Ridiculously Refreshing Reads: 10/24/2018

Promotion grabbing, living without fear, good books, rising above the fray, and the merits of speed reading

Everyone likes to find hidden gems, and I like to share them. When I read a post on Medium that I really love, it goes into my Medium Daily Finds bookmark folder.

The following are some of the best things I read on Medium yesterday. They cover a wide gamut of subjects, so stick with me.

Who says you have to chase that next promotion? Jean Hannah Edelstein leads with a fantastic subtitle:

In defense of a thoughtful lack of ambition.

She makes the case that we make decisions in life that impact what we get out of our daily existence. Do you want that promotion because you’re ambitious and chasing a higher cause, or do you want it because you’re supposed to want it?

Edelstein took a pay cut to accept her ideal job. It afforded her time and satisfaction and allowed her to enjoy a better quality of life. And that’s not just okay — it’s essential if you want the right balance.

There’s never been a better time to throw caution to the wind and make a leap, whether you’re chasing a better job, more autonomy, a career change, or anything else you want in life.

Or, as John P. Weiss notes, you might need to overcome something, whether it’s grief or an addiction.

If you feel stuck right now, don’t give up. Don’t live a life of mediocrity. Meaningful change may require research, planning and patience. Be smart about it, but don’t settle for your unhappiness.

Weiss lays out a pretty motivational impetus for us to stop existing in mediocrity and start living in success. What that looks like varies from one person to another, but we all chase it.

There are thousands of books published every year. Too many for most of us to read. I love a good roundup, though, because it helps narrow down the options.

Ryan Holiday suggests several books for us to put on our nightstands, from The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck (a personal favorite) to Conspiracy: Peter Thiel, Hulk Hogan, Gawker, and the Anatomy of Intrigue. If you’re looking for something juicy to read, Holiday has suggestions.

If there’s one thing we need today, it’s a way to find inner clarity and peace. That’s hard when people are screaming at you, tearing you down, or inciting strong emotions.

Ruban F. Ribeiro offers a poignant look at your options when chaos swirls around you. He doesn’t offer the usual bullshit advice, but goes deep into why we want to respond, defend ourselves, defend our positions, fight back.

I think calmness is having a sword and knowing how to use it, but choosing to keep it sheathed at a moment of chaos.

Give this a read if you often find yourself reactive in a chaotic scenario.

I can’t tell you how many people have said to me, “I don’t read because I’m so sloooow…”

Melissa Chu offers an even-handed take on speed-reading, skimming, and data-pointing in a time when we all have to Read. So. Much. She acknowledges that reading at different paces always requires a sacrifice.

Regardless of which reading method you use, the evidence points towards the fact that speed comes at the sacrifice of understanding.

Give this a read (ha, ha) if you’re not sure what reading speed or style fits you best — and in what circumstances.

Thanks for checking out today’s Ridiculously Refreshing Reads. See you tomorrow.

And if you missed yesterday’s installment, check it out.