5 Share Friday 24 May 2019

Quote I’m pondering this week “Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.” – Salvador Dalí

On mentoring women – Not harassing women is not enough. This piece on Leanin.org (from a recent Fortune article) is mind blowing. Who knew that Senior-level men are now far more hesitant to spend time with junior women than junior men across a range of basic work activities such as 1-on-1 meetings, travel, and work dinners? We have work to do.

Why I’m upping how I manage my time – I’ve been recording my time to see trends & justify becoming more ruthless when I share it. Do you find yourself in lots of meetings in the day? Then watching Netflix by night? How much time do you spend being effective? I’ve definitely got the meeting problem, which Naval Ravikant has an interesting solution. He puts it better than I ever could in this 3 minute audio called “Be to busy to “do Coffee”.

This section resonates “A busy calendar and a busy mind will destroy your ability to do great things in this world. If you want to be able to do great things, whether you’re a musician, or whether you are an entrepreneur, or whether you’re an investor, you need free time and you need a free mind.”

LinkedIn top tips – Last week I shared 10 LinkedIn tips you’ve probably never heard of. This week there is a part 2, and it’s gold. I particularly like No.17 from Marietta Gentles Crawford – ‘Tag, You’re It’. Check it out if you use LinkiedIn.

TV series I’m watchingNew Amsterdam which I’ve mentioned before has new episodes on Prime Video. With each episode comes a lesson on life, empathy and leadership, it’s incredible. Watch and enjoy.

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5 Share Friday 17 May 2019

Welcome to 5 share Friday! This week you’ll find out what good dads get away with, the 10 best LinkedIn tips out there, the best minimalist bicycle computer you didn’t know you needed & how ads think they know you.

Enjoy!

Quote I’m pondering “Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit.” —E. E. Cummings

What good dads get away withThis piece from the New York times was so thought provoking I read it 3 times. I’m now reflecting on my own ‘good dad’ perception of myself. Ultimately this piece is an essential read for all parents.

10 LinkedIn tips you’ve probably never heard of – This advice posted on Forbes.com is one of the best collections of effective advice for LinkedIn I’ve seen. I especially like tip #1 about the algorithm and posting links, take a look!

Favourite purchaseSigma BC 9.16 bicycle computer. I like simple and accurate. Most bicycle computers of high quality contain so many features it can take the simplicity out of riding.  After a lot of research, the Sigma BC 9.16 kept coming out on top. I’ve been using for a few weeks now, if you want a computer to tell you speed and distance I totally recommend it.

Most pertinent readAnother piece in the New York Times. Ads know you better than you could imagine. It’s super important for all of us to know the detail from this article. Almost every ad you see online is targeted to you specifically. This is even more important to understand when seeing political statements and ads. Ads no only change the way people spend money, they change how people vote too.

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4 questions for living forward

“The art of life is a constant readjustment to our surroundings” – Kakuzo Okakaura

In the last 2 years I’ve increased my thinking and entrepreneurial attitude. More recently I’ve found I’m back to asking myself deep questions in order to build a stronger picture for my near term experience (1-3 years). Luckily I also have my 10 year plan for a remarkable life (now an 8 year plan, as it’s been 2 years since I wrote it). That plan came from the advice Debbie Millman gives her students. A fantastic tool which you can read about on this site.

What I don’t have is a near or shorter term plan. Arguably not needed if I have the longer term 10 year remarkable life one, yet this week I began to ponder if I’m achieving my professional desires, as well as asking myself if I’m  having the type of impact that leaves a legacy.

I asked myself the following questions:

    1. Am I fulfilled in my primary work?
    2. Am I achieving value for others in all the work I do?
    3. Is that value recognised?
    4. Am I rewarded and compensated in line with that value?

Answering these questions has been scary for me as I feared the truth. The truth means I must act. Taking responsibility and acting off the back of answers to these questions is not a small thing.

So I’m on a journey again, the first step has been facing these questions head on, with full honesty and the knowledge that I already knew the answers, I was simply avoiding them as I didn’t want to have to act.

How often do you ask yourself questions like these? Ones that result in facing fears, fears like big change? I wish I’d done this more often over the last 2 years, I certainly will do from now on.

It can be scary, yet as the saying goes, everything you want is on the other side of fear.

Good luck!

“I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear.”
— Rosa Parks

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5 Share Friday 10 May 2019

Welcome to 5 share Friday! This week you’ll find the 4 key elements to entrepreneurship, the top app instagram users are using, and thoughts on a future economic crash (that hardly anyone in the media is talking about).

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Quote I’m pondering – “I will prepare and someday my chance will come.”Abraham Lincoln

Blog post that changed my thinkingSeth Godin wrote a 2 minute piece last year on entrepreneurship. With so many people graduating at this time of year, it’s pertinent to remember that entrepreneurial behaviour is about the desire for the journey. Unfortunately I hear about so many graduates want to make money without putting in the work. Entrepreneurship is now a journey I’ve set myself on, in the the Seth Godin way where my goal is not a passive income.

Favourite new purchaseWord Swag app. This little beauty allows me to quickly configure text on images, which can then be shared across multiple social media sites. It’s a low cost subscription, one that’s is well worth the investment, especially if you’re looking to use Instagram or simply play around with images and text.

Book I’m readingThe Laws of Human Nature  By Robert Greene who wrote the fantastic 48 Laws of Power, one of the few books that changed my life significantly (20 years ago). In his new book Robert Greene focuses on 48 aspects of humanity through the lens of history, philosophy, psychology, and wisdom to explain how people behave. He argues that, as social animals, it is essential to understand our own motivations and those of our associates in order to function more effectively. It’s wonderful so far!

Why I’m ok about the upcoming economic meltdown – As Gary Vaynerchuck puts it “The next economic meltdown is going to be the beginning of happiness at a bigger scale”

He wrote a 2 minute read at the end of last year that’s really interesting

We know it’s going to happen, we just don’t know when. So taking the advice of Abe Lincoln ( the quote I’m pondering this week), preparation is everything. Even with the job I currently have, I’m prepping my micro org within the company to be able to do more with less, while at the same time increasing impact for our customers. I’m prepping personally too, in part by improving my minimalism and reliance on ‘things’.

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