Leaders Eat Last

Leaders Eat Last: Notes on Teams


I’ve said a couple of times before that I’m really inspired by Simon Sinek’s Tedtalks and other interviews. I’ve read one of his other books titled “Start with Why”, but found it to be a little too long and repetitive for my taste. I’m happy to say that this book “Leaders Eat Last” is a little bit more enjoyable and informational than I felt his other book to be. However, if you’re not much of a reader and would prefer to watch his talks online, below is a Talk about the information within this book. I will say that I will probably forgo the rest of his books and just continue to watch his videos since they are more concise and easily digestible.

Still, I wrote a few notes down that I felt were important that I thought I would share with you all!

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Passion TN

Follow Your Passion?

so good they can’t ignore you

So Good They Can't Ignore You

I recently read The Productivity Project by Chris Bailey and So Good They Can’t Ignore You by Cal Newport. I did an entire post on Cal’s other book Deep Work which I really loved. When reading these last two books I decided not to write too many notes because you can visit Chris’s site HERE and and neither really had a lot of solid ideas that I haven’t really talked about before.

For Cal’s book (the title of this) it was a collection of stories based around whether people even “had” a passion and if it was worth it to really keep looking for that one “perfectly passionate” job or if putting in the hard work leads to passion. It was an interesting idea and Cal is a big advocate that following your passion is bad advice. His stories chronicle a lot of successful people who created and built the skills needed for a specific job and the passion for the job followed. He also talks a bit about some of his interviewees who actually did follow their so-believed “passion” (in a risky way) and had failed.

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Deep Work

Deep Work: Notes on Focus


I didn’t realize how long it had been since I posted about a book that I had read and taken notes on. I had this book by Cal Newport on order from the library for probably…2 months before I ever ended up getting it because the waitlist for it was SO long. But once it arrived at my door, I had sat down and read it within 2 days.

I decided I wanted to take notes on this one immediately for this blog, simply because it’s right up my alley and that even from the title I felt that it was blasphemous to NOT read it with a critical eye. Before we begin, I picked this book up because of a podcast I listened to from College Info Geek.

You can find that particular Podcast HERE.

Thomas also had an interview with Cal way back in episode 35 which I listened to long ago which you can find HERE.



There was a lot of great info in this book, but the beginning really dives into what Deep Work actually is. I took a few notes here as an overview of what was to come.

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Review: Before Happiness Part 2

Before Happiness by Shawn achor

HERE is a link to the original and part 1 post about the two books and multiple talks given by Shawn Achor on Happiness. This is part 2 and it includes only a book review and some items that I pulled from his second book. This does not contain a day by day experiment like my first post, though I may return to the idea in a month to reflect on how I felt. I will go ahead and link his two youtube videos here again, so that you can watch them before diving into his non-fiction books about his scientific work. 

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Review & Experiment: The Happiness Advantage Part 1

the happy secret to better work

I am quite the advocate for self-improvement, since always giving 110% at school and then having this long-term plan for college and my career. I can’t say that everything has come together the way that I expected it to, but I always found things worked out in the end. It seems I was always lucky to be where I was and if I ever found rejection in one area, something better happened right after. This experiment was all about happiness in the workplace and in life. Also, I’m going to split this up into two book reviews, because I have marked quite a few things.

I picked up The Happiness Advantage and Before Happiness after watching Shawn’s Tedtalk over a year ago. Recently after rewatching  this talk and then an hour long interview he had at Google, I realized he had published a few books. I always went back to this video when I was feeling defeated. If not for inspiration, at least for a good laugh, because it is hilarious. I would suggest watching this first as it will give you an idea of what I’m about to talk about, which is finding success because you are striving to be more happy and optimistic. Shawn talks about how most people assume that once you get that “perfect” job or car or raise, then you’ll finally be happy. When instead, our goals for happiness are just placed further away at a next objective.

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What I’ve Learned Working at a Small Public Library

©Kayla Justice Photography 2016

#1. People don’t realize how big of a resource a library is for all types of media, including myself.

Before I started working at the library I went there maybe once or twice a year during school when I got into a reading mood, but I only ever checked out books and I always liked the idea more than actually reading. Even after I started college I didn’t make use of our university library. I visited our public library only once in 2012 before I applied for a job. But a library has resources for EVERYTHING. It was two years working there before I realized I could order and check out video games. How cool is that? Music, movies, books, comics, puppet kits, video games, you can get almost any type of media through the library. You don’t have to have netflix or itunes, you can literally order anything you want from nearly anywhere and have it for free.

#2. Kids most often resent the library and they are a hard group to wrangle.

I totally get this. I was a reading machine in middle school, then I hit high school and had absolutely no time. I disliked being forced to read for school, I hardly ever bought books, and with the amount of pressure by your friends to be social, who has time to enjoy a library? You’ll most often seen teens coming in only to use the internet or check out movies, it’s hard to get them interesting in reading. They are by far the group that I’ve seen the least of during my time at the library, but I don’t think it should be forced, it’ll come around.

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