We let ourselves get tied to commitments that will take away time from the pursuits that will feed our creativity, relaxation, or deep work. We set intimidating goals like running a marathon or writing a novel that make us balk at the volume of work the activity will require; ultimately driving us to put off even the smallest baby steps toward the goal. What’s worse, we don’t constrain our leisure pursuits or appetites for entertainment & consumerism. Unbridled anytime and anywhere instant gratification leaves unsatisfied in the end.
I was once invited to attend a meeting to plan a meeting to schedule meetings. This was a real request from a Deloitte consultant to me while on a project in New York. I declined that invite and every single other meeting invite he sent. I wish I could say that was the last wasteful meeting invite I ever received but anyone who has worked in Corporate America knows that meetings, whether meaningful or not, are all too common. They are death by a thousand paper cuts. The deluge of meetings on my calendar eventually got me to think, how do you define a reasonable cadence between meetings? This thought lead me further down to how do you define a meaningful delta between occurrences for anything done repeatedly?
To be fair they deliver the 80% of the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus that you would expect. So, you won’t go wrong with them, they were just as underwhelming of a new shoe release that you could get. We will chalk it up to Covid and the constrained design, testing, and collaboration experience that Nike was working under.
To be clear, I am not religious. From the earliest age I needed too much empirical proof to make a leap of faith. I also could not accept the idea that any of my friends and family would be “excluded” in an afterlife because we did not share the same belief structure. If they are in fact good people, what God would no want them in their company? This question made me think that belief was asking me to make a choice between ideology and the people closest to me. I could not reconcile that and thus moved away from any religiosity.
The deliberate practitioner won’t just rely on one source for skill development. You have to learn across multiple mediums. Go out and read on the history of your interest, listen to podcasts, and watch how-to tutorials from masters.
I am an audiophile but there are no more record stores. I don’t listen to the radio. I don’t drive a lot and do not want to give that little bit of time away to shock jocks and advertising breaks. I stream what I want, when I want over the Bluetooth audio. Convenient as this approach may be, it is a double edged sword because that instant gratification can get you stuck in musical rut. I am an audiophile and I want to discover new sounds. Being stuck at home during a pandemic did nothing for that love of audio discovery.
Another shoe review about a pair of trainers from an up and coming shoe maker. The history of Nobull as I understand is that they started by creating a multi-purpose shoe for weight lifters and crossfit athletes. After finding their stride, pun intended, they branched out into multiple segments. You can find shoes, clothing, and accessories for all manner of activities. Including cycling, running, and weight lifting. I have been impressed by their styling from the beginning but didn’t think they would get into the running space. So, I bought a pair and put them to the test.
Aristotle declared there to be three primary causes to outcomes. The Efficient (natural), the Formal (momentary, explainable), and the Final (root) cause. Every year countless students start and abandon a formal college education. Each case is unique and should be treated as such when working with an individual student. However, when attempting to design policies and retention tools across the broader student body, we need to find some pattern in the sea of disparate circumstances that cause students to leave and not return. This is one scenario in which data science can help, if used correctly.
You can trace the individualistic mindset of Americans to its founding. That pursuit of various individual freedoms fueled the don’t tread on me spirit. Whether it was the freedom of religion, the lawless expansion into occupied indigenous lands, or the right to practice morally bereft chattel slavery. Americans have demanded the room to pursue what they solely want no matter the impact to their neighbor. It is no surprise then that “the United States scores highest on the individualism end of [the individualism-collectivism scale … and consequently] is the only industrialized country in the world that does not provide its citizens with universal health care.”
These Allbirds Tree Dashers are the late 2020 reworking of the original AllBirds trainers. I had a pair of the original joggers when they first launched years earlier. They were woefully under-designed to be a serious running shoe. They even lost their new “cool” factor when Paul Ryan could be spotted walking around in them. Some years later, I am giving them another try after a few redesigns, new styles and color options, and improved engineering.