The Best Blogs Make You Think
Those who read my blog know I am an avid reader. I read books and I read articles but the best things I read are blogs by other people I admire. Why do I do this? One, they are short -- usually between 300 and 500 words. Two, they give me something that makes me think. So I am going to share some of the ones I enjoy reading and some of the best ideas they have given me.
Seth Godin is someone who writes short blogs of about 100-150 words once to three times a day. I do not read all of them but I do save the emails for when I need some inspiration. His suggestion for holiday gifts was probably one of the best I have ever heard. He suggested that you should give three life changing books to three people who have influenced you this year. It can be anyone -- your children, your spouse, a teacher, a student, a coworker, your boss or maybe your pastor. He did not suggest which books, just said they should be books that have influenced you. For me it would be Stephen Covey's 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, John Maxwell's 15 Indisputable Laws of Growth, and Sark's Wild Succulent Women for a female and The Richest Man in Babylon for a man. I also love the book Imagineering from the engineers at Disney. Each of these books has taught me something to move to the next level.
Next, the blog CoachMD by Charles Glassman looks at healthcare from a holistic approach. His is one of several blogs I read about holistic medicine. When you start looking at your lifestyle as the true path to wellness instead of healthcare as simply a cure for symptoms it helps you to explain to your patients why sleep hygiene and sleep apnea needs to be treated.
Dr. Daniel Amen and his TED talk really made me look at the true workings of the brain. So which would I read? I would watch at least 1 TED talk a week and I would read Dr. Amen's blog because his work is truly cutting edge research on how your life and your diet affect your brain and the hormones it creates.
Please share here what you read. Do you read blogs about healthcare? Or about exercise? Or maybe about diet? Do you read business blogs? Whatever you are doing to grow please share because we all want to grow as technologists this next year and together we can change our field to the next hot profession.