Whether you’ve faced the question in an interview or have been provoked to do some soul-searching on your own, there’s something to be said for knowing your weaknesses and how to deal with them. Reviewing Steve Jobs’ biography earlier this week got me thinking about strengths & weaknesses and how we manage them.
Thought-Provoker of the Week
The first step to dealing with your weaknesses is learning what they are and how to talk about them. Penelope Trunk talks about how to do both.
Lesson of the Week
Once we’ve identified and come to terms with our weaknesses, we can then focus on turning the into strengths. ZenHabits talks about how to do just that.
Recipe of the Week
This Men’s Health article suggests that the problem with most of our restaurant comfort foods is cheap, poor-quality, artificial ingredients. By using high-quality, real foods, we can take our favorite comfort foods into something that, if not exactly healthy, at least isn’t detrimental to our health.
Product of the Week
Coffee is definitely one of my weaknesses, and while I adore my Starbucks baristas, I’m trying to be more responsible with how much money I spend there.
To help in this endeavor, in addition to my pour-over coffee, we recently spent a grand total of less than $40 on a Bialetti espresso maker and a milk frother to use at home. So far, we’re very impressed with the simplicity and quality of both, and it’s nice being able to have what feels like a little bit of luxury at home.
Laugh of the Week
Sometimes the best way to face a weakness is simply to embrace it, just like Loca, the dog who can’t run.
I’m kind of embarrassed to tell you how many blogs I subscribe to in Google Reader (OK, OK, it’s 133), but the point is, there’s a lot of good stuff out there on the internet these days. Here are my Top 5 favorite blogs of the moment with a post from each to get you started.
A Cup of Jo
Joanna Goddard runs a lovely blog from her hometown in NYC. She covers fashion & beauty, home & design, food & drink, travel, relationships and parenthood and sort of acts as a curator of all things awesome. I look forward to her posts every single day. She also has an awesome Pinterest account.
Tracy Benjamin runs one of the best foodblogs on the web, no doubt. Her recipes run the gamut, from juices and delicious-looking cocktails to healthy dinners and sinful desserts. If you’re a fan of Joy the Baker, then you’ll recognize Tracy from their podcast. As a bonus, Tracy also takes gorgeous pictures.
How Sweet It Is
Jessica is totally ridiculous in the absolute best way. The things she comes up with, guys… I can’t even begin. I often find myself staring at her pictures with my mouth hanging open, usually with drool dripping down my chin. She’s hilarious, and her recipes are awesome.
Penelope Trunk’s Brazen Careerist
As a shrewd businesswoman with Asperger’s, Penelope Trunk never bothers sugarcoating anything, whether it’s doling out career advice or occasionally revealing personal details of her life. Not only is she utterly fascinating, she’s often absolutely spot on. Her posts aren’t always easy to swallow, but they do provide plenty of food for thought.
This isn’t exactly a blog, but it is a webcomic and one of the best on the net. Guaranteed to make you laugh, think and sometimes scratch your head in perplexion. New comics every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. (Don’t forget the mouse-over.)