On today’s episode of The Weekly Briefly, we’re continuing on in the Shawn Today series about The Power of a Focused Life. Today’s episode is about lifestyle practices.

This topic is, to me, one of the most important issues of my life. I have a personal commitment to live with intentionality in as many areas of my life as I can. I want to be intentional in how I raise my boys, I want to be intentional about building meaningful relationships with my spouse and my finances, I want to be intentional about the creative work I do, about how I spend my time, how I spend my money, what my diet is, and more.

Lifestyle Practices

And, speaking improving your imagination and investing in originality, here’s Seth Godin:

Confronted with the gap between your vision of perfect and the reality of what you’ve created, the easiest path is no path. Shrug. Admit defeat. Hit delete.

Of course, the only path to amazing runs directly through not-yet-amazing. But not-yet-amazing is a great place to start, because that’s where you are. For now.

I love that sentence: “The only path to amazing runs directly through not-yet-amazing.”

Overcoming the Impossibility of Amazing

There are three top shelf RSS apps for the iPad: Reeder, Mr. Reader, and Unread. All three are excellent — each in their own way — and I’ve used all three extensively over the years.

In our latest app review for The Sweet Setup, Robert McGinley Myers compares these three apps, hits on each one’s pros and cons, and lays out our reasoning for why we think Unread is the best of the bunch for most people.

The Best RSS App for the iPad Is Unread

Good Taste

It’s crazy, I know, but we finally got around to watching Jiro Dreams of Sushi. And wow.

Though the documentary tells the story of Jiro Ono and his sushi bar, it’s actually not about sushi. Jiro Dreams of Sushi is about art, craft, dedication, and passion.

I read a lot of interviews with creative folk. Sites such as The Great Discontent, and publications such as Offscreen and Insites, are all insatiably fascinating to me. And one of the common themes you find running throughout these interviews has to do with “consumption”. Writers need to read; musicians should listen to music; photographers should get out there and experience the world. Etcetera.

We know that’s true, but why? Why should writers be avid readers? Shouldn’t we be spending our free time writing?

Jiro Ono, perhaps the world’s greatest sushi artist, explains why:

“In order to make delicious food, you must eat delicious food. The quality of ingredients is important, but one must develop a palate capable of discerning good and bad. Without good taste, you can’t make good food. If your sense of taste is lower than that of the customers how will you impress them?”

If you spend all your time only making and never improving your own palate, you’ve placed a ceiling on the quality of work you’ll ever do.

Your homework for the week is to take time out and experience something incredible. Enjoy it and allow it to mold and improve your own taste.

Good Taste

Some follow-up to my article, Fit.

I mentioned in that article that after several weeks despising my wired earbuds, I bought the JayBird BlueBuds X for use when running.

The BlueBuds seem to get nothing but high praises from bloggers, Amazon users, and Twitter folk. I’ve been using them for two weeks now and will add to their accolades: the BlueBuds X are a great pair bluetooth workout earbuds. The sound quality is superb, the fit is pretty great (they actually stay in your ears while running), and having no wire between the earbuds and my iPhone is priceless (well, actually, it’s $150).

JayBird BlueBuds X with Comply Foam Active Tips

After posting about the BlueBuds I got many recommendations right off the bat from people saying to get these Comply earbud tips to replace the rubber tips that come with the BlueBuds.

And so, of course, I ordered some. And I’m sold. The difference between the Comply foam tips and the rubber tips that come with the BlueBuds is significant. The former improve the sound quality (due to a tighter seal), and they are even better at holding the earbuds in place for the entirety of my run. The latter is the most important to me. I don’t want to think at all about my earbuds, I just want to run and have good tunes while I’m doing it.

Two side notes:

  1. I ordered the multi-pack to start so I could figure out which size I needed. Future replacements you can get a 3-pack of a specific size.

  2. There are a lot of different styles of the Comply tips. Whichever style you get, you’ll need to get the 500 series of that style to fit the BlueBuds X.

Comply’s Foam Earphone Tips for the JayBird BlueBuds X

Over the past week I’ve had a few requests for a team license of Delight is in the Details. And so, here it is. Purchasing a team license for gives you the freedom to distribute all the bundled resources to up to 10 team members. But it’s a deal even for teams as small as five.

The way it works: all the files are DRM-free, so once you’ve downloaded them you can share the PDFs, MP3s, ePubs, etc. via email, Dropbox, your LAN, or even sneakernet. Moreover, the team license version comes with the 1080p HD videos, for showing on a big screen if you want to.

If you’ve got any questions, or have a team larger than 10, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

On a related note, the launch of the updated version of Delight is in the Details has gone extremely well. The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive and I am so grateful. A huge thanks to all of you who purchased a copy and have helped to spread the word about the launch. If you’re curious to know more about the launch day, last Friday I recorded an episode of The Weekly Briefly where I answered a slew of listener and reader questions related to the launch.

Team Licenses now available for ‘Delight is in the Details’

Kevin Kelly:

So, the truth: Right now, today, in 2014 is the best time to start something on the internet. There has never been a better time in the whole history of the world to invent something. There has never been a better time with more opportunities, more openings, lower barriers, higher benefit/risk ratios, better returns, greater upside, than now. Right now, this minute. This is the time that folks in the future will look back at and say, “Oh to have been alive and well back then!”

You Are Not Late