Saturday, March 16, 2013

Back to the Rainy Day Links!

Welcome to another Saturday at Saturday Sequins!

I'm hard at work getting the Epic Indie Book Fair of Awesome  together. I have some amazing things to share with all of you next week, written by some amazeballs authors. I'm super excited!

But... confession time? I spent so much time on next weekend's post that I kind of forgot to write one for this week! Luckily, I found a Rainy Day Links post in my Drafts folder. I reviewed the articles and video again, updated my commentary, and came up with a post I'm pretty proud of.

So without further ado... here are the links!

If you watch just one thing today, make it this (as long as you don't mind colorful language). Erika is a captivating speaker and so insightful. Every time I see this video, it gives me chills. It's some of the best life advice, and business advice, there is.

In fact, ever since I watched this video and read Erika's book, I've been trying to put a little more me into my blog posts, and into my life, period. It's one of the scariest things I've had to do, in a lot of ways. To share my obsession with flamingos. My phobia of raisins. My failures. And even one of my biggest secrets -- my inability to hear in crowded places.

But it's also been awesome. There's something so freeing about not hiding! It's like exhaling after holding your breath for freaking ever. It's also helped me to become closer friends with a lot of amazing people and to share what I think is one of my most important messages.

As a Scanner/Renaissance Person/Polymath who wants to do a million things, but who hasn't figured out how to work them all into her life, this post was exactly what I needed to read. His advice is so reasonable. It's easy to put into practice, since he advocates adding new things gradually.

(The only thing I took issue with was cutting down on sleep -- but this is probably because I still need to work on not eating total crap healthier habits.)

A great companion to this post is Refuse to Choose by Barbara Sher, one of my favorite books. The cool thing is, there isn't a ton of overlap between what Barbara and Johnny have to say. They both agree that we don't have to limit ourselves to doing just one or two things we love, but the way they go about juggling multiple passions is different. I'll probably create my own approach using suggestions from both of them.

This one resonated with me because I'm realizing that numbers like Twitter followers and Facebook likes and even blog stats -- which I check obsessively -- don't come close to measuring our talents, worth, and impact as creative people. It's just easier to measure these things!

But what really matters is the stuff we can't put a number on. Does our work inspire and delight our audience? Does it challenge us? Does it make us feel fulfilled? Do we add value to the world? These are questions with no easy answers. At the same time, they're the questions we really need to ask.

  • Johnny B. Truant is a guest poster on Copyblogger, and he writes a fantastic post on the art of practice. Re-reading this article, I can see why I bookmarked it months and months ago. I might have to print it out and pin it to the inside of my jacket for those times when I feel like I'm feeling impatient.
Our culture gets so hung up on the idea of overnight success, but the truth is, anyone who's good at anything, whether it's making jewelry or writing novels or running a business, started out completely clueless. We all need to work hard, to learn from our mistakes, and to keep going, even when it feels like time to quit.

An awesome companion to this post is The Talent Code by Daniel Coyle. He introduces the idea that working hard and working smart is more important than being naturally gifted. He talks about the idea of deep practice, which is the best kind of practice there is. This is another one of my favorite books.

And there you have it! This list of Rainy Day Links may be shorter than the others, but it's absolutely packed with life-changing stuff. I'd love to know what you think of the links and if there's anything you think I should add.

Tune in next weekend for the Epic Indie Book Fair of Awesome! Yes, that's its real name. Thanks for stopping by, thanks for reading and commenting, and have a sequintastic day!


  1. Great sources, Sarah! Thanks for sharing these.

    1. I'm glad you liked them! They're some of my absolute favorites.

      I have to read The Talent Code slowly, in little chunks. There's so much amazeballs information, and I want to let it all sink in. :)

  2. Hi Sarah,

    Boy, I needed this!! Great links, thank you.
    Like many of us "creative" types, I burn so many candles that I find myself...well, burned out. I feel so much better now--I just needed to refocus. I especially enjoyed "juggling multiple interests" and the article about having a platform.

    1. Robin, I'm so glad these links were useful to you!

      Johnny B. Truant's post is one of the most useful posts I've ever read. My favorite post of 2012, for sure. :)

  3. This is the kind of post that can make my day! :) And I do LOVE the Talent Code!

    1. Yay!!!

      I'm thinking of changing Rainy Day Links to Fantastic Finds. The latter does them a lot more justice, ya know?


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