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Welcome to Sunday Brain Food: a weekly newsletter full of timeless ideas and insights for life and business.


Describing something with accuracy forces you to learn more about it. It can be difficult to stick with describing something completely and accurately. It’s hard to overcome the tendency to draw conclusions based on partial information or to leave assumptions unexplored.

— How Description Leads to Understanding

“In business, I think that the first people who need to receive hospitality are the people who work in an organization. Because if when you come to work, you feel like your colleagues are on your side, your boss is on your side, that people genuinely want to see you succeed, that’s probably going to bring out the best in you. And then you’re probably going to do even better things for your customers.”

— Danny Meyer (Founder of Shake Shack)

Explore Your Curiosity

★ “In a Western-style sport, the aim is gaining victory at all costs,” says Thompson. “In Japan, even when you’re sparring, karate is not just about gaining a point—it’s about how you do it.” … “True karate is about competing with yourself, not with other people.”

— Karate at the Olympics

★ A fascinating study on how we perceive ourselves as victims, build identities on top of that perception, and the unlikely consequences.

— Why People Feel Like Victims

Timeless Insight

“[M]ost people implicitly assume that their “map” of reality is supposed to be already correct. If they have to make any changes to it, that’s a sign that they messed up somewhere along the way. Scouts have the opposite assumption. We all start out with wildly incorrect maps, and over time, as we get more information, we make them somewhat more accurate. Revising your map is a sign you’re doing things right.”

— Julia Galef in The Scout Mindset

(Pair with The Map is Not the Territory and this podcast episode).

Tiny Thought

Two simple rules that make saying yes harder and saying no easier:

1. Don’t say yes on the spot.

2. When you do say yes to something, schedule when you’re going to do it in your calendar right away. Book twice as much time as you think it will take to do it right.

Both rules are helpful but the second rule is perhaps more important. Scheduling the work helps you realize that saying yes has a very real cost. By schedule double the time, you’ll avoid over-committing and have the flexibility to take advantage of opportunities that arise.

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Until next week,