When I was seven years old my bedtime was 8pm. A time that is tolerable during the winter but excruciating in the spring after daylight savings time.
On Easter that year as I was getting ready to go to bed, I peaked out of my bedroom window and saw the neighbor kid across the street in her front yard hunting Easter eggs. And the worst part – she was two years younger than me! Talk about not fair!
It’s around that time in life that many kids learn how to say, “You’re not the boss of me” and ache for a day when we will be able to make our own rules about our own life.
Well, judging by the popularity of content on the Internet, general professional knowledge – generally people become overwhelmed when presented with too many choices.
Why? For a number of reasons that all boil down to being afraid about making the wrong decision and missing an opportunity. Often times it’s called the paradox of choice.
That’s right, fear.
Don’t worry; I’m in this boat too. It’s why I ask my husband if I should do something instead of the other so that if I make the wrong decision, I have him to blame (his words, not mine).
So, this week, here is a collection of articles with advice on things that you should do, things you shouldn’t do, and one more to make life a little easier.
Things You Should Do
Ten Things I Want To Tell Teenage Girls by Kate Conner on Lily Pads
Read this because: You were a teenager once, know someone who is a teenager, or who will be one soon.
You are beautiful. You are valuable. You are enough.
Six Attributes of Successful Entrepreneurs by Jay Goltz on The New York Times
Read this because: You’re like me and have big plans to be a founding entrepreneur some day. But you’re scared (see above) that you don’t have the character profile or, hell, the DNA to be one. But all soft skills can be honed and the way you look at the world can be finessed. View this list as six things to work on while you wait for that some day to arrive.
10 Rules for Brilliant Women by Tara Sophia Mohr on We Unite
Read this because: You don’t know who Tara Sophia Mohr is and have never read her “10 Rules” before.
I first read Tara’s 10 Rules shortly after it was first published on the Huffington Post. After that, I got to know her through The Girl Effect Blogging Campaign and had the pleasure of attending one of her salons last spring when she was in Seattle. Tara is a writer who is dedicated to coaching women leaders on how to sit at the table, speak up, take bold actions in the world.
Bonus reading material: Here’s the post I wrote as part of the Girl Effect Blogging Campaign this past year: Change the Statistics.
A little bit is a lot. By Sarah K. Peck on It Starts With
Read this because: We all procrastinate a lot. We turn small tasks into daunting affairs that paralyze us and if we just change our perspective, we can get it down. Sarah K. Peck does an amazing job of illustrating exactly what procrastination looks like, and how to overcome it in a way that’s not so scary anymore.
How to Influence People: The Most Overlooked Secret by Cody Goins on Goins, Writer
Read this because: I love it when bloggers of all shapes and sizes share their “little known” secrets, and this is one that could change how you approach life.
Things You Should Not Do
3 Words That Guarantee Failure by Geoffrey James on Inc.com
Read this because: You love brainstorming big ideas and setting goals, and what’s better is you’re into meeting them. But there’s one thing you can say after setting a goal that will determine if you will succeed or not – three words that you might say that will subconsciously put you on the path towards failure.
For the record: You can say those three words when it comes to something like eating food or learning a new skill.
The 5 Silent Career Killers For Women by Lauren Carlson on Women 2.0
Read this because: Whether you’re a man or a woman, there are things that you might be doing to sabotage your career. (Confession: I do 4 out of 5 of the things on this list on a daily basis, in my career and otherwise). Check out this list and start altering your behavior now. Carlson goes into more detail about each “silent killer” on her own site and in this blog post.
15 Grammar Goofs That Make You Look Silly by Brian Clark on Copyblogger
Read this because: If you can’t write or talk good, than you just look silly. And that will do more damage to you then anything written above.
Now View The World Through the Eyes of Calvin and Hobbes
Sixteen Things Calvin and Hobbes Said Better Than Anyone Else by Edd McCracken on Book Riot
Read this because: I’ve given you a lot to think about. And when the world is overwhelming and you need to take a break on self-actualization, go back to the basics and learn how Calvin and Hobbes made sense of the world better than anyone else could.