Take 5: A Roundup of Reads From Around the Web

Take 5: A Roundup of Reads From Around the Web

1. Why You Should Give Up on Being the Best

[The Broke and Beautiful Life] “For a while, that cutthroat competitive environment and mentality worked really well for me. I became a total overachiever in just about everything I did. But when I got to college and the subsequent real world, I was in for a rude awakening.”

While the title of this article isn’t inspirational, the body of it is. It’s a reminder that no matter who you are or how good you are, you’ll never be the best at anything, and trying to earn labels like “the best” is a path to disappointment. Being the best you can be, however, is another matter. Feeling discouraged by life? Give this one a read.

2. Need a Reset Button on Life? Here You Go

[The Empowered Dollar] “While it took me a trip to the other side of the world to decide to wipe my slate clean, the option was always there. For me, it took stepping away from my life for a few weeks to give me enough perspective to see what wasn’t working and decide to push the reset button. But I had the power to push it all along. I can choose to start over and start clean at any moment in my life.”

The author of this article took a five-week trip to Southeast Africa and, upon returning, felt she needed to change some of her long-established habits, from checking Facebook and Gmail daily to what she eats for breakfast.

It’s a good read, and the advice she offers at the end is even better: “If you need it right now, take a big breath, release what’s not working, and choose to start new. Go ahead. Press it.”

3. Parents: Tired of Paying Big Bucks for Toys? Sign Your Child Up to Test Them

[The Penny Hoarder] “Many legitimate toy companies hire normal kids to be toy testers. If you want your child to be one, the age range seems to vary depending on the application, but typically companies are looking for toddlers through preteens. The company will either send your child a toy to review or ask you to take them to a toy lab at the company’s headquarters.”

This article doesn’t promise you’ll get free toys by testing them, but it does offer some advice and contacts to try. The more reach you have (e.g., you’re a blogger with a large following) the better your odds, but there are suggestions anyone can try.

Makes me wonder if Ferrari has a similar program for adults.

4. 7 Habits That Supercharge Your Productivity in Just 5 Minutes

[Time Management Ninja] “You are working hard. But somehow, it’s just not enough. You are feeling tired, stressed and it’s becoming harder to focus, none of which is helping your productivity. Happens to all of us, right?”

In less than five minutes, you can read this article about becoming more productive in just five minutes. Tips include taking a mental vacation, having a healthy snack, doing a few minutes of exercise or listening to your favorite “power song.” Check out the post for more.

5. 12 Grammar Mistakes That Are Making You Look Stupid

[Wise Bread] “‘If you is not doing it good, the grammar,’ you may be appearing dumb to others. So, clean up your speech and your writing by avoiding these 12 common grammar mistakes.”

Just yesterday, I was listening to a podcast featuring an interview with a college professor. Twice the professor used the word “exasperate” when she meant “exacerbate.” As a result, her message was much less effective.

This article has lots of common mistakes, such as using “specially” vs. “especially,” “effect” vs. “affect” and “they’re” vs. “their.” Another example: when to use “less” vs. “few.” Know the answer? If not, better check out the article.

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