Lately I've been having a lot of sidebar discussions with readers about finding that way to make a living at the intersection of What You Love (your passion), What You're Good At (your gift), and What's Needed (your purpose). Knowing your Genius (where your gift and passion intersect -- areas 2 & 3 in the above chart) is helpful in providing focus -- it helps you to set aside self-indulgences (things you love but are not acknowledged as very good at by others) and unfulfilling options (things you're acknowledged as very good at, but don't really have any passion for).
Be sure to click through to read the full posting and ponder the venn diagram. Helps tell the story quite well!
From Johnny Moore (pdf) at Brand Autopsy comes this endorsement of a book on the Laws of Lifetime Growth by Dan Sullivan and Catherine Nomura along with some "snippets to gnaw on". Here is the tenth law. It caught my eye. (Actually, each of the nine before did and I waited until the last one this, to copy it here. They are all that good!)
Always make your questions bigger than your answers.
“ … all growth lies in the territory of the unknown. What we already know is in the past. What we have yet to discover is the future. Always make your questions bigger than your answers and you’ll keep drawing yourself into a bigger future with new possibilities.”
Be sure to click through to read the full posting and the nine other snippets.
Malcolm Gladwell writing on his new blog provides his Thoughts on Freakonomics. I read Blink and like it alot. Freakonomics is on my To Read listing but I have followed their blog for some time. Malcolm gets into the differences between the arguments Freakonomics uses and the one he put forth in Blink:
So why is he so anxious to discredit Broken Windows? One—understandable—explanation is that he makes his own argument more compelling by dismissing all other arguments. (I know all about this tactic. I do it all the time). But a deeper explanation, I think, has to do with the difference between the perspective of economics and the perspective of psychology. Levitt is very interested in the root causes of behavior, in the kinds of incentives and circumstances that fundamentally shape the way human beings act. That’s the kind of thing that economists—particularly behavioral economists—think a lot about. And rightly so: who we are and how we behave is a product of forces and influences rooted in the histories and traditions and laws of the societies in which we belong.
Be sure to click through and read the full posting. It is worth it.
Steel over stone. Fat over bone. Excess over lack. That has always been the natural human aspiration. This has led to mistakes, which is human nature too, but retrogression is not human in nature. The solution is improvement, as it always has been. And the simpler the improvement, the better. Simplified progress. Progressive simplicity.
A short posting but worth every word in its simplicity!
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