Welcome to Timeless Tuesday, a weekly newsletter about thought-provoking topics and timeless resources.
IDEAS TO THINK ABOUT
I had a call with a friend I haven't spoken to in ages. Something he said stuck with me: he complimented my writing and said that if anything, I need to be publishing more.
Upon hanging up, I opened my laptop and typed more ferociously than I have in a long time. It taught me two things:
1. There are people that give you energy and people that drain your energy. Figure out how to spend more time with the former, and as little time with the latter, as possible. Your work, attitude and happiness will be boosted for it.
2. If you're seeking to influence a person's behaviour, very few things are more effective than a compliment. Even when you're aware of this, you can't help but feel a rush of joy and motivation in that moment. I'm not sure why you would want to, anyway.
LINKS I’M LOVING
The Neurology of Flow States - This piece looks at what goes on in the brain when you hit flow state i.e. that feeling of time disappearing as you become immersed in what you’re doing.
Crony Beliefs - In less than 15 minutes, this essay will help you shine a light on what you believe and why you believe it. I’m of the opinion that anything that helps you question your assumptions and view the world from a different perspective is worth reading, probably twice.
QUESTION I’M ASKING MYSELF
What would happen if I did the opposite for 24 hours? Am I doing things because it's the best way to do them, or because I've grown comfortable with doing them that way?
That’s all. I hope your week is spent around people that give you energy.
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