Monday Morning Dispatch - Volume #93

Start your Monday off right: 

  1. Crazy inventor, Colin Furze, constructed a 360 degree swing in his backyard. With no harness or engine, he ends up 31 feet up in the air upside down at the top of the arch. I doubt we will see these starting to show up to playgrounds. 
  2.  The talent versus practice debate has continued throughout the history of athletics. David Epstein analyses various sports to see if its a genetic advantages that explain success. In a great interview, he reveals among his examples how baseball hitters don't have great reaction speed but rather better eye sight to see the ball out coming out of the pitcher's hand. 
  3. Alex Honnold is the world's best free climber. No rope or safety harness separating him from certain death if he places a wrong foot. A cognitive neuroscientist discovered that his amygdala (the fear response center of the brain) doesn't light up like a normal person proving that he doesn't feel fear 1800 feet off the ground with no rope. He has a different brain
  4. Examine your do-list for today. If instead of a series of tasks, what if that list said "feel joyful and exuberant"? This beautiful post from Marc Johns asks this magnificent question. 
  5. "THE SECRET IS TO KEEP ADDING VOICES, ADDING IDEAS, AND MOVING THINGS AROUND AS YOU PUT TOGETHER YOUR LIFE. IF YOU’RE LUCKY, PUTTING TOGETHER YOUR LIFE IS A PROCESS THAT WILL LAST THROUGH EVERY SINGLE DAY YOU’RE ALIVE."
    Ann Patchett
  6. Creative work has seasons. The foundation of a good "harvest" are built in the winter when no activity appears to be taking place. 
  7. In a similar vein, any creative pursuit requires patience. Results always take longer than what you imagine. Time is required for your skill to improve and projects to find their legs. This is something I definitely struggle with and am slowly learning the hard way. 
  8. "Most of the things that we do have two possible outcomes: they might work or they might not. Being able to live with the possibility of either is essential if we're going to move forward." Seth Godin's writing on risk is the best out there.