James Clear on habits as casting votes

Every action you take is a vote for the type of person you wish to become. No single instance will transform your beliefs, but as the votes build up, so does the evidence of your new identity. This is one…

On mopping the floor

Sweep up. Mop the floor. Spend five minutes – five minutes! – a day putting things back in their places or working out where their places should be or throwing things out. It isn’t just that the reduction in friction…

Gotong royong (on finding co-owners)

Gotong Royong [Indonesian: to carry together] Friends and champions are indespensible for your project; just as vital are co-owners – people who will actually carry it together with you. Without co-owners, your project will die when you do. With co-owners,…

Steven Pinker on passing on language

Language is created anew every generation by the minds of the children who construct it out of the data that they get from their parents and peers. Steven Pinker – with Tyler Cowan, in Conversations with Tyler, Ep 14 The…

Better tools

I’ve been trying to learn to solder – on and off – for something close to 24 years. It never worked for me: the solder didn’t melt, or just rolled off the tip of the soldering iron, which smoked wickedly…

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 –…