I used to avoid the news at all costs. Too depressing, I'd say. And in some ways (many) that still rings true. In fact local news programs seem to cover fires and car accidents and robberies and all the things that make daily life something to fear. The major new channels, on the contrary, tell stories of things I didn't understand, couldn't apply to my life, or made me afraid not just of daily life but of the world.
However, all that's changed for me with The Skimm.
In the morning from bed, even before coffee, I read The Skimm. In one succinct email that's waiting for me in my inbox, I get intelligent news coverage in my own language. It takes no time at all to read, weaves chuckles in with the head shakes, and starts my day with two things that are vital to being a leader, even in my own small way:
1. I'm informed about what's happening in the world. And I do mean the world. Pop culture is minimal while politics, war, policy, and much more appear strongest. The Skimm even creates fuller guides for things that take more explaining than just that topic's daily paragraph. Do not underestimate the value of being informed as a boss or even as a member of society.
2. I'm reminded of my place in the world. How powerful it is to start the day with a reminder of both how significant and insignificant I am. I work in entertainment, so to read about the girls being rescued, for example, says to me, "Kimberly, be humble" and yet, "Kimberly, you have the ability to contribute to making the world better in some ways, however small."
In a time in which our society values being entertained over being informed, take a stand to move the "norm" in the other direction. I challenge you to demand information first and entertainment second.
Cheers to The Skimm for changing the face of news and inspiring girl bosses everywhere. (If you don't know, it was founded by two women. In case you needed another reason to sign up!)
Here are a few pics from my recent visit to The Skimm's Headquarters in NYC: