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Sleep

Sleep

"When you rest, you rejuvenate. You get more creative. You have more ideas.  

You read more and learn more and observe more and have more time to get curious about people you might love."

Our culture tends to praise the busy and overworked.  I call bullshit for several reasons:

1. Being busy is a sign that you're not in control of your life. Most people who are "busy" are just being inefficient.  @timferriss talks about this, so does @dereksivers

2. Keeping ourselves “busy” is usually an easy way of distracting ourselves from the harder questions in life such as...

Resolve

Resolve

"All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.

From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king." - J. R. R. Tolkien 

Perseverance. 
The most crucial piece...

Hire

Hire

"Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.” - Vincent Van Gogh

A 10-Story high Human Tower. It's difficult to imagine the pressure those at the bottom feel, but this goes to show what we can accomplish with the right team. 

When hiring, look for these 4 things that can't be taught first:
Work Ethic 🤓
Integrity 😇
Curiosity 🤔
Taste 😍

The best of us (the worst of us)

When we join an organization and become part of something, collisions happen. Standards change. 

Sometimes, these tribal affiliations push us to become better versions of ourselves. We take a long-term view, check our selfish impulses and work hard to meet the high standards of those around us.

But if we're not careful, we can join a group that indulges in our selfishness, one that pushes us to be callous or short-sighted. To become part of the mob, or the insolent bystanders.

There's nothing inherent in the way humans associate that will lead to one or the other. But once on the path, the culture is difficult to change...

The challenge, then, is to push ourselves to find the right groups (and leave the others behind.) - Seth Godin