Last year, Daniel Pink shared his favorite books, blogs, and resources in a New Year’s Day webinar.
It was so good, I still remember most of the things he shared.
I’m stealing the idea.
Today, I’ll share some of my favorite blogs.
And on Thursday, I’ll share my favorite tools and resources.
Next Monday, we’ll get back to talking about building great products.
Rather than rehashing the many great product blogs out there, I’m going to focus on some that might be new to you.
Let’s get started.
Shane Parrish reads a lot.
And he reads across a wide set of topics.
His blog has probably influenced my reading list more than anybody else.
I found Farnam Street through Daniel Pink and I quickly became a big fan.
His topics include learning, decision making, expertise, talent, philosophy, really too many to list.
And Shane always adds an interesting perspective.
Eric Barker’s blog is similarly great.
I also learned about it from Daniel Pink. If only I could subscribe to whatever he reads. I would do it in a heart beat.
Eric tackles a broader set of topics, everything from happiness, relationships, success, basically how to be awesome at life.
And he approaches each topic from a research-heavy yet accessible perspective.
I learn a lot from each and every post. What better compliment could I give to a blog?
I know. It’s a silly title. It’s also about personal finance, a pretty boring topic. And his target audience are men in their 20s.
None of those resonate with me.
And yet, I love Ramit Sethi and all of his work.
It might look like a personal finance blog. But he actually writes about psychology, behavioral change, and what drives success.
I’d rate his content in the top 1/4 percent.
And he’s better than anyone else I’ve seen at getting his readers to take action.
I learn more from watching him engage his audience than any book, blog, or speaker I’ve encountered.
I attended the World Domination Summit this past summer and it blew my mind.
It felt like my new burning man. In other words, like home.
It was that good.
Authentic. Engaging. Inspiring. Motivating.
The official values of the conference are community, adventure, and service.
And Chris Guillebeau embodies all of those attributes. The Art of Non-Conformity is his blog. I highly recommend it.
Pam Slim introduced me to the idea of having a Jedi Council.
People who you look up to, that you learn from, that you can turn to in times of need.
I’ve never met her, but she’s on my Jedi Council.
I admire her work.
She writes with such authenticity. She brings her whole self to her blog and to her work. It’s evident in everything she does.
She also writes amazing content and has helped many entrepreneurs.
I follow many VC bloggers.
Brad Feld stands out.
Like Pam, he’s authentic. He writes about his struggles. He writes about his successes.
He’s a runner. I like runners.
He has opinions. He gushes over his portfolio companies. He asks hard questions when they need to be asked.
I like people who just seem like their authentic selves. Brad is one of them.
Whether you subscribe to the magazine or not, I recommend the blog.
it’s a great way to get exposure to the broader business world beyond tech.
It’s generally high-quality content.
Specifically, I love Peter Bregman He writes about feelings and people stuff. That’s rare in the business world.
I often tweet HBR blog articles. It’s a high signal to noise ratio.
I used to work here, so I might be biased on this one.
But if you know someone who is about to graduate from college and doesn’t know what to do next, send them here.
The writers are engaging. They produce high-quality content about what different careers are like.
And don’t tell anyone. But I know several mid-career adults who follow along.
It’s fun to read about what other people are doing to make a living.
Harold Jarche writes like a consultant. Don’t let that turn you off.
He writes about personal knowledge management and sense-making.
Basically, how we learn, understand, share, connect with other people, around the things that we are learning.
It’s fascinating stuff.
I like his perspective. And I think he’s spot on about where things are headed.
What are your favorite blogs? Please share in the comments.
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