Friday Links 08-12-12

From the Web

Being Serious and Fun at the Same Time – Being ambitious and serious is necessary for achieving your goals.  However, if you can’t make fun of yourself, you’re hard to tolerate in a conversation.  Ben nails this point on the head.  It’s something I’ve struggled with myself of trying to match an intense passion and ambition with an equally important need to be lighthearted, fun and relaxed.  It’s not an easy balance, and I haven’t found an elegant way of simplifying this problem, but it’s something every goal-setter will eventually face.

From the Archives

To-Learn Lists – How many times have you said to yourself, “I’d really like to learn another language”, or, “I wish I could salsa” and then promptly forgot about any of those ideas?  I say capture them.  Keep a list of the books you’d like to read or the activities you’d like to learn.

From the Shelf

Personal Development for Smart People – I’ve read about 80% of Steve Pavlina’s new book.  For anyone considering buying, I would say that his book writing is very similar to his blog writing.  If you love the articles he writes for his blog, you’ll probably love the book, which is like a dozen or so longer articles.  If you hate him and think he’s a nutjob, I don’t think the book will change your mind.