One of the favourite types of blogs I receive is a curated list of information that people I trust have compiled. I consume a lot of content. I am always sharing links and information with people. I am a maven. If you have read The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell you know that Mavens are information specialists or people we rely upon to connect us with new information. They accumulate knowledge, especially about the marketplace, and know how to share it with others. As Gladwell states: "Mavens are really information brokers, sharing and trading what they know."
Sounds like me, right?
I wondered recently why I have never put out a blog post specifically sharing some of the content around the web that has caught my attention. So here is the first one!
1. Did you know that 6 out of 10 people share things without reading them? Have you? I always appreciate when someone posts a link that includes a comment about why they think reading the article or watching the video is worth my time. In fact, I'm less likely to click a link without a comment. I don't trust that the person actually read what they are posting. It's so easy to 'share'. Everything in this email has been read or tried! Next time you share something be sure to include why you are sharing it!
2. The GQ Interview with Brad Pitt: I've read the article online and I am treating myself to a hard copy of this issue. It's easy to think that having accomplishment and wealth would make us happy. This article reminds us of the truth. This isn't about eye candy, in fact, I think this article shows a different side of Pitt. I also appreciate the photography and the cinematography in these shots. Thank you Ryan McGinley.
3. Think you missed the boat because you are over 50? New research shows later bloomers can be more creative or just as creative as their younger counterparts. Get inspired by this 94 year old man’s innovative genius!
4. Travelling this summer? In February I was in NYC for a few days with a friend. We both had been to NYC several times and we didn't want to do the typical touristy things (been there, done that and definitely worthwhile !) I discovered this app and I highly recommend it. We did the SOHO tour and it was a highlight of our trip. Check out Detour. I hope they add more cities soon!
5. And of course, I have to recommend at least one book! I have read several of Sue Monk Kidd's books, mostly recently I read The Invention of Wings. It is a great read if you are looking for some fiction this summer. I used to read Sue Monk Kidd way back in the day when she wrote for a popular Christian women's magazine. I remember when The Dance of the Dissident Daughter was published. It was controversial and she lost a great deal of her following as a result. I didn't read it. I'm not sure why but I think I wouldn't have been ready for it. You know that saying, "when the student is ready the teacher appears?" I guess this student was ready. I loved her journey of awakening as a woman and ultimately leaving the patriarchal church system that has been a huge part of her life.
So, that's it! I would love to hear your thoughts on anything I've shared. And share your great resources with me as well. You can post them on my Facebook page.