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National Fishing and Boating Week 2016 June 4-12 is National Fishing and Boating Week, sponsored by the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation. Throughout the month, many states offer "free fishing days" when anyone is allowed to fish on public bodies of water without purchasing a fishing license, salmon stamps, or inland trout stamps  (6/17/16-6/20/16 for Illinois). Find free fishing days in other states here: Free Fishing Days 2016. Recreational fishing presents a chance to escape from the daily grind and spend time with family or friends on or near the water. It also provides an opportunity to bond with children while helping them develop an appreciation for waterways and wildlife. Fishing offers a number of health benefits as well (infographic courtesy of Bass Pro Shops) So get out there and take advantage of some of the beautiful waterways near you. Not sure where to go? The Recreational Fishing & Boating Foundation offers a way for to you find great spots and can be even be narrowed down by species of fish: Learn anything you've ever wanted to know about fishing: Have a topic or suggestion for a blog post you'd like to see? Let us know! Email us -  ...
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Functioning in a Work-First Culture Erin Reid coined the term "cult of busy" to describe the way our workforce has become: jobs come first in the hierarchy and constant availability is the expectation. With the increased ability to always have your work at your fingertips (e.g. email linked to your phone), the assumption of 24/7 accessibility has only intensified - and continues to do so. Working all the time should lead to more productivity, right? Wrong-o. Harvard Business Review and The New York Times have shared studies and stories of the problems that arise from constant work - employees crying and passing out from exhaustion, high turnover rates, and lack of diversity among your workforce being among them. So how are we coping with this ever-growing demand for the 24/7 workplace? Quite disfunctionally, as discussed by Huff Post writer Emily Peck. She talks about three ways we are "adapting" to the work-all-the-time demand. 1. Accepting Just give in and work all the time. Give up the deep relationships, community engagement, and physical well-being for the job. Just keep plugging away until you reach the burnout stage. 2. Passing The "fake it" strategy for coping. Technology makes it easy to be working wherever you are...

The Power of One Word As one of the most recognized and honored actors of all time, Tom Hanks has walked quite the interesting road. But he didn't hit home runs like Cast Away right off the bat. If you lovingly remember the early days of Tom Hanks - e.g. Money Pit, Turner & Hooch, Joe Versus the Volcano - he didn't start out his career raking in the Oscar nominations. So what helped him get to his first, second, third, etc. Oscar nominations? One word: no. "I realized...
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May 25th is National Missing Children's Day And this year marks the 3rd annual awareness campaign 'Ribbons & Headlights' that runs throughout the month of May. The Truckers Missing Child Project created this annual campaign to raise awareness of the continuous fight against human trafficking and missing children, specifically in the transportation industry. The goal is to “bring awareness to missing children as well as to show America that we as truck drivers and the motoring public do care about the cause.” During the month of May, and especially on May 25th, participating carriers and drivers drive with their headlights on and decorate their truck with yellow ribbons, representing missing children, and blue ribbons, representing those children who have died. Motorists are also invited to participate in the campaign. Dugal Trimble started the Truckers Missing Child Project as a way to spread notices about missing children across the nation, using Facebook as a major platform for sharing the word with other truckers and groups. Trimble shares alerts from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children in order to keep growing human trafficking awareness in the trucking community. To join in the campaign and help spread the word, like the Truckers Missing Child Project Facebook page. Have a topic or suggestion for a blog post you'd like to see? Let us know! Email us -
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Find Your Gorilla Sir David Attenborough (who just turned 90 years old this week - happy birthday!) is a British naturalist and documentary maker. He has captivated children worldwide with his television programs and documentaries on the wonders of nature. His career has not only been a very public one, but it is one that he has filled with his own passions. And it is a career that has inspired many children around the world to follow in his footsteps. Richard George, contributor to LinkedIn Pulse, identifies three lessons that we can all take from Sir David's incredible career. All of us may not be interested in travelling the world, studying animals and plants, and sharing those findings with the rest of mankind, but we can certainly find our own dream roles full of interest and passion - we can find our own gorillas. Three lessons from Sir David's career: 1. Find your passion, or something that drives you Figure out what it is that gets you out of bed in the morning. You may not currently be working in your dream role, so find aspects of your job that allow you to expand on your other interests. Sign up for a more creativity-based project, take classes in a skill that you have not quite developed yet, or work with people that can teach you elements of your job that you have never explored. 2. Take risks Don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone. As Richard points out, "the greatest and most wonderful things we do often happen as a result of putting ourselves at risk and grasping the things that scare us." Do more things that you would normally shy away from, such as public speaking or leading your coworkers. Test new ideas. Reach for that promotion. You may not succeed every single time, but you will certainly learn crucial lessons all along the way. 3. Don't worry so much about what clothes you wear While presentation can be important, it is your content and connections with others that matter most. The more distractions we can eliminate, the more barriers to communication we can break down. Find something that works and stick with it. Then move on to bigger and more important decisions. Read Richard's full LinkedIn Pulse article here. And for more about Sir David, check out his biography. Have a topic or suggestion for a blog post you'd like to see? Let us know! Email us -
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Give and Take and Extreme Ownership We have two new books added to the AM Transport book club rotation. In addition to those previous great reads still being passed around (such as Hug Your Haters and Good to Great), we have added a few new faces to the book club groups and a couple new titles to the bookshelf. 1. Give and Take Author - Adam Grant For generations, we have focused on the individual drivers of success: passion, hard work, talent, and luck. But today, success is increasingly dependent on how we interact with others. It turns out that at work, most people operate as either takers, matchers, or givers. Whereas takers strive to get as much as possible from others and matchers aim to trade evenly, givers are the rare breed of people who contribute to others without expecting anything in return. Using his own pioneering research as Wharton's top-rated professor, Adam Grant shows that these styles have a surprising impact on success. Give and Take highlights what effective networking, collaboration, influence, negotiation, and leadership skills have in common. This landmark book opens up an approach to success that has the power to transform not just individuals and groups, but entire organizations and communities. 2. Extreme Ownership Authors - Jocko Willink and Leif Babin This book explains the SEAL leadership concepts crucial to accomplishing the most difficult missions in combat and how to apply them to any group, team, or organization. It provides the reader with Jocko and Leif's formula for success: the mindset and guiding principles that enable SEAL combat units to achieve extraordinary results. It demonstrates how to apply these directly to business and life to likewise achieve victory. Through those difficult months of sustained combat, Jocko, Leif and their SEAL brothers learned that leadership--at every level--is the most important thing on the battlefield. They started Echelon Front to teach these same leadership principles to companies across industries throughout the business world that want to build their own high-performance, winning teams. Do you have recommended reads we should add to our book club? We would love to hear about them! Send them over to me - Have a topic or suggestion for a blog post you'd like to see? Let us know! Email us -