“If you can dream it, you can do it. Always remember that this whole thing was started with a dream and a mouse.” — Walt Disney
Happy holidays to you and yours!
It’s been another strong year for Sources of Insight. I’ve added 175 posts on topics ranging from getting results to sharpening your thinking skills. My quest continues – find and share the best of the best insight and action for work and life. From quotes to featured guests to lessons learned — it’s all about improving your effectiveness and leading a better life from the inside out.
Stepping back, I think the most valuable thing I created this past year on Sources of Insight is 30 Days of Getting Results – Free Personal Productivity Training. It’s self-paced and you can quickly master some of the toughest challenges you’ll face in life from problem solving skills to focus to work-life balance to time management to finding your purpose and your passion, and mastering self-discipline and motivation. It’s all there in simple Web pages for free.
Now, let’s take a tour of the best of Sources of Insight for 2010 …
Top 10 Posts of 2010
I cherry picked the ones that either had the most traffic, or a ripple effect on the Web or that I heard the most about in the hallways at work. Some of these surprised me. For example, # 8 below is simply a response to a friend who challenged me to write a quick post of insights I’ve learned from movies. Here are my top 10 posts of 2009:
- 36 Best Business Books that Influenced Microsoft Leaders
- 101 Questions that Empower You
- Don’t Regret the Path Not Taken
- Feel Strong All Week Long
- Getting Results the Agile Way – The Book on Getting Results
- Lessons Learned from Seth Godin
- Take Agile Results to the Next Level
- That Moment Where the World Stops
- Tickler List of the Mind
- What’s Worth Doing Today
Ultimately, my top posts are whatever ones helped you find a new way to kick some arse, get your inner-mojo going, or wrinkle your brain with a new “ah-ha.” So tell me, what was your favorite post?
Who better to learn insights and action from than some of the world’s best selling authors and some experts at the top of their game? This past year I had some amazing people share some of their best lessons learned:
- Ali Hale – A deep thinker on life’s really big questions shares My Top 10 Lessons in Life.
- Craig Shoemaker – Award-winning stand-up comic shares 10 Lessons Learned in Comedy.
- Dan Schwabel – Best selling author of Me 2.0 shares Top 5 Lessons Learned in Personal Branding.
- Eduard Ezeanu – Blogger and people skills coach shares Top 10 Lessons in Improving communication and Top 10 Confidence Boosters that Work.
- Farouk Radwan – Focuses deeply on self-awareness and mastering bad emotions, shares Top 7 Lessons Learned on Dealing with Bad Emotions and 10 Ways to Get Over Your Breakup More Easily.
- Linda P. Jones – A real-world wealth builder shares her financial prowess in 8 Steps to Wealth.
- Michael Michalko – Best selling author of THINKERTOYS shares Dancing in the Rain.
- Nadia Ballas-Ruta – Author of The Buddha Blueprint shares Top 10 Lessons Learned in Spirituality and Passion 101.
- Pat Flynn – A real-world passive income specialist shares Top 10 Lessons on How To Make a Living on the Internet.
“If I have seen a little further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants” … great words from Isaac Newton.
I’m a fan of standing on the shoulders of giants over starting from scratch. With the power of the Web, we can learn from everybody around the world, from the unsung hero, to the every Joe, to heroes of the past and present. We can all stand on the shoulders of giants:
- Lessons Learned from Dad
- Lessons Learned from Dr. K on Interpersonal Skills and the Art of Persuasion
- Lessons Learned from Dr. Seuss
- Lessons Learned from John Maxwell
- Lessons Learned from John Wooden
- Lessons Learned from Mike Kropp
- Lessons Learned from Mom
- Lessons Learned from Seth Godin
- Lessons Learned from Steve Pavlina
- Lessons Learned from Tony Robbins
Quotes are a great way to share the wisdom of the ages and modern day sages. This last year, I put together some quotes collections for important topics. If you study the collections, some of the words might just sing to your heart or give you the just insight you’ve been looking for:
What would you like to see more of in 2011? Let me know. I’m thinking through strategies and focus as we approach the new year.