No. 519 – April 9, 2023
Timeless ideas and insights for life.
When we stop listening to anything other than our own questions:
“You see well enough. But you stop listening.”
My conversation with Jason Karp on how a few moments in life change your trajectory forever, the amazing things he’s doing to change the food system, and how to put yourself in a better position.
“It’s not that hard work necessarily makes you luckier. It’s that putting in a lot of work positions you so that you will see more opportunities and be prepared to pounce on those opportunities because you’re prepared …This spoke to me so strongly as a metaphor for life.”
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“This awful catastrophe is not the end but the beginning. History does not end so. It is the way its chapters open.”
— St. Augustine
No one cares about your excuses as much as you do. In fact, no one cares about your excuses at all, except you.
When people’s actions have outcomes that don’t line up with how they see themselves, they tend to insulate their egos by blaming other people or unfavorable circumstances. Phrases like, “It was a great idea just poorly executed,” “We did the best we could,” and “We never should’ve been in this situation in the first place,” are often manifestations of this self-preserving tendency.
Here’s the thing: it might be true. Maybe it really wasn’t a bad idea, just bad execution. Maybe you really did do the best you could. Maybe you never should have been in that situation in the first place. It doesn’t really matter. No one cares. None of it changes the outcome or solves the problems that still remain.
Just because something happened that was outside of your control doesn’t mean it’s not your responsibility to deal with circumstances the best you can.
Focus on the next move. The next move makes the future easier or harder.
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Big Bang to inside you:
“The human body contains around 20 different elements, mostly made inside ancient stars.”
How colors change perception
“The arrangement of colors or textures in an environment changes the perspective, making the room appear taller, longer, wider, or highlighting a particular element.”
P.S. This kid made me smile.