Reader recommended

Posted on May 29, 2020 :: Reader Recommended
Posted by , Insight on Business Staff Writer

What are you reading, watching, wearing or doing that’s so great you want to share it with others? We asked a few of our Insight readers, and this is what they said.
— Compiled by Insight Editor MaryBeth Matzek

Know what you can control

“Uncertainty is common in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. I have always believed in controlling what you can control: Defining winning by moments … the here and now, not what might be or what was. Right now, I can control: Waking up in the morning and working out more than usual — it helps when you don’t have a commute, taking my family on weekend trips to ride single track bike trails around the region, and catching fish is always good for the soul. We can control things in our lives. Focus in the midst of the fray is easily lost; maintaining it is freedom.”

Ben Bruns, The Boldt Co., Appleton

Staying engaged

“I’m participating in a book club with co-workers reading ‘Sprint’ by Jake Knapp to find ways to solve big problems and test new ideas in just five days. I recently found out Mark’s East Side is serving its Friday fish via drive-thru, and I couldn’t be happier. I love their food! Taking walks in the neighborhood has also been great as a stress reliever and wonderful for saying ‘hi!’ to my neighbors.”

Chris Nimmer, Navitus, Appleton

Improving yourself

“We have all made the excuse, ‘I just don’t have time to do anything for myself.’ Well, we do now! I have fully embraced the spare time I have had being at home and used it to improve myself. I discovered Udemy and completed two courses that will help improve my career, listened to three great books I would have never made time to read and discovered I really enjoy working out from home through BeachBody and Alo Moves. I am now grateful for the time I’ve had to ‘reset,’ and I have discovered new things that I wouldn’t have taken time for before.”

Kim McGownd, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, Grand Chute

Profound perspective

“We are starving for perspective in a trying time. University of Rochester professor of astrophysics Adam Frank’s book ‘Light of the Stars: Alien Worlds and the Fate of the Earth’ offers plenty. He examines the longevity and fragility of life on earth through both microscope and telescope. He focuses on the probabilities of other civilizations emerging on alien worlds and what conditions, obstacles and potential catastrophes any civilization must protect, avert and prevent to persevere. Enter the big questions. How rare or common are ‘we’? How statistically probable is life around distant stars? Are we, and the earth, in this for the long haul? Frank’s accessible writing and optimistic analysis offer mind-bending ‘wows’ and a resulting feeling of hope … provided we recognize and alter our impact on this, as Carl Sagan put it, pale blue dot.”

Alex Hummel, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh