“If an idea is true, criticism will not destroy it, but strengthen it.” — James Clear
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Do Nothing! Stay in Bed! Be Idle! - How to Live a Bit Better By Doing a Bit Less. Yale psychology professor on the importance of high achievers taking time to slow down. The tips:
Go to bed early
Take an hour off for lunch and talk to people
End your working day on time
Think of your commute as time to idle away
Don’t automatically pick up your smartphone when you have a spare moment. Instead, just sit and think. Or better yet - mediate
Tyler Cowen & Daniel Gross — Identifying Talent [5/17/22–70 minutes] Apple | Spotify | Google Cowen is possibly the most influential economists in the world & Gross is an entrepreneur and venture capitalist. They both co-authored a book, Talent: How to Identify Energizers, Creatives, and Winners Around the World, which was released last week. This episode covers topics in the book and it is a must-listen. This Twitter thread has some great quotes from the episode. My favorite 👇
“at the end of the day, it is a not a capital problem but there’s a significantly outdated operating system running on the minds of different people around the world who are responsible for finding the right person for the right job.”
On self-esteem (via How Will You Measure Your Life?):
“Self-esteem—the sense that ‘I’m not afraid to confront this problem and I think I can solve it’—doesn’t come from abundant resources. Rather, self-esteem comes from achieving something important when it’s hard to do.”
Radigan Carter on avoiding a negative frame of mind:
"no point wasting time being mad about how I was treated. Took me a while to realize that. All being mad did was put me in a negative frame of mind, and successful people don’t enjoy being around people who are mad about something that happened in the past."
Great clip to share with your players:
My next podcast interview will be with Seth Stephens-Davidowitz, who just released his new book, Don't Trust Your Gut: Using Data to Get What You Really Want in Life. His previous book is one of my all-time favorites - he looked at what Google search data (which is public) says about ourselves regarding racism, sexual preferences, and what women really ask Google about their husbands (hint: when searching Google, the most popular word to to finish the phrase “is my husband” is gay).
This book is basically moneyball for how to live a more fulfilling, happier life. If you happen to read the book in the next couple of weeks and have any questions for me to ask Seth, feel free to send them my way! You can also check out his recent podcast interview with Freakonomics and send any questions you have after listening to that.