Entertainment & Self-Development to Beat the Winter Blues
It’s the time of year when we all need a boost to stay motivated, right? For me, that energy almost always comes from entertainment or infotainment — some way to get out of my own head & think about or LAUGH about something else. I’ve been lucky lately, finding all kinds of stuff to keep me engaged. Check these out & feel free to add your own favorites in the Comments so we can ALL enjoy!
I’ve recently been binging on Netflix “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” (never mind that Jerry Seinfeld was sued for creative rights yesterday — just enjoy it while you can!). The one with Chris Rock is great, so is Obama, Steve Harvey, Kristen Wiig, Julia-Louis Dreyfus….and all of them really. They’re short, snappy pieces - highly recommend. (Note: the ones with Steve Martin & Tina Fey show them to be much more shy in real life & are a little slower).
Also Jerry Seinfeld related - the documentary “Jerry Before Seinfeld” is hilarious. Set in NYC & Long Island in the late ‘70s, the documentary showcases Jerry Seinfeld’s unbelievably modest beginnings in comedy and gives very entertaining behind-the-scenes look at stand up comedy.
On the other end of the spectrum, check out Finding Vivian Maier (also Netflix). It is a crazy but true story of a prolific, rock-star talented photojournalist who was NEVER published in her lifetime. Vivian Maier worked as a nanny all her life and no one even knew she was a real photographer — until after her death when boxes of negatives were discovered by accident. She’s now worldwide famous & collectible…Must see!
I’ve got all of these in rotation on my iTunes line-up….some are nourishing for the soul, others for the bottom line….all interesting & useful!!
* She Did It Her Way, with Amanda Boleyn
* Tribe of Mentors: Short Life Advice by the Best in the World, hosted by Tim Ferriss
* How I Built This, with Guy Raz (check out the one on my friend, Framebridge CEO & Founder Susan Tynan!!)
* The Influencer Podcast, by Julie Solomon
* Oprah’s Super Soul Conversations
* The Moment with Brian Koppelman (thx to Virginia Onufer for this suggestion from my last post on podcasts!)
I’m going to do a whole other post on the online course landscape because there are SO many great offerings out there right now. For the moment, I’ll just throw out one: Skillshare. They have a combination of free and “premium” classes, which are still very inexpensive — with lectures and really hands-on info about branding, design, productivity, marketing, fundraising, you name it.
I signed up for the premium subscription & have loved the classes taught by Seth Godin, Bloglovin, Wit & Delight & more.
Please throw out any other suggestions you have so we can all stay inspired through these dark days of winter!!