UVA study of students who were asked to sit alone in a room for 15 minutes. Percent who decided to give themselves a painful shock.

Men, lol (h/t @idea_soup)
People do not like "doing nothing"

"Overall, participants did not enjoy engaging in mental
reverie and reported that it was “difficult” and “boring”
Video discussing these findings: instagram.com/p/CLnn5zdnj1i/…
With a sample size of 55 of self-selecting college students I don't think you can deduce anything. But I'd love to see a very large study of this
People have a lot of opinions though!
Worth noting:

they were shocked once before going in the room and said how much they would pay to avoid another shock
Really still not sure why this got liked so much. If you want to follow along for thoughts on work, life and my own self employment journey check it out

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22 Feb
Second brains are overrated. All the things I want to write about emerge spontaneously in my head and then hang out there for months or years. Eventually they come out. I still log notes from books and such. It's fun to sprinkle on insights but notes don't ship ideas.
Just publish the actual thing is way better than taking notes on the potential part of the thing. Do 100 as @visakanv says and then figure out where you are. A basic note system takes 10 mins to setup and will help a ton AFTER you start the ship wheels of motion.
This is more for solo creator mode who knows the thing they want to create. If you want to scale or build a company maybe it makes more sense but i dont know how to do that
Read 4 tweets
21 Feb
More people should experiment with offering their courses in the spirit of a gift economy

When I first launched my consulting skills course I used a link people could click to ask for a free link.

Problem? Zero people actually used/took the course.

Heres how I made it better
I always want to be able to offer everything I'm doing through spirit of the gift economy. I highly recommend people try this.

Will you sacrifice revenue? Maybe. Will you connect with amazing motivated people around the world? Definitely.

Here's my positioning Image
After inspiration from people like @ceisenstein who offered his living in the gift course as a gift and used an onboarding survey, I decided to try the same and combined with with @andrewjtaggart gift exercise he has used with people

Full exercise: airtable.com/shrusiOFsDyimd… ImageImageImageImage
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21 Feb
Most people I’ve met who tell me they want to make crap tons of money have a very detailed picture of what that money will do or why they want it. People who are just making high salaries and coasting rarely can articulate the same.
The most interesting conversation I had about money was someone that wanted to amass $5 million so that they could live in a remote location and spend time writing. When I mentioned I was doing this with less money they then added high end concierge daycare to the list.
Read 5 tweets
30 Jan
1/ A thread about some of the cool things I've learned about Taiwan, some history, and experiences from living here

1st one, "Portuguese sailors, passing Taiwan in 1544, first jotted in a ship's log the name of the island Ilha Formosa, meaning "Beautiful Island""
2/ Formosa is still used in various ways across the island
3/ Taiwan now recognizes 13 indigenous groups from the island who have roots before Chinese, Portuguese and Spanish settlers came to the island
Read 56 tweets
28 Jan
1/ Starting a thread of bold promises from company career pages. Culture PR has gotten out of hand in the last 20 years. I don't think people realize how much its shaped the general expectations towards work.

1st example, Facebook: "do the most meaningful work of your career"
2/ McKinsey's promise of fitting your "career into your calling" is about as promising as it gets.

"opportunities are limitless"
3/ Ropes & Grey: "write your own career story"

(after you write your briefs)
Read 102 tweets
28 Jan
McKinsey career site. If anyone finds this guys laptop I think it's missing...
explicitly promising a "calling" is risky business - with such intense work + high expectations this is a guaranteed recipe for burnout
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