August 11, 2017: Friday News Roundup

Ready to wrap up the week? Check out the news before you do.

Sheryl Sandberg: Develop Your Voice, Not Your Brand
Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg has established herself as one of Silicon Valley’s most influential leaders, but it wasn’t easy getting her first break. She shares advice for planning your career, deciding where you want to work, and figuring out what’s important to you.

You 2.0: The Value Of ‘Deep Work’ In An Age Of Distraction
Constant interruptions may be more than annoyances; they could be making it harder for us to do deep, focused work like writing and problem-solving. This podcast explores “what we gain when we immerse ourselves in meaningful work.”

How to Find Meaning in a Job That Isn’t Your “True Calling”
It’s natural to want to find meaning in your work; after all, you spend much of your waking hours doing it. But even if your job isn’t your calling in life, an attitude adjustment could help you find fulfillment anyway.

Video games can either grow or shrink part of your brain, depending on how you play
Are you a spatial thinker who remembers landmarks and objects in order to orient yourself? Or do you remember the directions you followed to get there? The way you navigate through a first-person action game could affect your brain’s gray matter, according to this research.

Why Little Short Stories Are Popping Up in Google Ads All Over the Internet
Here’s a fun one to end on. A small literary magazine is using Google AdWords to share “short stories” with internet users, and it’s pretty cool! Read this Q&A with the editor about how and why they’ve taken on this experiment, how they manage the complexities of using Google AdWords, and what kind of results they’ve seen. Might be worth turning off your ad blocker!