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Get Involved with your Community!

OAKLAND MUSEUM OF CALIFORNIA – OMCA, if you don’t know it… you are missing out. They have a huge array of great events, music & food trucks on Friday nights and so many ways to learn, play, enjoy our history!

OMCA at 50 Community Conversations: Belonging, on Film Saturday, November 2, 2 pm | James Moore Theater Take a look behind the scenes with this special discussion on filmmaking, culture, and community. Join the conversation with musician and Director Boots Riley, Director Jamari Perry, Executive Director of the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) Stephen Gong, and Pixar Animator Rosana Sullivan.

Along with the Burning Man exhibit, there is a “partner spotlight”. KALW –  How did Burning Man go from a small bonfire to an 80,000-person cultural phenomenon? Find out on a new season of IntersectionFM on KALW. Don’t miss an episode! Subscribe to THE INTERSECTION at theintersection.fm or wherever you get your podcasts.

Oakland Museum of California 1000 Oak Street @ 10th Street – It’s BARTABLE!! Walk a block from Lake Merritt BART Oakland, California 94607

Beat Procrastination

As an entrepreneur, you often have to motivate yourself. There is no irate boss… unless it is you. Consider using happiness to turn the blahs around and finish your to-do list. 

Get that job done!

1. List your successes You know that proud, excited, and relieved feeling when you’ve achieved something? To change your self-talk, keep your successes (and the feeling that came with them) top of mind. Make a quick mental check-in with yourself every morning by thinking about one of your successes, whether it’s recent or not. With the help of this exercise, you start your day with the right emotion, and your tasks will feel much easier to accomplish. For example, I will regularly remind myself of small and big successes—a demanding task I’ve accomplished recently or winning a new client contract.

2. Make gratitude a habit Changing the way you feel about your work comes with a bit of practice. That’s why a gratitude journal can be a good addition to your new mental habit. After all, research shows that gratitude is linked with greater happiness. Use a few minutes every day to either write or think about three specific things you’re grateful for in your life. And whenever you feel resentful or bored, remind yourself of how much you can be grateful for. I regularly do gratitude check-ins when I work. I will tell myself how grateful I am that I’ve built my own business that lets me work from anywhere and that I get to work with companies doing amazing things. This habit makes work feel so much more fulfilling, which again helps keep procrastination at bay.

3. Change the way you speak to yourself Finally, to change the way you think about your tasks, you need to change the way you speak to yourself. Think about it: Would you expect others to perform a task if you were constantly reminding them of how little confidence you have in them? Probably not. Speak to yourself as you would to people around you. That’s the only way you can truly change your thoughts, your confidence, and the way you feel about your work.

Full article from Fast Company

Fast Company: Plant Prefab’s Nest

“Affordable housing is often incredibly expensive to build. (In 2018, the average cost of a single unit in an affordable apartment building in San Francisco was $750,000). The new Nest LivingHome toolkit, created by the Amazon-backed modular housing company Plant Prefab and the architecture firm Brooks & Scarpa” excerpt from FastCompany

The most basic Nest module (not including plumbing or kitchen and bath fixtures, since some apartment buildings will have shared facilities) starts at $57,900. [Image: courtesy Plant Prefab]- just what we need!

OMCA – Burning Man exhibition

Opens this Saturday #Bartable
No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man tickets on sale now!Opens Saturday, October 12
Get your tickets to OMCA’s much-anticipated special exhibition No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man, opening Saturday, October 12. Timed tickets are required for entry to the exhibition. Purchase your tickets online to guarantee your spot today! Learn more about timed ticketing here.

Immerse yourself in magnificent art from one of the most widely-celebrated cultural events in the world. Explore giant sculpture, creative costumes, and more inside this captivating exhibition

How to Be a Post-Ego Leader

Author: Courtney Lynch, Lead Star Partner

This was the perfect article to read today. I really enjoy the articles from this group, info on how to sign up for the newsletter is below.

