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2 videos and 2 books to help you rethink achievement

Goals, resolutions, aspirations. That’s all we seem to talk about in January. And it’s great! We should be talking about things we hope to change and accomplish. It’s that sort of communication that keeps us accountable.

But goals and resolutions aren’t just about doing it or not. Most things aren’t pass/fail. Achievement and success take many forms.

Here are two videos and two books that have helped me rethink achievement.

overthinking the hell out of overthinking

You know what’s counterproductive to getting things done? Overthinking.

And what do so many of us love to do?


Comedian, actress, and filmmaker Anna Akana knows that all too well. In this January 2018 video, Anna combines some well-timed humor with practical, actionable advice to get us thinking about how damaging overthinking really is.

The Secret to my Productivity

Hank Green is a New York Times Bestselling Author, an Emmy award winner, creator of 2D glasses, and co-founder of many companies – including VidCon, DFTBA Records, Subbable, later acquired by Patreon, and Complexly, which produces educational content for YouTube channels like Crash Course and SciShow.

Basically, Hank knows a thing or two about getting stuff done. In this 2017 video, he explains the method behind his productivity madness.

Radical Candor

Whether or not you are a boss, you most likely have one. And understanding how to give and receive feedback (both positive and negative) will make or break you as both a boss and an employee.

Kim Scott teaches you how to help others to do their best work by practicing radical candor: the sweet spot between being obnoxiously aggressive and ruinously empathetic. With her guidance you can truly transform your communication.

The Push

Rock climber Tommy Caldwell’s memoir explores so much more than his free climb ascent of the Dawn Wall on El Cap in Yosemite National Park with partner Kevin Jorgeson.

Yes, they accomplished something no one else had ever done before. But how Tommy got to that point is even more impressive. (Spoiler alert: It involves hostages and amputation.)

You don’t have to enjoy climbing to enjoy Tommy’s reflections on success, love (and loss), and making the push.

What helps you rethink achievement?