Sunday, June 25, 2017

7 best articles, posts, clippings, and musings I’ve read so far in 2017

If you are like me, you are probably scratching your head wondering where the first half of 2017 went. Most of us have already begun discussing holiday plans and planning for 2018! Over the last six months I have bookmarked, forwarded, and referred people the following articles because of the insights they provide. I hope you find value in them as much as I did.

What in the World Is Causing the Retail Meltdown of 2017?  And  Mary Meeker’s 2017 internet trends report

Why this is valuable:  Disruptive technology continues to transform the world as we know it right in front of our very eyes. The rise of artificial intelligence will force us to be in a constant state of accelerated adaptation. Follow trends, connect dots, and learn how to take advantage of the unprecedented opportunities that await.

Why this is valuable: The title of the article says it all. If you are constantly the hardest working or smartest person in the room, do not stay stagnant and mute yourself to accommodate your current surroundings. Take that leap and find other rooms in order to continue growing to fulfill your true potential.   

Why this is valuable:  Nick Crocker shares a good reminder of what really matters in life with this unforgettable, mic drop worthy 5 minute read. Excerpt from article: “1. Remember you will die. Maybe even today. Don’t forget that. Don’t forget to be thankful for your health. For the ability to walk. For the time you get to spend with the person you love. For your siblings. For whatever it is that you have today. It’s not yours, it can be stolen away at any moment. So while you have it on loan, cherish it.”    Enough said.  

Why this is valuable: Beliefs in the simplest form are reasons we justify how we view the world based on our human experience. Beliefs are very powerful. People make every single life decision based on them and are willing to sacrifice everything to uphold their existence. The amazing thing about beliefs is that despite the death grip they have on us, we have the power to change and course correct them as needed. 

Why this is valuable: The commodity more valuable than any currency, gem, or stock is time. Regardless of socioeconomic status, gender, or ethnicity, each person is given the same allotment per day, a system that dates back to Egyptian sundials. The difference between most people is the net result of what we each do with the collective time we have. This is no different when you think about how you spend your time in the office. Grogan does a nice job of highlighting this by providing a great time hack for meetings.

Why this is valuable: A beautiful open letter penned by senior executive Liz Tinkham to her younger self.  She shares career lessons learned and guidance that women of all ages in any profession should consider reading on how to balance life, career, and family.