- Nicholas Kristof on Rising Above IQ: Why Asian-Americans, Jews and West Indian blacks have been unusually successful in the US. And how, regardless of if you’re in or outside these groups, success usually depends on your perseverance and drive.
- Another Reason to see Up: Monkey Wrestles Ghost on But It’s A Talking Dog! Last paragraph sums it up best.
- Happiness: How Stuff Works on 5 Signs You’re Not Happy. Could also be titled: How to Tell Someone is Not Happy. Pretty good for detecting imbalances in people’s lives (your own and the people around you).
- Productivity & Work
- The Happiness Project on 13 Tips for Getting Some Writing Done. How appropriate for me. Also applies generally how to get anything done.
- Zen Habits on Staying Happy During a Stressful Project: focus on one project at a time, break the project down into chunks, split your to dos, take a weird break, connect goals with needs, review the positive.
- Freelance Switch on Negotiating to Work Less Hours
- Children’s Book: Yes Day! For an entire day out of the year, this mom says yes to all of her son’s requests. Contemplate idea of Yes Days with people I know.
- Seth Godin on Guy #3: video of a spontaneous dance tribe forming at Sasquatch
- The Atlantic on Lincoln’s Clinical Depression. Excerpts – the 3rd of which might not bode well for me:
- In his middle years Lincoln turned from the question of whether he could live to how he would live.
- The suffering he had endured lent him clarity and conviction, creative skills in the face of adversity, and a faithful humility that helped him guide the nation through its greatest peril.
- Kay Redfield Jamison has written, “…compared to ‘normal’ individuals, artists, writers, and creative people in general, are both psychologically ‘sicker’—that is, they score higher on a wide variety of measures of psychopathology—and psychologically healthier (for example, they show quite elevated scores on measures of self-confidence and ego strength).”
- When faced with uncertainty he had the patience, endurance, and vigor to stay in that place of tension, and the courage to be alone.
- This is a story not of transformation but of integration. Lincoln didn’t do great work because he solved the problem of his melancholy; the problem of his melancholy was all the more fuel for the fire of his great work.
Posted in Weekly Reader.
– June 14, 2009