The greatest scientific discovery was the discovery of ignorance. Once humans realised how little they knew about the world, they suddenly had a very good reason to seek new knowledge, which opened up the scientific road to progress.
Yuval Noah Harari, Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow
The world is your oyster if you stay curious and creative. Learn and unlearn. Change your mind. Speak to smart people. Write stuff down and get feedback. Enjoy 🙂
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We had an afternoon hail storm yesterday evening. Before the storm, the sky was pregnant and everything around us took a deep breath before the heavens unleashed thunder, lightning, and hail. My son was interested in seeing more videos of hail. A quick search on Twitter revealed a goldmine up to date footage. It was so much better than Youtube. No pre-roll ads, less spam, no crappy UX.
YouTube is a superior archive and repository for in-depth, long-form research. Twitter is excellent for real-time, user-generated stuff. If Twitter can fix its search functionality then it will be a force to be reckoned with.
There’s so much goodness buried in the Twitter timeline with no way for it to be discovered!
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A sense of community: get to know your neighbors, play a team sport or join a club – and keep showing up. Look out for one another.
Have people who depend on you: people live longer, purposeful lives when they have a responsibility in their lives like grandchildren, pets, a job.
Exercise daily – even if it’s 10 minutes.
Share a laugh.
Get up early and greet the sun.
Connect with nature: swim in the ocean, get on a bike, take a brisk walk, walk the dog, go outside and stretch.
Visit the ocean or the mountains: the mountains and the ocean have the same energy. It’s humbling and restorative.
This principle is the most important one:
Be in service to “the other” – The other could be other humans, nature, animals, place.
The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn. – Alvin Toffler
Here’s my take: The ignorant and dangerous of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who are not curious and skeptical enough to question what they read and watch before they retweet and share on Twitter and Facebook.
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It was a choppy day with some big swell. The kind of day when the sea is murky, and there’s a lot of water moving around. It’s disorientating when I can’t see the shoreline or pick a line in front of him. I usually can see the rocky outcrop up ahead, and I make a beeline for it. Today it was too choppy, it was feeling sharky, and I wasn’t hanging around. Instead, I picked someone swimming next to me and used her as my marker. If I stayed on her inside, then my thinking was that we would hit the point and then swing left towards the beach.
It was taking a little longer than I thought, so I stopped and quickly got my bearings. I realized that my marker was starting to veer away from the point and take us further out instead of moving closer to the turn. I immediately course-corrected and dig in hard on my left and headed closer in. I noticed that my marker veered left as well. I realized we had both been using each other as markers, and the problem was that neither one of us was triangulating our location.
The same thing happens in relationships, families, and teams at work. Make sure you do a sanity check and triangulate with something other than your chosen marker. You both be in the same bubble and unintentionally guiding each other off-course.
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‘When you were young you were afraid of ghosts, and when you were aged you called them to you’ – Alice Hoffman.
This Alice Hoffman quote reminded me of both of my grandmothers. They were strong and independent women. Matriarchs who I looked up to and still do. Towards the end of their lives, everything became more simple. Their family and the stories of the past were the centers of their universe. Our joy brought them joy, and reminiscing would always make them laugh. At the end of their lives, I felt like we were letting them go to be with their memories and stories. They called out to the ghosts in their stories, and then they followed them.
This quote is from Alice Hoffman’s novel “The World That We Knew”
Retirees are in capital preservation mode. Their income earning years are behind them, and they are living off their savings or, hopefully, some fixed income like social security, dividends, interest income, or slowly eating into their savings. That’s all fine if it lines up with their burn rate etc.
Young people can take more risks because of their high-income future earnings. If they invest time and money into something that ends up being a dud, it’s okay. They can keep trucking.
Companies are the same. They can be in capital preservation mode or growth mode. Capital preservation mode means no more experiments, no bets, don’t rock the boat. Innovation slows down, and they slowly become irrelevant. They act like retirees who know they’ll die in 10 years and play it safe. The people who work there think and act like the company’s best years are in the rearview mirror.
Young companies are the opposite. Lots of experiments, lots of unknowns, lots of whiffs and hopefully some big wins. They have an experimentation culture, and the people who work there believe they can do better, but more importantly, believe in themselves and the product they are creating.
Ask yourself where you are in your career and what type of company or people you want to work for.
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