Today marks the official launch of justfraserg.com and I have to admit I am excited and also a little nervous as to how this will all go. I am committed to putting out content regularly in one place covering a range of topics and interests.

Let me kick things off with a post about some interesting things I read last week in the worlds of business, fashion and entertainment.

 

1. The Goldilocks Rule by James Clear

Having followed James Clear’s blog for a few months now I pretty much expect to read something interesting fairly regularly. I found this piece on motivation and mastery to be inspiring. The backstory is about a successful comedian and how they got their start in the business (I won’t spoil it by giving away the name here). Notice the part about 10 years of learning, something that a certain Malcolm Gladwell mentions in the classic Outliers. 

I would 100% recommend checking this piece out and I really think it applies to anyone creating art, starting a business or even trying to master a new skill.

 

The Goldilocks Rule: How to Stay Motivated in Life and Business

 

2. ‘Choose Yourself’ by James Altucher

I’m maybe a little late to the party since this was released three years ago now, but over the weekend I finally read Choose Yourself and wasn’t disappointed. I’ve become a fan of James Altucher recently after watching and reading a few things of his. His style seems pretty straight-forward: he tells you everything, the failures, his mistakes and even things others might filter out. The premise is not working for someone else and creating multiple streams of income which has definitely been covered before (Rich Dad Poor Dad is one example that comes to mind) but it is told in a way that is entertaining. Altucher advocates ‘daily practice’, the idea of doing the same things over and over to get the best results. Exercise, sleeping well, eating right and getting your mind in the right place are the basis of a strong foundation. Next is putting in the work.

I would recommend this one for the chapter How to Become and Idea Machine alone.

3. Top 25 Most Liveable Cities by Monocle.com

Okay this one is actually a video by Monocle but for anyone looking at a potential change of scenery I would most definitely recommend having a watch.

 

Top 25 cities, 2016 from Monocle on Vimeo.

 

4. Bigger For? by Seth Godin

In business, bigger rarely means better for the customer. A short piece by Seth Godin (who I reckon I will feature pretty regularly on here) about value.
http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2016/06/bigger-for.html

 

5. The Psychology of Limitations by Belle Beth Cooper

Here’s one I found whilst on a reading binge over the weekend on the Buffer Social blog. The topic is on self-imposed constraints and how they can aid creativity. I believe I found this after reading something about how Dr.Seuss’ Green Eggs and Ham was created. There are some examples in there about writing, art and business all of which I found really interesting.

https://blog.bufferapp.com/7-examples-of-how-creative-constraints-can-lead-to-amazing-work

 

Let me know in the comments below what you think. Is there something I should be reading?

 

p.s. the James Clear piece I only read this week but I just had to include it in this post.