"Don’t be influenced by others playing a different game than you are. Understand your own game and what you want to get out of it, and play it the best way you know — your way."
Just crossed yet another milestone. 10k followers on Twitter. Fortunate to have a platform to share my thoughts, reads and journey as a creator with all of you.
I'm glad that today, I can share some of your work too. Thanks for reading each week!
With gratitude, Janel
The Barnum Effect: why we love astrology and personality tests What's the Barnum Effect? A psychological phenomenon that occurs when people believe that personality descriptions apply specifically to them, when they are actually generalized statements. Psychics, palm readers and horoscope creators make a ton off this phenomenon.
Use This Equation to Determine, Diagnose, and Repair Trust Trust = (Credibility + Reliability + Authenticity) / Perception of Self-Interest. If you feel like something is off between you and someone you work with, stop and ponder this. "Essentially, the amount you trust someone is the sum of how credible you believe they are on a subject, how reliable they’ve proven themselves to be over time, and how authentic you think they are as a person, divided by how much you think they’re acting in their own self interest" If you’re able to train yourself to see how important trust is in every interaction, that’s a big advantage. Love the practical advice that helps you fix things if needed!
Death: A Brief Guide On How To View It Acknowledging your mortality can help you lead a better life and view time as a precious commodity not to be wasted. You can either play with a constant worry that the game is going to end, or choose to enjoy the time you have playing until it's over. Read about interesting thought experiments, including my favorite: "Look at your life right now, and think: is what I'm doing right now lined up with what I want to be remembered for?" This is something that has guided the way I live since I was 13, and it's nice to see others articulating it.
How To Create The Optimal Desk Setup Remote work is here to stay. Make sure you get a desk setup that optimizes for your health and productivity. This comprehensive piece dives into ergonomics & items in a desk setup and important things like lighting, before ending with gorgeous desk inspo. (h/t swyx)
How To Write Online A 60-minute distillation (in video form) of the basics of online writing by David Perell, covering ideas, writing and audience.
Publicly celebrate their wins - Mention it to someone else, share it social media. Amplify their success!
Give them a shoutout if you reference something they taught you - Have you learned something from your friend? Tell them. Recognize them.
When they mention something they’re excited about, dig in with more questions - People love sharing about their passions. Ask curious questions and revel in the same excitement!
Zero To Marketing Case Studies Get access to more than 50 marketing case studies, by Andrea, a seasoned marketer who picks new websites and writes a 5-minute marketing case study that explains exactly how he'd grow it.
Resources & Tools
Ludwig - A sentence search engine that helps you write better English by giving you contextualized examples taken from reliable sources. If you're not a native English speaker, this has you covered! I tested it out for you with phrases like "take a dip" and "crikey"! Another useful alternative is Lengusa.
Lemstash - Resources and tools for successful entrepreneurs - 250+ tools and actionable guides that will help you build your startup.
Geneva - A tool to house your communities. Available on the Web, iOS and Android. Chat, post, hangout, livestream, plan, and more. For free.
Readsom - Check out this newsletter discovery platform with original descriptions and reviews.
Take A Brain Break
Map Of The Internet 2021 - Comprehensively visualize the current state of the World Wide Web with this map and check out the largest and most popular websites over the period of 2020-2021