Category Archives: Blog

Texting enables lateness… and now everyone is late to everything

on November 16, 2017 in Blog

You’re preparing for an appointment. You realize you may be late. Then you realize you can text that you’re on your way. You think: keeping them waiting isn’t so bad knowing you had a problem and will be a few minutes late. Whew! That was close. You almost faced results for being late but got out of it. When you’re texting you’ll be late, it feels like a minor get-out-of-jail-free[…] Keep reading →

Curating the daily newsletter

on October 2, 2017 in Blog

A slight policy change that I started recently: instead of posting every post daily, I’m going to curate somewhat and not send out for email every daily post. Some posts I write more for myself or I suspect won’t be as popular. This post, for example, I’m not going to send as a daily newsletter. It will still appear as a blurb in the weekly newsletter and on the blog.[…] Keep reading →

Why do you read my blog? How often do you read it?

on September 11, 2017 in Blog

Hello daily readers, I haven’t asked you in a while about your thoughts and feelings about the blog. I’d love to hear from you. Do you mind responding by email or in the comments below: Why do you read my blog? What do you like and want more of? What do you dislike and want less of? Any advice to improve it? Anything I didn’t think to ask? I expect[…] Keep reading →

My favorite posts

on September 5, 2017 in Blog

With thousands of posts, where do you begin? I recommend scanning the archives at the headlines. Here are some favorites, in no particular order: Self-imposed daily challenging healthy activities (sidchas) Burpees Cold showers Avoiding food packaging I swam across the Hudson River Videos and a short history of my invention and Submedia, the company I co-founded in 1999 Avoiding stuff Reviews of my cooking My reviews of podcasts I’ve been[…] Keep reading →

I get furious sometimes too

on March 14, 2017 in Blog

For all I write about emotional skills, social skills, and keeping calm, sometimes I get furious like anyone else. It’s happened a few times recently. Amid overwhelming success, looking back, the book launch had problems. And it was crunch time for over a month. I’ve worked through plenty of crunch times, but even a lot of experience can’t overcome all emotional challenges. You can get angry when you have expectations,[…] Keep reading →

2,461 Blog Posts in 2,191 Days

on January 31, 2017 in Blog, Habits, Inc.com, SIDCHAs

My Inc.com post Saturday, “2,461 Blog Posts in 2,191 Consecutive Days,” began 2,461 Blog Posts in 2,191 Consecutive Days What I learned in six years posting daily On January 29, 2011 I wrote the first blog post of an unbroken streak. Today finishes the sixth year. Tomorrow I’ll start year 7. Here’s the blog: www.JoshuaSpodek.com, and here is an archive of all the posts. Here’s a picture of the blog[…] Keep reading →

Abandoning King’s Dream on His Holiday?

on January 16, 2017 in Blog

Walking to class today, Martin Luther King Junior Day, I saw this sign on Sixth Avenue, saying, simply, “I’m Sorry. — White People”. It doesn’t make sense to me except to judge people by the color of their skin and not the content of their character. Maybe there’s some context where it makes sense and doesn’t abandon what King called for. Can anyone make more sense of it?