I've been off the radar because I've been in Turkey. Specifically, I've been walking up this little hill, which you can't see the top of because of the cloud! So, so, so, so good! More about that later.
So, after a detox, I'm back on the digital wagon and found lots to be curious and interested in this week.
- A delightful interview with Elizabeth Gilbert on Good Life Project, In particular, the way she 'chats' with her fear (thanks for keeping me safe, but I got this) is inspired. EG is original and articulate and thoughtful - and she's an awesome writer, moving between fiction (The Signature of All Things, LOVED), essays (GQ, no less!) and the uber successful Eat, Pray, Love).
- Whilst the 10,000 hours rule is the relatively new and oft quoted aspirational target for someone wanting to become an expert, Daniel Goleman's debunking is a thoughtful reminder on quality over quantity of time invested in training yourself to get better.
- It's good to be good, and science says it's so* Just be kind! I've also written on volunteering.
- Is doing a bookclub book via Audible cheating? We've just did The Blazing World. It's a complex story, told through the perspectives of a number of characters, about a brilliant, fierce and overlooked female artist who, in devising a strategy to expose the art world as a fraud, gets men to represent her work as theirs. As much about philosophy, literature, and humanity as it is art and gender politics. t came close to breaking our bookclub discussion time record (still held by The Night Circus). Not an easy read, but a good one (I'm pleased I 'read' it via Audible. It's a totally narrated story, and felt like a radio play).
- Honesty and dependability are back! 15 smart things to say, that says you're a professional that will reassure people that you're a professional.
- My contribution to the digital world: taking charge of your own professional development
- Leisure Society - OMG, how good are they! I discovered them via my new favourite blog Gourmet Girlfriend (possibly because I love ginger biscuits). I found Gourmet Girlfriend via a profile of bloggess Ruth Bruten's fabulous home in The Design Files.
- I've been doing networking workshops with a client this week. Perhaps I could have just circulated The Smartest Ways to Network at a Party
- 10 design flaws in the human body: yep, think evolution missed a generation when it came to knees.
- So, how tough is it to get back on track post fabulous adventure? Tough! Thank goodness for great coffee and Noisli.
Image is mine, mine, mine from trip in Upper Taurus in Turkey.