“Schedule less time for important tasks. This seems counterintuitive, but it isn’t in practice. When you limit how much time you give yourself to work on important tasks, you force yourself to expend more energy over less time so you can get the tasks done faster.”
“Speak with your parents — and take their advice too. Or at least consider it. You don’t always have to follow it, but certainly don’t throw it out of the window.”
“If I have 10 things on my to do list or 10 potential products I could pursue, what to do in that situation? And what I ask myself is which one of these — if done — will make the rest irrelevant or easier?”
“There’s an opportunity cost to everything worthwhile in life. No matter what you’re trying to accomplish, you’ll have to give up something in order to make it happen.”
“What much of this technology seems to have in common is that it removes the need to deal with humans directly. The tech doesn’t claim or acknowledge this as its primary goal, but it seems to often be the consequence. I’m sort of thinking maybe it is the primary goal.”
“We need white space in our daily lives just as much as we need it in our designs because the concept carries over: If our lives are over-cluttered and over-booked, we can’t focus properly on anything.”
“Personal genetics can empower patients, doctors, and researchers to make more informed decisions around health care. But while this information could help us make better medical choices, it could also be used to fine-tune insurance algorithms, calculating premiums on a sliding scale of genetic risk.”
“Aspiring leaders work hard to live up to others’ expectations, and so the qualities that made them special to begin with — those that helped them excel and feel engaged — tend to get buried. They behave more like everyone else, which saps their energy and ambition.”
I knew I was doing it too much.
It was easy to justify checking my phone constantly — especially since I write a weekly newsletter that features a collection of valuable ideas found through hours of searching the web and browsing my social feeds.
But a couple weeks ago, I recognized I had fallen into a dangerous loop and that my phone use —especially the time spent checking email and social media feeds — was out of hand.
So I did something about it.
We can learn a lot from the Piano Man.
I went to my first Billy Joel concert last weekend and in addition to a great show, it was a master class on how to connect with an audience.
No matter whether your audience connects with you in a stadium or in their Facebook feed, there’s a lot to be learned from what Billy Joel did on a warm Los Angeles night.
Here’s what I noticed watching Billy that can help you connect to your own tribe.