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Social Media Loneliness, Quitting the Internet, & Other Creative Links

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This has been a another busy week (I feel like I say that every week, but I guess that’s just life these days).

Reading a Book

The weather in Tennessee is beautiful, and I hope you’re having the chance to go outside and enjoy some of it.

My wife and I were able to sit outside with another couple last night for three hours, drinking coffee and talking about life.

I love this time of year.

This morning, I woke up early to get some reading done.

Here’s what I’m reading this week:

What Are You Afraid Of? [Motivation]
This was a guest post I did for work. Our organization has started encouraging people to step out in their dreams, and I wrote this to inspire and kick some people’s butts. I hope you read it.

Why You Should Quit the Internet [Inspiration]
Blogger and social media genius Julien Smith places a strong challenge to our technology-addicted culture. The basic message is this: There’s more to life. I was convicted.

How Social Media Can Induce Feelings of ‘Missing Out’ [Social Media]
This NYTimes article was a short, fascinating piece about how much technology may be ruling our lives — not just professionally, but also psychologically. Again, I was convicted.

How to Steal Like An Artist (And 9 Other Things Nobody Told Me) [Creativity]
This was a fascinating article to read — partly for the compelling content and partly for how aesthetic it was. Lots of art and creative visual aids in this piece on originality (or lack thereof) and true creativity. (Hat tip to Lifehacker for pointing it out.)

I’m also spending this Sunday reading a great little book by my friend Mark Almand. The books is called Claude’s Canvas, and it’s fantastic. It’s concise like Hemingway and powerfully emotive like a great memoir.

Currently, this title isn’t available (it’s self-published and there are only 50 copies out right now), but once he prints more copies, I’ll let you know. (I already recommend reading it.)

Lastly, the most-read post on the blog this week (and the most fun one for me to write) was this:

What Mumford and Sons Taught Me About Writing

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What’re you reading lately?

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  • http://twitter.com/PeterPaluska Peter Paluska

    Hi Jeff,

    I appreciate the comprehensive list of articles.
    Currently, I am reading Michael Chabon’s “The Mysteries of Pittburgh” and really, really (I mean really!) enjoying it. I cannot recommend it enough.
    Yes, I read Julien’s article, as well. Powerful and movingly written.
    Have a good evening!

    Peter

    • http://goinswriter.com Jeff Goins

      Cool. Thanks, Peter.

    • http://goinswriter.com Jeff Goins

      I figured. Love me some Julien!

  • Onesharpdame

    I’m reading a novel from Josephine Tey, a mid-century British mystery writer; True Grit by Charles Portis; The Sound and The Fury by Faulkner and a collection of social commentary essays by Clive James called Intellectual Amnesia

    My cup runneth over, as it most always does.

    • http://goinswriter.com Jeff Goins

      nice! very classic list.

  • http://twitter.com/robrash robrash

    Just started reading ‘Making Ideas Happen’ by Scott Belsky and LOVE it. Also started reading Steven Pressfield’s ‘The War of Art.’ Good stuff. (and of course, Jeff Goins!)

    • http://goinswriter.com Jeff Goins

      Those are all fantastic (except maybe the 3rd one).

  • MichaelDPerkins

    I just started reading “On Writing” by Stephen King.

    • http://goinswriter.com Jeff Goins

      I’ve been reading that for a while. I like it.

  • http://twitter.com/BradBlackman Brad Blackman

    Still working on this list: http://www.bradblackman.com/blog/readinglistmarch28/

    I like how you’re doing a little roundup with 5-6 things that’ve made an impression on you. Nice format.

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      Thanks, Brad.

  • http://successbeginstoday.org/wordpress John Richardson

    Just finishing up Daniel Amen’s book, Change your Brain, Change your Life for the second time. I’m going to pick up his new book, Use Your Brain to Change Your Age, and check out his new research. These are books that everyone should read, especially those in contact sports. Eye opening facts about supplements that can really help you concentrate better and reverse depression.

  • venacox

    I’ve
    just decided to create a blog, which I have been wanting to do for a while.
    Thanks for this post, it’s really useful!

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