Did you let school ruin your learning?
What can help us improve our relationship with work; the right way to compare yourself to your old high school friends; pandas might save us all.
I meant to address the grief, fear and anger that terrorism brought back into our lives in the past month and a half, but to be honest, words fail me.
I am trying to find refuge in connecting with meaningful ideas; maybe the same will work for some of you as well.
Estimated reading time: 3 minutes.1
We struggle with the idea that learning doesn’t end with school.
Some might throw out a phrase like “you never stop learning,” but in their daily life, if they find out they don’t know something, or don’t know enough, they become frustrated.
It makes sense: we need to be able to do our job well; not knowing is an obstacle; therefore, learning something new becomes a necessary but bitter medicine.
We have a similar relationship with the idea of work.
The paradigm is slowly shifting, but previous generations have handed down the idea that work is a yoke we have no choice but to bear.
In the last fifty years the conversation has changed, and we’ve learned a few new things:
work occupies a significant part of our waking hours, and we cannot treat it as something we “have to do”;
work can be a source of growth, friendships, satisfaction;
the market offers us more opportunities than we thought to try new professions and careers.
Work can become something bearable, and even beneficial.
Both learning and work feel like a chore.
If so, what can make them feel bearable, or beneficial? In most cases, the feeling of progress. A higher salary, a more prestigious title. For some people, it’s the opportunity to become a manager. […]
🗝️ The secret stash
Selected ideas and resources to help you think, work and manage.
👨🏽🏫 How do you understand if you are doing better than your high school mates?
Even though the comparison shouldn’t keep you busy at all, this framework can help you think more productively about the choices you make. Read here (5 minutes).
⏳ The most successful business stories of our times share one characteristic.
🏃🏽♂️ “You must take yourself to the verge of irrelevance. Until then, you will be owned by your business.” (Codie Sanchez)
…or by your job. We struggle to delegate because we think that it takes less time to do the work ourselves, or because we don’t trust our team’s skills. That’s a trap, and we won’t be able to make progress because of it. There’s a better way to do that. Read here (7 minutes).
Unorthodox insights and stories. Opportunities to think different.
China and the US are trying to heal their complicated relationship. Their strategy? Pandas.
We have plenty of opinions, and we can’t stop arguing about anything, irrelevant or crucial as it may be: politics, religion, values. It doesn’t have to be like that. The most interesting insight I read so far: let’s keep our identities small. Highly recommended read.
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This time is for real. I asked ChatGPT. It can also calculate reading times.