Resources to Inspire Your Performance and Happiness Posted on 20 Aug 07:10 , 0 comments


I thought I'd mix things up this week by telling you about a few of my favourite things.

These are resources that I have personally used over the last fortnight to keep myself productive and happy at work and home.

1. Simon Sinek and Marie Forleo.  This link will lead you to an interview of Simon Sinek by Marie Forleo. The interview is titled "How to be a great leader".  I'm a fan of both of their work.  

Here's a quote from the interview that I love: 

"We feel good when we look after other people.  That's not an accident." 

2. Audible.  I recommend this application to anyone who is an auditory learner like myself.  

I don't know about you but I read so much in my professional work that sometimes my eyes feel like they are bleeding.  Audible has helped me indulge my habit of reading a book per week, as I can listen to books while I'm at the gym, walking to work, or taking public transport. 

It's $15 per month, and as part of your subscription you receive a credit of one free book per month.  Subsequent book purchases are also reasonably priced.  

The platform is owned by Amazon and there are thousands of great titles available.  Email me for book recommendations.  

3.  This is a wonderful application to help you change habits.  

You sign up to habits you'd like to commit to, and then you're regularly reminded via notifications on your phone or by email to check-in to the application, tracking that you have completed each habit successfully. also gives you access to a global virtual community of people who are also committing to the same habit changes as you.  You can ask questions of and/or offer advice to others.  

I recommend choosing no more than three habits to begin with.  Try:

  • Weekly planning
  • Email batching
  • Daily gratitude practice
  • Exercise
  • Meditate
  • High value time of your choice. You can get really specific.  For example, one of my colleagues has a habit of making five client contacts before 9 am each day.

4. Podcasts.  Podcasts provide a stellar opportunity to tap into the strategies used by experts in your field or other disciplines.  Some of my favourites include:

Tim Ferriss- The Four Hour Work Week  Tim Ferriss deconstructs world class performers using a long interview format.  Email me for a list of my favourite episodes.

Freakonomics Stephen Dubner explores a wide range of topics which relate to every day life through an economic lens.  It's educational, thought provoking and fun.

On Being  Krista Tippett interviews people from all walks of life and disciplines asking the question of "What does it mean to be human, and how do we want to live?"

Her interviews with people like the Dali Lama, Yo-Yo Ma, Martin Sheen and Desmond Tutu are unique. Krista is educated and balanced and has the most beautiful voice.  (Yes, I have a bit of a girl crush on her).

5. The Hollywood Reporter runs round tables of Directors, Actors, Writers etc prior to various awards such as the Oscars.  

Here is a link to one of my favourite round tables. Angelina Jolie (Unbroken), Christopher Nolan (Interstellar), Richard Linklater (Boyhood), Mike Leigh (Mr. Turner), Bennett Miller (Foxcatcher) and Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game) discuss their films around the time of the 2015 Oscars.  

It's fascinating to hear about the experiences and insights of people who are the best at what they do talking to their peers.  

What I love about this interview is that Angelina Jolie discusses her experiences as a fairly new Director with Directors who have honed their craft over decades.  Here's a quote that I love from Jolie when she is asked what she learned as the Director of Unbroken:

"I learned to be a better person.  Even more open to my fellow man.  

To understanding.  To seeing the other side.  That when you have hate and anger and you let it eat yourself up. It's only hurting you. It doesn't hurt your enemy.  

And I learned that when we look at the news today and we see all that's going on in the world, and we feel like all is lost, that in fact there is great strength to a strong heart, an indomitable will, an unbreakable spirit that exists in each one of us." 

Here's a print I created for my desk with this quote.  (And yes, I also have a girl crush on Angelina Jolie...)

I would love to hear from you.  What are your go-to's when it comes to staying productive and happy at work and home?

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Keep moving forward.  I believe in you.