Being well versed in a diversity of useful skills is a good thing. Not only can this save you money, it also makes you more resilient as well as helpful to your friends and family. Over the holidays I changed the spark plugs in my car, replaced a blown out speaker (what a pain in the ass that was), and a few other things. I saved myself a ton of money by fixing the pool salt system controller circuit board. Ok that may take some skills – I have a background in electronics and an EE degree. The current limiter aged and cracked, causing an open circuit. Luckily I googled and was able to match the behavior to a fix. Google and YouTube is your friend. The part cost me $7US versus a new circuit board of $300 plus labor. Just in time information to the rescue again.

Bought and read Mindwise: Why We Misunderstand What Others Think, Believe, Feel, and Want Paperback by Nicholas Epley. Review pending.

Bought and started reading The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds Hardcover by Michael Lewis. Review pending.

I was listening to the Good Morning podcast by JB Glossinger. That guy looks like Woody Harrelson. In his podcast #2657 New Years Preparation he talks about the 3 F’s: Fix it, Forget it, Focus. I want to bring this up because I use this philosophy all the time in public speaking and other aspects of life where you need to correct a mistake and avoid beating yourself up. Negative self-talk is one of the most destructive and unnecessary unhealthy things we expose ourselves to NEEDLESSLY.

I was listening to the James Altucher podcast episode 200 where he is talking with Scott Adams of Dilbert fame. Many fascinating things were discussed but the one I want to bring up is something called a talent stack. I have seen this work for people before and feel it’s important enough to discuss it today. Scott also talks about storytelling and his cartoon. A HUGE point I want to share is how when telling a story to communicate the least amount of detail as possible while still getting the point across. There are important key reasons to leave out as much detail as possible. The listener fills in the irrelevant details with their own information and can better relate to the story. The more information you include, the more chances you create for the reader to realize they don’t fit that story.

What will be featured in next episode is essentially a wrap-up of Deep Work and additional material:
How to perform deep work
Deep work vs. K Anders Ericsson deliberate practice vs. Mihail Csikzentmihalyi flow
4DX The 4 Disciplines of Execution