What I learned last week (#114): who is the real you?

Learned last week: A goal should scare you, what’s an NFT, wisdom from Jim Carrey, and more!

Quote I was thinking about:

As we are pondering our move to Scotland and a couple of big new projects, this is accurate and useful to remember.

A goal should scare you a little, and excite you a lot.

Joe Vitale

Something to play in the background as you read:

The oldest Celtic lullaby we still have today. Over 1400 years ago, at the time of St. David, a Welsh mother sang to her baby Dinogad. Her song was found written in the margin of the 7th century Welsh heroic poem Y Gododdin. The Welsh lullaby ‘Dinogad’s Smock’ here played on viola da gamba.

Go on and do it ๐Ÿ›€๐Ÿผ ๐ŸŽป ๐ŸŽผ


What’s An NFT? And Why Are People Paying Millions To Buy Them?

It’s all about having the “original copy”. ยฏ\(ใƒ„)/ยฏ

NFT stands for what now? It stands for “nonfungible token.” Nonfungible, meaning you can’t exchange it for another thing of equal value. A $10 bill can be exchanged for two $5 bills. One bar of gold can be swapped for another bar of gold of the same size. Those things are fungible. An NFT, though, is one of a kind. The token refers to a unit of currency on the blockchain. It’s how cryptocurrency like Bitcoin is bought and sold. “Remember those days where people would line up for the newest Nike Air Jordan sneakers at the physical store? This is the new digital equivalent,” said Katie Haun, a general partner at the venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz. “It’s everything that brings together culture, and it’s also a bet on the future of e-commerce,” Haun said.

Read What’s An NFT? And Why Are People Paying Millions To Buy Them? on npr.org


Practice Analytically, Perform Intuitively:

I shared a bit about Bryson DeChambeau’s learning process before. This is a good follow-up.

The night before his first major championship victory, Bryson was disappointed with the performance of his driver. Instead of going home after the round, he went to the driving range, where he was the only player hitting balls under the lights. He problem-solved with his technical launch-monitor and his technically minded coach, but his breakthrough came when he took a swing and said: โ€œOh, that feels right.โ€ Instead of waiting for mathematical perfection, he called it a night once he found the proper feeling for his swing. 24 hours later, he was a US Open winner. By practicing like a scientist, he can play like an artist.

Read Practice Analytically, Perform Intuitively on perell.com


Book excerpt I enjoyed:

I’ll post some more notes on the book mentioned below at some point soon.

“The key to overcoming your biases is found deep within your intentions. Overcoming and optimizing yourself must be more deeply embedded in your desires, in your identity, than the desires that threaten to undermine it. The desires to be competent, to be unique, and even to be right, must all fall short of the desire for self-mastery. You must come to pride yourself, not on the accuracy of your current beliefs, but on your willingness to abandon your beliefs for new, more accurate ones. When you insist on finding the real truth first and learning to love it second, you can become the master of your own cognition.” (Designing the Mind, Designing the Mind.The Principles of Psychitecture)


New icebreaker question:

This would be an easy answer for me (video games)! Great question for a group setting.

What was your favorite activity as a 10-year-old?

From Rob Walkerโ€™s Art of Noticing newsletter.


Wisdom from Jim Carrey:

Scared that you arenโ€™t going to succeed/make enough money/be respected by doing that thing you really love?

You can fail at what you donโ€™t love, so you might as well do what you love. There is really no other choice to be made.

Jim Carrey

Some thoughts about numbers in the context of work:


Other things I was reminded of, or thankful for, last week:

  • Made waffles with a new recipe, almost vegan, made with oat flour. Not as good as our yeasted waffles but a good healthier alternative. I used this recipe for oat flour waffles.
  • Very late to the party but started watching Peay Blinders this week. I was interested in the origin of the show and whether it was based on a true story and it is, but very loosely. Really enjoying it as an escape at the end of the day.
  • Worked in the garden over the weekend and removed two of the posts and a ton of earth moved in prep for next week, my back is sore!
  • My favorite silly game to play with the kids this week was pretending that I got a call/text/email from their teacher saying they had gotten in trouble for some rude behavior at school and making up something crazy that they had done. Seems to get them going for a good laugh and generally they end up sharing something that actually happened in return. Reverse psychology? ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿฝ It works!
  • A few photos from the week:

Last but not least, check out what I’m up to now.

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