The Second Coming

Welcome back, ladies and gentlemen, to the Rivercity Monthly. After a brief hiatus, all your articles, banter and fun facts are back to keep you entertained, and ahead of the curve. As with any hiatus, big changes and new perspectives come aplenty, and that’s what this edition will be all about, making sure you’re ready when that big chance comes your way.  

As always, this newsletter aims to point out online resources to help with motivation, goal-setting, and all things related, with a few cheeky extras thrown into the mix. This edition will focus on the big decisions that we come across, both in our personal and professional lives, and how we can make those decisions easily.  

Decisions, decisions

As much as we don’t like it, life essentially comes down to what decisions we make and what actions we take. No matter how small a decision seems, it can have a lasting impact on your day, and even your entire life. A good example of this is your decision to read this newsletter, and how it can change your life through fantastically written articles and the excellent banter that never fails to brighten your day.

But when it comes to making the big decisions, such as a career change, a lifestyle change or a change of scenery, some of us become paralysed. The fear of failure, and the fear of the unknown, come out to wreak havoc when it comes to making big, life-changing decisions, and can often get in the way, or even make us miss, these chances. 

So how can we change our mindset to be more open, or at least ready, to new experiences and big changes? Kate Fritz’s talk explains how new experiences, even ones that scare you, are beneficial to your lifestyle and your mindset. Tuk’s study looks at how seemingly normal functions can influence our decision making ability, and Nararyan’s perspective can help put those decisions in a different light.

Kate Fritz – The Value of doing Something that Scares You

Nirjam Tuk’s study – Full Bladder, Better Decisions?

Lux NararyanWhat I Learned from 2000 Obituaries

Plans Vs Impulse

So you’ve come to a big decision, and you have to make a choice. But how do you do that? Do you sit down and plan it, or do you act on impulse? Wallach’s speech looks at planning for the long term, but Dishman’s article points out the importance of our “gut-feeling”. Or maybe something different is the best option, as explored in Barker’s article. Regardless, big decisions don’t have to be so scary, no matter your planning preferences.

Ari Wallach – 3 Way to Plan for the (Very) Long Term

Lydia Dishman – Scientific Proof that your Gut is Best at Making Decisions

Eric Barker – How Poor Planning and Being Impulsive can Lead to Big Wins in Life

Quick-fire Links

Quick-fire Links are here to provide some quick reads and tips. Some will build upon the main articles, while others will be a bit of fun or improve general skills and knowledge.

Jennifer Beach – Why You Shouldn’t Suppress Yourself in the Face of Temptation

Jenny Marchal – How to Tell Stories about Yourself to Show You’re the Best Fit for the Job

Melissa Dahl – Why Can’t You Smell Your Own Home?

BLT of the Month

Welcome to BLT of the Month, where I review and recommend the classic BLT sandwich from cafes around Brisbane and beyond. Our next BLT comes from John J Feehan Pub in Cashel, Ireland. It’s good to see the classic BLT crosses borders and hemispheres without problem, as this BLT was a welcome feed for a traveler. Traditional as the pub it’s served in, you really can’t fault this sandwich. Combined with a cheeky Irish beverage, you really can’t get much better than that.

Fun Fact of the Month

Cookie Monster’s real name is Sid.

Starting Off on the Right Foot

Hello and welcome to the Rivercity Monthly, a newsletter more successful than Tom Brady at a Super Bowl. After a long and sweltering Christmas break, the Rivercity Monthly is back to help you in ways you couldn’t even imagine. Welcome to 2017, and welcome to a new year of banter and a new year of opportunities.

As always, this newsletter aims to point out online resources to help with motivation, goal-setting, and all things related, with a few cheeky extras thrown into the mix. This edition will focus on the issue of setbacks and adaptability.

