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Don’t Wait Until You’re Walking Out the Door

The most meaningful things are said in the doorway as we’re about to leave. In passing. When we’re leaving a long dinner with friends, after a weekend with our parents, or in the hallway after a meeting.

“I really appreciate your support in getting through that tough time”

“Thanks for teaching me good values”

“Good job on that project. It’s your best work.”

Why do we wait until we’re walking out the door to say how we really feel? It’s easier. Our comments have less gravity when we say it in passing. There’s no time for a deep conversation on the topic if we’re about to hop in the car. It comes across as more casual when we say it as we’re putting on our coats.

When we delay saying how we feel, we’re denying a heartfelt conversation and stifling the relationship. So say it now. Tell your friend what you’re thinking during appetizers. Call your parents and say what’s on your mind. Walk over to your coworkers desk and give her feedback. Don’t wait until you’re walking out the door.

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Reading, Listening, Watching Vol. 2

Volume 2 in the “Reading, Listening, Watching” series inspired by the NYT Sunday Feature Download articles.

Reading

Poor Charlie's Almanack

the legend himself

Charlie Munger is Warren Buffet’s right hand man. If you haven’t heard of Charlie it’s because he deliberately takes a low profile while Warren is the face of Berkshire Hathaway (aka the most successful holding company in the history of the world). As a nod to Benjamin Franklin’s “Poor Richard’s Almanack”, Charlie’s “Poor Charlie’s Almanack” is a collection of wisdom, quotes, essays, cartoons, and speeches. Charlie lays out the principles that have guided him through live and a wildly successful business career. Some “Munger-isms” that stuck with me:

“Continually challenge and willingly amend your ‘best-loved ideas'”

“Opportunity comes to the prepared mind.”

“And it makes sense to load up on the very few good insights you have instead of pretending to know everything about everything at all times.”

 

Listening

Brain.fm

what’s not to love?

Brain.fm is a music streaming service I’ve been using to help concentrate and “get in the zone”. I use music to drown out distractions but sometimes the music itself is a distraction. Brain.fm isn’t music as much as it’s….sound. In Brain.fm’s words: “each brainwave session is designed using specific, high frequency protocols that have been found to be highly effective in a clinical setting”. Translation: they use science to help you focus, relax, and sleep better. Count me in! Give it a shot for yourself.

 

Watching

Master of None

look deep into Aziz’s eyes

Aziz Ansari’s Master of None. As a long time fan of Aziz’s standup, it’s exciting to see him jump into a new medium. Aziz co-wrote the Netflix series and also stars as a 30-something actor in NYC navigating through life. It’s a funny take on modern romance, city living, and finding your true calling. I watched the entire 10-episode series in one weekend.

As a bonus, this old video of Aziz is incredible.

 

What are you reading, listening, and watching?

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