😵💫 Complexity is a copout
Perhaps because complexity is a way to avoid facing the reality that what really matters for most things in life is simply showing up and doing the work. Not thinking about it. Not talking about it. Not dreaming about it. But doing it. Put differently, maybe part of our attraction to complexity is that you can so easily hide behind it. Complexity feeds procrastination.
In this Olympic clip of a weight lifter almost passing out, a coach gives her something to smell. Turns out smelling salts are common in weight lifting. They will give you a burst of adreniline.
😓 Biles on leaving the competition.
Biles said after the competition that she had hoped to compete for herself, but “felt like I was still doing it for other people.” She added, “So that just, like, hurts my heart, because doing what I love has been kind of taken away from me to please other people.” via NYT.
“I was built this way for a reason, so I’m going to use it.” ~ Simone Biles
🧗🏿♂ ️I could only find this Simone Biles rope climb footage on TikTok. Enjoy.
😅Anyone else have a home sauna story?
I see them online for as little as $1k and so I was happy that a reader sent in a review of hers.
I have one of those small infrared saunas and absolutely love it! …
🏅The greatest story from the weekend Olympic events was Anna Kiesenhofer sneaking away for gold in the women’s cycling road race. She’s a very serious amateur cyclist with a day job as a math professor.
“I’m not the kind of cyclist who is only pushing the pedals; I’m also the mastermind behind my performance.” ~ her comment to Cycling News.
😳 What happened is that the favorites in the race got very confused.
Anna was in a three-person break up the road. That break got a ten-minute lead and then Anna attacked her two companions.
Behind them, the favorites for…
“Failure I can live with. Not trying is what I can’t handle.” — Sanya Richards-Ross, gold-medal track and field athlete
🏅 I’m excited for the Olympics because I want to dig into what each athlete had to do to reach peak performance. Expect a lot of lessons from sports in the newsletter.
⚾ Here is a TikTok of two baseball catchers doing a drill. One is obviously doing the drill better than the other. The difference is about attention to detail rather than skill.
The reason I…
The best thing I ever did to make more money was just to pay attention. I know that sounds trite and maybe impossible and a little bit like manifesting. But it wasn’t magic. I paid attention and that led to different spending and different decisions about opportunities.
On the flip side, I know from survey work and client interviews that people who are anxious about money often practice avoidance. Here’s a common behavior: you stop opening any of your mail for fear that the mail contains a bill you can’t pay.
Onward to what other people say about money.
“If you get tired, learn to rest, not to quit.” — Banksy
🛑 “Stop doing as much — but ease into it.”
That was the line in Trudy’s article that hit me hardest. If I slow down too fast then that creates its own anxiety.
📺 Practicing what I preach, I entered combat with burnout by watching all of Loki on Saturday followed by Summer of Soul. …
“We’re only envious of those already doing what we were made to do. Envy is a giant, flashing arrow pointing us toward our destiny.” — Glennon Doyle Melton
I answered agree to 3 of the 14 questions, but this isn’t a competition.
The Anti-hustle Culture Is Just as Bad as the Hustle Culture by Michelle Loucadoux, MBA
The anti-hustle culture is becoming just as stressful as the hustle culture. …
🧭 That quote is from AP coverage of Gloria Richardson’s passing. Her story inspires me.
💡 Nearly every day I think about Teju Ravilochan’s article putting Maslow’s hierarchy of needs into context. We pursue self-actualization in order to be capable of community actualization. I’ve linked to this article before.
🧒 David Paul Kirkpatrick introduced me to the new age concept of Indigo Children, “Indigos are highly aware, ultra-sensitive children. They see a need in the world and want to help change it.” Historically Joan of Arc, in the modern world Greta Thunberg.
📘 My leadership article, How to get promoted…
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🗣️ To be “well” is not to live in a state of perpetual safety and calm, but to move fluidly from a state of adversity, risk, adventure, or excitement, back to safety and calm, and out again. Stress is not bad for you; being stuck is bad for you.”
That’s from Emily Nagoski and Amelia Nagoski, DMA’s book, Burnout : The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle.
(h/t to Brittany Jezouit for recommending).
✉️ Writing these newsletters is revitalizing. My favorite part is getting responses. My…