The Friday Focus is a weekly newsletter where we highlight:
1) An interesting read/listen/watch we love so you don’t have to scroll to find content
2) A quote that has us thinking
3) Weekend activity brainstorm - take these as a challenge!
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Book We Love 📚
“How to Stop Worrying and Start Living” - Dale Carnegie I know what you’re thinking….two book recommendations in a row?!? How am I supposed to keep up? I know, I know. But I picked up this classic from Dale Carnegie last week and I haven’t been able to put it down. It just SPEAKS to me. You might know the name Dale Carnegie from his classic “How to Win Friends and Influence People.” This is another classic, but in this book he tackles a problem that is more prevalent than ever in modern life: constant worrying. Worrying has many names: anxiety, rumination, overthinking, etc. I’m sure almost all of you have had periods of your life where you’ve experienced this. This book is great because it first puts into context why we should care about trying to worry less. Both from a practical perspective - it helps us think clearer and actually solve the problem causing the anxiety, creating a better outcome. But he also makes clear how worrying impacts our health and overall quality of life. It then dives into practical frameworks to combat worrying and more effectively solve your problems. Dale does this through countless real-life stories that make the takeaways clear and the content accessible. It’s so accessible that when I have kids, I plan to have them read this book before they reach adulthood. Although this book was written in the 1940’s, its still very relevant today. It borrows from ancient wisdom such as Stoicism and Taoism, mixed in with the complexities of our modern life. Books like this really resonate with me. I used to live a life of constant worry due to professional stress. I would ruminate on the past and have anxiety about the future. I thought that there was no way out. If I wanted to be successful professionally, I had to just deal with the anxiety that comes with success. But now I know: my professional success is not separate from my emotional, physical, and mental health. It’s so important to take care of yourself if you want to be “successful” long-term, whatever success means to you. And not just attain success, but also enjoy your success. This book is a great reminder of that.
Quote That Has Us Thinking 🧠
“The greatest wealth is to be content with little”
Weekend Activity Brainstorm 💪
Start a conversation with a stranger 🗣️
Test your wits with some trivia 🤔
Do something that terrifies you! 😨
If you end up doing one of these challenges, send us pictures at firstname.lastname@example.org and you can be featured in a future newsletter!