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Three Steps to a Rich Inner Life — at Work

Would you like to read a business book that focuses on the inner life? Then take a look at THE PROGRESS PRINCIPLE: Using Small Wins To Ignite Joy, Engagement, and Creativity at Work, by Harvard Business School professor Teresa Amabile, who is herself an introvert, and known for her pathbreaking work on creativity. Amabile and [...]


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Reading Ideas For The Weekend: You Become What You Pretend to Be, and More

Hi everyone, here are this week’s reading picks for you: 1. “You Become What You Pretend to Be“: Here is a great read on how our behavior influences our attitudes. (Or, as my friend Gretchen Rubin of the Happiness Project would put it, “Act the way you want to feel.”) I use this trick occasionally, [...]


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Reading for the Weekend

Hi everyone, In lieu of my usual reading suggestions for the weekend, here is a passage from Gilead, by Marilynne Robinson, which we’ll be discussing this Tuesday in the inaugural session of the Quiet Online Book Club. “I went up to the church to watch the dawn come, because that peace does restore me better [...]


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Book Club Reminder: We’ll Be Discussing “Gilead” This Tuesday!

Hi everyone, just a reminder that the first meeting of the Quiet Online Book Club will take place this coming Tuesday, August 16, from 8 to 9 pm E.S.T., on my Facebook page (log-in instructions to come). I’m really excited about this event and hope that as many of you can join as possible. It [...]


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Reading/Viewing Ideas for the Weekend: An Intellectual Hero, Islands for Introverts, and Teddy Roosevelt on Fear

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Reading Ideas for the Weekend: Stage Fright in Hollywood, A Golden Age for Introverts, and More

Hi everyone, Here are some reading picks for the weekend: 1. New Study Investigates Stage Fright in Elite Actors: This is an article describing interesting research on 136 elite actors. One key takeaway: “The things we normally think might affect stage fright simply don’t. Confidence was the only predictive variable…Professional status, experience, success, age, or [...]


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Reading Ideas for the Weekend

Hi everyone, here are some “reading” ideas for the weekend, “reading” in quotes, because this week I offer you two speeches and one quotation: 1.  ”A Kinder, Gentler Philosophy of Success“: I’ve been on an Alain de Botton kick lately. I love to listen to him speak and think on just about any topic — this [...]


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