Today’s Topics: Cat Judge | Recessed Rack Adapters | 6 Inspiring Books that will help you face the future with Confidence – Success Blog | News to Start Your Day
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Hey, friends. Happy Wednesday. I don’t have much to share today, but I did see this viral lawyer cat video earlier and thought you all might like it. We all need a little mid-week laugh, right? Can we all agree that every Zoom meeting needs a cat filter now? Enjoy your Hump Day!
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6 Inspiring Books that will help you Face the Future with Confidence – Success Blog
Think Again – The Power of Knowing What you Don’t Know (By Adam Grant)
In Think Again, Adam Grant, wants readers to forget, let go and move on from ideas and knowledge that isn’t working for them. “If you can master the art of rethinking, I believe you’ll be better positioned for success at work and happiness in life,” Grant writes. “Thinking again can help you generate new solutions to old problems and revisit old solutions to new problems. It’s a path to… living with fewer regrets.
Sometimes no matter how well-thought-out or carefully laid out plans can be, they can give us tunnel vision, Grant writes. When we become open to new ideas, we begin to see faults in those plans and can identify and prevent mistakes we were likely to make.
Listen Like You Mean It – Reclaiming the Lost Art of True Connection (By Ximena Vengoechea)
We often tend to be hypocritical when it comes to listening. We get annoyed if someone isn’t giving us their full attention, but if someone else is telling a story, it’s alright if we check our phones mid-conversation. Sometimes that’s fine, writes Ximena Vengoechea in Listen Like You Mean It. But other times, not listening can have serious consequences.
In her book, Vengoechea doesn’t just offer tips and tricks on how to listen more intently; she goes deeper. Vengoechea also covers how to deepen conversations, how to handle them when they get tough, and how to get more out of them.
“If you’re tired of getting one-word responses from your partner, colleague, lover, or sibling, it’s time to start asking a different kind of question,” Vengoechea writes. “With connecting questions, we can go beyond the superficial and get to know our conversation partner much more deeply.”
The Way of Integrity – Finding the Path to Your True Self (By Martha Beck)
Finding the way to integrity can help you find happiness, Martha Beck writes in her new book. That’s because when we’re not honest with ourselves, everything else suffers.
“It’s probably because you’re internally divided,” Beck writes in The Way of Integrity. “That’s how it feels to be out of integrity. All these inner reactions affect our outer lives. Since we can’t concentrate, our work suffers. Irritability and gloominess make us bad company, weakening our relationships.”
So how do you find the way of integrity? Beck breaks it down into three phases in her book. The first one is called “the dark wood of error,” where one feels lost, uncertain, and exhausted. Then there’s the inferno, where one discovers the things that cause our suffering. One begins to heal in “purgatory,” where one begins to create new behaviors to match their inner truth. And finally, there’s paradise, where one starts living.
Your Brain is Always Listening – Tame the Hidden Dragons that Control Your Happiness, Habits, and Hang-Ups (By Dr. Daniel G. Amen)
In Your Brain Is Always Listening, the prolific Daniel G. Amen, M.D. seeks to teach readers how to tame what he describes as mental dragons—how to put the bad ones in their place and how to get the good ones to work for us. To explain how these dragons can work for or against us, Amen describes four circles of health and illness: biological, psychological, social, and spiritual.
“When any one circle is unhealthy, your brain is more likely to listen to your Dragons from the Past, from others, and from society, and then let them take control,” Amen writes.
If the dragon metaphor is too much for you, remember Amen knows what he’s talking about. The man has worked in brain health for 40 years.
“Over 175,000 brain scans later, it’s become even more clear that the problems we treat aren’t mental health issues; they’re brain health issues that steal your mind,” he writes.
ALIEN Thinking – The Unconventional Path to Breakthrough Ideas (By Cyril Bouquet, Jean-Louis Barsoux and Michael Wade)
Three professors from the Institute for Management Development have teamed up to write about alien thinking. No, not the way of thinking of extraterrestrials. In this case, ALIEN stands for Attention, Levitation, Imagination, Experimentation, and Navigation. The acronym offers readers a “framework… to overcome biases and mental models that can constrain creativity or doom a great idea.”
The book is intended to help leaders manage themselves and their thinking. The authors admit that while managers were their focus when developing the plan, they believe their model of thinking can work for anyone at any organization. Their hope is that the book offers tools that will work for readers when inspiration strikes.
“You can use the ALIEN model to catalyze original thinking and fast-track your ability to spot patterns and make the right mental connections,” the trio writes.
Strong Like Water – How I found the Courage to Lead with Love in Business and in Life (By Laila Tarraf)
After more than 25 years as a senior human resource executive at companies like Walmart, Peet’s Coffee and Tea, and AllBirds, Laila Taraf came to know a lot about what makes people tick and how to keep an eye on them. But when her husband died of an accidental drug overdose, and she lost her parents soon after, Tarraf was forced to look into a person she wasn’t used to managing—herself.
In Strong Like Water, Tarraf shares her tale of healing and looking deep inside. It wasn’t easy for her.
“I used every coping mechanism in my well-stocked arsenal to keep myself compartmentalized and separate from my fear,” Tarraf writes. “Unfortunately, there was a lot of work that needed to be done.”
Tarraf shows readers the processes she went through to find healing and courage. Strong Like Water can read like a memoir, but Tarraf’s real-life examples can be relatable for readers from all walks of life.
This article is from Success Blog.
Today’s News to Start Your Day:
- As of this morning, in the US, there are 9,680,957 active COVID cases, 17,639,217 have recovered and there have been 479,772 deaths.
- Quaker Oats, a division of PepsiCo, had announced last June that it would retire the Aunt Jemima brand. Quaker Oats brought the Aunt Jemima brand in 1925 and had updated the logo over the years in an effort to remove the negative stereotypes. Quaker Oats said Tuesday that its Aunt Jemima brand pancake mix and syrup will be renamed Pearl Milling Company.
- General Motors on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter earnings that easily beat Wall Street expectations, but the company warned a global semiconductor chip shortage could cut its earning by up to $2 billion this year. Automakers and parts suppliers began warning of a semiconductor shortage late last year after demand for vehicles rebounded stronger than expected following a two-month shutdown of production plants due to the coronavirus pandemic. GM has already closed care and crossover plants due to the shortage.
- Uber will offer free rides to Walgreens stores for people who book a vaccine appointment but do not have transportation and live in an underserved community. The pilot program will start in Chicago, Atlanta, Houston, and El Paso, Texas. Walgreens will play an expanded role in the vaccine rollout this week, as it gets direct shipments of doses and administers shots in 15 states.
- The crushing coronavirus spike in the U.S. has been showing signs of abating, with 95,360 new cases Tuesday less than a third of the record-high new daily infections of 300,282 on January 2nd. The number of people in U.S. hospitals being treated for Covid-19 totaled 79,179 on Tuesday, the first daily count below 80,000 since November 18th.
- Elon Musk’s SpaceX has widened the scope of the public beta test of its Starlink satellite internet service. Prospective Starlink users can enter a service address on the company’s website, with preorders available for $99. Starlink’s website emphasizes that preorders are “fully refundable,” but notes in fine print that “placing a deposit does not guarantee service.” The service will be offered first in the United States, Canada, and the U.K.