“Trust yourself. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.” – Golda Meir

Lesson of the Week

Well, it’s a little late again, but such is life. At least it’s late because I was doing something I find a lot of joy in – financial modeling. Oh yes, there’s nothing like the thrill of making a whole page of formulas dependent on one little cell, and then the satisfaction of entering data into that cell and watching the whole page come alive. I’m learning more and more that it’s something I do love, and maybe it’s a weird love, but I think a lot of the little things that excite us are weird and unique. I suppose the so called “lesson of the week” would be to embrace those things that you love, even if they’re a little strange. Now, maybe you don’t have to do it on the grand scale of “doing what you love” as your day job, because even those lucky enough to love their jobs rarely even love ALL of their job. But that’s okay, it doesn’t mean you can’t make time for bird-watching, or learning to play the banjo, or going to late night hip hop dance classes. And it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t own those things. One of my favorite questions to ask someone I’ve just met is what their real passions are, because those are the things that truly bring light to people’s eyes (and lives) and there’s something special about sharing in that intimate part of someone’s life. So embrace you, even if it’s just for a stolen minute a day.

Positive News of the Week

  1. Vivek Shanbhag’s “Ghachar Ghochar” has been heralded as the finest Indian novel in a decade, and is the first to be translated into English from the bhasha language.
  2. Harvard is soliciting rewrites to the religious toned parts of its alma mater, which hold a negative view on Puritans, to honor its commitment to inclusion.
  3. The U.S. unemployment rate fell from 4.7 percent to 4.5 percent in the last month, continuing a trend of growing jobs in America.
  4. New laws in Britain will aim to reduce the gender pay gap by requiring large companies to publish the average salaries of both men and women in their employ.
  5. Regardless of sexual orientation, Dutch men are holding hands this week as a show of support for a gay couple who were brutally assaulted in the city of Arnhem.
  6. One expert says the best strategy for happiness is to actively cultivate well-being, defined as a sense of contentment in the knowledge that your life is flourishing and has meaning beyond your own pleasure.

Challenges of the Week

  • Internal Challenge ∅ This week, try to go on a run, a jog or a walk. It’s starting to get really beautiful out.
  • External Challenge ∅ This week, try to sing a favorite song with a friend or loved one, it’s kinda silly but I promise you’ll smile, embrace it and belt out together.