Category: UNLOCKED Links

UNLOCKED Links: March 2017

Ellen Fondiler | UNLOCKED Links: March 2017

Once a month, I curate the best links on how to find work that you love, be excellent at what you do, and unlock any door that stands in your way. Mostly, I gather articles and podcasts that capture my attention because they make me think or laugh. Here is the link round-up for March 2017!

• If you are about to go to a networking event and you have no idea what to say, this guide is for you!

• This is a podcast world and we are (happily) living in it. Here are 17 of the latest women- hosted podcasts for entrepreneurs!

• The longer I live in San Francisco, the more I discover there is to love. But don’t just take it from me. Check out these 101 reasons to love San Francisco. Wanting more? Here are the city’s best secret spots and hidden gems.

• From Agatha Christie to JK Rowling, Jack Canfield to CS Lewis, publishers have made big mstakes in rejecting these eventual best selling authors. This amazing website gives all aspiring writers a glimmer of hope.

• I love this series of mothers and daughters connecting in the kitchen. Eat, Darling, Eat has it all — history, stories and recipes.

• There are races and there are races. The Itidarod is the queen of them all. Mushers- running with dogs in connection to the land. I love this story by Wendy Battino that highlights the drama, pain and intrigue of this iconic race.

• Do you take photos with your phone? Here are some tools to turn your phone into an even better camera.

• Are you ready to unlock the best writing you have ever done? Check out this new online class by Susan Hyatt and Alex Franzen called Dig Deep. Two of the very best experts showing you the way it’s done!

• Are you a woman entrepreneur building a business that is in need of an injection of funds? BBG Ventures invests in visionary entrepreneurs building the next generation of market-defining consumer products and services. They have a wonderful portfolio and an eye for a great idea!

Bone broth and coffee all wrapped into one! It’s a win-win!

• A Glassdoor for women! Fairy Godboss (great name!!) crowdsources the crucial but sometimes awkward truth about companies.

• Are you wanting to crowdfund your next great idea? Alex Daly just came out with a book about how to kick ass at crowdfunding. Known as the “Crowdsourceress”, she’s raised over $20 million dollars for various companies, artists and ideas.

• The World Economic Forum predicts that women won’t reach global gender equality in the workplace until 2185 ( really??). Claire Wasserman is determined to speed things up. She founded Ladies Get Paid to help women rise up at work. They host town halls to share women’s challenges and workshops to solve them. Since their launch in the summer of 2016, they have over 4,000 members worldwide. Join here!

Happy reading and listening,

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UNLOCKED Links: February 2017


Once a month, I curate the best links on how to find work that you love, be excellent at what you do, and unlock any door that stands in your way. Mostly, I gather articles and podcasts that capture my attention because they make me think or laugh. Here is the link round-up for February 2017!

Thought For The Month

Ellen Fondiler | UNLOCKED Links: February 2017

• If you can think it, you can do it! A British man earns $700 per month writing fish tank reviews. Another person makes saddles for pet chickens. Chris Guiilibeau’s new podcast shines a daily light on side hustle businesses from the bizarre to the unthinkable.

This is one of my favorite sites because it walks you through the process of figuring out what you want to do and finding work you love.

• Tim Ferris and Debbie Millman talk about designing a life, work, rejection and success. A great conversation.

• I am trying to take a break from the news and from being in front of a screen all day. I thought that reading biographies of some great past Presidents would help ease the pain of the one we have. Here is a list of the best of the best.

• What just happened? Here is Nate Silver’s analysis of what reporters and data geeks missed about the election (and what they are still getting wrong).

• As we learned with the women’s march, there is so much power in supporting one another to reach our goals. Here, 25 famous women talk about their mentors and how they helped them get to where they are today.

• I know we are all dreaming about impeachment. I hate to be a downer, but the man behind this man is no better. He’s trampled on the rights of women, LGBTQ folks and the poor. Then there’s the incompetence. Here is the back-story on Mike Pence, the man who could be our next President.

These are some great podcasts from public radio. Let’s all donate to keep these alive and thriving.

