When I need someone to shift my perspective or tell me to harden up, I go to my mother. Once I have her thoughts, I’ll go to my friends. Following that, I’ll peruse the internet. Here are some links that have helped me in the past; whether it’s solving a problem, changing the way I see things, or simply some pictures of how nice other peoples lives look to keep me hustling.

Penelope Trunk

Penelope Trunk’s blog will make you cringe (did she just say that on the internet?), but it will also make you think and laugh. She’s like an authentic, human version of Forbes, or maybe the black sheep sibling. Stay tuned for her interview on OKREAL, but until then, read these:

Bad Career Advice: Do What You Love
5 Steps To Making Time For Everything
When Is Worry Good

Ted Talk: Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are

Impostor syndrome—feeling like a undeserving fraud who is going to get caught out any minute—comes up again and again in OKREAL interviews. This TED talk by Amy Cuddy features her personal experience with feeling like a fraud, and how your body language can redefine the way you’re perceived.

Mark Manson

Mark Manson is the big brother you never had. He writes essays on life lessons using his own experience to illustrate his perspective. He’s frank and funny and makes fun of self-help, even though he is pretty much self-help also. I like these articles:

Your Next Big Life-changing Breakthrough Is Already Happening
7 Strange Questions That Help You Find Your Life Purpose

Freunde von Freunden

Equally motivating as words about how to live life are pictures of how people are living it. Especially when the people and places are beautiful. Freunde von Freunden does a brilliant job at capturing this, and it’s a nice way to get out of your own head, remind you of how you want to be living, or at least get rid of some ugly stuff in your apartment. A few favorites:

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Paloma Lanna


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Zeynep Erekli



Also, check out the feature on Carter and her sister, Harry.



Images care of Freunde von Freunden


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