“Lockdowns may have eroded people’s swagger, but research suggests there are ways to remedy the situation.”
In a recent Guardian story “Why self-belief is a superpower that can be harnessed,” Ian Robertson writes that the words we say to ourselves shape our attention, which controls our emotions, and the result is confidence – or lack of it.
With wide-ranging research and storytelling he concludes that confidence is the belief that you can successfully do a particular thing. It is this link to action that differentiates confidence from self-esteem (how good you feel about yourself) or optimism (belief that things will turn out OK).
Focus, Rest, Focus, Rest for 5 Hours a Day
In a recent Washington Post article, productivity experts suggest working less, with more intentional focus hours.
Author Keri Wiginton writes “I do the bulk of my work in four or five 55-minute chunks throughout the day, taking half-hour breaks when my mind starts to wander. This schedule puts me in good company. Although there’s not much hard science behind it, a lot of productivity gurus push the idea that we get our best work done with about four or five hours of focus a day.”
Our favorite tools and resources for expanding your network, staying in the know, learning new skills, and making your next move.
- Blissen: “The premier online bootcamp for midlife entrepreneurs.” Founded by former Google Product Manager Soléne Oudet. They’ve just announced funding for bootcamps with NFM partner SF Tech Council.
- Creative Confidence Podcast: This Ideo U project curates today’s best minds on the topic of confidence. For example, we liked “Find More Joy at Work to Spark Creativity and Connection” with Ingrid Fetel Lee.
Events to encourage and activate your career and life transitions.
- Thurs, June 17th, 1:00 PM PDT: The Actor’s Fund: “Creativity Doesn’t Age Speaker Series,” with Next For Me CEO, Jeff Tidwell.
- Wed, June 23, 2021, 10:00 AM PDT: “Co-Generate Livestream” A virtual event for younger and older changemakers eager to bust out of our respective age silos and work together for a better future.
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