Is 2023 the year you... Make your hobby a side hustle? Start your own business? Or work on taking your business to the next level?
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Did you know July 16 is National Workaholics Day? This month, we take a step back from the traditional business books and resources and take a look at helping ourselves. Conquer self-doubt and learn how to feel more balanced, motivated and passionate about your work and life with free courses taught by other small business owners.
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#Courses We Recommend
Managing Self-Doubt to Tackle Bigger Challenges with Pete Mockaitis
The safety instinct is the key driver behind fear and self-doubt. It keeps us away from dangers and threats—but also away from opportunities for growth and development. In this course, adapted from the popular podcast How to Be Awesome at Your Job, host Pete Mockaitis interviews author Tara Mohr (Playing Big), an expert on leadership and well-being. Tara provides deep insight into how the safety instinct plays into our fears and self-doubt—and how to optimally respond.
Aligning Your Values with Work, Life, and Everything In Between
Having more alignment in your life is a proven way to feel more balanced, motivated, and passionate about how you spend your time. This course, taught by communications coach and entrepreneur Christina Vo, navigates how to align your values throughout all avenues of your life. Christina first reviews the basics of alignment, including its importance to overall well-being. She then walks you through a reflection exercise to get clear on personal values and passions, and discusses how these values can impact the type of work you enjoy and how you work most effectively.
Overcome Overthinking with Melody Wilding
While the act of overthinking usually feels like work, it's more often the opposite. The more we delay action to get tangled in our own thoughts, the farther we get from our goals. In this course, explore tools, strategies, and activities that can help you stop the cycle of overthinking to start feeling happier and more productive. Melody Wilding, the author of Trust Yourself: Stop Overthinking and Channel Your Emotions for Success at Work, goes over the most common types of overthinking and details how to tell the difference between deep thought and overthinking.
Productivity and effective time management end with multitasking. The false idea that multitasking is productive has become even more prevalent and damaging to our productivity and well-being since the first edition of The Myth of Multitasking was published in 2008. In this revised and updated second edition, author and productivity expert Dave Crenshaw provides a solution for the chaos of distraction that multitasking creates-and a way to combat the temptation to constantly switch between tasks.
In her coaching and programs for women, Tara Mohr saw how women were "playing small" in their lives and careers, were frustrated by it, and wanted to "play bigger." She has devised a proven way for them to achieve their dreams by playing big from the inside out. Mohr’s work helping women play bigger has earned acclaim from the likes of Maria Shriver and Jillian Michaels, and has been featured on the Today show, CNN, and a host of other media outlets. In Playing Big, this Huffington Post columnist and women's leadership expert outlines practical skills that women can use to implement positive change, covering such topics as self-esteem and how to overcome sabotaging gender rules of conduct.
Find work you love. On your own terms. From the New York Times bestselling author of Life Is in the Transitions comes a bold new road map for finding meaning and purpose in what you do, based on insights drawn from hundreds of life stories of Americans of all backgrounds. America is at a once-in-a-generation turning point around work: unprecedented numbers are quitting their jobs, rethinking their routines, and breaking away from stifling expectations. The most suffocating iron cage of all is the idea that each of us must follow a linear career—lock into a dream early, always climb higher, and never stop until you reach the top.
The New York Times bestselling authors of Switch and Made to Stick explore why certain brief experiences can jolt us and elevate us and change us—and how we can learn to create such extraordinary moments in our life and work. While human lives are endlessly variable, our most memorable positive moments are dominated by four elements: elevation, insight, pride, and connection. If we embrace these elements, we can conjure more moments that matter.
What if a teacher could design a lesson that he knew his students would remember twenty years later? What if a manager knew how to create an experience that would delight customers? What if you had a better sense of how to create memories that matter for your children? This book delves into some fascinating mysteries of experience: Why we tend to remember the best or worst moment of an experience, as well as the last moment, and forget the rest.
If you want to be successful, having fun is not an option. It’s a necessity. By making fun a top priority—taking meaningful, enjoyable breaks each day, week, month, and year—you’ll not only be happier but be more productive, too!
Using scientific evidence, real-world case studies, and a healthy dose of wit, bestselling author Dave Crenshaw shows that a regular respite is like a little oasis in your workday. It refreshes and reinvigorates, recharges your batteries—helping you accomplish more with less effort!