Sometimes I share a few of these on social media but I wanted to make a list of the most influential pieces of content I’ve come across in recent years.
Please let me know if you find any of this helpful or have other articles, podcasts or books that you recommend as well.
I really can’t recommend Brené Brown enough… Her work has changed the way I look at vulnerability, previously as a sign of weakness and now as a sign of courage. All of her books, articles, and TedTalks are helpful for getting through any tough situation or for just getting more out of life in general. Below are ones that impacted me the most.
Dare to Lead, takes all the general life lessons from her work and focuses it on leadership.
“The ultimate playbook for developing brave leaders and courageous cultures. Daring leadership is a collection of four skill sets that are 100% teachable. It’s learning and practice that requires brave work, tough conversations, and showing up with our whole hearts.”
“Brené Brown studies human connection — our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity. A talk to share.”
“Shame is an unspoken epidemic, the secret behind many forms of broken behavior. Brené Brown, whose earlier talk on vulnerability became a viral hit, explores what can happen when people confront their shame head-on. Her own humor, humanity and vulnerability shine through every word.”
This cute little cartoon is perfect for illustrating the difference between Empathy and Sympathy and how one is better for fostering deep connections with others.
Anatomy of an Epidemic – Book by Robert Whitaker
This book explains the issues with the pharmaceuticals that were developed to help with mental health issues and how short term they are helpful but long term they usually end up doing more harm than good. It also explains how the drugs were developed with little scientific testing of what they do to brain chemistry and the long-term effects on patients.
This book was helpful for me because I was medicated for ADD (as well as the anxiety and depression that are commonly paired with ADD) from middle school through college and it made me rethink how I was treating my ADD. I came off all medications in Oct 2013 and have been very successful in managing my ADD using behavioral methods.
Driven to Distraction – Book by Edward M. Hallowell, John J. Ratey
Creativity is not only for artists or designers. Everyone is creative! This podcast explains where creativity comes from and how you can be more creative in whatever it is you do.
Success and Failure
This podcast helped me re-evaluate the way I looked at my personal success and self-worth as a reflection of my level of success. The section about grit gave me a more healthy way to look at failure along with the article below from 99U.
Growth mentality. Disconnecting your failures with your self worth and realizing that you need to fail (and learn from that failure) in order to grow into the person you want to be. Each failure is a step closer to success.
This article helps me everytime I’m paralyzed by fear of failure.
Time and Burnout
I’m one of those always busy, always wanting to be more productive types of people. Being a work-a-holic and burning out were badges of honor. Around 25, my body stopped keeping up and I had to figure out another way These articles and books helped me reframe my mindset on work and how I use my time.
Make Time is not about productivity, life hacks, or time-saving tricks. It’s about creating time for what matters by rethinking the defaults of constant busyness and distraction.
This article brings up many important points about relationships and marriage that are not everyday knowledge but should be. I plan to revisit every 6 months to a year to make sure I’m still paying attention to those small but crucial details that get lost in the whirlwind of love.
The Five Love Languages
Business and Wealth
The E-Myth – Book by Michael Gerber
This book is about the entrepreneurial myths. If you want to start a business or already have, READ THIS BOOK. I found it incredibly inspiring, useful and eye-opening.
Rich Dad Poor Dad – Book by Robert T. Kiyosaki
The 4-Hour Workweek – Book by Tim Ferris
Tool for Saving Articles to Read Later
If you can’t read all of these articles, books, and podcasts right now but want to later, I suggest https://getpocket.com (formerly called “read it later”). It’s a website, chrome extension and phone app that helps you save all the articles you can’t read at the moment but want to later. It lets you organize them by category tags and star your favorites so you can read them again later. I have a pretty big library of great articles in my pocket that I’ve been building over the years. I use it to help me find good things to read when I have downtime and to find old articles I want to share with people.