I hope you’re staying focused, putting your energy where it needs to be most …

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As we approach mid-August, I like to reflect on where I am and where I’m going. I guess it’s a school-year thing, and despite all the challenges with 2020, this year is no different from a reflection and projection perspective, though granted, true planning is a bit tough.

Here are a few stories this week that caught my attention this week, I hope you enjoy them:

  • What’s your leadership origin story and what does it mean? Here are archetypes from Harvard Business Review and what your choice tends to say about you as a leader.

  • Who are 2020’s most creative people? Fast Company says it’s these folks. I love the breakdown of categories for these 74 innovators, including “designing superior solutions,” and “fostering community,” among others.

  • This Forbes piece talks about the lessons of self-reflection in business. It was a timeline find, n’est-ce pas?

  • Are you familiar with the term ADU? It stands for “accessory dwelling units” and they are a hot trend in home renovations. Why am I bringing it up here? ADUs can be used to make your home work better as your remote office or to help your family have a space for homework and such that makes the main home quitter for you. Our friend Erika Kotite was ahead of this trend with her “she sheds” books, check them out for ideas on customizing your ADUs with flair.

Do Good Spotlight: 10,000 Degrees and No Kid Hungry

Owlthena didn’t publish last week, and we didn’t want to miss the chance to tell you about 10,000 Degrees, the charity we and our parent company, DBE, supported last week:

If you had the opportunity to help students from low-income backgrounds get to and through college and be coached to make a positive impact on their communities and the world by graduating, would you? We had that opportunity, we took it, and we’re showcasing it here: 10,000 Degrees is awesome! You can join us in the winners’ circle by donating to this great cause too.

And this week, DBE and Owlthena are proud to have donated to No Kid Hungry, an organization helping feed America’s youth. When you donate, you join a movement of teachers, chefs, community leaders, parents, lawmakers, and CEOs with a shared belief: no kid in America should go hungry. We donated and you can too, right here.

Well, that’s a wrap for this week. I hope you find some time to reflect on where you are, where you want to be, and how you can contribute to helping to improve our world. Remember, every droplet creates ripples, so do what you can and let the ripples carry your contributions outward. I’m thinking about you and wishing you focus and fortitude.