Topics: Personal Goals, Choice-based Training, Book Recommendation, Media & Anxiety, Marie Curie
BY HENDRIK MUSEKAMP
Photo by Pahala Basuki
Hi all! It’s Friday. Hence, here is your weekly dose of hmx-weekly, a list of what I’m enjoying, pondering, or working on. Enjoy.
KEEP YOUR GOALS TO YOURSELF
Derek Sivers on why to keep your mouth shut when setting new goals. “After hitting on a brilliant new life plan, our first instinct is to tell someone, but Derek Sivers says it’s better to keep goals secret. He presents research stretching as far back as the 1920s to show why people who talk about their ambitions may be less likely to achieve them.”
HOW WE WILL BE GIVEN WHAT WE WANT TO HEAR
The last week there’s been a lot of buzz around an article published in “Das Magazin” (german). This article “Computers Are Better Judges of Your Personality Than Friends” outlines the same idea: When combining demographic data with psychographics, personality types and “big data” – e.g. facebook likes – AI will tailor ads to our liking. Thus we might be influenced in ways we’ve not seen before.
In this presentation Alexander Nix, CEO of Cambridge Analytica explains how this idea, and technology works, and adds how it might have helped president Trump to win the elections. There’s a lot of panic involved. To me though, this means, that we’ve got to up our game, i.e. actually do the OCEAN test that’s been talked about, and inspect one’s decision making, and internal world.
WHY WE’RE LIVING IN THE AGE OF FEAR
This is the safest time in human history. So why are we all so afraid? This is a long format article by Neil Strauss elaborating on emotional consequences of today’s media. This complements the ideas on how to deal with targeted ads and influences.
“All this doesn’t mean that we should completely unplug […] The goal, however, is to separate real threats from manufactured ones. And to find a balance where we are not so scared that we’re making bad decisions that hurt us and our freedom, but not so oblivious that we aren’t taking steps to protect ourselves.”
THE TIM FERRISS SHOW AND NEW BOOK
I devoured a lot of these episodes. It’s a crazy amount of excellent “infotainment”. Yesterday Tim Ferriss published his new book “Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers“, in which he condensed all the material of his podcast, and more. The following is just one perfect, though odd, example:
Susan Garrett — Master Dog (and Human) Trainer on conditioning, and much more. She contrasts choice-based training with punishment-based and reinforcement-based training, which I love. This totally translates to parenting, leadership, or education.
QUOTE I’M PONDERING OVER
“You cannot hope to build a better world without improving the individuals. To that end, each of us must work for his own improvement and, at the same time, share a general responsibility for all humanity…”
~ Marie Curie (1867-1934)
Resonates well with why I do this.
That’s all I want to leave you with for today. If there’s anything you’d want me to involve here please send me an email with your ideas.
Have a great week!