#60 The Weekly Reading List (w.23)

This is what I've been reading online last week during my early mornings. I've only listed links that I found interesting and wanted to archive.

How to Draw a Horse, by Emma Hunsinger (The New Yorker). To learn to draw horses, you can’t just want to draw them; you must NEED to draw them. It's a cute story with a happy ending. I like!

Thinking Like a Pilot Can Help You Bounce Back From Any Mistake—Here's How, by Stav Ziv (The Muse). After each flight, they’d debrief, covering what they learned, what they could’ve done better (and would try to do better next time), and what they did well that they wanted to remember to do again. “You can sit down…100 pilots together in one room—it’s the place with the most ego in the world—and you can still speak about your mistakes and you see everybody stand up” to share, he says, from the youngest pilot all the way up to the commander. The article provides 4 steps on how you can use this approach to grow in your role and career.

For example, in Step 1: Take Personal Responsibility for Your Learning, only you can debrief yourself. Go over what went well and what didn’t, focus on what you did and what mistakes you made, not what your boss, co-workers, clients, or anyone else did. Do check out the whole article.

3 Mindfulness Rituals That Will Make You Happy, by Eric Barker (Barking Up The Wrong Tree). This is a super long piece that I super like. In fact, I super like everything by Barker because he's the man. Check out the four happiness myths, understand that you are not your thoughts, and know how to defuse the story your brain is telling you right now. Please read it and be enlightened.

Scandinavian Life Philosophies For a Long, Happy, And Meaningful Life, by Thomas Oppong (Medium). Following the theme on happiness, Oppong invites us to use some of these Scandinavian life philosophies to change your perception about living a meaningful and fulfilling life: lagom, hygge, lykke, and sisu. If you don't already know where those words are from or their meaning, you will after you've read the article. So please, go on and embrace and practice some of these philosophies in your everyday life.

The Nomadic Designer: Tips And Tricks To Work On The Road, by Javier Cuello (Smashing Magazine). If you're curious about how one can travel and work at the same time, this is your chance to take a glimpse into the life of Javier Cuello who shares his experience and insights from his four years of travel and work. How do you know if the nomadic lifestyle is right for you? Never try, never know!

And finally, When Life Gets Busy, Focus on a Few Key Habits, by Jackie Coleman and John Coleman (Harvard Business Review). We all have periods of life which are busy, disordered, and stressful. The important thing is to reflect on the right habits, write them down, and stay accountable. When setting habits, the authors found the most critical are clustered in four key areas. In those times, short-term habits of daily or weekly practices will help us cope and overcome.