• Jerry Seinfeld has found a new calling with his show ‘Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee’ (I love it!). In this great interview, he talks about life after Seinfeld.

• I love reading wedding announcements (and obituaries). They pull the curtain aside and give us a glimpse into the every day lives of the famous and ordinary people that walk and live amongst us. The New York Times has been publishing wedding announcements for 165 years. Here is a sampling.

• I loved this story from Elizabeth Gilbert. It is yet one more reminder why we should be kind and open-hearted to everyone that crosses our path.

• Read this! This woman is a super hero.

• Do you work from home? Are there days that you think you will go nuts if you don’t get out of the house? This will make you laugh (and maybe push you to go to a co-working space a few days a week!)

• Arianna Huffington always has sound advice about how to stay sane and centered in the crazy world (hint: get lots of sleep). In this time of Trump, her wise words are a salve.

Happy reading and listening,

ELLEN_SIGNATURE


Image: Willie Franklin.

UNLOCKED Links: January 2017


Once a month, I curate the best links on how to find work that you love, be excellent at what you do, and unlock any door that stands in your way. Mostly, I gather articles and podcasts that capture my attention because they make me think or laugh. Here is the link round-up for January 2017!

Thought For The Month

Ellen Fondiler | UNLOCKED Links: January 2017

• When was the last time you read an actual book? Or not checked your cell phone during dinner? While there are certainly valid arguments that technology has opened our minds and in some cases, our hearts — in this article by Jonathan Safran Foer, he argues that the closer the world gets to our fingertips, the more we stand to lose.

• Even though we are well into January and 2016 is a thing of that past, I am still reading ‘Best Of” lists. Here are a few that I particularly like: 50 Best Podcasts; Even more Podcasts; Blog posts; and Music and Books.

• And while we are talking about 2016, for those who think it was the Worst. Year. Ever. Here is some perspective.

• Turning to the present, our beloved POTUS and FLOTUS are about to take their leave. Here is a new book of essays where 16 writers love on Michelle Obama. I could not agree with them more. She will be missed.

• And while we try to find ways to get through the next 4 years, here are thirteen amazing women who should think about running for President in 2020. There is no time like the present to start.

• Speaking of the next four years, we will be needing lots of diversion. How about starting a podcast club with your friends and neighbors? Add in a potluck and it’s a great way to spend an interesting evening.

• Every year I swear that I will get my password act together. Find better ones. Remember what they are. I never seem to get around to it or figure out how best to do it (sort of like that earthquake kit I keep meaning to make). Here, in cartoon form, password security is explained.

• In astrology (and in life), the passage from 29-30 years old is a major transition. This interesting article looks at the ‘average’ 29 year old. It was way different than I would have imagined.

• Thinking of getting married or making a major commitment to your significant other? What you don’t know can really hurt you. Here are 13 questions to ask each other before moving forward. They might feel too intimate or awkward, but it is certainly worth your time to dive in.

• And finally, among many other things, January is a great time to re-evaluate and re-tune your career. Here are some great tips! (You can also hire me!)

Happy reading and listening,

ELLEN_SIGNATURE


Image: Willie Franklin.

UNLOCKED Links: November 2016


Once a month, I curate the best links on how to find work that you love, be excellent at what you do, and unlock any door that stands in your way. Mostly, I gather articles and podcasts that capture my attention because they make me think or laugh. Here is the link round-up for November 2016!

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

Ellen Fondiler | Unlocked Links: November 2016

• The story of the happiest man in the world (who also has the ear of the Dalai Lama).

• There are so many causes that compete for our money. Here is a Kickstarter campaign with historical significance and a bit of whimsy.

• While it may not always feel that way, the glass ceiling is being broken every day by a bevy of extraordinary women. Here are 50 of them.

• Ever wonder what it is like to surf under the Northern Lights? There’s a thriving surf scene in Norway’s Lofoten Islands, where the waves are cold and the air is colder.

• Do you know money basics? Here are some nuts and bolts to get you started.

