Weekend Coffee Talk: Mind, Body, Business & Books (#23)

Hello friends! At your service, another round of fodder for your weekend coffee-talking and brunching!

Note: I am going to experiment with switching these to a monthly format for the next few rounds as I get into deep work on my book proposal. We’ll see how that goes . . . I will have to become a better curator so I don’t try to throw in the whole kitchen sink with too many pent-up links!


“Writing, at its best, is a lonely life. Organizations for writers palliate the writer’s loneliness but I doubt if they improve his writing. He grows in public stature as he sheds his loneliness and often his work deteriorates. For he does his work alone and if he is a good enough writer he must face eternity, or the lack of it, each day.

For a true writer each book should be a new beginning where he tries again for something that is beyond attainment. He should always try for something that has never been done or that others have tried and failed. Then sometimes, with great luck, he will succeed.

—Ernest Hemmingway’s 1954 Nobel Acceptance Speech (via Farnam Street)


“For almost every student, creativity increased substantially when they walked. Most were able to generate about 60 percent more uses for an object, and the ideas were both “novel and appropriate,” Dr. Oppezzo writes in her study.

. . . Walking markedly improved people’s ability to generate creative ideas, even when they sat down after the walk. In that case, the volunteers who had walked produced significantly more and subjectively better ideas than in their pre-exercise testing period.”

—NYT, Want to Be More Creative? Take a Walk


“Your mission statement doesn’t need to be long and complex, it’s simply a promise—your statement of intention.

A mission statement needs to clarify the answers to the following two questions: What do you do? What happens because you exist?


“A person is a fool to become a writer. His only compensation is absolute freedom. He has no master except his own soul, and that, I am sure, is why he does it.”

—Roald Dahl

That’s it for now . . . have a wonderful Sunday and week ahead!

  • What an incredible list of resources, JB! Thanks so much for including mine and Ben’s posts, and for so many other amazing sources 🙂 XO

    • Thanks so much Doni! LOVED both of your posts — thank you for writing them in the first place 🙂 xoxo!

  • Holy moly, looks like a ton of great info. Where should I start? I feel better that you are thinking about doing this monthly, that way I’ll have time to pick through the articles. 🙂 Thanks!!

    • Haha, thank you Perry! So fun to see your name (and now picture) pop up in the comments 😀

  • JB –

    Thanks so much for including my summary of Brene’s work on ” How to Live a Wholehearted Life.” The more I work in the hard-charging, intense Type A battlefield that is the start-up world, the more I realize what a fun sandbox it would be to play in… if only we all had more empathy for each other.

    Instead of, “Oh, you worked 16 hours yesterday… work 12 more today. This is a start-up after all,” we heard, “16 hours yesterday? Thanks so much for putting in such a long and hopefully worthwhile day. Why don’t you take off a little early today and spend some extra time with your family this evening?”

    Boom. You think that employee wouldn’t start walking through walls for you?

    That’s my main takeaway from Brene’s work and the reason I revisit it so often. This world needs more empathy. For others. And For ourselves.