 

Bouncing Back

Setbacks are unfortunately a part of life, and can often haunt us for years after. They not only derail the progress you’ve made towards your dreams and goals, but can also shatter your confidence and willingness to try again. Often, a setback in one area of your life can affect other areas, creating an almost domino-effect, as well as a sense of inadequacy or loss of direction. But setbacks can often be a blessing in disguise. It might seem hard to believe that something better will come along when you’re first reeling from a setback, but setbacks can often show where our real passion, our real drive, lies. Setbacks happen to all, including successes like Richard Branson, who is interviewed in the first article. Kosinski’s articles looks at the possible benefits of losing, while Ward and Russell look at the emotional elements of setbacks and how to cope under stressful situations.

 

Rod Kurtz - Richard Branson on Dealing with Setbacks

Matthew Kosinski - The Benefits of Setbacks: Why You Should Learn to Lose

Deborah Ward - Coping With a Setback the Sensitive Way

Joyce Russell - Career Coach: Dealing with Setbacks at Work

 

 

Hand in Hand

It’s hard to talk about setbacks without mentioning adaptability. Many argue that being open to change or rolling with the punches is what makes you a success, and when you think about just how much the world changes in a short space of time, it’s hard to disagree. Jeff Boss’ article echoes this sentiment from a business point of view, while Pearson explores a more personal aspect. Martin’s article looks at the lasting effects of adaptability on kids, in addition to looking at possible improvements that can be made in the education system.

 

Jeff Boss - Staying Competitive Requires Adaptability

Catherine Pearson - The One Trait you may not realise will make you Happier

Andrew Martin - Coping with Change: Teaching Adaptability will Help Kids Grow

 

 

Quick-fire Links

Quick-fire Links are here to provide some quick reads and tips. Some will build upon the main articles, while others will be a bit of fun or improve general skills and knowledge.

 

Jia Jiang - What I learned from 100 Days of Rejection

Adam Grant – Are You a Giver or a Taker?

Eduardo Briceno - How to Get Better at the things You Care About

 

 

BLT of the Month

Welcome to BLT of the Month, where I review and recommend the classic BLT sandwich from cafes around Brisbane and beyond. Our next BLT comes from The Finch in Toowoomba. One of the biggest BLTs I’ve come across, this café creates a BLT with a gargantuan amount of bacon, as well as McDonald’s type fries. It goes down an absolute treat, making it perfect for a lunch time feed or a sneaky morning fuel-up.  

 

Fun Fact of the Month

When three letter-airport codes became standard practice within the industry, airports that used only two letters added an X to the end.  

Your Early Christmas Present

Welcome to the last edition of the Rivercity Monthly for 2016! What an absolute cracker of a year this has been, with nine editions of goodies, banter and top-notch resources no doubt helping it to be your best year yet. And if it hasn’t, at least this edition will help you forget about 2016 for another ten minutes.  

As always, this newsletter aims to point out online resources to help with motivation, goal-setting, and all things related, with a few cheeky extras thrown into the mix. This edition will focus on the benefits and science behind taking a break, and how your productivity and outlook on life can be affected. Because who doesn’t love a good excuse to take a nap?  

Treat Yo Self

Often, it can feel that we’re too busy to take a break. Many of us simply enjoy being kept busy, and we don’t know how to effectively cut ourselves off from our commitments in order to properly relax. But studies have found that breaks, whether they’re five minutes or five months, can help your productivity, as well as alter your attitude when it comes to getting back down to business.

As Courtney Seiter’s article explains, our brain simply isn’t cut out to concentrate on one task for extended periods of time. Rick Nauert’s article builds upon this, explaining what is known as “vigilance decrement”, or how constant stimulation, or concentration, can be deemed unimportant by the brain. So while this isn’t a free pass to browse memes in front of your boss (although they’d understand if you were reading the Rivercity Monthly), it is something to take on board if you have a big project coming up.