• We are about to say goodbye to a First Lady who has inspired us all with her grace, beauty, courage and empathy. Here are four thank-you notes to Michelle Obama, who
has spent the past eight years quietly and confidently changing the course of American history.

A great interview with Marie Forleo and Seth Godin. Bottom line: stop waiting for the right moment and just go for it!

• Okay, let’s talk about the election. So many articles have been written. Here are the views of 16 writers on Trump’s America. Warning: it is not pretty.

• Ever wondered how popular courses start out? Do you dream of creating a million dollar e-course? Denise Duffield-Thomas lays out the evolution of a million dollar course.

• While I have my tried and true favorites, I am always looking for great new podcasts. Here is Esquire Magazine’s list of the 25 Essential Podcasts of 2016. My favorite: Keepin it 1600. Four former aides to President Obama — Jon Favreau, Dan Pfeiffer, Jon Lovett, and Tommy Vietor — have kept me sane during the election and in its aftermath.

Happy reading and listening,

ELLEN_SIGNATURE


Image: Willie Franklin.

UNLOCKED Links: October 2016


Once a month, I curate the best links on how to find work that you love, be excellent at what you do, and unlock any door that stands in your way. Mostly, I gather articles and podcasts that capture my attention because they make me think or laugh. Here is the link round-up for October 2016!

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

Ellen Fondiler | Unlocked Links: October 2016

• The ‘most rejected person in the world’ shares how to create work you love.

These eleven women reinvented themselves in mid-life and never looked back!

Great advice from Alex Franzen if you are searching for your life’s purpose.

Don’t lie on your resume! Those little white lies are not so little anymore.

• The world’s oldest man waited a century to celebrate his bar mitzvah! At age 113, it finally happened!

• I am so going to miss having the Obamas in the White House! At least Michelle’s kitchen garden will keep blooming after they leave.

The Boss in an interview with Terry Gross. So good.

• Speaking of The Boss, I love this letter from a fan. It shows the healing powers of music and all the ways we can impact someone and not even know it.

• Annie Leibovitz is one of my favorite photographers. Her body of work, especially of women, never ceases to inspire me.

• Another inspirational icon, Gloria Steinem looks back on a life well lived and looks forward to all the things she still wants to do.

Happy reading and listening,

ELLEN_SIGNATURE


Image: Willie Franklin.

UNLOCKED Links: September 2016


Once a month, I curate the best links on how to find work that you love, be excellent at what you do, and unlock any door that stands in your way. Mostly, I gather articles and podcasts that capture my attention because they make me think or laugh. Here is the link round-up for September 2016!

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

Ellen Fondiler | Unlocked Links: September 2016

This is a lovely, introspective piece from writer Dani Shapiro about how we need to embrace the good with the bad.

• Women spend so much time obsessing about body image. No one it seems is immune from that particular ringer. Too bad we can’t take all that wasted time back! Here are the thoughts of 25 famous women.

• Talking to strangers can open up interesting doors — yet all too often we pass one another without a word. In this TED article, author Kio Stark shares five ways to spark a meaningful interaction with someone you’ve never met before.

• Need some fresh career tips? Here are 15 from women we know and admire.

• Looking to work in the design field? Here are 5 design jobs that won’t exist in the future (and 7 that will grow!)

• We will sadly be saying goodbye to our amazing President. Here is a wonderful interview of Barack Obama by historian Doris Kearns Goodwin.

• Are you a coffee fanatic? For your drinking pleasure, here is a step by step guide on how to make the best cup of coffee of your life.

• From a journalist who has lived to see 19 presidential elections: why this one will be the most important.

• Find out how to figure out what to do with the rest of your life by using design thinking.

• We know the words to the songs even before we see the play. Here is an ASL performance of the song, Alexander Hamilton.

• The longer you are in business, the more important it becomes to narrow down what you want to be known for.

• I love every post by Alexandra Franzen, but this is one of my favs.

Happy reading and listening,

ELLEN_SIGNATURE


Image: Willie Franklin.