I was recently talking with a colleague about what it takes to succeed in a demanding role. She shared that she thought the successful leader would have, “high competence, medium ego and be low maintenance.” I chuckled at her witty criteria for doing well in a high-profile position. I clearly understood the high competence and low maintenance parts, but I questioned her about what she meant by medium ego. She said, “Well, you have to have enough ego to know that you are capable and can confidently get the job done. That amount of ego gives you courage to try.”

I often come across professionals who are high ego and high maintenance to the point that it becomes a barrier to their competence. They consider themselves very important and at times believe their needs are the most important ones. This mindset isn’t consistent with being an effective leader. Leaders who are “post-ego” care more about solving problems and helping others succeed than being recognized for their greatness. They are willing to sacrifice personal wins for team victories.

I believe that our world needs more post-ego leaders and I challenge you to become one. Consider incorporating the following into your leadership style: Shift Your Focus Away from Personal Accomplishment.

It’s very easy to get caught up in the pursuit of status, notoriety and prestige. Post-ego leaders are beyond that chase. They have moved past the need to be affirmed by achievement, though they once may have experienced a season of life where climbing the ladder of success and experiencing “look at me” moments was a thrilling pursuit. Being able to REFLECT on your past and recognize the times when your life was oriented toward personal accomplishment is a key attribute of being “post-ego.”

Shift Your Focus Away from Personal Accomplishment. It’s very easy to get caught up in the pursuit of status, notoriety and prestige. Post-ego leaders are beyond that chase. They have moved past the need to be affirmed by achievement, though they once may have experienced a season of life where climbing the ladder of success and experiencing “look at me” moments was a thrilling pursuit. Being able to REFLECT on your past and recognize the times when your life was oriented toward personal accomplishment is a key attribute of being “post-ego.”

Be Others-Centered. I’ve observed that leaders who are truly beloved by their teams are the same people who share with me that they find life a more satisfying, joyful experience when they are OTHERS-CENTERED, instead of self-centered. One CEO described it like this, “I have much more resilience to deal with inevitable setbacks and failures because I care more about the success of others than myself. It’s not personal anymore. I know that the lows are just a part of what you have to go through to lead people to a better place and a better level of performance.”

As leaders, confidence is important. Be cautious though, there is a fine line between a healthy amount of ego and arrogance. Challenge yourself to truly elevate the importance others have in your life. When you find that you are leading purely for the good of the team, magic happens.

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Get Physical for Peak Mental Performance

Entrepreneurs face considerable mental and emotional challenges, making decisions every day that will hopefully pay off for years to come.

So you probably know that exercise helps you perform better under stress. That exercising at moderate intensity for twenty minutes elevates your mood for up to 12 hours. That exercise increases the production of a protein that supports the function, growth, and survival of brain cells.

And that exercise is one of the 5 daily habits a 30-year Harvard study shows can not only increase your lifespan by 12 to 14 years, but also cut your risk of Alzheimer’s in half.

But what you might not know is that a new study reveals a definite link between physical fitness and improved cognitive function — resulting in improved memory, reasoning, sharpness, and judgment.,

Entrepreneurs face considerable mental and emotional challenges, making decisions every day that will hopefully pay off for years to come.

So you probably know that exercise helps you perform better under stress. That exercising at moderate intensity for twenty minutes elevates your mood for up to 12 hours. That exercise increases the production of a protein that supports the function, growth, and survival of brain cells. Be happy, save your brain.

And that exercise is one of the 5 daily habits a 30-year Harvard study shows can not only increase your lifespan by 12 to 14 years, but also cut your risk of Alzheimer’s in half.

But what you might not know is that a new study reveals a definite link between physical fitness and improved cognitive function — resulting in improved memory, reasoning, sharpness, and judgment.

American Legion Posts 105 and 82 Celebrate 100 Year

Redwood City Post 105 and Post 82 have been a loyal service-oriented part of the SF Bay Area community for veterans and their families for one hundred years! Established in 1919! Please join them to celebrate!

You are invited to the Big party to celebrate on Veterans Day November 11th and on their centennial birthdays on Saturday, November 16th. If you’d like to help with set-up or volunteer at these events, please let them know. This is a fun place to volunteer and you certainly will be kept busy.

