I found this book and its online component very useful. The book introduction outlines an overall philosophy on effort, and then has a chapter covering thirty-four strengths they’ve identified through research. Each chapter gives an overview of the strengths and then offers ideas for action.
You can read the whole book, like I did, or take an online quiz to show which strengths are yours so you can focus on those.
“…people have several times more potential for growth when they invest energy in developing their strengths instead of correcting their deficiencies.”
“The key to human development is building on who you already are.”
“Most successful people start with a dominant talent — and then add skills, knowledge, and practice to the mix. When they do this, the raw talent actually serves as a multiplier.”
Sample text from a strengths chapter:
Sample information: “If you like to travel, it is because each new location offers novel artifacts and facts. These can be acquired and then stored away… who knows when they might become useful?”
Sample action item: “As you gather and absorb information, be aware of the individuals and groups that can most benefit from your knowledge, and be intentional about sharing with them.”
I found the book valuable mostly because some of the best decisions I’ve made have come from following what felt like the path of least resistance. But that can also feel like a cop out, because I have a lot of internal voices saying, “Overcome your weaknesses! Be a better you!” And so forth. The truth is, the you you’ve got is just fine. Work with those raw materials instead of fighting your nature, and you make more progress.
I have a friend who makes hiring decisions based on the philosophies in this book. I’m curious about whether any of you have done it, and whether you found it useful.
I know lots of you are small business owners, and right now Creative Bug is offering a 5-week course on Building a Creative Brand. It features coursework by Heather Ross and Lisa Congdon, who spoke at the first Camp Mighty, among others.
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This post is in partnership with Creativebug, which was built by people I like. Hi, guys.
OK, here’s the stuff I bought at the last Alameda Flea Market:
Festive Hat! Festive Hat is my new favorite. My Aussie friend Clarko says the poms are to keep flies off your face. I like them because they make me want to bob my head around to watch them dance. And so I will be adding pom poms to everything I own. And a rick-rack chin strap. Why else do I own a glue gun?
Technically, I bought this cashmere sweater at the last Flea, the one that rained out, but let’s talk about it. You can get cashmere so cheap at the Flea (like $10-$30 per sweater), it almost doesn’t make sense. You never see it at garage sales and thrift stores. Where is the secret baby-soft sweater pipeline? Let’s find out so we can stand naked at the spigot.
I also bought a vintage fencing mask for $25, because I needed it. I’ve been looking for one since I found a vintage fencing uniform a year ago. Now I can be an old-timey fencer for Halloween, because it’s what I want. Until then, it will look pretty cool on a shelf.
I want to learn French mostly for karaoke purposes.
Kate Moss is so chill about her nakedity. I’m like, “Yikes! A sunhat at least.” This is why I can’t join your bohemian biker gang.
A list of fictional female robots and cyborgs is a thing someone made on Wikipedia.
I find this necklace touching.
Zelda was nutty, but whoa. She could also write. I got about halfway through her stream-of-consciousness memories with F. Scott Fitzgerald before my brain went fizzy. Still, lovely.
Katherine Hepburn laughing.
Also, Go Mighty and Camp Mighty are nominated for an Iris award in the Game Changer category. And three(!) of our brand campaigns are nominated for Best Content Campaign: Go Australia, Too Small To Fail on Closing the Word Gap, and Hyundai’s Epic Playdate (which I worked on with Federated Media). Also Jenny at The Bloggess has been nominated for her work with Go Mighty on the Go Australia campaign too. So that feels really nice.
And finally, Space cakes!
Old stuff! I’m so into it.
As you maybe already noticed, I spend most of my free time at antique shops and flea markets. Nearly all of my furniture is vintage, but I never considered shopping for furniture online because pain in my butt. That is, until Chairish.
Chairish is a curated collection of designer vintage furniture. Making it easy to buy furniture online, and much simpler to sell and ship it, is their thing. Suggested prices are about what you’d pay at the Alameda Flea for furniture made by well-known designers, but they also have a “make an offer” button that lets you interact with the seller (in your pajamas with a glass of wine).
I put together a full collection of my favorite pieces here so go look. Chairish also asked me to put together a couple of dream rooms from their collection, so I went with Boy Meets Girl living spaces — strong silhouettes and feminine lines.
