Feature Friday: 1000AwesomeThings.com

June 11, 2011

Every week, Feature Friday will highlight something…cool. It might be a person, it might be a business. It could be a new product, a new site, a new book, a new idea.

There are so many amazing people and stories out there that deserve more attention. Attention from all of you, my five, lovely readers.

This week’s feature is for you if:
– you like personal development
– you’re a glass-half-full type of person
– you’re a glass-half-empty type of person but know deep down that you’d like to be a glass-half-full type of person
– you like to smile
– you like awesome things
– you ARE awesome (Hey, that’s YOU!)


Feature Friday, vol. 3

I was introduced to 1000AwesomeThings.com last week, while attending WDS in Portland. It was founded in June of 2008 by Neil Pasricha and, unfortunately, I didn’t get to actually see him speak last week as he had to rush away for a family emergency. However, a video of one of his recent talks was played for the audience in his absence, and it didn’t disappoint.

Here is what’s probably the simplest About page on the internet:

1000 Awesome Things is just a time-ticking countdown of 1000 awesome things. Launched June, 2008 and updated every weekday.

And that’s that.

The site is a blog, with each entry highlighting a small something that’s awesome. It’s meant to be a bright spot in your rough day. To make you smile, make you laugh, and perhaps even remind you to not sweat the small stuff.

Awesome things listed range from serious (#568 Your Mom’s love, #275 Sundays) to simple (#967 Illegal naps, #605 Christmas hugs) to silly (#236 When you hit that point in the book where you suddenly can’t stop reading, #230 When you continue talking through the yawn and your friend actually understands you, #733 Laughing so hard you make no sound at all, #816 When the late-night pizza order arrives really, really early).

So fun, eh?

Neil has a couple books out that are compilations (plus some) of his blog. Can’t wait to add them to my collection:

The Book of Awesome


The Book of Even More Awesome (!!)

Before you check out any of that, however, if I were you, I would watch Neil’s talk he recently did at a TEDx event. It’s funny, short, and gives you a whole new, personal meaning to why he started 1000AwesomeThings and what he hopes it does for you.


How you can check out 1000AwesomeThings.com

– Go to 1000AwesomeThings.com and, well, start reading

– Share 1000AwesomeThings with a friend

– Watch Neil’s 17 minute talk about when and why he founded the site

– Like 1000AwesomeThings on Facebook, and keep the awesomeness going


(That was corny. I’m sorry.)
(No I’m not.)

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