When I feel overwhelmed with things I need to do, it’s cathartic to make a list. Not sure it helps productivity but it makes me feel better.
The love of knowledge is a kind of madness.
― C.S. Lewis, Out of the Silent Planet
This is brilliant. They read product reviews and build products based off “I wish it did X” requests in the reviews.
Each buyer has a specialty—beach products, cellular accessories, and so on. Their job is to scour the web to learn all the features people wish a product had, and hire a manufacturer, often in China, to make the desired version. Pikarski lets each buyer create their own brand name, and order anywhere from a dozen to a truckload of units. If they sell well, the product is renewed. Otherwise, it’s junked.
When you work an insane number of hours, you’re going to get fatigued—for your neurons can only handle so much effort until they get worn out.
What’s happening here? Psychologists call it decision fatigue: the phenomenon where the more decisions you make, the worse at deciding you get. It’s part of the reason why judges give harsher rulings late in the day and hiring managers prefer the people they interview in the morning. Additionally, if you’re tired, you’re more likely to make unethical decisions—which suck and are to be avoided.
Fall in love with boredom. Fall in love with repetition and practice. Fall in love with the process of what you do and let the results take care of themselves.
The virtuous cycle between narrative and passion: So, opportunity- based narratives can be very powerful in catalyzing and amplifying the passion of the explorer. But there’s also a virtuous cycle here. As participants begin to acquire this passion of the explorer, they accomplish awesome things. The stories of their amazing accomplishments begin to spread and give additional credibility to the broader narrative – look at what others have accomplished, you can do the same or even better. Will you join us? Will you make the choices and take the actions required to pursue this exciting opportunity? The narrative is enriched by the experiences of others, spreads more broadly as others see the tangible evidence of what can be accomplished and acquires far more credibility.
Great post by John. If you haven’t read The Power of Pull, I highly recommend it.
If your orders decrease, you can lay off workers," said Tim Li, senior vice president of Taiwanese PC contract manufacturer Quanta Computer Inc. "You can’t lay off robots.
How bad is it that a selling point of human labor is that we’re more disposable? That’s one sad value prop.
I just discovered that Outlook has a “smart” folder called “Overdue Mail” with tons of old email in it. Weird.