Learning log – 20190813

Spent 3 hours reading a couple of books, revisiting clipped notes on Evernotes, and going through the book summaries here.

Written some notes, Just going to dump them below.

Couple of themes:

  • Eisenhower’s “plan vs planning”
    • remember what General Eisenhower advised us: the planning is far more important than the plan. (https://sandymaguire.me/books/hunt-andy-pragmatic-thinking-and-learning.html)
    • “In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.” Dwight D. Eisenhower (https://sandymaguire.me/books/tynan-life-nomadic.html)
    • This is what Eisenhower meant when he said, “plans are nothing, planning is everything.” (https://sandymaguire.me/books/venkatesh-rao-tempo.html)
  • weed vs flower, perception
    • Rory Sutherland in Alchemy: “A flower is a weed with an advertising budget.”
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson “A weed is a plant whose virtue has not yet been discovered.”
  • Jerry Weinberg
    • mentioned in Andy Hunt’s book: Pragmatic Thinking
    • in Naomi Karten’s books: Managing Expectation, and Communicating Change
  • On asking questions, consulting
    • The Coaching Habit
    • Jerry Weinberg (Are Your Lights On, Secrets to Consulting)
    • Alan Weiss
    • Sebastian Marshall’s essays
  • On Practice
    • Practice may not make perfect, but it sure makes permanent
    • Perfect practice makes permanent
  • The idea of talking to strangers, human as social beings, fear, communication
    • Russell Brand’s Instagram post yesterday
    • The more I traveled the more I realized that fear makes strangers of people who should be friends. – Maclaine, Shirley (in Tynan’s book: Life Nomadic)
    • that social experiment research paper yday, about wellbeing
  • https://personalmba.com/12-standard-forms-of-value/ can be paired up with https://impossiblehq.com/value-hierarchy/
  • Going meta on conversations
  • https://sandymaguire.me/books/kleon-austin-show-your-work.html
    • My MO of “show up more, find your tribe, ship, let yourself be seen, refine your voice”
  • There is a reason why things are the way they are. Can be questioned, not to be taken as it’s given.
    • “Everything around you are manmade structure” (BJ Miller, Steve Jobs)
    • https://sandymaguire.me/books/ryan-holiday-trust-me-im-lying.html
    • Capitalism, 40 hours workweek. Henry Ford, Milton Friedman (Simon Sinek on Cal Fussman)
      • it’s a limit, not a minimum https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eight-hour_day
      • retelling the thing https://www.indiatoday.in/education-today/gk-current-affairs/story/40-hour-workweek-henry-ford-1026067-2017-07-27
      • ok debunked https://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2015/sep/09/viral-image/does-8-hour-day-and-40-hour-come-henry-ford-or-lab/
    • Alex Danco on IFG. About the housing industry, they are the way they are for entrenched reasons. The historical evolution. Suburb, technology, distribution.
  • About thinking, linear, speech, writing, second brain
    • xanadu, Ted Nelson
    • Conaw’s rant on PKM tools and the structure of thought
    • Visa’s thread about bookmark management
    • Venkat’s collective SB thing / against waldenponding(? oh, different piece). Related to:
      • cozyweb / “conversational media eating authorial media”
      • and BASB
      • and waldenponding
    • Ryan Singer’s “alt UI for writing”

      • And the above ties into my interest about Human Nature and Social Infrastructure

      • Again, thoughts, ideas, in linear form. but they actually are interconnected.

      • We need a way to capture and structure the questions / seed, and link the different answers in different contexts, angles, and levels

        • “organizing the questions we are trying to answer, and making explicit the lines of reasoning we hold”
  • Limitation of language to describe reality
    • Many ideas are not verbalizable
    • On my axiom “everything is lossy”. Subconscious processes. We are processing a very narrow slice of data in our conscious mode.
  • People putting my MO into words
    • SM: “I’m constantly on the lookout for words and phrases that map well to reality. Recently I came across two you might find valuable.”
    • SM: “In business and life-in-general, I love taking a really complex problem, defining it, figuring out what the real objectives are, brainstorming through a number of paths that could get there, spec’ing out a campaign, implementing the campaign, and reviewing the results. I like taking the hazy and undefined, and turning it into the experimental, and turning the experimental into the concrete.”
    • Visa: “I think though it’s important to know WHY you’re opening so many tabs and WHY you’re saving so many links. In my case, every folder of links is really and truly a research project for essays and books I intend to write. I’m obsessive; I hate losing good reference material”

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