7 Point Saturday on a Sunday 10/13/19 👨🏻‍💻

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It happens. You work your butt off on a Saturday, get home late, and knock out on the couch before you can get the post up. My bad. Here’s what you didn’t miss and still get to check into this weekend.

  1. What happens if global warming isn’t taken seriously and the whole planet ends up as some bizzaro world version of Waterworld with Kevin Costner as a fish running amok? I’m pretty sure we need to get on it with floating cities. There was something I found that addresses these kinds of probable events for our floating future. I definitely don’t want to live in a corrugated jungle like they did in Waterworld. Here’s the alternative: https://link.morningbrew.com/click/18312294.2730/aHR0cHM6Ly91bmRhcmsub3JnL2FydGljbGUvZmxvYXRpbmctbGFiLWZ1dHVyZS1jbGltYXRlLWNoYW5nZS8_dXRtX3NvdXJjZT1tb3JuaW5nX2JyZXc/5cb108ee24c17c34e52bbfc1B392b704c
  2. Whether you want to embrace it or not, you’re in a culture of distraction. I cannot seem to get home and not somehow lose hours of time piddling around on stuff that caught my eye. I think this very idea of 7 Point Saturday somehow was a by product of my distraction orientation frustration used the right way. Good article I checked out about how to cope with distractions was kind of interesting to check out and watch. Here it is: https://www.nbcnews.com/better/video/we-live-in-a-culture-of-distraction-here-s-how-to-cope-with-it-70846533504
  3. Feeding the wolf. I’ve been thinking about that a lot. It’s been helpful in keeping me present in what I am feeding. Also, helping me feed the wolf that makes me happy. The idea is what ever wolf we feed, like most wolves do, will continue to get ravenous and be the one that takes over our actions. It’s a great Cherokee legend you should read. Many philosophers and meditation teachers use it as an analogy. You can read the legend for yourself here: https://www.firstpeople.us/FP-Html-Legends/TwoWolves-Cherokee.html
  4. What do you think today’s #1 work skill could be in today’s distraction run amok culture in the office? I wondered too so I went to look at articles about it. They call the skill “indistractable.” Being able to focus and have attention in today’s work world “are the raw materials of human creativity and flourishing,” and in today’s people economy the skill most sought after. Here’s the short end of it here if you’ve got the focus in you: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/10/09/stanford-psychology-expert-most-important-work-skill-of-the-future.html

“Success and happiness belong to the people who can control their attention.”

Adam Grant

5. What I’m thinking about? Running. This is my favorite time of year and season to run in. It’s meditative to run through blankets of red and orange leaves. Like the ground itself is on fire as they fall from the infernos above onto the trails I take. The slight chill makes the run effortless. You don’t even have to run, just get out there and walk. I’ll have some pictures to place in future runs of 7 Point. Fall is amazing in the Midwest and I would not want to live anywhere else. Seasons remind of needed change. With each season you can become something else.

6. Sleep has been called underrated. So not true. I think as I’ve worked on my productivity skills and understanding peak performance more, I’ve come to understand sleep better. I know that anything less than 6 hours of sleep has a huge impact towards the negative in how creative or productive I will be the next day. This one landed in Pocket for me to read later and only confirmed my hypothesis about sleep. We do need it. Check it out here: https://getpocket.com/explore/item/what-happens-to-your-body-on-no-sleep

7. Back in class this past week. I’m learning the art of influence this month of October in a university provided by work. Any chance you can get to learn something new, do it. They say our current skills have a shelf life of about 5 years. Your classroom though doesn’t have to be so formal. It can be as informal as a podcast on the way to work everyday. There are several ways you can fill the gaps in between your commutes with creative learning. The best university I have found has been my car during my 45 minute commute.

I really hope you have a great week and enjoy some of the curiosities I found as much as I did. Click in, most of them are 5-7 minutes of your time, but can teach you so much. Stay hungry.

✌🏻 Shawn

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