3 Minute Monday
“Preparing to do the thing isn’t doing the thing.
Scheduling time to do the thing isn’t doing the thing.
Making a to-do list for the thing isn’t doing the thing.
Telling people you’re going to do the thing isn’t doing the thing.
Messaging friends who may or may not be doing the thing isn’t doing the thing.
Writing a banger tweet about how you’re going to do the thing isn’t doing the thing.
Hating on yourself for not doing the thing isn’t doing the thing. Hating on other people who have done the thing isn’t doing the thing. Hating on the obstacles in the way of doing the thing isn’t doing the thing.
Fantasising about all of the adoration you’ll receive once you do the thing isn’t doing the thing.
Reading about how to do the thing isn’t doing the thing. Reading about how other people did the thing isn’t doing the thing. Reading this essay isn’t doing the thing.
The only thing that is doing the thing is doing the thing.” — Strangest Loop
Go and do the thing.
This week’s upcoming episodes:
Richard Reeves – why are boys and men falling behind in education, employment and family life? A really scary and fascinating look at some of the structural issues of the modern world.
Andrew Bustamante – an ex CIA spy on why a nuclear alarm sounds at least once per hour at every missile silo in America. How double agents get turned, the levels of clearance above Top Secret and more.
Sam Tatam – how can we look to animal evolution to help us solve modern problems in transportation, engineering, marketing and psychology. Really cool.
THINGS I’VE LEARNED
Bad news for the astrology dating community.
After analysing the birthdays of 10 million married couples in England, researchers found no evidence of attraction or compatibility based on astrological star signs.
h/t Andrew Huberman
“People get so caught up in the fact that they have limits that they rarely exert the effort required to get close to them.” — James Clear
Men and women insult in different ways.
Research by Marissa Harrison and Susan Hughes looked at sex differences in insulting jabs.
“Most insults targeted at men derogated formidability/status & sexuality/gender.
Most insults targeted at women derogated physical appearance & ascribed promiscuity.
These qualities have shown to be salient cues to mate viability for each sex, respectively.”
Basically, hit em where it hurts (their dating prospects).
Blinkist book summaries.
Blinkist has nailed their lively narration for over 5,500 non-fiction books and podcasts where they summarise them in under 20 minutes.
The app is great and super easy to use on desktop or mobile.
Listening to the Blinkist summary to check out the key ideas and decide if you want to invest in reading the full book is a really good idea.
And for books that you’ve already read, you can use Blinkist to remember the key points which is a totally underrated strategy for not forgetting stuff but not having to make notes as you read.
You can get unlimited access to everything on Blinkist, completely free for 7 days with no obligation to stick about after.
I have started playing Pickleball as Austin continues to subsume my personality.