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Tips for Personal Growth and Development: The Futur's Finds

Grow your own way.

This week, we're looking back and ahead, reflecting on the growth we've made and what's yet to come. Whether you're seeking personal or professional development, this week's list is full of resources to get you growing. To our Instagram followers who handed us suggestions for this week's list, thank you!

Oh, and if you missed our last email, check out our list of self-expression finds here.

Here's to another week of new lessons and opportunities for growth:

This week’s assignment

Pick up a pen and paper, or crack open your laptop, and start a daily journal. Writing out your day-to-day thoughts, challenges, and accomplishments can do amazing things for your personal and professional growth. Try to stick with the habit and keep a log of your growth!

Books of the week

  • Essentialism by Greg Mckeown - Learn how to evaluate your to do list to you know what efforts will have the most impact towards your goals. If you find yourself stretched too thin, or lost on what to do next, this book is for you.
  • Mindset by Carol S. Dweck - Do you have a fixed mindset or a growth mindset? This book will show you the true power of your mindset, and how everything in life is influenced by how we think about our talents and abilities.
  • Ego Is The Enemy by Ryan Holiday - Discover how history's most influential figures reached great success by conquering their egos. Thanks for this recommendation, David!

Articles worth the read

  • Sometimes we feel stuck, and that's OK. But if you want to get unstuck, this article from The New York Times will show you how— even if you feel like you don't have the time.
  • This interactive story from one mother's account of quarantining with her toddler is both heart-wrenching and inspiring, and will open your eyes to the possibilities that can result from feelings of loss.

Listen while you work


  • Adam Grant, Ph.D., shares what makes organizations and people really good at innovating in this episode of The goop podcast. Spoiler: it's not at all what you'd expect.
  • Designers are always finding ways to improve their skills and grow, and Adventures in Design is the podcast that highlights the ups and downs along the way.

Apps to download

  • Want to improve your sketching skills? Check out Paper by WeTransfer, the app that will show you how to sketch with confidence.
  • Set goals and reach them with the help of Remente. Keep your tasks, routines, goals and habits in one place.\

What to watch

  • If you don't have any plans to climb a 7,569 foot wall of sheer granite, just watch Alex Honnold climb the entire thing without a single piece of gear. Free Solo is an incredible true story that will inspire you to face your fears.
  • The Samurai Trilogy is an epic scale tale about a young man seeking fame and glory by attempting to become a Samurai. He finds far more than he was initially searching for, and grows to become the best version of himself.

Get moving

  • Want to get ripped from home? This HIIT workout will have you sweating in just 5 minutes.
  • Stretch, recharge, improve flexibility, and flow with a yoga class from Yoga With Adriene. Thanks, Rashad, for this suggestion!

And finally, a quote to keep in mind throughout the week

"Don't be your own ceiling. The ceiling of opportunity is as big as you dream it." — from our friend, Josh.