Weekly Pulse by William Meller | Week 29, 2023

Weekly Pulse by William Meller | Week 29, 2023
Weekly Pulse is content curation and highlights from readings, books, podcasts, insights, ramblings, and other interesting things I discovered during the week.

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

#1 - The Feynman Technique: The Best Way to Learn Anything
#2 - It’s Time to Rethink Job Descriptions for the Digital Era
#3 - The complicated reality of doing what you love
#4 - Boost Your Content Consumption with Reader by ReadWise
#5 - Book Notes #81: Outliers - Malcolm Gladwell

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The Feynman Technique: The Best Way to Learn Anything

Source: FS Blog
Author: Shane Parrish
Year: 2022

Summary: The article discusses the Feynman Technique, a formula created by Nobel-winning physicist Richard Feynman to learn anything faster and with greater understanding. The four-step process involves choosing a concept, teaching it to a child, identifying gaps and going back to the source material, and reviewing and simplifying. The technique helps deepen understanding of ideas and concepts and allows for better communication of knowledge to others. The article emphasizes the importance of understanding the difference between knowing something and knowing the name of something.

3 Highlights:

"... A lot of people tend to use complicated vocabulary and jargon to mask when they don’t understand something. The problem is we only fool ourselves because we don’t know that we don’t understand. In addition, using jargon conceals our misunderstanding from those around us..."

"... Now you know where you got stuck, go back to the source material and re-learn it until you can explain it in basic terms. 
 Identifying the boundaries of your understanding also limits the mistakes you’re liable to make and increases your chance of success when applying knowledge.

"... Review them to make sure you didn’t mistakenly borrow any of the jargon from the source material. Organize them into a simple story that flows. 
 Read them out loud. If the explanation isn’t simple or sounds confusing that’s a good indication that your understanding in that area still needs some work..."

It’s Time to Rethink Job Descriptions for the Digital Era

Source: Harvard Business Review
Author: Tyrone Smith
Year: 2021

Summary: Job titles and descriptions have become outdated in the modern workplace due to the blurring of job responsibilities and expectations caused by technology and digital transformation. As more jobs are automated, job titles will need to evolve to fit the changing business landscape. This involves a profound reimagining of job titles to provide more flexibility and a broader scope than traditional titles and to focus on skills rather than tasks. Allowing employees to transcend job titles can boost productivity during a time when responsibilities and skills change faster than traditional job titles and descriptions can be updated.

3 Highlights:

"... AI won’t necessarily replace humans in these fields, but we’ll need flexible job descriptions to adapt to technological advances and the impact they’ll have on traditional job titles and roles. Expanding beyond narrow job titles will be a critical aspect of the digital workplace as it’s streamlined by automated technology..."

"... Once hired, it’s equally vital to let employees branch out and collaborate with folks outside their day-to-day while still focusing their work on important tasks..."

"... Employees should feel empowered by supporting technology and digital transformation, encouraged to learn and grow outside of their normal daily work routine, and enthusiastic about the prospects of developing their careers without the pressures of stringent job descriptions, responsibilities, or titles..."

The Complicated Reality of Doing What You Love

Source: Vox
Author: Marian Bull
Year: 2021

Summary: The author recounts how they came to appreciate the benefits of having a hobby, which for them was making ceramics. Despite initial struggles with the process, they found enjoyment in the delayed gratification and quantifiable progress of the craft. However, as demand for their work grew, they grappled with the question of balancing commercialization with their original intention of pursuing an activity separate from work. The article explores the tension between leisure and work in hobbies, as well as the pressure to monetize them in modern times.

3 Highlights:

"... “Leisure came to represent freedom because it took place in time separate from work, and time in an industrial world could be used for either work or leisure,” writes Steven Gelber in his book Hobbies: Leisure and the Culture of Work in America. “For this reason, industrial capitalism sharpened the West’s ambivalent feelings about leisure.” Leisure does not exist without work and is therefore defined by it..."

"... Traditional careers are crumbling, and side hustles are fetishized; Instagram has turned marketing into a basic skill we’re all expected to have. It’s easier to sell the crap you make in your spare time, and you’re more likely to need the money than you might have been a few decades ago, when you could have just foisted it all on your friends. This all risks turning hobbies into even more of an illusion, a mirage of leisure that quickly turns to obligation..."

"... But making time for that also means carving out time, both for creation and inspiration, for the rest that is required for my brain to think thoughts. This is something I crave more than a new hobby; this is peace....."

Boost Your Content Consumption with Reader by ReadWise

Source: Article of the Week

My self-management system is organized based on certain principles that dictate how I always know what to do, when to do it, and why I should do something.

But finding time to read can be challenging. 

With constant information overload and distractions, focusing on reading and improving personal productivity may seem like an uphill battle. 

We're constantly bombarded with information from all sides, and it can be hard to focus on anything for more than a few minutes. But reading is essential for personal productivity.

However, reading will always play a crucial role in expanding knowledge, staying informed about industry trends, and enhancing critical thinking skills. 

To overcome these obstacles, I have been using Reader by Readwise as a comprehensive reading app designed to streamline content consumption and enhance reading comprehension.

Book Notes #81: Outliers - Malcolm Gladwell

Source: Book Notes of the Week

In this stunning book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of outliers—the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. 

He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different?

His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing. 

Along the way he explains the secrets of software billionaires, what it takes to be a great soccer player, why Asians are good at maths, and what made the Beatles the greatest rock band.

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