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someone smart said ‘life is not linear’ or something to that effect. great observation. and one that should drive many decisions in life.
volatility is inherent in life and business because humans are involved. humans are emotional creatures and make unpredictable, sudden decisions.
ways to mitigate this revolve, in my opinion, around diversity.
1. look at more things (as another smart person said). have five potential job ideas working all the time in case your job doesn’t pan out. one day your boss likes you; one day not so much. it happens. i have seen it. having multiple other relationships lined up will help mitigate that if it happens.
2. don’t focus on one skill set (i.e. i am a finance guy and only going to develop finance related skills). be well rounded. learn to program so that if that is hot you at least understand that industry.
3. network when you don’t need to. don’t ever stop networking. when you need your network for whatever reason you need it to be developed and in place. when you need it is not the time to build it. it needs to be built so that it is strong when you need to harvest from it. talk to as many people as you can all the time. if you cannot see how someone can be of immediate assistance to you, spend more time with them. it is the not obvious connections that will add diversity to your network and make it stronger. knowing only finance people, for example, will only get you finance opportunities.
4. don’t get too comfortable. volatility is unpredictable. if you are too comfortable it can unseat you easily. expect that a good thing won’t last forever and if it does, great. if not, you are prepared by knowing diverse people, having a diverse network built, and having developed a more well rounded skill set.
5. embrace the volatility. volatility isn’t always bad. things can surprise you to the upside. but you have to be flexible enough to take an opportunity when it arises.
think about how unforeseen things could happen to you and you will visualize why you should be working on the above.
willpower might be the only thing that really matters in life, if you stop and think about it.
studying instead of going out - willpower
eating veggies and beans for breakfast instead of pancakes and syrup - willpower
staying late to finish the work project instead of going home - willpower
such a crucial skill, but so very hard to master.
why is it so hard for our brain to convince the rest of our body to do the right thing?
really feeling this today as i am on a strict no-bad-carb diet and made the mistake of not having breakfast at home.
good test of willpower: after a good morning workout, eat a healthy breakfast out at a fast food or fast casual restaurant that fills you up without eating one bad carb (bread, grains, oatmeal, sugar, yogurt, etc.).
the answer must lie somewhere in the behavioral economics field.
When I run I usually listen to some music on Spotify. Then there are always some new unreleased songs so I switch to Soundcloud for a few of those. Then if it’s a long run and I am getting bored I switch to the TED app and listen to some TED talks.
So I cannot help but wonder why Spotify doesn’t allow artists to upload unreleased tracks directly, like Soundcloud so I can eliminate that step. And then why doesn’t TED distribute their talks through Spotify also? They let users download the talks, why not put them in Spotify and let me add the audio to my playlists?
It’s all about me and making my runs easier! Now make it happen.
Today I wrote an email in gmail and said “see attached”. Yet I had not attached a file to the email. When I hit send google alerted me to the fact that there was nothing attached.
This seems simple but this is really the first time that I have seen a mainstream tech product start to introduce some simple artificial intelligence into its products.
I personally thought this was pretty slick, but I am more intrigued by what is to come. The technology is obviously there to help me be smarter and more productive but companies have been reluctant to deploy in the mainstream.
Excited for what’s to come with this.
Some people are great at generating ideas and some people are great at executing on ideas. Rare is the person that can do both.
I was given yet another example of this today with a business interaction that I had. Very smart people drop the ball when you must crossover from an idea to actually following the correct and logical steps to take a plan from idea to finished product.
I would like to think that I have both of these traits, but who am I to judge. It just never ceases to amaze me when I see poor executors who are very smart and successful people at higher level tasks.
I got my kid an iPod touch for Christmas. She is 6.
I received many complaints from her grandparents (and mom) that this was too early for this. Why should she be tethered to a device at a young age? blah blah blah
Since she has received this she has watched about 20 minutes cumulatively of video on the device (which was my worst fear). And she has solved literally almost 100 sudoku puzzles. Played countless letterpress (word match games). Practiced spelling by writing me Kiks and emails. Had many facetime conversations with her grandmother 6 hours away.
Those are all good things in my book.
The reason I fought (with her mom) to get her this is that I want her to understand technology. The younger the better. I don’t want her to play games. I want her to slowly understand all of the things that technology can do for you in this world. It’s a way of thinking that I want to germinate in her brain. It can only help with the way things are headed.
Personally I have seen how the only bright spot in our economy at the moment is the tech sector and the earlier she gets into that mindset the better it will be for her in the long term.
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