How to Talk to Little Girls

I have a little girl who’s growing fast. It’d be great if more people spoke to her like this.

To start you on your way here’s three questions I learned from Charles Poliquin on the Tim Ferriss Podcast.

  1. What have you done to help someone today?
  2. What has someone done nice for you today or to help you out?
  3. What did you learn?

I’ve been asking Alba questions like this everyday since she could talk. But these three questions are easy to remember and make a habit. I got thoughtful answers today. You will too.

My take is: ask your kid better questions and you’ll get better answers, and raise a great kid who contributes to the world.

How to Dice an Onion Perfectly, with Jeremy Fox

There is always a way to do something. A way that gets it done.

But then there is the craftsman’s way — the thoughtful way. The way that takes time, practice and more time. Few people appear to want to put in the time to become a craftsman.

Why not? Why are people, young people, in such a rush to do but not to learn how to be while they do?

This was not always the case. It may be that it’s not easy to focus on one thing when the world is a distraction.

But there is a way to dice an onion, or there is the Jeremy Fox way.

Find Your Horse to Ride

Find your horse. Sometimes it’s not that you’re doing something — it’s the thing that you’re doing that’s important.

The book, not the writer.

The horse, not the rider.

Richard Koch explains this idea very well in this article. Find the right horse for you and back it. You’ll be in for one heck of a winning ride.

Don’t Follow Your Passion

“Don’t follow your passion”. That’s contrarian advice right there. Or is it?

In his commencement speech to the Columbia Class of 2015, Ben Horowitz demonstrates that not following your passion works. Because our passions, “like boyfriends”, can change over time, and we should follow what we’re good at.

Ben says that, “The third issue with following your passion is you’re not necessarily good at your passion. Has anybody ever watched American Idol? You know what I’m talking about. Just because you love singing doesn’t mean you should be a professional singer”.

That’s true. We’ve all seen it. This is 17 minutes of the best career advice I’ve seen for a while. Worth the watch.

Be Your Weird Self

This is an excellent commencement speech by Chris Sacca.

His last piece of advice — be your weird self.

That’s a great piece of advice. Your weird self is the one that requires no effort, has no pretence and wears a smile — most of the time.

Chris Sacca went from $4 Million USD in the hole to zero in 2005, and is one of the most successful venture capitalists today. He’s well worth the 28 minutes.

The Law of Singularity

A repost of Richard Koch’s Law of Singularity article to remind myself and you, that sometimes there is only one way to save your business or brand.

One way.

And it’s usually really, really hard to do. So hard that some executives will put it off and put it off until it’s too late and they’re out of business.

If you’re struggling with a brand that’s not performing I recommend you read and then re-read the case studies in Richard’s article. They are an excellent prompt to finding the one way to kick start an ailing/failing brand.

Sign up for Richard’s blogposts here. Always a good read.

On Learning and Why This One Thing Scared Bruce Lee

I’m putting this here as a reminder for when my children are older, but before they can beat me. The idea that practising one thing 10,000 times is better than practising 10,000 things once is an old one.

It’s called an apprenticeship, or putting in the work. I’ve used this discipline to this day, and it works. It can be boring at times, but if the goal is big enough, if you care enough to think “How could I do this better today” every day, you will be happy and you will win.

Letter to My Younger Self

I enjoyed this letter from Pete Sampras to his 16 year old self. Writing such a letter would give you time to assess your life, see what worked, what didn’t, show you what’s really important and help you to move forward with pace and optimism.

Start writing one to your 16 year old self today.

Meet the World’s Oldest Female Body Builder

This woman is an inspiration!

Meet The World's Oldest Female Bodybuilder

At 77, Ernestine Shepherd is the world's oldest female bodybuilder and in our original documentary short, we follow a day in her life.See more videos:

Posted by Prevention Magazine on Tuesday, March 17, 2015

10 myths about psychology, debunked

How much of what you think about your brain is actually wrong? In this whistlestop tour of disproved science, Ben Ambridge walks through 10 popular ideas about psychology that have been proven wrong — and uncovers a few surprising truths about how our brains really work.

This video is very interesting and really worth the watch. Check it out here.