Location: 651 El Camino Real. Redwood City CA 94063

For more information please call— Commander of Post 105 Romie Bassetto 650-207-0426

American Legion Post 105 in RWC on El Camino Real

About Post 105:  650-365-1337 or email post105rc@aol.com   Website Hours:  Mon-Thursday 9am – 12noon. Friday 9am – 1am Saturday 9am – 8pm; Closed Sunday.

EventBrite link  View Map  Open to the public. Dress Code: Formal.  $65

Getting involved:  If you’d like to help with set-up or volunteer at the Post 105 events, please let Romie know. This is a fun place to volunteer and you certainly will be kept busy.

Angela Duckworth- Grit!

You’ve got to read this book! It’s not just talent that brings success but meeting the struggle …. digging in and continuing the race / challenge / project! Another words GRIT!

Filled with inspiring examples, good advice and clever tips you’ll love it. The work stories are wonderful.  She has developed a Grit scale to determine your “gritiness” which will make more sense once you read the book, but basically it is how you take your TALENT, and your wiliness to work at building skills and combine it to becoming accomplished over time.  GRIT SCALE HERE  Enjoy the YouTube of this book (2016). 52 minutes

“The first 10,000 pots are difficult and then it gets a little bit easier” Warren MacKenzie, master potter, over 90 years old. He,s been throwing pots all of his adult life!

Learn Teamwork; Paddle a Dragon Boat

This weekend we trained in collaboration, focus and cooperation on the water while paddling!

Wells Fargo and several other companies sponsor Dragon Boat races at Lake Merritt in Oakland, California. It is incredibly fun, wildly competitive and brings together a huge group of paddlers from all over!

We are novice paddlers… still concerned with the basics (don’t fall out, don’t lose your paddle, listen for the count); we had a couple great volunteer coaches and 9 hours of practice to get ready for race day! We learned only one person gives the command, we Must count and paddle together, don’t pay attention to the other boats and much more. Most of all we learned to depend on each other. More information.

We did so well for “ newbies” the Aqua Beast Red team moved into a Category C last race and though we didn’t win a medal we improved our time and raced against some tough teams! Our Gold team of Aqua Beasts won 3rd place Bronze in Category A with the toughest teams like the SF Fire Department!

Ride a Bike to Work? Incentives!

SACRAMENTO – Senate Bill 400 (SB 400), authored by Senator Thomas J. Umberg (D-Santa Ana) expanding the state’s incentives for turning in old, polluting cars to include vouchers for bikeshare and e-bikes was signed into law today by Governor Gavin Newsom. SB 400, adds bikeshare and e-bikes as mobility options in the Clean Cars 4 All Program, which will provide a strong incentive for Californians to switch from car to bike travel.

Senate Bill 400 helps California reduce our state’s greenhouse gas emissions. E-bikes are proving to be a reliable mobility option for not only replacing car trips, but also more widespread access to clean transportation,” said Senator Tom Umberg. “As an option within Clean Cars 4 All, e-bikes would help California create a more holistic approach to tackling the issues of pollution and traffic.”

Our Work Group has dozens of bikes donated for a holiday give-away. We know how important bikes are!


Dave Snyder, Executive Director of the California Bicycle Coalition said, “A good quality e-bike is better than a car for most of the local trips that people take, but it’s hard to justify spending several thousand dollars on a bike when you don’t have that kind of money. This program will help Californians make the switch to bikes if they so wish. E-Bikes provide a more affordable and cleaner option for local trips, and more fun and are healthy, too.”

Ride a Bike to Work..SB 400 improves the state’s Clean Cars 4 All Program that currently only provides support for buying electric, hybrid, and plug-in cars and mobility options like car-sharing memberships and transit passes. A study in Portland found that just a 15 percent increase in e-bike mode share results in an 11 percent decrease in CO2 emissions, even when using the dirtiest electricity generation profile in the USA.  Another study found that as many as 50% of trips by electric bicycle would have been car trips if the rider had not had access to a pedal-assist bike.