very happy summer, and I’ll be back next week with some new, fresh content!
Happy summer, and I’ll be back next week with some new, fresh content!
Wishing you your version of success,
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