💎 Friday Gems #41 (Nine Razors, Be Prolific, Your Diet)
Be skeptical of your own tribe and your beliefs. Don't drink the kool-aid!
Hi, Low Fidelity friends,
Here are the Friday Gems that have caught my eye this week.
💎 Leslie’s Razors
If there ever were a manual for life, understanding the rules of thumb, also known as razors, would be included in it. You may know about Ockham’s razor, which states that if you have two solutions for a problem, the correct solution is the simpler one, all things being equal. In his newsletter, Ian Leslie shares nine razors to help us cut through doubt, confusion, and the complexity that can weigh us down in decision-making.
I wish I had known about these two many years ago. They would have prevented a lot of internal agony. :)
People don’t think about you as much as you think. This was a big challenge for me anytime I gave a talk or workshop. Any time I noticed someone checking their phone or wasn’t smiling, I would immediately think that I was messing it all up. We only have access to our thoughts; others do not, so free yourself up by not trying to read people’s minds.
People who know you judge you as an average and not on your outliers.
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People form their opinions of those they know on a pattern of behaviour over months or years, and not on the anomalies, which loom much larger in your mind than in their’s.
Be sceptical of your own tribe. It’s important to understand the biases, errors, and distortions that come with blindly following our tribe or ‘people like me’
Which razor stands out for you? Let me know in the comments!
Source: The Ruffian
💎 Stop trying to ‘be original’ and be prolific instead
“If you want to be original the most important possible thing you can do is to do a lot of work. Do a huge volume of work.”
Ira Glass, producer of This American Life and Serial.
There is a tendency for us to think we need to have the most unique and brilliant idea ever; otherwise, the idea isn’t good, or worse, we start believing we aren’t creative and give up.
Perfection paralysis is also a common challenge when we wait to share our work until it is perfect with others. Fears of judgment and rejection also prevent us from getting the feedback we need to improve our ideas.
One way to overcome this tendency is to produce more work and ideas so that there are more chances of getting to that elusive great idea. The more ideas we have, the higher the chances of getting it right.
💎 Your diet is not only what you eat
Be picky with what you pay attention to because it all has an effect directly or indirectly on us. Focus on activities and people who support you and help you be your best.
💎 A gem of a quote
Watch your thoughts; they become words.
Watch your words; they become actions.
Watch your actions; they become habits.
Watch your habits; they become character.
Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.
- Lao Tzu
💎 Little Gems
Can a song get you into the zone?
I think so.
Although the framework below is meant for writing, it can equally be applied to our work and life. Living with an experimentation mindset helps us be flexible in the face of uncertainty and change.
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Have a fantastic weekend!
P.S. 💜 I’m thankful that you read this far.