No. 438 — September 19, 2021
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Few things will change your trajectory in life or business as much as learning to make effective decisions. Yet no one really teaches us what it means to make consistently high-quality decisions. The decision-making principles in this article are both practical and time-tested. They work in the real world.
One thing you can do today to make the future easier is nutrition. What should we avoid? What should we eat more of? What helps mental performance? I started working with Chef Allen Campbell, who is the former personal chef for Tom Brady and Gisele. You can listen to our conversation here.
Explore Your Curiosity
“My mother’s advice was, don’t lose time on useless emotions like anger, resentment, remorse, envy. Those, she said, will just sap time; they don’t get you where you want to be. One way I coped with times I was angry: I would sit down and practice the piano. I wasn’t very good at it, but it did distract me from whatever useless emotion I was feeling at the moment. Later, I did the same with the cello. I would be absorbed in the music, and the useless emotion faded away.”
— RBG’s Life, In Her Own Words
A fascinating study on how we perceive ourselves as victims, build identities on top of that perception, and the unlikely consequences that result.
You don’t need enough courage for the entire journey. You only need courage for a few seconds to overcome self-doubt before you take the next step.
Chapters in my Life by Frederick Taylor Gates
If you can find a copy of this book, it’s worth reading. Here you have a man, Frederick Taylor Gates, who (1) was called the greatest businessman of his time by Rockefeller, (2) established the University of Chicago, (3) created the world’s first permanent Private Foundation, (4) conceived the Rockefeller Institute, and (5) helped moved American medicine from the bottom to top spot. Almost entirely unknown, Gates is a man with uncommon traits.
+ Getting older makes you more generous.
+ Why do some people distract themselves with pleasure.
P.S. A bit of a rush.