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What I learned last week (#86)

Learned last week: What really is in the air tonight, how you can reduce your chance of success, why is tennis so quiet, and more!

Book excerpt I was considering:

…if you want to get the most out of your day, do your most important work—your ONE Thing—early, before your willpower is drawn down.” (Gary Keller, Jay Papasan, The ONE Thing)


Quote I was thinking about:

“When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this: you haven’t.”

Thomas Edison

Why do tennis crowds have to be so quiet:

Interesting tidbits of the history of the sport, such as this:

Court tennis, as it’s called in the United States, is a bonkers sport. Imagine a squash-like court—smaller than a tennis court, enclosed on all four sides, with a ceiling—and add some seriously weird shit. There are long awnings on three sides of the court, halfway up the wall, called “penthouses.” Not only can you hit the ball off of these, you have to serve off the top of them with a funky spinning lob shot. Oh, and there are a bunch of holes in the wall that you can hit the ball into, like a pinball machine, called “galleries.” And there’s an anomalous notch, only on one side of the court, called the “tambour,” off which shots can also be played. Also the racket is small, heavy, wooden, and as asymmetrical as the court itself; the head tilts to one side, as if it melted and drooped while being formed.

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/why-are-tennis-crowds-quiet


Things that can reduce your chance of success:

  • Saying yes to too many things.
  • Making excuses.
  • Staying up late.
  • Eating poorly.
  • Checking email first thing in the AM.
  • Working more to fix being busy.
  • Buying things you don’t have the money for.
  • Staying in a relationship when you’re not happy.
  • Neglecting relationships that you take for granted.
  • Focusing on yourself.
  • Addiction to substances.
  • Excessive leverage.

The UX of Lego Interface Panels:

https://www.designedbycave.co.uk/2020/LEGO-Interface-UX


Three Atmospheric Scientists Explain Phil Collins’ ‘In the Air Tonight’:


9 Short Quotes That Changed My Life and Why:

“This is not your responsibility but it is your problem.” —Cheryl Strayed

But you see, life is unfair. Just because you should not have to deal with something doesn’t change whether you in fact need to.

Reminds me of this video from Will Smith.

https://ryanholiday.net/short-quotes


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By Nick

I'm a father, husband, son. I love reading, drawing, writing, being active, having a beer or a glass of wine with my wife, and am curious about everything.

2 replies on “What I learned last week (#86)”

I can’t believe “In the Air Tonight” is back on the music charts, thanks to the kids in that YouTube video! 🎹 🔥

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