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On Investing in Yourself

How well are you investing your time? When Bill Gates was asked about the biggest thing he had learned from Warren Buffett, he said it wasn't about how he invested his money, but about how he invested his time.

Blog: The most successful person in Babylon

The Richest Man in Babylon, by George Clason

On Generosity & Expectations

Blog: The Generosity Test

Blog: Don’t expect applause

The post below about collaboration in the office is one of the first that got me thinking about why and how people relate to each other, and what we could do to improve things.

Blog: “The best office design for collaboration is also the cheapest”

Related Chapters in Working Out Loud:

  • Chapter 12 - Working Your Lists

  • Chapter 16 - Expanding Your Network

Additional Exercises & FAQ

Something you can do in less than 10 minutes

Search for your topic again, this time adding the word “communities.”

For example, in an additional exercise last week, the sample goal was “to become a better writer.” If you were to build on that example, you might search for “writing communities” and would immediately find dozens of communities where different kinds of writers share and connect.

Whatever your goal is, create a related search with the word “communities” in it and see what you find.

Q: My network has only 7 people on it. Is that enough?

Seven is too small, but you’re not alone. Most people’s networks are too small and not diverse enough.

Although bigger networks aren’t necessarily better, there is a minimum number I would suggest - perhaps between 25 and 50 - for your network to be useful in terms of discovery and other learning. If you have less than 10 people on your relationship list, it’s unnecessarily limiting.

The key to a bigger list is curiosity. As in the additional exercise in Week 2 <link>, play Internet Detective and be sure to search in different ways using different terms. Click on things that might be interesting, and see who’s behind it. Ask your Circle for help. Even if they don’t know much about your goal, their different perspective can be useful.

Examples, Templates & Media

There are an infinite number of ways to offer gratitude and appreciation. If you’re uncertain about what to say, this helpful article lists 85 phrases and offers free templates that can spark ideas.

85 Ways to Say Thank You