Why You Need a Creative Hobby, Even if You Think You’re Too Busy (Article)

Foundr is a multifaceted digital business that is independently published, with the muscle of a traditional media company. Their mission is to create a supportive, potent global community and to provide young/new entrepreneurs with courage and valuable information. This article is about the potential effects of having a creative hobby that you enjoy regularly. The article uses research to provide potential evidence that making time for a creative hobby regularly can have positive benefits for your work. Some of the benefits of having a creative hobby which is further explained in the article are performing better at work, greater feeling of control/mastery, opportunity to recharge, diversifying your attention (taking pressure off your work), building your network, and more.

The Who, What and Why of Global Personal Player Development (Article)

BelievePerform is a website developed to bring together those who have a passion for sport psychology as well as those who want to get a better understanding of the field. Writer, Dr. Mark Robinson, is founder of Personal Player Development LLC and assists the athletic community in understanding the issues and challenges athletes encounter along the athletic journey. In this article, Dr Robinson writes about the importance of Personal Development for athletes, though elite performer in their field/industry/concentration could benefit from this. Robinson claims that personal development assists in understanding athletic identity, decision-making, and coping skills throughout life. This aspect appears to often often be ignored in an athlete’s life. Explanation is provided why there is a lack of guidance in personal development and what the cost of this has been for many athletes around the world.

Ray Dalio; the Steve Jobs of Investing (Podcast)

Tim Ferris, best-selling author and investor, deconstructs world-class performers from eclectic areas in his podcast to extract the tactics, tools, and routines you can use. Ray Dalio is founder and CEO of one of the biggest hedge funds Bridgewater Associates and author of the book Principles. In this podcast Ferriss and Dalio talk about a wide variety of topics. The conversation starts with talking about Dalio’s background growing up in New York and how he was interested in finance from a young age. Part of the conversation is about the book “Principles” Dalio wrote and why it has been crucial for his success. One of the principle Ferriss and Dalio discussed extensively is ‘pain+reflection = progress’. Bridgewater is known for a meticulous and specific culture in which Dalio explains their meritocratic environment and its tools + protocols the 1000+ employees comply and adhere to. The conversation switches into a more personal topic where both Ferriss and Dalio share their experience with depression. The final parts of the conversation center around Dalio’s idea of what generates happiness and his approach to investing.

Dr Alan Watkins; Being Brilliant Every Single Day (Video)

Ted speakers are specialists in their field and talk about their specific topic. Topics range from psychology, nutrition, science, leadership, etc. Executive coach and neuroscientist, Dr. Watkins, talks about how to perform at your best every single day by training consistent breathing. Watkins brakes down how to understand your consistent performance: to change performance you have to change behavior, which influences your thinking, which is dependent on your feelings, which is a reaction from emotions, and emotions come from your physiology. So you have to become aware and control your physiology which is possible when controlling your heartbeat and thus your breath.

Leadership with a Smile Managing Our Emotions as a Tool of Enacting Leadership (Article)

TThe European Business Review is the leading business intelligence magazine provides readers with indispensable insight, current best practices and breakthrough ideas. The writer, Dr. Marian Izatt-White, focuses her research around successful leadership on a day-to-day basis. In this article she writes about the balance of being authentic, while managing your emotions for effective leadership. The article provides real-world examples of instances where managers needed to control their emotions (such as in redundancies and disciplinary conversations) and when they effectively allowed for authentic emotions to surface. Preparation, having an outlet, and exercise are among the advises to control your emotional outlet in a professional setting.

The Science of Breathing: How Slowing It Down Can Make Us Calm and Productive (Article)

Forbes Media is a global media, branding and technology company, with a focus on news and information about business, investing, technology, entrepreneurship, leadership and affluent lifestyles. In this article, contributor Seth Porges simplifies the explanation of how our autonomic nervous system works, it’s ties to stress and anxiety, and how breathing can be used as a solution to get rid of those unpleasant feelings. When stressed and anxious the sympathetic nervous system (the fight or flight part of our nervous system) reacts causing body reactions such as shortage of breath and tensing of your muscles.  Porges writes that slow, consistent, and deep breathing can slow down all bodily functions leaving you in a calmer and more controlled state. Dr. Gerbarg suggests coherent breathing as a daily practice, such as slow and long breaths of about 10 to 12 seconds, can significantly improve your ability to deal with feelings such as stress, depression, and anxiety.

Blue Zones (Book)

Author, Dan Buettner, is Founder of Blue Zones where their mission is to “use an innovative, systematic, environmental approach to well-being that optimizes policy, urban and building design and social networks.” In this book, Blue Zones; Lessons From the People Who’ve Lived the Longest, Buettner researches extraordinary long-lived communities around the world (blue zones) to study their diet, life-style, outlook, and stress-coping mechanisms to understand why they are an exception to the rule when it comes to life-expectancy.  Buettner finds that the reason for this longevity is deeply intertwined with community, lifestyle, and spirituality. The 5 areas people lived the longest statistically and that Buettner researched are Okinawa (Japan), Sardinia (Italy), Nicoya (Costa Rica), Icaria (Greece), and Loma Linda (California, USA). 

Sheryl Sandberg; Lead, Lead Again (Podcast)

Masters of Scale is a podcast in which LinkedIn co-founder and Greylock Partner Reid Hoffman sets out to describe and prove theories that explain how great entrepreneurs take their companies from zero to a gazillion in ingenious fashion. This episode is with COO of Facebook, Sheryl Sandberg. During their conversation they talk about Sheryl’s background and how she eventually got to Facebook after working at Google and the US Treasury Department. They discuss the environment of working in a fast-paced environment, what qualities as a leader are important during in such a phase, what you should look for when hiring, being an effective leader with making or braking a plan, importance of repeating the values and mission, and more.

Stoicism 101 (Article)

Time Ferriss is a writer, entrepreneur, and investor who dedicated his time on learning from experts in their field and experimenting himself with new challenges. Ferriss lives by the philosophy of stoicism and was initially inspired by the letters of Lucius Seneca (these letters are provided for free on his website) back in 2006. In this blog, Tim lets his friend Ryan Holiday (author, marketer, and entrepreneur) talk about stoicism, what it stands for, and how you can apply it in your own life.  The fundamentals of stoicism are based off the practice of misfortune, training perception to avoid good and bad, and remembering it’s all ephemeral (remember how small you are). According to Ryan and Tim, the reason for the significant impact of stoicism in their lives is because it’s a philosophy that provides simple and practical rules that you can live by.

How To Strengthen Your Mind, Body, and Spirit Like a Navy Seal (Video)

Big Think  aims to help you move above and beyond random information, toward real knowledge, offering big ideas from fields outside your own that you can apply toward the questions and challenges in your own life. This video you will hear from David Goggins, former Army Ranger and Navy Seal, who believes that to grow one person must be look to put him or herself in uncomfortable situations on a consistent basis. Goggins tells his story of when he experienced when the mind, body, and spirit were at one as he finished a 100 mile race.