The tensions of the modern soul + Alain de Botton and Tim Ferriss chat

I’ve been sending this podcast with Alain de Botton with Tim Ferriss to so many people. It’s just full of so much wisdom.
It’s quite long although shorter than watching a blockbuster :).
The wide discussion covers the tension of the modern soul, the glamour of science, spreading ideas, philosophy and loads more.

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Networking, be human

Networking, be human

I’m not very good at networking, sure I can meet people, have a decent conversation but those long lasting relationships I find hard to build. That’s why I was so excited to listen to Tim Ferriss insights on networking.

They were essentially dont network focus on making human connections and don’t be a dick.

1. Dont dismiss people
2. Don’t be a dick

3. Dont rush

4. Dont pitch if they haven’t asked


Be human and play the long game. 

I tried to apply this consciously at the Scottish Learning Festival. Scotland’s largest gathering of educational professionals. I just had two simple aims, make one human connection and learn more about the landscape. 

I’m happy to say it worked. My first session I turned round to the lady next to me and just said hi. We got chatting about how we both do workshops in schools and ended up spending most of the two days together. We’d pretty much selected the same seminars to attend. 

These principles also made the whole experience more pleasurable, I didn’t feel like I had to meet the most number of people, or sell anything. Instead be open to the opportunities that came up to create connections. 

Random thoughts// Interruption Economy

Random thoughts// Interruption Economy

Digital distraction
‘Interruption economy’ was mentioned in Tim Ferris Podcast with Scott Adams. Coined by Scott it refers to how the biggest companies in our market today make their money from constantly interrupting you. It perfectly describes where I am today. Constantly distracted.

I do most of my work on my laptop yet I can’t get through a task, e.g making a note of an idea on evernote, without going through a rabbit warren of information. I’ve realised I rarely finish reading an article, there are so many click-thoughs.

And all of this without really using twitter, Facebook, instagram, medium and whatever else is out there. So I can’t imagine what those social media savvy people are going though!

It’s not a new phenomena for me, I remember in secondary school, ‘studying’ while watching TV. This was the days without 3G phones. My Dad always commented “I don’t know how you learn anything!”

So what is the effect of all this? I’m not sure but this talk by Joe Kraus on what it must be doing to our brains is food for thought.
“We’re creating a culture of distraction”

In Scott Adams blog post he ends with a sobering thought, is there a link to mental illnesses? I can definately see that with having such an overwhelming amount of information to constantly deal with.

So what to do about this? I’m not sure, Scott suggests chanting what you’re trying to complete. Thats certainly one way of trying to focus. I’ve heard meditation helps and Seth Godin advises stopping notifications (turning off the noise).

This week I started doing 10 mins of yoga very morning. No matter what time I get up I just do it. Instead of procrastinating or thinking I’ll do it at the end of my day which I never do.

Though it’s a small thing I’ve found that I do feel much more focused for the rest of the day. Maybe it’s just practicing doing one thing at a time instead of a million different things.

Anyway, here’s to stopping the noise!