 

The Science of Taking Breaks at Work

Taking Breaks Found to Improve Attention

51 Things to do at Work When You Need a Break

 

Bye Felicia
 

So taking a sneaky break is shown to be beneficial, but what about vacations? Apart from a few photos for social media, what else can we get out of going on extended holidays? Not surprisingly, holidays help virtually every aspect of our bodies, improving mental stability and stress levels, in addition to lowering the risk of conditions such as heart disease. Not a bad deal if you ask me.  

 

11 Hidden Benefits of Taking More Vacation

The Secret of Increased Productivity

This is What 365 Days Without a Vacation Does to Your Health

 

Quick-fire Links

Quick-fire Links are here to provide some quick reads and tips. Some will build upon the main articles, while others will be a bit of fun or improve general skills and knowledge.

How Uber has Impacted the Business World

4 Rules on How to Make the Most of Life

Work Without Purpose, Work for Free

BLT of the Month

Welcome to BLT of the Month, where I review and recommend the classic BLT sandwich from cafes around Brisbane. Our next BLT comes from the Jam Pantry in Greenslopes. This establishment makes the mighty BLT with a different take, switching out the standard toasted bread for a sweet burger bun to give patrons a new way to experience a classic. Not a bad change of pace for the lunchtime hero, so if you’re ever in the area, or just that keen for a BLT, I would recommend checking it out.

Fun Fact of the Month:

There are over 900 words in the English language that break the “I before E” rule, with only 44 words actually following the rule.

Until next time….

 

 

 

Pre-election Banter

Welcome one and all to the next edition of the Rivercity Monthly, a newsletter that, if it ran for President, would win by a landslide. At a time where people begin to dream of the Christmas break and the festivities involved, which includes staying in front of the air conditioner for long periods of time, we might be reminded at how much we actually have to do before then. Obviously, checking out this newsletter is first on the list.

As always, this newsletter aims to point out online resources to help with motivation, goal-setting, and all things related, with a few cheeky extras thrown into the mix. This edition will focus on the benefits of being in a group of like-minded people, and how they affect your lifestyle, thinking and happiness, as well as the benefits of stepping out of your comfort zone.

Passion and Support

The reason why I chose this topic in particular, is because recently I was involved in a conference of a couple of hundred people. Now these people have different backgrounds, different upbringings, different values and different views on world issues. But despite all this, these people can come together and share a greater idea, and become passionate about more ideas as they interact and learn.

On a smaller scale, you might have experience this with your friends, or people who you might have met briefly. Passion can bring people together, and sharing a passion with someone can be exciting as it is rewarding. And this is where the benefits of being surrounded by like-minded people come in, as not only do they share your passion or interest, they want to help you succeed. Professional Speaker Neel Raman summaries this in his article, while Adam Baker’s blog post breaks down the simplicity of combining passion with people. Solomon Thimony’s article also highlights how simply discussing someone else’s passion can influence your own, particularly from a business point of view.  

Having friends and a support group has always been a major factor in how we enjoy life, or even make decisions. So it’s not surprising that these same people can help you achieve goals and dreams, sometimes by simply being there to listen to your passion.

5 Benefits of Staying Connected to a Like-Minded Community  

The Essential Power of Surrounding Yourself With Like-Minded People

The Benefits of Connecting with Like-Minded Entrepreneurs

Something New, Something Old
 

Taking the step out of your comfort zone can be a tough one, and one that often requires a push. Trying something new is often synonymous with fear, as we simply don’t know how this new activity will turn out. Sometimes it doesn’t work out, and we wonder why we didn’t stick with old faithful, but sometimes it does work out, and we’re glad we took the step.

Trying New Things

On the Importance of Trying New Things

Novelty and the Brain

Quick-fire Links

Quick-fire Links are here to provide some quick reads and tips. Some will build upon the main articles, while others will be a bit of fun or improve general skills and knowledge.

