The Innovation’s Featured Stories — January 25, 2021

Ugly rooms, nonverbal signs, and creating a virtual mindset

Michelle Loucadoux
4 min readJan 25, 2021


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From body language to sustainability, meditation to how to structure virtual meetings — the writers of The Innovation brought it this week. As always, we would like to thank our brilliantly talented team of contributors for a fantastic week of ideas, wisdom, and inspiration.

This week, we would like to showcase the following seven articles. We encourage you to check them out and support our authors with highlights, claps, and comment love. Have a wonderful week!

How to Master the Grand Poobah of Personal Development: Self DisciplineWendy S. Bradfield

Over the last two years, self-discipline has proved a steady means for my achievements. I’ve lost 44 pounds, earned another degree, adopted a vegan diet, quit drinking, started sleeping 8 hours nightly, tackled my depression, and launched a writing career — all while working a full-time job. I am content. I’ve accomplished more with self-discipline than any other resource, including money.

How Ugly Rooms Make You BetterChristopher Kokoski

The point here is clear: ugly rooms make us better. If you want success, get your butt into an ugly room.

What is an ugly room? It can be lots of places. Most of the time, it’s the opposite of new, state-of-the-art, and comfortable. Instead, ugly rooms are grimy, old, well-worn, stained, pocked, and uncomfortable.

The question then is, Why do ugly rooms work so well?

Don’t Wait for Weekends to Start Living — A Perfect Evening RoutineBegüm Erol

How we spend our night is a sign of how our next day will go. Remember your last hangover and how you woke up the next day. How did all the craziness set the tone for the day ahead? Did you manage to be motivated for a good productive day?

And if you’re having a hard time creating a morning routine because you’re not a morning person, or if you want to simply stop waiting for weekends to live your life to the…



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