Working on building an empire? Not feeling your best? Want to do something new but need motivation? No big - start diving in. The solution is to learn from others who have gone before you!
During the past few years I’ve consumed tales, notions and interviews about chasing your best you. That may mean building the big dreams, getting healthy, achieving financially stability or changing the way you interact with people.
Here are some of my faves. Hope one or two of them will inspire you, as well!
SICK IN THE HEAD by Judd Apatow
WHY: You crave anthropological insight from those most adept at dissecting and regurgitating the human condition in ways we all understand and relate to.
WHAT: Beginning in high school, Judd started interviewing comics. Stand up comedians are keen observers of how people act and the motivations behind why they act that way. These ideas are delivered in thought-provoking and entertaining interview snippets.
QUOTE: “We always want to know, ‘where’s the intention?’ and, now, let’s find a path to that intention.”
MAY CAUSE MIRACLES by Gabrielle Bernstein
WHY: You are mad, sad, frustrated, feel like you are stuck or have hit a permanent wall and can’t see a way around it. Or if someone you love is in this place, this book is a potentially life-altering gift.
WHAT: Gabrielle’s book guides with clear, small steps to pick yourself up by the bootstraps, realize your past is not you and pushes you forward into fresh light.
QUOTE: “I am willing to see things differently.”
TOOLS OF TITANS by Tim Ferriss
WHY: You want to grow in the departments of health, wealth and wisdom.
WHAT: A tome of interview snippets from the popular podcaster with easily-digestible idea fragments from a multitude of high achievers in various arenas.
QUOTE: “If what I’m doing sounds reasonable to most people, then I’m not working in a space that is creative and innovative enough!”
ANYTHING YOU WANT by Derek Sivers
WHY: You’ve got ideas. You don’t want to be like everyone else.
WHAT: Derek created CDBaby and did everything his own way with the sole focus of helping musicians. In this quick read you’ll find inspiration about knowing your purpose and sticking to your mission.
QUOTE: “If you find even the smallest way to make people smile, they’ll remember you more for that smile than for all your other fancy business-model stuff.”
JUST KIDS by Patti Smith
WHY: You are interested in the history or development of arts, music, New York City or just people, in general.
WHAT: In her autobiography, Patti gracefully walks through her past in the most innocent and observational way. Her insider’s insight into what made some of the era’s most notables tick is fascinating but this is also a tale of a girl in the world growing up.
QUOTE: "It's like drumming. If you miss a beat, you create another."
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NOTE : A version of this writing first appeared in Stephanie's monthly "Living Well" column in the May 2018 People Newspapers