4 Reasons to Learn a New Language

Everything You Hear On Film is a Lie

BLT of the Month

What’s this? A new segment? Is it even possible that this newsletter could get any better? Yes readers, welcome to BLT of the Month, where I review and recommend the classic BLT sandwich from cafes around Brisbane. Our first BLT comes from Vinnie’s Café and Deli in Newmarket. Locally owned, this small business makes an absolute ripper of a BLT, combining the three key ingredients with ease and perfection. Equally suited for your weekend hangover or weekday brunch. Top quality.

Fun Fact of the Month:

On a daily basis, more money is printed for Monopoly than the US Treasury.

The Magnificent Seventh Edition

Hello and welcome to the next edition of the Rivercity Monthly, the newsletter that drops bigger bombs than a Bragelina breakup. As the end of the year creeps closer, this is the time where we remember (and scoff) at the list of goals that we set ourselves at the start of the year. 2016 was our year, we said. Thankfully, it still can be, all we have to do is get stuck in.   

As always, this newsletter aims to point out online resources to help with motivation, goal-setting, and all things related, with a few cheeky extras thrown into the mix. This edition will focus on routines, something that you either love or hate. So whether you’re someone who can’t live without a diary or planner, or someone who actively lives to avoid a routine at all costs, this edition will be worthwhile. Because reading the Rivercity Monthly every month is definitely a good routine.

Onwards and upwards.

Routine or rut-ine?

I’ll be honest, this past month hasn’t been too exciting. I’ve been kept busy, and I’ve definitely had fun, but nothing really special has happened. But that’s just how it goes sometimes, we simply go day-to-day, week-to-week, and sometimes even month-to-month without a life changing event happening. It’s not necessarily a problem, but some part of you can’t help but think that maybe there’s something more out there. Now I love being in a good routine, not having to overly think anything while still being productive is a sure winner in my books, but is too much routine a bad thing?  

The short answer is that yes, too much routine could put you at a disadvantage. The long answer is that as we embroil ourselves in a routine for long periods of time, our innovation, personal happiness and even our productivity could slowly drop off. This is because we simply become so used to the routine that we learn to get by on autopilot. As tasks are put on autopilot, so is our motivation and creativity, meaning that we often become disenchanted with what we’re doing or our situation.

Dan Scotti’s article explains how a routine in the morning can crush creativity, as well as some other adverse effects of sticking to a routine too rigidly. Conni Biesalski’s writing looks at the definition of a routine, why we stick to them and why we should occasionally break free of them.

Dan Scotti - Science of Structure  

Conni Biesalski - How to Kill Monotony  

#tbt

Nostalgia can be a beautiful thing. Nothing can turn your day around like an old school banger on the radio, or make a Sunday afternoon more relaxing than kicking back to the Disney movies of your childhood. Nostalgia is a powerful state of mind, and one that can even make you more positive about the future. The below articles by Alissa Roy and Art Markman highlight how studies have found positive correlations between people and nostalgic thinking. And while there’s probably a lot we don’t want to remember about the early 2000s (I’m looking at you frosted tips), who doesn’t drop everything to belt out ‘Hey Ya’ by Outkast when it comes on?

Alissa Roy - The Science of Nostalgia

Art Markman - What Does Nostalgia Do?

Quick-fire Links

Quick-fire Links are here to provide some quick reads and tips. Some will build upon the main articles, while others will be a bit of fun or improve general skills and knowledge.

100 Life Hacks

Bring Back Boredom

Fun Fact of the Month:

The word ‘ambisinistrous’ is the opposite of ambidextrous. It means, “clumsy or unskilled with both hands”. 

Back by Popular Demand

Welcome back, ladies and gentlemen, to the Rivercity Monthly, one of the few things more eagerly anticipated than a Frank Ocean album. After a brief break, your monthly dose of incredible banter and outstanding personal development resources has returned, and what a return it is, if I do say so myself.  

