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Weekly Gems 6 - Love - Mindfulness - Comfort Zone - Brand

It's only my 6th newsletter but I have to say the things I share in this one all have the potential of highly impacting and improving your life. It just amaze me the things we get access to, for free, in today's age. Just last Thuesday, I watched a complete Tony Robbins seminar live, for free. I know it's crazy! (I'll probably talk about this next week) But I digress, I hope you'll enjoy this week's Gems, take time to digest each one as they all offer great insights into living a better life.

Podcast with Seth Godin

As promised last week, here’s Seth Godin’s podcast from the Tim Ferriss Show on personal branding and many other awesome topics. If you only want to listen to the personal brand part it’s around the 27th minute mark but I highly recommend listening to everything. Seth’s wisdom is worth your time.

Our Culture vs Love

With Halloween coming I thought I'd share a blog post about love. Because love is something to take care of 365 days a year. Not just one day a year.

What I love about this post by Neil Strauss, seven time New York Times best selling author, is that is makes us rethink our society's interpretation of love. Shifting the focus from relying on each other for happiness to the self while building a relationship together. Read the article, it's short but very worth it.

Click here to read the article

And here's when I brag about meeting this seven time New York best selling author about a year ago. I was fortunate to be able to talk with him for a short period of time. We mostly discussed our kids which are close in age. No matter who you are, when two new parents talk it's all about their kids! His son is a real cutie. End of bragging. Bottom line, he's one of the major reasons I've progress this much in my life over the past years. So I was happy to meet him.

App I'm enjoying

Headspace

Headspace is a mindfulness/meditation app. What makes this one attractive is its simplicity. They have a 10 day program which I did. You only have to take 10 minutes each morning to follow a guided session. (If you don't have 10 minutes in the morning please revisit my September 9 post and re-listen to the Tony Robbins video. Remember his words "If you don't have 10 minutes, you don't have a life")

I've tried meditation and mindfulness sessions many times. Both short and long. These just feel simple and effortless compared to heavier sessions I've done in the past. The program also have a few short videos which explains the working of the mind in simple ways. Just those are worth the time. The Take-10 program is free so you have nothing to lose in doing it!


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Thank you for reading! Have a fantastic weekend,

Mathieu

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Oct 9, 2016 | comment Comment

Weekly Gems 4 - Fire - Social Anxiety - Courage - Self Motivation

The weekend is already here! This week’s topics are all about strengthening your inner self. Find courage to have courage and be confident in social settings. John C. Maxwell discuss the need to find motivation within. And finally, I propose an app to set things on fire… which would definitely relieve some stress!

Quote I’m pondering

“Courage breeds courage"

I heard this phrase this week. Not sure it was said officially by someone, but to avoid any confusion I'm not adding an author. I loved this part because it resonated as true to me that in order to get more out of life, you have to show a little courage and every time you conjure a little courage it makes the next courageous action a little easier than the previous one. Did that made any sense?

Article I liked

Ten Truths to Overcome Social Anxiety

Hey. I have social anxiety. I believe everyone has some to a certain degree, some in various settings but we all have a little of it. Or a lot in my case. This is worth a little time to read!

Mobile Game I’m enjoying

Little Inferno

Beautifully executed game. It’s pointless. But it’s fun. You buy things and puts them on fire in your fireplace. There’s just something fun with putting things on fire! Not convinced, go ahead and try it!

Short video I found interesting

A Minute With Maxwell: MOTIVATION

John C. Maxwell is one of my top mentor for everything leadership and life philosophy. Watch this short one minute video for his view on motivation and why not to seek it in other but instead find it within.


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And please let me know your requests and suggestions. Which gem above is your favorite? What do you want more or less of? Let me know! Just send a tweet to @mathieutgd with hashtag #MyWeeklyGems in there so I can find it or post a comment in the section below.

Thank you for reading! Have a fantastic weekend,

Mathieu

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Sep 23, 2016 | comment Comment

Weekly Gems 3 - Courage - Ego - Steve Harvey - Human Resources

This week is all about you, change, success, soaring and human resources. Yes, you read that right. I DARE talk about human resources on a Friday... I apologize for my evilness but read through and you'll see it's not all that bad.

Quote I’m pondering

“It’s not that some people have willpower and others don’t… It’s that some people are ready to change and others are not.” - James Gordon

Interesting Podcast I listened to this week

What's Important to You

This short Podcast is worth listening to. It's a chapter from the Ryan Holiday book Ego is the Enemy. It's a great reflection of our priorities, why we pursue things that often don't matter. Great food for thoughts. It's like broccoli and lean chicken for your mind!

Video I enjoyed this week

You Gotta Jump to be Successful

Steve Harvey (the Family Feud guy) nails this success analogy. You got to jump to open you parachute and soar. But that’s not all there is to it… watch the video for the complete story.

Book I recommend reading

13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do

I admit I wasn’t sure about this book. But it was in my library for over a year, that’s long enough, I had to have a look at it. I read the first chapter and I was hooked. Amy Morin lays out 13 things not to do (which I’m sure everyone does to a certain point) and structures every chapter with a real life example, a checklist of things to look for, an explanation of why this behaviour is bad and ways to improve each areas of your life. Some times it was an eye opener and others a great reminder of things to not fall back into doing. I highly recommend for everyone who has a brain!

Mobile game I’m playing

Human Resource Machine

I’m a programmer and I always like seeing games or program which tries to bring programming to everyday people. This game is beautifully made, funny and will challenge you to build “little programs” to help this business’ human resource department. Go on this career journey!


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Thank you for reading! Have a fantastic weekend,

Mathieu

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Sep 16, 2016 | comment Comment

Weekly Gems 01 - Rohn - Nike - Dogs - Rockabye

I'm thrilled to start this new newsletter. I hope you'll be enjoying these small finds I do each week. There will be a little of everything. Inspiration, fun, usefulness and more.

Sep 2, 2016 | comment Comment

Mobile Review - A game of illusions

We've seen so many things attempted and done in games over the year that it's now very rare to come across something unique. Monument Valley is one of those games.

Aug 13, 2015 | comment Comment

New App - Word Pop Shuffle

Finally, I’ve completed a game to be published on the App Store. It’s a word game simple enough so that everyone can pick it up but which can get hard enough for more dedicated players. I’ve been toying with this idea for a while but could not polish the idea enough to make it appealing to the degree I was looking for.

Aug 8, 2015 | comment Comment

An App to get kids to learn shapes in a fun interactive way

My latest app is one that touches a field I wanted to hop in for a long time. I've always been interested in helping kids learn in fun ways and now that I've done my first kids learning app I can tell you it won't be the last one that I'll do. I love it.

Feb 28, 2014 | comment Comment

The Perfect Tool to Conquer Your New Year Resolutions

Like everybody else, you want to be better. Get rid of all those bad habits, you know which one they are but so hard to take away. What if there was a tool to help you defeat those bad habits.

It so happens that such a tool exists.

Jan 1, 2014 | comment Comment

Word Whuffle: Corona SDK Word Game in Progress

I've been working on this game for a while now. I've been through ups and downs. Through some unfortunate events. But in the end I'm still learning Corona SDK and Lua.

Nov 25, 2013 | comment Comment

BlissNotes: My First App Built with Corona SDK

It's been a very long time I haven't wrote on my blog. A lot of things have changed since my last post. I'm still doing all the same geeky things I used to... websites, graphics, programming etc. But I've learned new things and tricks.

Nov 12, 2013 | comment Comment