Thursday, April 15, 2021

One at a time...............................

   One of the most tempting questions to ask when we first learn the QBQ is "What can we do?"  The problem is "we" don't change.  Teams, departments, and organizations don't change.  People change, one at a time, through their own choices.

    I'm a firm believer in the team concept, but if we're not careful, we can end up substituting the language of teams ("we" and "us") for the language of personal accountability. . . .

     Personal accountability is not about changing others.  It's about making a difference by changing ourselves.

     Personal accountability.  The power of one.

-John G. Miller, QBQ!:  The Question Behind The Question

On changing your mind...........................

"People who are right a lot listen a lot, and they change their mind a lot.  If you don't change your mind frequently, you're going to be wrong a lot."

-Jeff Bezos

And there is a lot to be amused about...........

      If we are insecure, we make fun of others.  If we're comfortable being wrong, we're not afraid to poke fun at ourselves.  Laughing at ourselves reminds us that although we might take our decisions seriously, we don't take ourselves seriously.  Research suggests that the more frequently we make fun of ourselves, the happier we tend to be.  Instead of beating ourselves up about our mistakes, we can turn some of our past misconceptions into sources of present amusement.

-Adam Grant, Think Again

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Highly recommended......................

 


Pursuit............................

 In the United State, the pursuit of happiness is so prized that it's one of the three unalienable rights in our Declaration of Independence.  If we are not careful, though, the pursuit of happiness can become a recipe for misery. . . .

      Still, when it comes to careers, instead of searching for the job where we'll be happiest, we might be better off pursuing the job where we expect to learn and contribute the most.

-Adam Grant,  Think Again:  The Power of Knowing What You Don't Know

The trifecta........................

 


Us pesky humans.........................

 .........always coming up with new ideas and solving the world's problems.  If the TV news leaves you fearful, turn it off.   Our lives today are far better than our ancestors could ever have hoped for.  All because of people like Angel Leon.  Remember:  always bet on the optimist.

Thanks Chris

Ah, history..........................................

 A lot of history is just gawking at how wrong, how blind, people can be. Disastrously wrong, embarrassingly blind. Millions of people, all at the same time. When you then realize that today will be considered history in a few generations … oh dear. It’s unpleasant. But also fascinating.

-Morgan Housel, from here

Friday, April 9, 2021

it has worked out............................

Joe Tex...................................................................Skinny Legs

    

As Joe Tex, one the most extroverted philosophers I have ever met, cheerfully declared, "I've enjoyed this life.  I was glad that I was able to come up out of creation and look all around and see a little bit, grass and trees and cars, fish and steaks, potatoes.  Everywhere I've gone, I can always go back, and I can always find a friend.  I don't go trying to make somebody like me, I just be me, you know, and it has worked out."

Priorities...........................

      There is a subtle art to not giving a fuck.  And though the concept may sound ridiculous and I may sound like an asshole, what I'm talking about here is essentially learning how to focus and prioritize your thoughts effectively—how to pick and choose what matters to you and what does not matter to you based on finely honed personal values.  This is incredibly difficult.  It takes a lifetime of practice and discipline to achieve.  And you will regularly fail.  But it is perhaps the most worthy struggle one can undertake in one's life.  It is perhaps the only struggle in one's life.

-Mark Manson, The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A F*uck:  A Counterintuitive Approach To Living A Good Life

The balance between supply and demand actually counts for something.................

 Just because prices are rising does not automatically make something a bubble.

-Ben Carlson, from this post on the current red-hot real estate market

a notion...........................

       There is a notion that creative people are absentminded, reckless, heedless of social customs and obligations.  It is, hopefully, true.

-Mary Oliver

The one unbreakable law.......................

 If you find yourself saying ' __________ is always good' or '_________ is always bad', you may be a member of an idea cult.  Appreciating complexity reminds us that no behavior is always effective and that all cures have unintended consequences.

-Adam Grant,  Think Again

Opening paragraphs............................

 The central premise of this book is that impossible has a formula.  Whenever we see the impossible become possible, we are witnessing the end result of a quartet of skills—motivation, learning, creativity, and flow—expertly applies and significantly amplified.

-Steven Kotler,  The Art Of Impossible

Friday, April 2, 2021

an inextricable thread.......................

Everything worthwhile in life is won through surmounting the associated negative experience.  Any attempt to escape the negative, to avoid it, to squash it, or silence it, only backfires.  The avoidance of suffering is a struggle.  The denial of failure is a failure.  Hiding what is shameful is itself a form of shame.

     Pain is an inextricable thread in the fabric of life, and to tear it out unravels everything else with it.  To try to avoid pain is to give too many fucks about pain.  In contrast, if you're able to not give a fuck about pain, you become unstoppable.

     In my life, I have given a fuck about many things.  I have also not given a fuck about many things.  And like the road not taken, it was the fucks not given that made all the difference.

-Mark Manson, The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A F*uck: A Counterintuitive Approach To Living A Good Life

History and human nature........................

 That’s usually how it works. Look at virtually any decade and you’ll see that the most important news story was something no one was talking about until the moment it occurred.

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It is too easy to assume that when faced with terrible circumstances people will only muster a normal response. But it’s never like that. Expectations reset, survival instincts unleash new creative juices, and people start thinking and acting in ways they wouldn’t have contemplated before the crisis.

-Morgan Housel, from this post