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Stuff #95 - be default essential

Discovering what it means to be Default Essential, cultivating humility and guarding your Work-Life Balance. Plus, Stuff Mixtape #3 and much more...

Matt Rutherford
Matt Rutherford
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Stuff #95 - be default essential
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Hi from Dublin, I'm Matt...

Much of Western Europe is experiencing something of a heatwave this weekend. I hope wherever you are reading this, you are happy, healthy, and safe, whatever the weather is doing.

This week I'm sharing the third edition of the Stuff Mixtape - another hour-long selection of bona fide bangers to accompany the newsletter.

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Onward with the Stuff that MattRs this week...
  1. Monday Motivation:   Let this week be the one that you start your journey to 'default essential', the work quality you need to help you navigate a downturn. Included in here are practical steps to help you audit your portfolio, find scope, and optimise.
  2. Your new superpower: Humility.  Thats it, that's the tweet.  Here are three tips to cultivate humility in the workplace.
  3. Essential Reading: There is a lot of information about how to prepare for an interview, but I've never seen a tool that lets you practice your interview answers.  This excellent site from Google allows you to warmup for an interview by practicing your answers.  Great resource.
  4. Take care: Excellent advice in this article on setting boundaries to help you achieve true work-life balance.  Why is it important?  Because work is killing us.
  5. TWIL:  I'm the same age that Ernest Hemingway was when 'The Old Man and the Sea' was published.  Discover what others had achieved at your actual age.
  6. On the tip of my tongue: Are our smartphones ruining our memories? This report documents the rise of digital amnesia.  Luckily, there is an app to help you remember that word.
  7. How much world? This clever little site helps you compile a map of all the places you've visited. Mine looks surprisingly good, but never in South America and not enough Africa covered.
  8. This much world: Vadim Sherbakov takes some majestic photographs of landscapes across the world.  More of his extraordinary work is online here.
  9. It's over here! Point at your pointer.  Simple, but surprising, and funny.
  10. Finally: Stattogories (which makes my spellcheck panic) - a collection of higher/lower games based on stats from Wikipedia/IMDb/Spotify and more. Excellent Stuff! (PS - I make no apologies for how much time you waste on this!)
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My aural stuff for you this week is the latest edition of the Stuff Mixtape. From cosmic disco, through Northern Soul to Irish street poets and electronic anthems - this is the best background music for Stuff! I hope you enjoy listening to it as much as I enjoyed compiling it.

Listen to Stuff Mixtape #3 here.
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If you ever need an Icebreaker for a meeting, check out The Questions: it's my free pile of random questions to kick start your conversations.

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"Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured."   Mark Twain (via)

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