“Are you paralyzed with fear? That’s a good sign. Fear is good. Like self-doubt, fear is an indicator. Fear tells us what we have to do. Remember one rule of thumb: the more scared we are of a work or calling, the more sure we can be that we have to do it.” ― Steven Pressfield, The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles
What We’re Reading
Procrastination, fear of success, fear of failure, whatever your term for it, this no-holds-barred book will push you to think about how resistance is keeping you from achieving [fill in your goal/dream]. The War of Art isn't a typical professional development book; it's a treatise on the lying mind, what we tell ourselves to stay in our safe zone, and how to call ourselves on our b*llsh*t.
What We’re Watching
Success. Is. Hard. If you find yourself in the summer doldrums, thinking about how your situation is hard, irreversible, impossible, etc., take the Last Chance U Challenge. This Netflix original follows the life of JUCO (Junior College) football players, many of whom have failed out of Division 1 programs. These young men come into the JUCO system having to redeem themselves, not only as football players but as teammates and members of the community. You will, we guarantee, laugh, cry, and re-evaluate what it means to work hard and overcome obstacles.
How We’re Volunteering
If you have any skills you can market virtually, you can volunteer. Use Catchafire or Taproot to help nonprofits and social enterprises pro bono. What type of skills can you volunteer? Website design. Salesforce database customization. Brand design. You name it – you can most likely do it.