Read with me and kill boring

Do you know what my biggest fear is? I don't want to get boring.

Luckily, I have found something that keeps me from falling into that abyss littered with auto-pilot, apathy, complacency and mediocrity, so I never, ever give in to even the beginnings of the boredom which would surely make me boring too: That lucky charm is reading.

One of the books I am reading now is The Greatness Guide, 101 Lessons For Making What's Good at Work and in Life Even Better by Robin Sharma, and as he explains in this passage, you needn't even read entire books to have the reading habit inspire you too:

"Just finished reading an article in Fortune on the Google guys and all their economic success. It inspired a torrent of ideas (reading's like that, isn't it?). It got me thinking about the importance of showing up fully at work – giving the fullness of your brilliance and playing full out. Being wildly passionate about your To Do's. Being breathtakingly committed to your big projects and best opportunities. Being a rock star in whatever you do each day to put bread on your table. Work gives meaning to our lives."
– Robin Sharma

Here are some links to web reading I've enjoyed over the past week; please do share if they succeed in releasing a "torrent of ideas" for you too!

Set Smaller Goals, Get Bigger Results, by Dan Heath & Chip Heath, authors of Made To Stick

I've written about my belief that adversity makes us stronger; it is a lesson within the value of Ho‘omau. Here's what the Heath brothers have to say:

"Adversity taps our strength. When you've just laid off someone, it
feels like too much to bear to offer constructive criticism to another
employee. When you've given up your bonus and had your budget cut, it
feels like too much to consider going back for that master's degree. In
hard times, we retrench. We maintain. We certainly don't stretch.

But retrenchment is the wrong response to adversity. Adversity calls
for change, and change doesn't arrive via a miracle: It arrives via a
kick start."

When Humans Need a Nudge Toward Rationality, by Jeff Sommer for the New York Times

You know I love words and surprising phrases for the triggers they can be, and this article is chock full of them!

"Nudging people for their own benefit in unobtrusive ways is part of
what the co-authors call “libertarian paternalism,” a seeming oxymoron
that links the notions of freedom from constraint and firm,
well-intentioned guidance… “Nudge” is, not incidentally, the title of [their] book."

Re: Starbucks VIA by John Moore at Brand Autopsy

"Howard Schultz, Starbucks ceo and chairman, is talking about how VIA will "disrupt and reinvent the instant coffee category."

That’s right, "disrupt and reinvent the instant coffee category." Hmm ” priorities seem to be misplaced. Shouldn’t Starbucks be more concerned with disrupting and
reinventing their core retail business and not the instant coffee

Moore triggered some opinions: Be sure to read the comments of this one as well for a good discussion about Starbucks' newest strategy.

One extra hour of revenue creating (sales) activity per day by Tim Sanders, author of one of my still-favorite books, Love is the Killer App

You may recall my writing this: S-e-l-l can’t be a 4-letter word in business. Sanders post is a great follow-up:

"This is targeted to sales, small business owners and entrepreneurs:
The best way to counter the economy's funk is to create your own oasis of good news: with a sale. This week, you need to add five hours of "money-seeking" time to your schedule… I'm not talking about marketing or PR, either.  I'm talking about phone
or face-to-face "can I write you up for a sale" pitch and close.  For
many, it's a bit of a shock to the system — especially if you've been
more reactive in nature over the last few years.

Lovestrong by Dwayne Melancon for Joyful Jubilant Learning

Very thoughtful contribution to our Learning about Love theme at JJL this month. In part,

"When I analyze my weak and strong occasions, I find that there is a
huge difference in the results I achieve when my actions are rooted in
love as compared to when they are rooted in ego, pride, and image.

a manager, I often want to do "the right thing" and be liked by my
team, but I sometimes take the easy way out.  As a parent or husband, I
sometimes make promises and don't deliver, or bias toward commitments
that will make me look good vs. those that will help the other person
the most."

What have you read lately, keeping you from that abyss of boredom? If you share a link with us, do add a sentence or two about your take-away too.


  1. says

    You are the second one to tell me about that Ning community Steph; I will have to check it out. Giving does inspire us, and make us feel we are the better for it – a double whammy!