TOTD: Excellence doesn’t happen on accident ๐ŸŒŸ

You’re not going to get buff working out.

In this Thought of the Day, I discuss:

  • The weird way people think about their goals
  • When people talk about working out
  • Why you won’t be the next Arnold Schwarzenegger or Michael Phelps

As usual, please let me know your thoughts in the comments, suggestions for future videos, or even if you disagree! I read and respond to every comment ๐Ÿ™‚

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Book notes: Shortest Way Home by Pete Buttigieg

Shortest Way Home by Pete Buttigieg book summary review and key ideas.

Shortest Way Home: One Mayor’s Challenge and a Model for America’s Future by Pete Buttigieg

Synopsis:

“Once described by The Washington Post as “the most interesting mayor you’ve never heard of”, Pete Buttigieg, the 36-year-old Democratic mayor of South Bend, Indiana, has improbably emerged as one of the nation’s most visionary politicians.

First elected in 2011, Buttigieg left a successful business career to move back to his hometown, previously tagged by Newsweek as a “dying city”, because the industrial Midwest beckoned as a challenge to the McKinsey-trained Harvard graduate. Whether meeting with city residents on middle-school basketball courts, reclaiming abandoned houses, confronting gun violence, or attracting high-tech industry, Buttigieg has transformed South Bend into a shining model of urban reinvention.

While Washington reels with scandal, Shortest Way Home interweaves two once unthinkable success stories: that of an Afghanistan veteran who came out and found love and acceptance, all while in office, and that of a Rust Belt city so thoroughly transformed that it shatters the way we view America’s so-called flyover country.” -Audible

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Book notes: How to Talk to Anyone by Leil Lowndes

How to Talk to Anyone by Leil Lowndes book summary review and key ideas.

How to Talk to Anyone: 92 Little Tricks for Big Success in Relationships by Leil Lowndes

Synopsis:

“What is that magic quality that makes some people instantly loved and respected? Everyone wants to be their friend (or, if single, their lover). In business, they rise swiftly to the top of the corporate ladder. What is their โ€œMidas touch?โ€

What it boils down to is a more skillful way of dealing with people.

The author has spent her career teaching people how to communicate for success. In her book How to Talk to Anyone, Lowndes offers 92 easy and effective sure-fire success techniques – she takes the listener from first meeting all the way up to sophisticated techniques used by the big winners in life. In this information-packed audiobook youโ€™ll find:

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TOTD: Why I’ll never say the N-word ๐Ÿ™Š

My thoughts on race, empathy, and self-restraint.

In this Thought of the Day, I discuss:

  • My perspective on not saying the n-word
  • What the deeper meaning is for having self-restraint
  • How an old boss of mine had no empathy for others

As usual, please let me know your thoughts in the comments, suggestions for future videos, or even if you disagree! I read and respond to every comment ๐Ÿ™‚

TOTD: How to have good conversations ๐Ÿ—ฃ

What makes a good conversation.

In this Thought of the Day, I discuss:

  • Why I like talking about religion and politics while many people donโ€™t
  • How to approach touchy topics in a discussion
  • Why truly listening and empathizing is scary and dangerous for us

As usual, please let me know your thoughts in the comments, suggestions for future videos, or even if you disagree! I read and respond to every comment ๐Ÿ™‚

10 Tips to Surviving a Dance Class

How to survive a dance class for beginners.

I’ve been teaching dance as an instructor for many years now. I’ve taught hip hop, freestyle popping, and more recently K-POP. Many of my current students are beginners, or haven’t been dancing for very long. Many times, people I know who are interested in learning how to dance will ask me about taking class and some tips I have for them.

I wish I had a guide when I first started taking dance classes and one I could pass on to my new students. Therefore, I decided to create one.

Here’s my list of top 10 things to note if you plan on taking your first dance class.

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Book notes: Bossypants by Tina Fey

Bossypants by Tina Fey book summary review and key ideas.

Bossypants by Tina Fey

Synopsis:

“Before Liz Lemon, before “Weekend Update”, before “Sarah Palin”, Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV.

She has seen both of those dreams come true.

At last, Tina Fey’s story can be told. From her youthful days as a vicious nerd to her tour of duty on Saturday Night Live; from her passionately halfhearted pursuit of physical beauty to her life as a mother eating things off the floor; from her one-sided college romance to her nearly fatal honeymoon – from the beginning of this paragraph to this final sentence.

Tina Fey reveals all, and proves what we’ve all suspected: you’re no one until someone calls you bossy.” -Audible

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Book notes: Take Control of Your Life with Mel Robbins

Take Control of Your Life with Mel Robbins book summary review and key ideas.

Take Control of Your Life with Mel Robbins

Synopsis:

“Mel Robbins is back! The international best-selling phenomenon and creator of The Five Second Rule and Kick Ass with Mel Robbins returns to help you tackle the single biggest obstacle you face: fear. This life-changing Audible Original features a powerful mix of one-on-one life-coaching sessions and a personal narrative with vital take-aways that you can start using immediately.

With humor and wisdom, Mel Robbins expertly tackles the fear of change, rejection, and being alone as well as impostor syndrome and feeling trapped in the wrong career. Each session is a gold mine of discovery as Mel guides you to find your purpose, improve your relationships, and ultimately take control of your life. In these times of high anxiety, itโ€™s easy to feel overwhelmedโ€”that changes right now. If you want the tools to break free from fear and live to your fullest potential, this is a must listen. ” -Audible

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