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Scarcity of Attention & Trusted sources

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My boss at LinkedIn shared a great article with us the other day and I have found myself reading it a few times now, and thinking about my Information diet. The article is titled “Who to Ignore — 3 Bullshit Filters”

“In other words: geeks will inherit the Earth. We are moving from the Industrial Age to the Knowledge age, and from scarcity of Capital to scarcity of Attention. Software and the Internet enable “permissionless innovation” where the best product wins and has very low cost distribution: this is changing the world.

It’s important to listen to people who know that this is happening, and take it very seriously. They have a deep appreciation and respect for the engineer’s “craft”, and they are either building for this new world or they build networks and information diets to stay close to these developments. 

It’s such an important change in society that the opinion and predictions of those who don’t get this or are “wishing it away” nostalgically should be discounted.”

  1. As Munger said: “Show me the incentive and I’ll show you the outcome.” Be wary of views coming from people who are not free to speak their minds on the topic at hand, because of their existing incentives.
  2. Favour views from those who get paid for being right, discount views from those who get paid for sounding right.
  3. The balance of power is being overturned by information technology. Favour people who deeply understand it and work it into their world view.

Kevin Scott said regarding an “Information Diet”

“Healthy” Information Diet Suggestions
 Kevin Scott suggests that we “train” our AI on what
information we want to see in our media newsfeeds by
implementing a ‘70/25/5 rule’.


 Use 70% of your time reading high-standard,
editorially sound content that possibly has a peer
review. These sources should primarily shape your
professional or work interests.


 Use 25% of your time to learn something new and
different, but not necessarily job related or from a
media source that you favor.


 Use the final 5% of your time to scan through
blogs, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc…

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Happy Mothers Day Mom

Connecting with friends

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In this world of social distancing, it’s nice to connect with our friends virtually and having our physical best friend always by your side. A & Z

2020 – Quarantine – Middle of the Journey

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About 35 days of working from home and into the quarantine, and starting to see some of the “newness” wearing off on everyone in the family. Cooking, cleaning, working from home is feeling very much like “ground hog day” I am grateful for all our blessings (health, security, finance)  but its important to get in touch with what is going on inside. I have been reading quite a few articles on the topic lately and sharing with my work colleagues as we are all struggling with the same things. This article was particularly good.

https://forge.medium.com/now-is-not-the-time-to-obsess-about-productivity-d3f585006bf7

I enjoyed this section

“Right now, more than ever, you need your rest,” Headlee says. “If you’re going to keep your immune system up, you need rest. And being in this constant state of stress and anxiety, where you’re never giving your brain and body any time to refresh, that’s really dangerous.”

Yes, rest can be boring sometimes, especially when you’re stuck in your own home with no end in sight. That’s okay. It’s even good. “We’ve sort of engineered boredom out of our lives,” Headlee says. But boredom isn’t simply an absence of productivity; it’s a feeling with its own inherent value. It can lead you to new ideas, even something as simple as remembering to call an old friend.

And when you need more stimulation, work isn’t the only solution. “You’ve got to start finding some hobbies,” Headlee says — meaning things you do not because they teach something, or better you in some way, or move you closer to some career goal, but purely for the pleasure they bring. Pleasure is a way of nourishing your mind, too.

2020 – LA Marathon

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It started with turning 50 last year and also a running debate Michael Souder and I have regarding what was Harder: Wildflower 1/2 Ironman 70.3 or a Marathon? Well I always felt Wildflower was the winner, and now I can clearly confirm it.

Please don’t get me wrong the Marathon was really hard. Great day, great training and best my goal of 5 hours. 4:48