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I'll keep it short this week, in light of last weeks dad joke, I found another great one! Read if you dare...
"I made a playlist for hiking...

It has music from Peanuts, The Cranberries, and Eminem.
I call it my Trail Mix."
Originally tweeted by Brent Terhune.

Last one for a while, I promise. 

Here's some great findings from the internet this month, I changed it up a little and added insights I took away from the articles. 

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Articles I'm Enjoying...

12 Personality Traits of Effective People - With the right mindset, you can adopt personality traits and utilize them to help you grow. This article presents a list to help you choose better attitudes when navigating life. Insights:
  • By adopting these traits for ourselves, and acting accordingly, we can purposefully form our own unique personality.
  • Here's a narrowed list (although all 12 are important).
    • Curiosity - Avoid assumptions and ask lots of questions. 
    • Assertiveness - Stand up for yourself and your ideas. Be polite while doing so. 
    • Self Aware - Know your strengths and weaknesses. Betting on your strengths. 
    • Truthful - If you're untruthful to others, you'll lose opportunities and friends. If you're untruthful to yourself, you're delusional.  
    • Flexible (Interchangeable with adaptable) - Life is always changing and updating. One must have an ability to embrace the new. 
    • Optimistic - If the lens in which you see the world is positive, it will be a nicer place to be and embracing the new will be much easier. 
The Ultimate Guide to Writing Online - I've been investing a lot of time in developing my writing lately and found this article to be an easy read and really helpful. Insights:
  • We live in an age of tremendous leverage. Writing can be a major utilizer of said leverage. 
    • In reach - The Internet and technology have given individuals more reach than the biggest media companies. 
    • & time - When you create content, people can access your knowledge without taking your time.
  • Blogging isn’t dead. In fact, the opposite is true. We’re about to enter a golden age of personal blogs
  • Email is a direct distribution channel, which makes it sticky and valuable.
  • The easiest way to write more is to write about ideas that stimulate you. If you do, you’ll be able to produce on a more consistent basis
  • The best online writers are driven by five pillars: (1) evergreen content, (2) quality, (3) specificity, (4) listening to feedback, and (5) building a body of work.
  • Writing online is a new way to connect with people across the globe in meaningful ways. 
  • Get started!
Writing is a tremendous asset in life and work so if you don't already, let this be encouragement to begin the practice.

The Useful & The Interesting

Debbie Millman: The Top 10 Things I Wish I Knew When I Graduated College

Debbie Millman is an American writer, educator, artist, curator, podcaster, and designer with 30+ years of experience in product design and branding. In this video she offers tactical and practical advice for soon to be design grads applicable to anyone in any walk of life. 
The 3-2-1 Newsletter by James Clear - Perhaps a little odd to promote another persons' newsletter on my own newsletter but this one is by far the best I've ever read. It's a short weekly email, in which James Clear offers 3 short ideas, 2 interesting quotes, and finally 1 question to ponder.
Chop Wood, Carry Water: How to Fall in Love with the Process of Becoming Great - A fantastic little book packed with lessons on work and life. My only complaint is also the reason you should read it, there's so many lessons packed into such a small book that it becomes difficult to remember and value them all. 

I'll be writing a list of insights from the book and posting it soon. 

Quote Of The Month

"Time magnifies the margin between success and failure. It will multiply whatever you feed it. Good habits make time your ally. Bad habits make time your enemy."
- James Clear (Atomic Habits)

"The longer you wait, the more deeply embedded you get in your current lifestyle.

Your habits solidify. Your beliefs harden. You get comfortable.

Change will never be easy, but it may also never be easier than it is right now."
- James Clear (3-2-1 Newsletter)

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