WHEN The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing by Daniel Pink
I grabbed this one on the recommendation of a friend. This was a solid read and he cites several very interesting studies and stories about how timing in life really has a dramatic impact in our lives and situations. I appreciated the connection to humanity and relationships as it relates to timing and life decisions. Not your ordinary “life hack” book due to the emphasis on bettering your life as it connects to the benefits of society and the rest of humanity.
My highlights from the book.
Breaks are not a sign of sloth but a sign of strength.
My sleep will remain undisturbed knowing that a swerving stock market steered some elite MBAs to jobs at McKinsey or Bain rather than at Goldman Sachs or Morgan Stanley and thereby left them extremely rich rather than insanely wealthy.
The goal here is to recognize that slow-moving when problems have all the gravity of fast-moving what calamities—and deserve the same collective response.
Beginnings stay with us far longer than we know; their effects linger to the end.
The technique allowed me to make mistakes in advance in my head rather than in real life on a real project.
Research from UCLA’s Corinne Bendersky suggests that over time extroverts lose status in groups.
(Francis-Tan and Mialon also found that the more a couple spent on its wedding and any engagement ring, the more likely they were to divorce.)
“each group experienced its transition at the same point in its calendar—precisely halfway between its first meeting and its official deadline.”
Third, at the midpoint, imagine that you’re behind—but only by a little. That will spark your motivation and maybe help you win a national championship.
Brené Brown offers a wonderful definition of “midlife.” She says it’s the period “when the Universe grabs your shoulders and tells you ‘I’m not f—ing around, use the gifts you were given.’”
What the end of the decade does seem to trigger, for good and for ill, is a reenergized pursuit of significance.
“As people move through life,” she wrote, “they become increasingly aware that time is in some sense ‘running out.’ More social contacts feel superficial—trivial—in contrast to the ever-deepening ties of existing close relationships. It becomes increasingly important to make the ‘right’ choice, not to waste time on gradually diminishing future payoffs.”
She argued that our perspective on time shapes the orientation of our lives and therefore the goals we pursue.
The best endings don’t leave us happy. Instead, they produce something richer—a rush of unexpected insight, a fleeting moment of transcendence, the possibility that by discarding what we wanted we’ve gotten what we need.
The most fulfilling jobs share a common trait: They prod us to work at our highest level but in a way that we, not someone else, control. Jobs that are demanding but don’t offer autonomy burn us out. Jobs that offer autonomy but little challenge bore us. (And jobs that are neither demanding nor in our control are the worst of all.) If your job doesn’t provide both challenge and autonomy, and there’s nothing you can do to make things better, consider a move.
But without tracking our “dones,” we often don’t know whether we’re progressing. Ending the day by recording what you’ve achieved can encode the entire day more positively.
Now I believe the better approach is to start again or start together.
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