I have been really busy working on a number of projects, including writing a book and creating courses on sports injuries and social media. (I’ll tell you more about those courses soon!) That work comes on top of the articles I write on this website, my newspaper column and podcast – on top of my full-time job as an orthopaedic surgeon.
One of the activities that I have had to cut back was checking social media multiple times a day. I do check Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest almost every day, and I try to respond to comments when I can. It just isn’t as frequent as I would like.
I have started collecting more and more of your comments and reading and commenting on them in the Fan Favorites and Trash Talkers segment of my podcast. Please check that out each week, and keep sharing your thoughts on these sports medicine topics!
Now let’s get to some terrific books and articles!
Book I read this week: The Dip: A Little Book That Teaches You When to Quit (and When to Stick) by Seth Godin. “Being the best in the world is seriously underrated.” That sentence starts this amazing book about quitting the wrong projects and pushing through the right ones. I have read The Dip twice now, and it is one of my all-time favorites. Anyone trying to accomplish big goals needs to read it. You can finish it in a few hours, but you need to remember the lessons here forever.
Book I’m reading next week: Purple Cow: Transform Your Business by Being Remarkable by Seth Godin. This is my second book on my Seth Godin list. I don’t like reading about marketing per se, but I think the message about creating something remarkable is critically important. I can’t wait to read it.
Exercise and Fitness
I want to try this workout! It definitely makes sense that it would work. A Way to Get Fit and Also Have Fun by Gretchen Reynolds in The New York Times
Great idea, but I’d love to hear someone’s reaction when you suggest doing it. ‘Sweatworking’: Why you should turn your next meeting into a workout by Jordi Lippe in Today
Sadly this isn’t a surprise, but we need to reverse this trend. U.S. kids outweigh Canadian kids, says study by Carina Storrs in CNN
It’s important to watch out for signs of an issue. 10 Reasons Your Child Might Be Stressed by Gina Shaw in WebMD
Social Media and Communication
I can’t say that I’ve really understood Google’s bounce rate, so this is a very helpful guide. Google Analytics Bounce Rate Reference Guide by Ian Cleary in Razor Social
I have been thinking of starting a Facebook group for something else I am working on, and this article explains their value. 9 Ways to Use Facebook Groups for Business by Christian Karasiewicz in Social Media Examiner
Productivity and Self Improvement
I’ve tried taking noted both ways, and I completely understand these findings: Why you should take notes by hand — not on a laptop by Alex Tabarrok in MarginalRevolution.com
It’s amazing how much of our time is spent on little tasks instead of long-term goals: How to Defeat the Terrible Tyranny of Tiny Tasks by Michael Hyatt in MichaelHyatt.com
Did you like one of these articles or books? Do you have any others to share? I’d love to hear your thoughts below!
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