Monday Mash-Up ~ 2023.01.02


New Year’s Habit
All This Useful Beauty

Happy New Year!

One habit I plan to establish this year: Notice one or more beautiful things around me every day, record it on my camera, and share with the world. I’ll post the pictures on my Instagram (@tomruwitch)Facebook, and twitter (@tomruwitch). 

I’ll tag each post #allthisusefulbeauty — because it IS USEFUL to notice, record, and share beauty. 

I’d like to see more of allthisusefulbeauty on social media and less of all this useless discord. 

Here’s the photo I shared yesterday — Huzzah Creek near Davisville, Missouri…

Recommended Listening / Viewing
How to Overcome the Fear of Marketing Yourself

The latest episode on the Story Power Marketing Show podcast…

Nina Cooke helps 6 and 7-figure service-based Experts to create an unstoppable mindset so they can build authority and boost their profit.

Nina has worked with 100s of established entrepreneurs, helping them to increase their income by up to 800%.

She is the co-author of Renegade Mindset: A Financial Advisor’s Guide to a Peak Performance Mindset.

The host of “Entrepreneur’s Inner Game Podcast, she has interviewed world-class entrepreneurs and best-selling authors.

She’s been featured in Entrepreneur magazine, on BBC Radio, and on top podcasts.

Discussed in this episode: 

  • How deliberate mindset shifts can help you grow your business more than marketing
  • Marketers’ most common limiting beliefs and how to dissolve them
  • Why you should make mindset work a continuous practice

Here’s an excerpt video.

Full episode video and audio: here. You also can find the podcast by searching for “The Story Power Marketing Show” wherever you find your favorite podcast.

Recommended Reading
Build a Daily Stoicism Habit

Another habit I’ve resolved to (re)establish…

…Read The Daily Stoic — once a day for 365 days in 2023. Each day, Ryan Holiday shares a quote from a Stoic philosopher and helps  readers reflect on it. Here’s part of the quote for January 1, from Epictetus, Discourses, 2.5.4-5:

“The chief task in life is simply this: to identify and separate matters so that I can say clearly to myself which are externals not under my control, and which have to do with the choices I actually control…”

See Words to Ponder below for Ryan Holiday’s take on this.

Recommended Reading
How to Get Beyond “Conversational Shortcuts”

I LOVE this post from Austin Kleon: Exhausting dialogue and conversational shortcuts.

His premise: We resort to “conversational shortcuts” when we don’t put in the effort. And such shortcuts are “needlessly confrontational or boring”

Why is this important: Because these conversational shortcuts undermine opportunities to make meaningful connections with people. This matters in our personal lives. This matters in business. 

Words to Ponder…
…From a Modern-Day Stoic

“The single most important practice in Stoic philosophy is differentiating between what we can change and what we can’t. What we have influence over and what we do not. A flight is delayed because of weather — no amount of yelling at an airline representative will end a storm. No amount of wishing will make you taller or shorter or born in a different county… And on top of that, time spent hurling yourself at these immovable objects is not time spent on the things we CAN change.” 

— Ryan Holiday, from “The Daily Stoic”

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Tom Ruwitch

Tom Ruwitch is the founder and CEO of Story Power Marketing. For more than 30 years, he has helped businesses grow by delivering powerful stories using a variety of different media.