Weekly Pulse by William Meller | Week 41, 2023

Weekly Pulse by William Meller | Week 41, 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 - Digital Distraction Is Bad for Creativity
#2 - When Passion Leads to Burnout
#3 - The Musk Algorithm
#4 - 73 Things To Do in 30 Minutes Before Start Working
#5 - Book Notes #93: Skin in the Game by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Digital Distraction Is Bad for Creativity

Source: The Walrus
Author:  Steven Heighton
Year: 2022

Digital distraction can negatively impact creativity, according to an article in The New Yorker. Social media and the internet offer introverts a way to be alone yet connected to others, but this paradox can be problematic for artists and writers, who require creative solitude without compromise. 

The article suggests that writers and artists have traditionally been able to find solitude because they craved and welcomed it. However, digital distractions make it harder to walk away and can lead to a more distracted approach to work.

When Passion Leads to Burnout

Source:  Harvard Business Review
Author:  Jennifer Moss
Year: 2019

Passion-driven work can lead to burnout, a phenomenon that has been deprioritized in the past but is now recognized by the World Health Organization as a syndrome. Purpose-driven work is particularly at risk for burnout due to obsessive passion, which can increase conflict and stress. 

Mission-focused executives, non-profit employees, teachers/principals, nurses, and physicians are some of the people most at-risk for burnout. Leaders can help prevent burnout by monitoring employee well-being, setting clear policies, and teaching people to set boundaries.

The Musk Algorithm

Source: David H. Hansson Website
Author:  David H. Hansson
Year: 2023

The author highlights the application of Musk's "algorithm" to the success of his companies, which involves questioning every requirement, simplifying and optimizing, accelerating cycle time, and automating. 

The article emphasizes that the key to learning from Musk's success is to accept his madness as part of a package deal and dilute his example accordingly. The author believes that most founders and executives would do well to add at least 10% of Musk's intensity to their personal recipe.

73 Things To Do in 30 Minutes Before Start Working

Source:  Article of the Week

The way we begin our mornings often sets the tone for the entire day ahead. Morning routines play a pivotal role in shaping our productivity, mindset, and overall well-being.

Whether you're an early riser or someone who hits snooze a few times, crafting a purposeful morning routine can help you seize each day with renewed energy and focus.

A well-structured morning routine is not about squeezing in countless tasks before work but about consciously choosing activities that align with your goals and values. It's a time to invest in self-care, personal growth, and mental preparation. 

By dedicating as little as 30 minutes to these activities, you can harness the power of your mornings to boost productivity, reduce stress, and cultivate a positive mindset.

Book Notes #93: Skin in the Game by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Source:  Book Notes of the Week

In his most provocative and practical book yet, one of the foremost thinkers of our time redefines what it means to understand the world, succeed in a profession, contribute to a fair and just society, detect nonsense, and influence others. 

Citing examples ranging from Hammurabi to Seneca, Antaeus the Giant to Donald Trump, Nassim Nicholas Taleb shows how the willingness to accept one’s own risks is an essential attribute of heroes, saints, and flourishing people in all walks of life.

As always both accessible and iconoclastic, Taleb challenges long-held beliefs about the values of those who spearhead military interventions, make financial investments, and propagate religious faiths.

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