Shop for the pieces above: 1. Handblown Blue Glass Goblet 2. Henri Mathieu Moon Light 3. Soft Grey Chesterfield Sofa 4. Portrait of a Bare Shouldered Woman, Oil Painting by G. Dangman 5. Shagreen Cocktail Table 6. Midcentury Desk with Rear-Facing Bookshelf And below: 7. Mid-Century Jade Velvet Chair 8. Pagoda Plant Stand or Charging Station 9. Color-Pop Ginger Jars 10. Woman with Fan, Oil Painting by Kathryn Jenkins 11. Bachelorette Pink Linen Sofa 12. Deco Brass Floor Lamp
Download their free app if you want to browse their collection on your commute, or submit your own items by uploading a photo and info in about five minutes.
If you’d like a little head start on your decorating budget, enter the Chairish + Mighty Girl Giveaway for a $250 credit on Chairish. Here’s how to win:
Then cross your fingers. One winner will be chosen April 17. This is open to U.S. readers only, though this does not diminish my affection for Canadians, and Brits, and Aussies. Don’t you even think it. (Also, pro tip: There’s still time to enter over on Design Mom, and Door Sixteen, so up your odds.)
This post is in partnership with Chairish. I picked all the items on my own, in my pajamas with a glass of wine, and I will take any one of them and put them in my house. Twist my arm.
I love people who always have a toast at ready. I’ve been collecting favorites over the years. For a short wedding toast, or to wrap up a long one, “May you grow old on one pillow.” Over drinks I like to say, “Here’s mud in your eye!” I think because my grandma said it? No idea.
For dinner, I like, “May you never go to hell, but be always on your way.” or “Here’s to those who’ve seen us at our best and seen us at our worst and can’t tell the difference.”
Is this just an Irish thing, or do you have a favorite toast too? Is it because you’re Irish? Either way, spill.
When I travel, I like to make a goal list that includes specific foods I want to taste wherever I land. So I decided to make an extensive treats list for my hometown of San Francisco, in case you’re similarly inclined.
I set up a Pinterest Board that has photos of each item and addresses, right here and will be building on it as we go along. We’re starting with dessert, which is a solid life philosophy. Ten sweets you should taste in San Francisco:
1. Bourbon Banana Cream Pie at Wexlers
I want to dip my finger in this filling and wear it behind my ears as perfume. Do not share a piece. Get your own piece.
2. Butterscotch Pot de Creme at Town Hall
They will serve this in a bathtub so you can immerse yourself in the unctuous expanse of cream, but it’s more expensive.
3. Sweet Revolutions Caramels at Bi-Rite
So soft, they’re like biting into cold, sweet butter. Let one warm in your mouth and try not to pass out.
4. Caramel Robin Eggs at Miette
These are only available around Easter, and I wait all year. The outer candy shell has an aftertaste of fresh lemon, with a layer of dark chocolate surrounding a caramel center. If you want some, you’ll need to get there before me, because I sweep every last bag into my basket and hoard them all year.
5. Passionfruit Milk Chocolate Donut from Dynamo Donuts
You could eenie meenie in front of the case at Dynamo and fare just fine, but the Passionfruit Milk Chocolate? That’s the one.
6. Blackberry Milkshake at Barney’s Gourmet Hamburgers
When I was a kid, the family would go camping and I’d spend hours picking blackberries. In the morning, mom would pour cream over them for breakfast. This tastes just like that.
7. Toffee Chip Cookies from Anthony’s Cookies
You can’t go wrong at Anthony’s either, but if you’re only trying one cookie, start here.
8. Millionaire Bacon at Sweet Maple
They soak the bacon in Maple syrup and secret spices, and I can’t talk about it anymore because I’m chewing.
9. Salted Caramel Ice Cream at Bi-Rite Creamery
You’ll see this on every damn list anyone ever makes about Bay Area food, and they’re right.
10. Key Lime Pears from Recchiuti Confections
The pears are thin and crispy like potato chips, flavored with lime essence, and dipped in very high quality chocolate. It’s rare as an adult to come across a new texture or flavor, and these accomplish that. They’re seasonal, but you can order them online, so if you won’t find yourself in San Francisco soon, at least you can play along at home.
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