“You only get so much of the fuel that allows you to focus and gives you the mental energy to tackle the world each day. And what saps this fuel is making decisions, weighing options, and exercising self-control. Shadow work requires all three behaviors, and is thus a huge willpower drainer.”
The main points – “leadership, humility, collaboration, adaptability and loving to learn and re-learn” – essentially sound like a search for good character. Nice.
“Because “when you look at people who don’t go to school and make their way in the world, those are exceptional human beings. And we should do everything we can to find those people.””
Ohh, I like this idea! So much to be said about bringing our own flavors to spice up our life/work/hobbies/whatever. That’s what makes life interesting, anyway. This idea is what I’m going to encourage in others!
The problem is most of us, by definition, can’t be the best in any one area. But we can be exceptional in our combinations.
Lots of good practical advice to set up an environment to do excellent work rather than appease the egos of people who need to justify their existence in a company.
“A developer needs an average of four consecutive hours of uninterrupted work to be able to carry out a good quality job with significant advances.”
This idea of mise-en-place (French for “put in place”) reminds me how much good preparation goes into effective execution.
“But the key to mise-en-place is not so much the list, but the mindset. Cooks can easily do six hours of prep for a three-hour dinner shift. Mise-en-place forces cooks to account for every minute of their time and, says chef Dwayne Lipuma, every movement.”
I’ve reset my passwords enough times that I may need to revert to this strategy.
Talking to people in public does not come naturally to me, yet I crave human interaction. Having a history of being in new situations regularly, I figured that I needed to learn the skill of social interaction. It took many awkward conversations before I was comfortable with small talk.
There was a type of person who always fascinated me: charming, full of stories, warm. Often I’d get along with them, but sometimes the conversation was flat.
Around the same time as I was reflecting on these encounters, a friend informed me of his newest hobby: cycling. He explained how cyclists need to find a good cadence – that is, a baseline pedaling rhythm – to set a foundation for their subsequent approach and training for races.
That idea helped me to string along this expression: conversation cadence. Everyone has a rhythm not only in their speech pattern, but also in their thoughts and content.
So now I know that I tend to assess conversation cadence when I meet people. If we both have a rhythm that seems compatible, then it’s likely we’ll have a good time in each other’s company. If we don’t, then it’s okay to politely thank them for the brief chat and walk away. It’s nothing personal, and I’m happy to buzz around a room to find a fruitful conversation.
Content experts have a “mental frame – a latticework” that helps them use all of the information they’ve amassed. Cool.
Experts have a mental organizational structure that facilitates the retrieval and effective application of their knowledge.
Do good. It’ll pay off. It’s not just about the pizza, after all.
Unmet expectations? Unrealistic expectations.