The fence is uncomfortable, but it affords the best view | Psyche Ideas

A playful tribute to the words our grandparents used (but we can’t pronounce) | Aeon Videos

Chinese philosophy has long known that mental health is communal | Psyche Ideas

The hopes and fears of the migrants selling souvenirs in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower | Aeon Videos

Seasoned Nuts Quotable via PNUTs newsletter

“The practice of violence, like all action, changes the world, but the most probable change is to a more violent world.” — Hannah Arendt

“They leave the genitals off Barbie and Ken, but they manufacture every kind of war toy. Because sex is more threatening to us than aggression.” — Marilyn French

The James Clear Newsletter

3-2-1 Newsletter by James Clear“The most wisdom per word of any newsletter on the web.”

3-2-1: On mediocrity vs. genius, taking risks, and when to ignore a problem

read onJAMESCLEAR.COM | MARCH 18, 2021

Happy 3-2-1 Thursday,

Here are 3 ideas, 2 quotes, and 1 question to consider for the week…

3 Ideas From Me


“New goals don’t deliver new results. New lifestyles do.

And a lifestyle is a process, not an outcome.

For this reason, your energy should go into building better habits, not chasing better results.”

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“Some things are better off ignored than attacked.

Attention is the oxygen of conflict. When you fight a problem, you breathe life into it. When you starve a problem of your attention, you suffocate it.

In a surprising number of cases, the way to solve a problem is to ignore it.”


“The events of your past are fixed. The meaning of your past is not.

The influence of every experience in your life is determined by the meaning you assign to it.

Assign a more useful meaning to your past and it becomes easier to take a more useful action in the present.”

2 Quotes From Others


Teacher and novelist Amelia Barr on the difference between mediocrity and genius:

“Everything good needs time. Don’t do work in a hurry. Go into details; it pays in every way. Time means power for your work. Mediocrity is always in a rush; but whatever is worth doing at all is worth doing with consideration. For genius is nothing more nor less than doing well what anyone can do badly.”

Source: From the essay “A Successful Novelist” in How They Succeeded


In her novel, The Painted Drum, writer Louise Erdrich discusses taking risks:

“Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and being alone won’t either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You have to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up. And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes too near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness. Tell yourself that you tasted as many as you could.”

Source: The Painted Drum

1 Question For You

What could be improved? What could be removed?

The Marshall Goldsmith Newsletter

My mission is simple. I want to help successful people achieve positive, lasting change in behavior; for themselves, their people, and their teams. I want to help you make your life a little better. Thank you for subscribing! Life is good.

What Is the Secret to Employee Engagement?

This radical new approach to employee engagement might just be the “other half of the equation”, the missing piece, the thing that we’ve been overlooking that could change the business landscape.

Marshall GoldsmithMar 18

In my new book Triggers, I propose a radical new approach to employee engagement. To me, this new approach is the “other half of the equation”, the missing piece, the thing that we’ve been overlooking that could change the business landscape for good!

What is this radical new concept? It’s that the key variable in employee engagement is the individual, the employee, not the program. Although it may sound obvious, this idea is not taught or acted upon. Instead, companies spend billions of dollars every year trying to get employees and leaders to believe that the solution to employee engagement problems is “out there” not “in us”. For example:

  • Historically, almost all of the evaluations of leadership development programs have focused on participants grading the popularity of the speakers. The goal of the program developers is to develop popular programs. Who learns to take responsibility? Who is really being trained? The speaker! The speaker is reinforced for being a popular presenter. The speaker almost never has any responsibility for the actual development of the leaders. The leaders may or may not take responsibility for their own development. Many take no responsibility for implementing what they learn in programs and, not surprisingly, do not become more effective.
  • Historically, almost all of the evaluations of executive coaching is on the popularity of the coach. Companies want to hire coaches who are popular with executives. Who learns to take responsibility? Who is really being trained? The executive coach is reinforced for being popular. The coaching clients may or may not take responsibility for changing their own behavior. Many take no responsibility for implementing suggestions from their coach and, not surprisingly, do not become better leaders.
  • Historically, almost all of the evaluation on employee engagement has focused on the company. These are important things like delivering fair pay and benefits, providing tools and resources, creating a safe workplace environment, and so on. But who is learning to take responsibility? Who is being trained? The company learns to roll out popular employee engagement programs; however, the employees may or may not take responsibility for engaging themselves. Many take no responsibility for engaging themselves and, not surprisingly, do not become more engaged though they do have good benefits.

I am not suggesting that all development and engagement programs are helpful – or that if their ideas are implemented they will work. I am merely pointing out that ideas which are not implemented definitely will not work!

I want you to achieve positive, lasting change, and I want you to have a better life. And while some of your life is going to be impacted by your environment, by a program, coach, or company – a lot is going to be up to you! The fact is that while you can’t make yourself taller, you can make yourself more engaged. And maybe you can’t change your company, boss, or employee, but you can change your reaction to them.

Your success in becoming engaged, being happy, finding meaning, and leading people will largely come from inside you – not from some teacher, coach, or program. It is not just what you learn, but how you (and if you) use it that will make the difference.

Thank you for reading! I hope this is helpful to you and those around you.

Life is good. Marshall


The more you are like you, the less you are like others and this makes you truly unique.
The more you like yourself, the less you are like anyone else, which makes you unique. (Walt Disney)
Wisdom is not only defined by what you know, but also be knowing what you don’t.
To know what you know and what you do not know, that is true knowledge. (Confucius)


* In search of amusement [ ]

Business models rework the world.

Organize assets. Add labor. Sell something for enough money that you get to do it again, but more.

That’s how we ended up with a $5 chicken in many pots, a car in front of many houses and a world that’s been paved. One cycle at a time, one dollar at a time.

Originally, business models were primarily about needs. You need food, I’ll build a farm. You need shelter, I’ll build houses.

As parts of the world have gotten richer and richer, though, the money that’s spent (which is what business models are based on) has shifted largely to wants. One millionaire buying collectible cars spends far more than 100 families buying beans or lettuce.

Marvel spent $400,000,000 to make Avengers: Endgame. Because there was a business model in place that made it a reasonable investment choice.

What if we wanted to cure river blindness or address ineffective policing as much as we wanted to watch movies? The business model would shift and things would change–in a different direction.

I’m not sure there’s an intrinsic reason that watching a particular movie is more satisfying than solving an endemic problem. We’ve simply evolved our culture to be focused on the business of amusement instead of the journey toward better.


“Maybe part of our formal education should be training in empathy. Imagine how different the world would be if, in fact, that were ‘reading, writing, arithmetic, empathy.’ — Neil deGrasse Tyson

“There’s no such thing as neutral education. Education either functions as an instrument to bring about conformity or freedom.” — Paulo Freire

Did you know…

Did you know…

… that today is Buzzards Day? As weird as it may seem, today we celebrate buzzards (turkey vultures). So how on earth did we get to the point of having a Buzzard’s Day? Well, Walter Nawalaniec, a Cleveland, Ohio, patrolman and bird watcher, tracked the spring migration of returning turkey vultures to the Cleveland area each year. He observed they had returned to the area exactly on March 15 for the past six years. Watching the buzzards return each year soon became an annual event in the area. So, celebrate the buzzards returning!


Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“A bird does not sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.”

— Maya Angelou