As always, this newsletter aims to point out online resources to help with motivation, goal-setting, and all things related, with a few cheeky extras thrown into the mix. This edition will focus on the multiple benefits of travel, as well as the many options that you have available. So grab a cuppa, put on some tunes and ignore all your responsibilities, this will be worth it.  

Onwards and upwards.

On a big jet plane

Travelling overseas to immerse yourself in different cultures is a life goal that practically everyone works towards, and yet it can be something that is continuously pushed back or put off, sometimes for years at a time. It’s understandable, there’s a lot to organise when it comes to visiting another country and putting your life back home on hold. But travelling is without a doubt one of the most worthwhile experiences you can have, as not only do you get to see what the world has to offer, but your Instagram and Snapchat game is upped tenfold. Oh and there are some psychological benefits as well.

A study by Julia Zimmermann and Frank Neyer found that travelling and living overseas influenced personality, effectively changing how people approach activities and social groups. Other studies have found that travelling makes us more creative, as we’re forced to think within new environments, which also influences us to compare this with our home environments. Mark Twain even stated that travel was “fatal to narrow-mindedness”, and who would want to argue with Mark Twain?

Art Markman - Zimmermann and Neyer Study

Sequoia Hamilton - The Long Term Benefits of Travel

Brent Crane - For a More Creative Brain, Travel

Easy Rider

There’s no doubt that the number one problem when it comes to travel is the cost. There’s the flights, travel insurance, accommodation, exchange rates and hundreds of hidden costs that airlines and travel agencies somehow manage to sneak into your bill. Naturally, everyone wants a discount or ideally, everyone wants a free holiday, and with the resources below, you just may be able to travel around the world with little to no cost. That’s almost as good as getting this newsletter for free.

How to Travel When You’ve got Absolutely No Money

12 Ways to get Paid to Travel the World

8 Ways to You Can Travel the World

11 Weird Ways to Travel the World

Quick-fire Links

Quick-fire Links are here to provide some quick reads and tips. Some will build upon the main articles, while others will be a bit of fun or improve general skills and knowledge.

Quitting Caffeine

The Jobs We Will Lose to Machines

Why You Think You’re Right, Even If You’re Wrong

Fun Fact of the Month:

A “jiffy” is the scientific name for 1/100th of a second.  

Back like LeBron

Hey everyone, and thank you for joining me for the next edition of the Rivercity Monthly, probable winner of ‘Best Rivercity Newsletter’, should an award exist. Winter is well and truly here, which means the motivation to get out of a warm bed has dropped as much as the temperature, but thankfully, as always, the Rivercity Monthly is packed full of motivational goodies to get you out of bed, regardless of the weather. Unless it’s snowing in Brisbane, in which case you can probably stay in bed. Don’t think many would argue with that.

As always, this newsletter aims to point out online resources to help with motivation, goal-setting, and all things related, with a few cheeky extras thrown into the mix. This edition will focus on time management and how to balance all aspects of your life without the hassle. Because you deserve to watch Game of Thrones guilt free.  

Onwards and upwards.

Timed to perfection

Finding the time to consistently keep on top of your commitments can be difficult, especially when you’re given extra tasks at work, you pick up another hobby or Netflix uploads more binge-watching material. “I haven’t got enough time” can almost become a knee-jerk reaction and excuse, and while you should by no means overstretch or burn yourself out, who wouldn’t love an extra five minutes?

Of course, it depends on why you want to manage your time better. Some people want to manage their time better to avoid rushing around, in which case Dustin Wax’s article about Reminders may prove handy. Others would prefer to be more time-conscious to spend more time on projects and people they care about, which both Anne Winterstein and Joe Mathews explore in their articles. And if you’re absolutely strapped for time, David Pogue’s TedTalk can help you save time while on your phone and computer.

Back to Basics: Reminders

The Right Way to be a Multitasker

How to Manage Time

10 Top Time Saving Tech Tips

To give a bit more background on time and time management, the article below explores and examines how the brain perceives time, and how a minute of running feels like an eternity while an hour of relaxing feels like a minute.

