Friday, April 12, 2013

Weekly Inspiration - My 10 Picks

We've made it to Friday and if you're anything like me, you like to recap what you've learned or been inspired by over the week.

What has captured your imagination? What is fascinating to you?

Here's what's inspiring me this week:

1. The Art of Selfishness by David Seabury - This is an older book that I found on after listening to an interview between John Morgan and Chris Brogan. Their interview was compelling enough that I wanted to read this little gem of a book.

2. Awesomely Simple by John Spence - Amazing book I was sent as a gift when I started Amplified Growth. I'm rereading it after being reminded of it recently in a PowerPoint presentation I reviewed. Good stuff on business management in there.

3. The Tim Ferriss article in the April 2013 edition of Inc. magazine (page 72) - I cut out the "Stop Doing That" portion to keep as a reminder. One thing he says to stop doing is instant messaging. I went "invisible"on G-chat this week and haven't looked back. I might be brave enough to try some of his other only checking my email twice a day...eventually.

4. Tumblr. - I'm only subscribed to inspirational stuff on there and it is probably the most fun online site for me to visit each day. I'm following tumblr blogs about fitness inspiration, cute animals (I hear that looking at them is good for memory - no joke), and futurist ideas. Just fun.

5. My neighbors' flowers - The beautiful blooms are so alluring...check out MemberClicks blog for their great response to my ethical dilemma.

6. Pukka Refresh organic peppermint, fennel, and rose tea

7. Liz King's Power Branding Online Class Series. This thing is free, but she could be making thousands off of it, easily. I recommend it highly!

8. Writer's Almanac and poetry - April is National Poetry Month and it always makes me appreciate poetry's place in my life and usually leads to me writing my fair share of poems, too. I won the Langston Hughes Award for Creative Writing in college and used to compete in poetry slams, so I'm a little bit of a nut when it comes to poetry. Every day Garrison Keillor shares information on the date in literature's history and a poem to share on his show, The Writer's Almanac. It's a positive show that always makes me think and puts a smile on my face.

9. Blog post by Corey Eridon at HubSpot on How To Deliver Presentations That Are Awe-Inspiring, Not Yawn Inducing. I love blog posts about presenting, but this one was especially well put-together and linked to another great blog post with a slidedeck I checked out. A good one for presenters. (We also had a dynamic chat about speaking on the week's Association Chat (#assnchat), held every week at 2 pm ET.)

10. Spring - Springtime always makes me feel like it's another chance to improve, do better, clean up, and start fresh. I'm doing some spring cleaning around the house and I've started spending more time outside as the natural world around me begins to bloom and unfold itself in the sun. 

What inspired you this week? Any suggestions I should check out for next week? I'm always on the lookout for new teas, so there's that...

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