Letting go of dreams 💎 Issue #40
Plus: Steve Kerr, money mistakes and an app that identifies plants.
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Here’s the best stuff I found on the Internet this week.
New to me 💡
Leadership Lessons from Steve Kerr | 9 min read
Everything about Steve Kerr just clicks with me and that’s a challenge. What are the benefits of seeking messages that you consider gospel? How are those going to make you think or reconsider established principles? I think Steve ends up providing the answer to that in this article when it mentioned how he encourages leaders to seek and define their core values before leading. The way I see it, there’s a big overlap in our core values and it’s totally OK to have him as my mentor without his permission.
The 10 Biggest Money Mistakes | 5 min read
Do you want to know if investing in cryptocurrencies is a mistake? Well: “8. Investing in Products you Don’t Understand. If you can’t explain it to a five year old, then you probably don’t understand it. And if you don’t understand it, then you are probably taking risks you can’t even imagine.” I’m not sure if I can explain it to a 5-year-old, but then again, it’s not like I “invested” more than I’m willing to lose.
It's time to start writing | 5 min read
How would you feel if every meeting you attended started with a few minutes of silent reading about what you were going to discuss? You know, like someone thought about a problem, and a purpose for a meeting, and distilled that into writing so everyone is LITERALLY on the same page. Crazy, right?! Here’s the kind of emails Jeff Bezos was sending almost 20 years ago “The reason writing a good 4 page memo is harder than "writing" a 20 page powerpoint is because the narrative structure of a good memo forces better thought and better understanding of what's more important than what, and how things are related. Powerpoint-style presentations somehow give permission to gloss over ideas, flatten out any sense of relative importance, and ignore the interconnectedness of ideas.”
How to let go of a lifelong dream | 16 min read
This is a weird idea, makes you uneasy to contemplate, but one I think everyone has gone through it at some point in their lives. “All of us have dreams and hopes for our future. They are often career-focused, but not always. Some people dream of starting a family or living in another country, for instance. Our dreams form part of our identity, giving us purpose and direction. That is, until reality gets in the way, as so often happens: the change might come from within us, as our passion wanes, or the obstacles to realising the dream might become insurmountable (or a mixture of the two).” The countermeasures suggested are worth possessing.
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This app I found 🌼
PlantSnap | Identify plants, flowers, and other kinds of wild stuff with pictures taken from your smartphone. My 2-year-old daughter brought home some flowers and now I think she picked them up in East Asia.
This week in a gif 🍹
High note ⚡
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