How the Brian Perceives Time

Take a Break

People often associate procrastination as something bad, and normally they’d be right. There’s not much that is more terrifying than a deadline closing in fast, but we all have that one friend that thrives off it, even actively seeks it out. But is procrastination really that bad? Is it really an issue if you take a longer break than you were should? Tim Urban and Tim Harford both explain how procrastinating and approaching issues from different, albeit long-winded, approaches may help achieve and improve on your current goals and projects.

How Frustration Can Make Us More Creative

Inside the Mind of a Master Procrastinator

Quick-fire Links

Quick-fire Links are here to provide some quick reads and tips. Some will build upon the main articles, while others will be a bit of fun or improve general skills and knowledge.

The Science Behind Being Hangry

How to Write Instantly

The difference between Extroverts and Introverts

Fun Fact of the Month:

Eating carrots to see better at night was a lie told by the British Airforce in WW2 to trick the Germans regarding how British air raids were so successful. 

Views from the (9)6(00)

Hello there, and welcome back to the Rivercity Monthly, the one-stop newsletter for all your Rivercity Monthly needs. I hope the last month has treated you well, as it has definitely taken care of me. I’ve been busy with a range of personal projects, going back to back, and I’m loving every second of it. I’ve started from the bottom, and now I’m here, charged up, and ready for the next step. But what’s brought this on, you ask? Well, essentially, it was the opportunity to begin with a clean slate, a fresh start, and it went from 0 to 100 real quick. And you can do the same, all you need is a start.

As always, this newsletter aims to point out online resources to help with motivation, goal-setting, and all things related, with a few cheeky extras throw into the mix. This edition will focus on the aforementioned clean slate, along with the added bonus of more Drake-related wordplay.

Onwards and upwards. 

Onto Better Things

The idea of a clean, or blank, slate is to revitalise, reinvent or reconstruct yourself or your situation. It comes from the Latin phrase tabula rasa, which is embedded in the psychology and philosophy of experiences and memories. Of course, there are numerous variations, including (unfortunately) the hashtag #newyearnewme, which is built around the idea of reinventing yourself for the first two days of January, and the hashtag #yolo, or doing something that will eventually end up on WorldStar.

But the beauty of the clean slate is that not only does it give us the chance to reinvent ourselves, but to actually define ourselves as who we’d like to be. Of course, that can be quite a challenge, as Emilie Wapnick discusses in the TEDTalk below.

Why some of us don’t have one true calling

But like I said, all you need is a start. And the best part is, that start could be anything. It could be a single thought, or getting back to basics, or wearing less and going out more.

Author Gretchen Rubin offers a quick insight into the clean slate

The point is, you might as well try, because there ain’t no tellin’ what might happen.

That’s the motto

Now I’ll be the first to admit it can be difficult to start something new. Sometimes it’s just easier to say “Hold on, we’re going home”, instead of embarking on that new adventure. But the following articles will put your mind at ease and get you ready.

7 Questions to Ask Yourself About Your Day

Shifting from Idleness to Readiness

How to Conquer Fear, According to Movies and Video Games

Quick-fire Links

Back again, like Jordan ’96/97, Quick-fire Links are here to provide some quick reads and tips. Some will build upon the main articles, while others will be a bit of fun or improve general skills and knowledge.

Why grown-ups love colouring books too

Peter Pan Syndrome

A Bit of Fun

Fun Fact of the Month:

If you look at the Sun, you are technically looking back in time.  

Third time's the charm, or three times the charm?

Hey. How are you? It’s good to see you. I’m good thanks, keeping busy. Hope you’ve been busy too. Not crazy busy, like you-haven’t-slept-in-72-hours busy, but busy enough that you’re not bored enough to start early on your tax return. Thankfully this is just the newsletter to starve off potential boredom.   

