My 10 Favorite, Most Inspirational Website Bookmarks
These are pages I have saved in my bookmarks and regularly visit for inspiration, motivation, and to remind myself of what is most important in life.
1. 3 Reasons to Never Take Another Job, Corbett Barr
Corbett does an excellent job of painting a picture of why you must go after a life you love and not fall back into a pattern of taking a job purely for the money.
2. The Crossroads of Should and Must, Elle Luna
This article went viral some years back. The very creative Elle tells her story of walking one road, the path of doing what she "should," and later taking the path of doing what she "must."
3. Gustav Mahler - Symphony No. 2 "Resurrection" Symphony, London Symphony Orchestra, Edinburgh Festival Chorus, Leonard Bernstein, Conductor
You don't need to know anything about Mahler, Bernstein, classical orchestras, or any of this stuff in order to watch it and get totally fired up. This video is the symphony's finale. In particular, watch from four minutes to the end (I tried linking the video to that point here, but it doesn't seem to work).
If nothing else, just watch Bernstein conduct. Wow.
4. Travels with the Blonde Coyote, Mary Caperton Morton
While the author doesn't update this blog much anymore, she does have a rich 12-year history of hundreds of posts detailing her wonderfully simple yet beautifully-fulfilling life living on the road full time...and climbing a few mountains here and there. I find this sort of life aspirational.
5. The Top of My Todo List, Paul Graham
Paul takes the groundbreaking work of Bronnie Ware, author of "The Top Five Regrets of the Dying," and succinctly packages the message of the book into one neat, digestible package:
Don't ignore your dreams; don't work too much; say what you think; cultivate friendships; be happy.
6. The confusion about enough, Seth Godin
In his typically pithy way, Seth gets to the heart of what we value, and what we think we have enough of...or don't have enough of.
7. Your Life in Weeks, Tim Urban
I'd be shocked if everyone hasn't at least heard about this article, if not read it. It went mega-viral several years back. In short, Tim creates multiple illustrations of a typical American life in weeks; the things we experience, the things we won't experience, and in short, it gives an entertaining yet introspective visualization of just how short our lives are.
8. STUDY at the HOGWARTS EXPRESS, Peaceful Ambience
I'm not a huge fan of using the Pomodoro Technique, but on occasion when I think it will help me with a project I'll pop on this two-hour YouTube video and play it in the background while I work. It's magical. The video is broken down into 25-minute pomodoros with five-minute interstitial music.
9. Cognition Enhancer for Clearer and Faster Thinking - Isochronic Tones, Jason Lewis
Similar to the Hogwarts Express, this is a great video to play in the background and listen to (with earphones/headphones on) while focusing on work. If you don't believe in isochronic tones, give this video a try and see if you feel differently afterward.
10. Breathe, Leo Babauta
This post simply makes me feel relaxed and present.