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.