A tale of two oysters

The world is your oyster To hold in he palm of your hand, to own, open, consume, enjoy… Perhaps with a pearl in there to wear or sell along the way. The world is your oyster All around you, gritty…

Rainmakers

Who makes good things happen in and for your organisation? Who gets referrals? Who finds new clients? Who gets donations flowing? Who brings in new volunteers? Who finds new rainmakers? Don’t neglect this harder-to-measure quality: slightly less skill in planting…

Unlonely

Di dunia ini manusia bukan berduyun-duyun lahir dan berduyun-duyun pula kembali pulang. Seorang-seorang mereka datang. Seorang-seorang mereka pergi. Dan yang belum pergi dengan cemas-cemas menunggu saat nyawanya terbang entah ke mana. In this life, it’s not as if we’re born…

Roosevelt’s Man in the Arena (extended cut)

If you already know it, you may not have read this extended cut. If you haven’t come across it, it’s time you did. The Man in the Arena

David Epstein on kind and wicked learning environments

These are terms used by psychologist Robin Hogarth, and what a “kind” learning environment is one where patterns recur, ideally a situation is constrained – so a chessboard with very rigid rules and a literal board is very constrained –…

See how they run

I was running this morning – a bit of a slow, tired one – when someone came past in the other direction running with intent, with strength, and with pride. I changed my posture, lifted my pace a little, and…

The long and the short-enough term

The short-enough term Of course, we need to think about the short term – without which there there can be no long term. You’ll need enough short-termism to get stuff done, and to stay alive. Long term But making things…

Penn Jillette on the politics of “us”

I’ve trying this thought experiment of trying not to use the words “us and them.” I’ve tried to say the sentence “those of us who voted for Trump,” which is a very difficult sentence to say, but if you say…

Enjoyment

… of good things is as useful as discipline. If you enjoy it, you’re more likely to do it, and to do it more often, which will often lead to more and better results. What if, instead of working harder…

“It’s right there.”

It’s much easier to look for something you’ve lost when you know it’s there: When you know that it exists When you know what it looks or sounds or feels like When you know that it really is in the…