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Working Out Loud by John Stepper
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it was amazing

Takeaways from reading the book:

Discover your purpose. Set simple goals.
- Page 14: Do you view what you do every day as 1) a job, i.e. work is for you just about getting money, 2) a career, i.e. you put focus on advancing based on your achievements, or 3) a calling, i.e. you take pleasure in the work itself and the fulfillment that comes from doing it. Why do you view what you do in the way you do?
- Page 45: In one minute, write down what you want to learn about.
- Pages 38 and 116: Define a clear and simple goal that you care about and can reach quickly.
- Page 172: Write down 50 facts about yourself.
- Page 211: Sit in a quiet place with your eyes closed. Focus on your breath for a minute. Then try to feel what your future life feels like. Where are you? What are you doing? Who is around you?

Make contributions related to your purpose. Listen to feedback from yourself and others.
- Pages 38 and 149: Make small contributions related to your goal. Document them to show yourself you make progress.
- Page 42: Share with others what you do, for example via Twitter and other social media.
- Page 44: Ask for feedback as early as possible.
- Page 154: Reward yourself for your successes.
- Page 154: Avoid self criticism. Accept what happens. Look at mistakes / missteps as a natural part of the learning process.
- Page 169: Examples of contributions you can make: Ask and answer questions. Share ideas. Share what you learn.
- Page 223: When you feel blocked from making contributions, ask yourself why. What are you afraid of?
- Page 290: Focus on contributions, practice and doing - not on outcome.

Search people with whom you share purpose. Learn from them. Reach out. Thank them.
- xii: Frame what you are doing as a contribution to others and as a way to deepen relationships.
- Page 33: Who do you know that do what you do? When was the last time you communicated with one or more of them?
- Page 50: Be generous. Give without expecting anything in return.
- Page 50: Be vulnerable. Admit to a failure or weakness. By doing that, you demonstrate trust in other people and make it easier for them to be authentic.
- Page 64: Give positive feedback on work you admire.
- Pages 64, 70, 143 and 146: Saying thank you to a person can be among the most powerful gifts you can give.
- Page 64: Listen.
- Page 87: How much of your best work have you published openly in the Internet?
- Page 110: What are the names of the people, who can help you as you try to find and live your purpose?
- Page 123: Follow people, you want to learn from, on social media.
- Page 134: Think of a relationship you have with another person. Ask yourself what you need to offer to improve the relationship.
- Page 175: Write to a person you would like to talk to. Say, for example: I enjoyed the last conversation we had. Would you like to chat over lunch one day?
- Page 250: Share what others, with whom you share a purpose, write, for example through retweets.

Practice / learn / improve / get better
- Page 40: Improve what you do.
- Pages 92 and 98: Focus on continuously learning and getting better / making progress. Worry little about how good you are now or on being perfect.
- Page 93: Attribute failure to insufficient effort or deficient knowledge and skills that you are able to acquire when you make an effort.
- Page 98: Focus on your own progress instead of comparing yourself to others.
- Page 138: Make appointments with yourself. Schedule time to work on your goals.
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March 18, 2019 – Shelved

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