Currently #8: Becoming a CFP, Freakonomics Radio, & Reclaiming My Time

You didn’t ask, I answered. I’M READING… Side Hustle by Chris Guillebeau Despite my deep aversion to the word hustle (especially when preceded by the word side) here I am, reading Side Hustle. I just finished The $100 Startup by him and I’m reading these books not so much for my own projects, but because I’m always interested in what marketing/business/financial advice small business owners are finding useful. How are we talking about this stuff? What’s resonating...

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Currently #7: How Should a Person Be, Behavioural Economics, and Saving for NYC

You didn’t ask, I answered. I’M READING… How Should a Person Be? by Shelia Heti Okay, ~technically~ I’m currently reading Thrive by Arianna Huffington but I finished this one a couple days ago and have to mention it because it was SO GOOD. And because despite being halfway through Thrive I don’t have strong feelings about it yet… It had been a long time since I’d read anything close to fiction (my Goodreads is pretty solidly marketing/self-development...

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Currently #6: My YouTube Experiment, the Science of Fear, and The Defiant Ones

You didn’t ask, I answered. I’M READING… Life Unlocked by Srinivasan S. Pillay I’m all for self-development books that are rooted in science. This one took a bit to get into, but was a game changer read for me. It’s all about fear—the science of dread, the fear of success, fear and prejudice, how trauma affects the brain… Really, really interesting. Understanding the neurobiology behind fear has been the absolute key to helping me understand—and start...

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Currently #5: Perennial Seller, a Crowdsourced Music Video, and the Evolution of Retail

You didn’t ask, I answered. I’M READING… Perennial Seller by Ryan Holiday Just finished up this dandy and it was a good overall look at what it takes to make and market work that stands the test of time as a creative. He places the responsibility for marketing your work square on you, the creative, which I’m all about. Sure you can get help/coaching but ultimately you can’t outsource your marketing. You can’t just hand it off all, “Here, you deal with...

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Currently #4: The power of introverts, Matt Mullenweg, and a baby real estate agent

You didn’t ask, I answered. I’M READING… Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain I’ve taken a dive into the world of personality types over the last half year or so and MAN, what a game changer. If it’s something you’ve ever wanted to explore I’d say start by taking the 16 Personalities quiz to find your Myers-Briggs type, then go read what your personality type does in a rut. I mean WHAT. So...

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Currently #3: Steve Martin, Blogging is Back, and a store with a sense of humour

You didn’t ask, I answered. I’M READING… Born Standing Up: A Comic’s Life by Steve Martin. “I did have that one element necessary to all early creativity: naïveté, that fabulous quality that keeps you from knowing just how unsuited you are for what you are about to do.” “Be so good they can’t ignore you.” Ya, he’s great. If you’re on the hunt for a memoir or just a good read, highly recommend. I’M LISTENING...

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Currently #2: The Psychology of Persuasion, teaching finance in schools, and The Future of Cities

You didn’t ask, I answered. I’M READING… Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert B. Cialdini. All about what makes us say “Yes!”. This is one of those books I saw referenced so frequently in recent marketing/PR books that I thought I better give it a read myself. I’ve gone through it pondering how all these principles might apply to the world of money. And art! Because I’m exciting like that… I’M LISTENING...

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Currently #1: The War of Art, Bad With Money, and Mr. Selfridge

You didn’t ask, I answered. I’M READING… The War of Art by Steven Pressfield. Ooofph it’s a goodie. If you’re feeling blocked (Hi!) read it. “Rule of thumb: the more important a call to action is to our souls evolution, the more Resistance we will feel toward pursuing it.” I’M LISTENING TO… Bad With Money With Gaby Dunn. I don’t know how I only just discovered this podcast, but I did, and it’s great. The whole YouTube thing...

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