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 as you are, slowly shaping you (with a bit of pressure and a spot of mucous her or there) into…

Brian Moran and Michael Lennington on execution

The number-one factor holding people back from achieving what they are truly capable of is not a lack of knowledge, intellect, or information. It’s not a new strategy or idea. It’s not a larger network of connected people. It’s not hard work, natural talent, or luck. Of course all these things help, they all play a factor, but they are…

On assuming the best

Assuming the best of other people is usually the best position to assume. Here are some reasons for this: 1) There’s a double-distortion going on in our interactions: we think that we’re nicer and more reasonable – and our foibles more loveable – than they probably are (call it +1 vision), while people who aren’t us see everything we do…

Tim Sweeney on open platforms and the metaverse (2017)

I feel especially as we’re building up these platforms towards the metaverse, if these platforms are locked down and controlled by these proprietary companies then they’re going to have far more control over our lives, over our private data and over our private interactions with other people than any platform in previous history. [How are you going to keep the…

Seth Godin on good teachers

Here’s the secret, I think: teaching is empathy.If you have a bad teacher, who is strict for no reason, who says “there will be a test,” who is strict for no reason, who glosses over things that the class doesn’t understand, or spends time on things the class does – that teacher is a bad teacher because they are selfish.…

Seth Godin on listening to feedback

The most important thing to remember now a simple sentence: “It’s not for you.” … So you run an Indian restaurant on 6th Street in New York and you have a $24 spicy vindaloo, if you finish it you get it for free, it’s that spicy. And someone comes to the restaurant and says, “I hate spicy food,” it’s really…

Choices: how much?

Some questions to help you decide whether to buy something: How many cups of coffee is this worth? (If it’s less than five cups of coffee, it’s not a very big decision – you should probably go ahead. And don’t spend longer on choosing something worth the cost of a cup of coffee than you would on choosing coffee.) How…

Refunds, discounts

Sometimes it’s right to complain: an injustice has been done or a minor fraud committed, and it’s important to make a point. And there’s a pleasure to be had in getting a good deal. But often the time and energy we spend on hunting refunds and discounts costs us more than they’re worth. A good rule of thumb is to…

Questions (2): what you do with the answer

You asked the question… Are you going to listen to the answer? What are you prepared to change if the it’s not what you’re expecting? How are you going to put the answer to work? If you’re not ready to do any of these things, it’s probably better not to ask until you are.

Time on our hands: la durée

The idea is really just this: time on a watch is not the same as time in your head. An hour can fly by or seemingly drag for eternity. Time as we actually experience it, rather than as we measure it, is subjective. We all know this intuitively, and our culture has idioms for it (“time flies when…”) but it’s…