01 / Confidence is a result of action, not a prerequisite by Jonas Ellis
This article summarises everything I’ve been trying to say about the importance of action over “feeling ready” or waiting for motivation, permission, or acceptance. In my view, when you boil it all down, if you really want to get from A to B your only choice is action. That’s it. You can make every excuse in the world about why you can’t act, but at the end of the day you are making the choice not to act. So go. Do the thing.
02 / Your body language shapes who you are: A TED talk by Amy Cuddy
If you haven’t watched this popular TED talk yet, you have to. I’ve been interested in body language ever since I was a teenager, and I can attest to the fact that Amy Cuddy’s advice to “fake it until you become it” will change your life. I can tell you this because that is exactly what I did. At 15 I was fed up with feeling insecure and fearful, so I straightened my spine, lifted my chin, and realised that the only person who could give me the validation to exist confidently in this world was me.
03 / My Dale Carnegie Experiments by Thomas Dunn
I read How To Win Friends and Influence People perhaps a year or two ago and this article was a timely reminder about his advice. Being kind and setting people a standard of expectation can make such a huge difference in the way an interaction pans out. I used to get into loads of arguments before I started telling people I thought they were intelligent and rational enough to understand my point of view. Now I enjoy calm exchanges of ideas, regardless of conflicting points of view. You’ve got to let other people know you believe in them because otherwise they usually assume you don’t.
04/ What Skills Will You Need in 2025? by Collective Hub
The very first piece of advice, “become a jack of all trades”, had me sighing a breath of relief. I worry a lot about my lack of real specialisation. It’s not that I’m unfocused, but I’m really just interested in so much and I find the idea of only having “one thing” just a little bit heartbreaking. Not to mention, only having one focused skill in this day and age really is quite dangerous. Just as we are warned to have multiple streams of income, I believe it is also important to have multiple, transferrable skills. Adaptability is key.