What I’m Crunching — November 19, 2023

Book I’m Reading

I meet bi-weekly with a board-certified coach who is helping me develop as a leader. He is generously sharing his wisdom and experience with me and God is using him to knock off some of my rough edges.

We’re working through the idea of self-awareness right now and he recommended I read this book by Tasha Eurich. I’m about halfway through it and have benefitted tremendously. There are several counter-intuitive tidbits of information that characterize people who live highly self-aware lives:

  1. In trying times, they do not ask “Why” questions. “Why” questions are nearly always unanswerable and will mire the asker down in a circular victim mentality. Instead, they ask “What” questions which help us see our potential, keep us curious, and help us create a better future.
  2. They journal, not every day (which tempts us into prolonged and unproductive navel-gazing) but every few days, about happenings and experiences that are significant in their lives. In the journaling, they process both their thoughts and their feelings.
  3. Finally, they introspect, they do not ruminate. Eurich writes, “Rumination is introspection’s evil twin.” Whereas rumination is a “single-minded fixation on our fears, shortcomings, and insecurities,” introspection is “the process of consciously examining our thoughts, feelings, motives, and behaviors.”

Articles I’m Reading

Why I am now a Christian – Atheism can’t equip us for civilisational war (Ayaan Hirsi Ali)

Luck and the Entrepreneur: The four kinds of luck and also Age and the entrepreneur, part 1: Some data (both by Marc Andreessen)

Response to Andreessen’s “Luck and the Entrepreneur” – The Aging Entrepreneur (Naval Ravikant)

Tweets I’m Reading

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