There's all kinds of fun stuff cookin' for our round-up this month, so let's dig right in! On the subject of cooking -- I am proud to announce that I have come up with a . . . wait for it . . . second recipe for my one-trick-pony cooking arsenal. I do have a handful of others I'm slowly mastering, but this is the next one ready for public consumption :)
Chia Seed Psuedo-Dessert
- Empty one container of Greek Yogurt into a bowl
- Mix 1-2 tablespoons of Chia seeds into yogurt and stir well; let sit for 20 minutes (the Chia seeds need time to expand to an almost tapioca-like state)
- Optional: mix in honey and/or half a packet of Justin's Honey Almond Butter
- Add blueberries, raspberries and sliced banana (or fruit of your choice)
- Optional: refrigerate again so it gets cold (I usually make this before I eat dinner, then have it ready to eat later)
- Final step: ENJOY! Better than a bowl of Ben & Jerry's amiright?! Okay fine, I hear you, there's no substitue for that. But maybe it will come close.
Fun features around the web
- I'm very honored to be featured on Forbes as one of the Top 75 Websites for Your Career
- I was featured in Business Week and the SF Chronicle in an article called Gen Y Workers Seek to Pioneer Own Paths (someone spotted me on an SF man's newspaper while riding the bus -- too funny!)
- Teen Vogue featured my advice in an article called 5 Ways to Live in Peace with your New College Roommate
- For more of my thoughts on entrepreneurship, check out two recent interviews: Living for Monday with Barrett Brooks and EntrepreneursOnFire.com with John Dumas.
- Finally, here are two round-up posts that include a nugget from me: 33 Wildly Successful Entrepreneurs Reveal it All and Coming clean about your side biz
Free ebooks and resources
- Paul Angone's 21 Secrets for Your 20's eBook -- a beautifully designed and hilarious expansion of his blog post that went über-viral with 45,000 (!!!) Pinterest pins! New grads see also: Kyle Rutkin's upcoming book, Your Dream is Kind of a Big Deal
- Antonio Neves' 5 Surefire Ways to Take Charge
- Ishita Gupta's Confidence Manifesto
- Bassam Tarazi's The Accountability Effect (and accompanying course, Ready.Set.Finish)
- Dan Blank's 70+ page ebook for authors: Grow Your Audience: The Author Platform Starter Kit. Side note: for those interested in writing a book, this course isn't free, but looks helpful for those wanting to publish to Kindle. Be sure to also check out Ben Casnocha's incredibly detailed Behind the Book blog post.
Ignorance is Not Bliss Webinar Reminder
As I mentioned in last week's "Ignorance is not bliss" post on common business mistakes, I’m excited to host Kyle for a free overview and Q&A session this Thursday at 3pm ET to explain the material and answer your questions.
Kyle will walk us through the most common mistakes new small business owners make, then we’ll open things up for live questions at the end. You can enroll for the webinar here — and no worries if you can’t make it — we’ll send out the recording afterward.
Make Sh*t Happen Round 3: That's a Wrap!
We've just completed the third Make Sh*t Happen course and I am beaming like a proud mom over what the amazing crew was able to accomplish.
A few highlights:
- Ben was featured in the newspaper for his coffee-shop coaching
- Erin launched her lighting business Sugarbird Studio
- Melani is blogging at Huffington Post (and has a forthcoming book) about Career Switches, and
- Kelly is celebrating her 40th birthday by giving away a slew of free prizes and free coaching (jump on it!) until November 15.
In alumni news:
- Nick White is building an entire company (and book) around his cancer experience
- Inna recently launched her incredible art website
- Melissa launched her second ebook, How to Land a Job: Secrets from an HR Insider
- Ben Edwards and Shannyn Allen spoke at FINCON, a financial conference for bloggers
- Emily Sanford continues to crush it with her weight loss blog, Skinny Emmie, and
- Among many other amazing accomplishments
There's much much more happening than what I shared above (which I'm barely doing justice), including some amazing health and fitness progress too. I'm gearing up for a big re-launch in January to kick of 2013 with a bang, so sign-up here to be on the early notification list!
A crazy reminder about identify theft
My brother sent me this article a little while back that talks about the "amazing mind reader" video in which a man uses technology to get all kinds of personal information from unknowing strangers, just from what was sitting in their pockets.
From the article, PSA Uses ‘Psychic’ to Demonstrate Dangers of Sharing Personal Info Online:
Do you really need pyschic abilities to know intimate details about a stranger? Maybe not. A new video from Belgium that hit it big on Reddit and YouTube is proving that, thanks to the Internet and social media, learning a person's deepest secrets and even just mundane info such as his or her favorite color or best friend's name is only a few clicks away.
The video is actually a public service announcement titled, "Amazing Mind Reader Reveals His Gift." It begins with random people being selected from the streets of Brussels. They are asked if they would like to participate in an upcoming TV program featuring Dave, described as a gifted clairvoyant. Once they agree, they are ushered into a white tent to meet Dave. He hugs them and dances around as he seemingly tries to get a sense of the person's energy. As people are seated across from him, Dave tells them random facts about them, from the color of the motorcycle they own to their bank account number and even the types and locations of their tattoos.
As the unassuming subjects become absorbed in Dave's trance and the factual information he is providing, the truth behind his magic is revealed. A curtain drops, and behind it is a group of computer hackers dressed in all black searching the Internet for information about each of the individuals.
See for yourself in the video: