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You work and work for years and years, you're always on the go

You never take a minute off, too busy makin' dough

Someday, you say, you'll have your fun, when you're a millionaire

Imagine all the fun you'll have in your old rockin' chair

Enjoy yourself, it's later than you think

Enjoy yourself, while you're still in the pink

The years go by, as quickly as a wink

Enjoy yourself, enjoy yourself, it's later than you think

–Guy Lombardo

Mark Pollock TED

V I D E O ( 19  M I N U T E S )
A Love Letter To Grief And Realism by Mark Pollock and Simone George

Mark Pollock was the first blind person to race to the South Pole. And then about 1-year later, a tragic fall out of a second story window left him paralyzed. This talk with Mark and human rights lawyer and wife Simone George cut to the heart of how to respond to tough circumstances: as an optimist, a realist or something else? An inspirational talk that goes beyond platitudes to show what hope truly looks like.​

A R T I C L E  ( 12 M I N U T E S )
Managing Yourself: Turn Any Job You Have Into The Job You Want by Amy Wrzesniewski

Rarely are jobs designed to match the talents, preferences, and aspirations of each individual. As Dirty Jobs host Mike Rowe put it, “Never follow your passion, but always bring it with you.” In practice, this means job crafting: finding meaning and fulfillment in your position no matter where you are. Amy Wrzesniewski, professor of Organizational Behavior at the Yale School of Management, shows us how.

A R T I C L E ( 7 M I N U T E S )
It's Later Than You Think by J.R. Storment

J.R. Storment was the co-founder of a software company where in the last 8 years, he had not taken more than one contiguous week off. Like many of us, he did the dance to balance work and family life. Everything changed when he found out his healthy son suddenly passed during the night. This touching and vulnerable story is a reminder: life is fragile and short; enjoy your time with loved ones.

A R T I C L E ( 5 M I N U T E S )
The 5-Minute Email Rule That Completely Changed The Way I Work by Deborah Tennen

Throughout the years, we’ve cut down on email time but implementing rules outlined in this article. As the author mentions, “If you think it’ll take longer than five minutes to write, your email probably isn’t an email. It’s probably a memo sent in email form or a persuasive essay that starts with “Hi."

– Success Corner –

Relationship therapist Esther Perel has been known for her work on the dance of intimacy – to at once crave adventure and risk while also needing security and comfort. How can this approach be applied in a broader context to one’s life? Esther explains:

Recently, I landed at the Tel Aviv airport and went directly to the most integrated newsroom I have ever seen, the i24News station. Arabic, English, French, Spanish. In my interviews, I switched from French to English to Spanish, moving from one cultural norm to the next in a matter of minutes. Whereas some might feel overwhelmed in this kind of setting, in these moments, I felt all the parts of me come to life.

This is me, I thought, and this is the world I would like to live in: a world of integration, diversity, and fluidity. A world in which we can soften our ideas of what should be, and allow ourselves to experience what is, and what can be.

The sociologist and philosopher Zygmunt Bauman’s major 20th-century book, “Liquid Life,” describes this fluid way of being as an essential part of survival in our rapidly changing modern world. When I re-read Bauman’s book, I wonder: what could life be like if we relied less on social codification—the meaning of a lunch date versus a dinner date; what it means to introduce a romantic prospect to your friends—and allowed ourselves to let the narrative unfold. Nothing in life has any meaning except the meaning you give it. My question to you is: what if we resisted our impulse to prematurely assign meaning onto every little thing and allowed ourselves to go with the flow?

Good News Of The Week

It’s easy to roll your eyes at fads in the media. Case and point: The Popeyes vs. Chick-fil-A’s PR stunt to gauge the best chicken sandwich in the fast food game. But where some people see triviality, a teen saw an opportunity. 17-year-old David Ledbetter registered people to vote as they waited in Popeyes line for new chicken sandwich. [source]

Good News
Of The Week

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Productivity Planner

When we work from the comfort of our own homes it allows for a productive and peaceful environment. We get to set our own schedule and have own rules.

However, it also comes with having extreme self disciplined to be able to be productive. This where it is crucial to have boundaries!!

If you don’t have clear boundaries distractions occur. Think about how often you get a phone call/ text/ notification from social media, unexpected visitors (mail/packages), family or friends needing something, the things you have to do around the house. This could go on.

So it’s important to take control before it starts to stack up and impact your productivity. –Dr. Caroline Iscovitz


--> Beat procrastination. Get more done.


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