As always, this newsletter aims to point out online resources to help with motivation, goal-setting, and all things related, all with a hefty topping of banter. Marvelous. This edition will focus on the art of networking, a process that can expand your horizons and group of friends, but can also be a bit daunting to some.

Onwards and upwards.

In all seriousness

Networking is arguably the lifeblood of how the world works, as the interaction, expansion and collaboration of personal relations to solve problems or advance projects keeps us working and improving. As they say, ‘It’s not what you know, it’s who you know’. Simply meeting someone on the street, in the lecture hall or even at a party can drastically change and improve your current position. But networking as a professional, whether as a fresh graduate or as an industry veteran, can be a bit different. Or is it? Adam Philipp explains the act of networking in an easier, and nerdier, way to change your perspective on the whole process.

Networking: The RPG

But if you’re at the stage where you really want to make a name for yourself, where you want to kick the door down and throw business cards like ninja stars, then the articles below will provide multiple tips and to-do’s. My tip would be to actually not throw your business card like a ninja star, but some may be impressed.  

Networking for the Entrepreneur

Networking Tips and Tricks

70/20/10 - The Formula Behind Networking

Networking over Time

But on a lighter note

One of the main things that people assume when aiming to expand their network is to approach and talk to people in their own field, rather than meeting people from anywhere else. Whilst a solid plan if your goal is to improve your standing within your field, you never know what opportunities or experiences you may miss out on. After all, nothing wrong with making some new friends along the way.

Author John Green talks about these opportunities and experiences in the TED Talk below, particularly focusing on a networking around the idea of continuous learning.

The Nerd's Guide to Learning Everything Online

Quick-fire Links

As mentioned last newsletter, this segment will be based solely on links to articles and/or videos with the intention to provide some quick reads and tips. Some will build upon the main articles, while others will be a bit of fun or improve general skills and knowledge.

The Key To Hit Your Targets In Life: the art of focus and attention

Nick Campbell: The Unexpected Benefits of Sharing Everything You Know

Fun Fact of the Month:

A “moment” is a medieval unit of time equal to 90 seconds.  

Going back to back...

Welcome back to the Rivercity Monthly, the Number One monthly newsletter to come out of Rivercity, probably. I hope the last month has been productive for you, but on the chance that it hasn’t, no drama, that’s where I come in. I’ll be the Robin to your Batman, minus the tights and backstory.  

As always, this newsletter aims to point out online resources to help with motivation, goal-setting, and all things related. This edition will focus on the increasing trend of freelance workers and entrepreneurs, and the importance of nurturing your own personal passion. Unless your passion is summoning demons, in which case I’d recommend the Devil Worshipping Club of Brisbane newsletter, which I’ve heard is excellent.

To the Batmobile.

Big Decisions

Deciding on a career is tough. In fact, apart from the Water Temple in Ocarina of Time, it’s probably the toughest thing to do. There are just so many options out there, and even when you do decide on what type of career you want, the question of how you get there introduces itself. Do you go through big business, or do you strike out on your own? Do you work for a paycheck or do you chase a passion? Do you try to conquer the Water Temple on your own, or do you use a walkthrough guide? Like I said, options.

It’s always been a dream of mine to own and run my own business. My dream has yet to evolve much, but I still have the dream. There’s just something about doing it all on your own, going by your own rules that attracts me, and apparently attracts many others too. According to Forbes Magazine, freelance work and entrepreneurial careers have increased dramatically over recent years, but as you can imagine, striking out on your own can be a bit tricky. But here are some articles which might get you thinking outside the box, or help you focus more on what you want to do with your time and career.

