GEN the 10 Newspaper man readingI won’t take up much of your time on this holiday weekend. Please have fun, but do it safely!

Here are this week’s great articles and books!

Book I read this week: Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion, Revised Edition by Robert B. Cialdini PhD. As I expected, this book is so good. Cialdini shows how advertisers use simple strategies to get us to do what they want (usually buy something). It also show how we can use these tools for good in our work.

Book I’m reading next week: Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us by Michael Moss. As someone who has been trying to give up processed foods, I am excited and a little nervous to listen to this one.

Do you take a probiotic? Many experts are recommending them for athletes and active people: Happy Gut, Happy Life: Ways to Get Your Probiotics by Dominique Astorino in Popsugar

I used to think I didn’t need much sleep: Ask Well: Can You Train Yourself to Need Less Sleep? by Karen Weintraub in The New York Times

Youth Sports
More parents are encouraging their kids to lift weights: Strength Training Isn’t Just for Adults by Gina Shaw in WebMD

I wonder how much increased awareness of concussions plays a role: The Rise of Concussions in the Adolescent Population by Alan L. Zhang, David C. Sing, Caitlin Marie Rugg, Brian T. Feeley, Carlin Senter, in The Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine

Social Media and Communication
I love these tips for writing, especially separating writing and editing: 8 Essential Lessons In Creative Discipline by Bryan Collins in Fast Company

Good information if you want your posts seen by the largest numbers of people, although it seems to me like sports medicine professionals are Social media doodles elementsonline later at night: The Best Times to Post on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn & Other Social Media Sites [Infographic] by Lindsay Kolowich in HubSpot

Productivity and Self Improvement
I absolutely love this! I’m tired of hearing people say they are too busy: Please stop saying you’re too busy. by Jon Acuff in

These are really good, especially #1: 25 Reasons You Are Not as Successful as You Should Be by John Rampton in Inc.

Did you like one of these articles or books? Do you have any others to share? I’d love to hear your thoughts below!

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