Weekly Pulse by William Meller | Week 19, 2023

Weekly Pulse by William Meller | Week 19, 2023
Weekly Pulse is content curation and highlights from readings, books, podcasts, insights, ramblings, and other interesting things I discovered and digested during the week.

So, let's go with some discoveries from the week!

#1 - Why We Buy Things We Don't Need
#2 - When Does Intelligence Peak?
#3 - Some Reflections on Being Off Social Media
#4 - Global Project Management Job Trends 2023
#5 - 
Book Notes: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People - Stephen R. Covey

Why We Buy Things We Don't Need

Source: Time
Author: Alana Semuels
Year: 2022

Summary: Compulsive shopping could be an evolutionary problem. We are, after all, evolved from blobs that survived because their networks of cells learned to repeat decisions like moving towards a tasty treat or backing away from a predator. Today, we have some 86 billion neurons, the “action cells” in the brain, that are constantly creating circuits to reinforce rewarding behavior, releasing dopamine as they do so, in order to help us learn how to get a reward. We seek out those releases of dopamine, and at the same time, learn to repeat the actions that lead to them.

3 Highlights:

"... The best way to alter the overconsumption habits that have gotten us here is not to stop buying things completely..."

"... All things being equal, we are predisposed to try to acquire more and more stuff and to try and work less to get it..."

"... That’s why Duhaime stresses that our brains are not “hard-wired” to keep consuming more and more..."

When Does Intelligence Peak?

Source: Scientific American
Author: Scott Barry Kaufman
Year: 2019

Summary: When does cognitive functioning peak? As we get older, we certainly feel as though our intelligence is rapidly declining. (Well, at least I do!) However, the nitty gritty research on the topic suggests some really interesting nuance. As a recent paper notes, "Not only is there no age at which humans are performing at peak on all cognitive tasks, there may not be an age at which humans perform at peak on most cognitive tasks."

3 Highlights:

"... In the intelligence field, there is a distinction between "fluid" intelligence (indexed by tests of abstract reasoning and pattern detection) and "crystallized" intelligence (indexed by measures of vocabulary and general knowledge). But domain-specific expertise—the dark matter of intelligence—is not identical to either fluid or crystallized intelligence. Most IQ tests, which were only ever designed for testing schoolchildren, don't include the rich depth of knowledge we acquire only after extensive immersion in a field..."

"... They found that after adjusting for covariates, purpose in life acted as a protective factor against cognitive decline. The researchers argue that purpose in life could be used as a treatment technique for cognitive decline in clinical settings..."

"... The good news for older adults is that not only can we continue to acquire domain-specific knowledge into older age, but purpose in life is also modifiable. It seems that the question "When does intelligence peak?" is actually a rather meaningless question..."

Some Reflections on Being Off Social Media

Source: Scott Young Site
Author: Scott Young
Year: 2021

Summary: You’ve probably signed up for a lot of online services that you no longer use. Most of those accounts probably still exist, and they likely contain a mix of your personal data, identity details, and credit card numbers. Don’t leave juicy targets lying around for attackers.

3 Highlights:

"... Instead, I feel like my internet usage now is much closer to how it was when I began blogging—curated information sources rather than algorithmic feeds..."

"... I think the anxiety-lowering effects of going off Twitter are more significant than the time savings. While I enjoyed the intellectual discussions, the overall hostility definitely made me more anxious..."

"... Why is Twitter smart and nasty, but Reddit is dull and fun? The choice to follow people rather than topics seems pivotal here..."

Global Project Management Job Trends 2023

Source: Article of the Week

Despite disruption and uncertainty, project professionals continue to have strong opportunities to advance their careers.

In a world where the economic outlook is uncertain, the demand for skilled project professionals is on the rise. 

Despite the threat of a global recession, companies still need problem solvers and relationship builders to help them navigate turbulent times and deliver strategic value. 

The Project Management Institute's most recent Talent Gap report estimates that 2.3 million people will be needed each year to fill all project management-oriented positions expected to open by 2030.

Book Notes: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People - Stephen R. Covey

Source: Book Notes of the Week

"The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People" by Stephen R. Covey is a timeless classic that has transformed millions of lives across the world. In this blog post, we will explore the key concepts of the book and how they can be applied to improve personal and professional effectiveness.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is recognized as one of the most influential books ever written. In this seminal work, Stephen R. Covey presents a holistic, integrated, principle-centered approach to solving personal and professional problems. 

With penetrating insights and pointed anecdotes, Covey reveals a step-by-step pathway for living with fairness, integrity, honesty, and human dignity. 

These principles give us the security to adapt to change, and the wisdom and power to take advantage of the opportunities that change creates

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