What You Need to Consider Before You Go Freelance: A Checklist

The Second Leap: How to Go from Lone Freelancer to Full-Fledged Entrepreneur

The Most Defensible Thing You Can Do for Your Career: Build an Audience

Not just a passion for fashion

Steve Jobs once said, “People with passion can change the world for the better”, and seeing as he himself changed the world, I’m inclined to believe him. Passion is a great thing; it can turn your day, even your life, around and can drive you to push yourself into new environments, lifestyles and mindsets. But balancing your passion with all the day-to-day commitments can be a struggle, especially when we’re sometimes pushed towards the safer, more financially stable lifestyle of those around us. But there’s nothing that says that we can’t have both.

If you have a spare half hour in your day, then you have a half hour to indulge your passion. It doesn’t have to be a passion, simply a Personal Project, which as Matt McCue will explain in the following article, can be some of the most rewarding moments of your life.

The 5 Types of Personal Projects (And How You Can Justify Pursuing Them)

Another article from Lifehack shows that we’ve always got a spare few minutes each day, and how we can better use them.

7 Ways You Can Make Time For Your Passion

Quick-fire Links

What’s that? A new segment? Champion. This segment will be based solely on links to articles and/or videos with the intention to provide some quick reads and tips. Some will build upon the main articles, while others will be a bit of fun or improve general skills and knowledge.

Idea Sex: How New Yorker Cartoonists Generate 500 Ideas a Week

The Incredible Work Ethic of Albert Einstein: Lessons on Creativity and Contribution

How to Whistle

Fun Fact of the Month:

There are 53 Lego bricks manufactured for each person in the world. 

 

Damn Dean, back at it again...

Hello and welcome to the first edition of the Rivercity Monthly, an informative and witty newsletter delivered straight to your inbox at absolutely no charge! What a time to be alive. This will be a newsletter where I will point out to you some online resources that are more motivating than a DJ Khaled snapchat. ‘How is that even possible?’ you ask. Well, turns out there are more keys to success than Khaled led us to believe.

Basically what this newsletter will outline and include are online sites and resources that will help you achieve your goals in terms of Personal Development, whether that be nailing a public speech, crushing a ‘how-to’ guide, even world domination if that’s your thing. But this newsletter will (hopefully) also introduce you to areas, ideas and ways of thinking that will broaden your horizons and give you food-for-thought. So check out the links for videos and articles, and get ready to develop personally like you’ve never personally developed before.

To infinity and beyond. 

 

A good starting point

To start things off, take a look at a TED Talk by Tony Robbins as he explains what drives people to do what they do with what they have. It’s listed as one of the most popular talks, and with good reason.

You may recognise him as one of the foremost motivational speakers and self-help authors, or as that dude from Shallow Hal. No judgement either way. 

January and February are just trial months, right?

I’ve never believed in the whole New Years’ Resolution type thing. I think that if you want to change something enough, you won’t wait for a milestone like the start of the week, when you reach a certain age, or the beginning of the New Year. But I see the appeal. And despite not necessarily believing in resolutions, I found myself thinking, 2016 will be my year. But thankfully, everyone knows that January and February are basically trial months to set yourself up for the rest of the year. March and April are trial months too, just in case anyone is wondering. Trust me.

But in any case, getting started can obviously be a bit tricky. Other stuff gets in the way, TV shows start back up, Brisbane gets too hot and humid so you’ll start exercising when the weather is nicer, or that 15 minute break you gave yourself turned into a 15 hour break. It just happens.

But here are some helpful articles that may give you the boost to be more productive, and they’re quick reads, so it doesn’t even count as procrastination.

http://zenhabits.net/declutter-rules/

http://zenhabits.net/rules/

http://zenhabits.net/productive/

 

Editor’s Album of the Month:

The Life of Pablo – Kanye West

Not surprisingly, Kanye West’s latest album is this month’s pick. While, in my opinion, not as good as My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Yeezy has once again come up with the goods. While some of the subject matter is typical outspoken Kanye, the beats are nothing less than what you’d expect, and some songs will no doubt make their way into your Spotify playlist.

 

Fun Fact of the Month:

Banging your head against a wall burns 150 calories an hour.