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Scott Berkun posted a blog this morning. It's simple, has words that everyone can understand and creates a big impact.
Three Piles of Life
Here’s an oversimplified theory to play with for today: there are only three piles in life.
Things that are important
Things that are unimportant
Things that are unimportant but distract you from what is important
Most suffering in life comes from #3.
Marketers go to great lengths to generate a large 3rd pile in our lives. Expensive sneakers won’t make you a better athlete. A fancy car or necklace won’t make you a better, more fulfilled person. The important things in your life are rarely dependent on what you own. Or what your neighbors and extended family think of you in any way. Yet these are often the primary forces that drive our most important decisions and how we spend our time. We live lives based on other people’s flawed piles.
Unless you take explicit action to define #1 and #2 on your own, you are inheriting the value system that defines your biggest life choices. And you are inheriting it from people who likely were failed by that very framework. Why copy their system? Make your own piles and ask for feedback from those closest to you. Only they can guide you in shaping the piles most likely to shape your life into the experience you desire.
We all need other people to point out #3 for us. We’re all victim to our whims, weaknesses and egos. But if our friends know our piles, they can help us spot when too much of our lives are falling into #3.
Lastly, inventory your time. It should match neatly with your piles. How we spend our time defines what is important more than any other measure.
Jimmy Kimmel and Stephen Colbert dominated the news with their monologues and they are must watch. Apple released it Quarterly results and they really look good to me :-) (Wall St disagrees, but when a company makes $50b in revenue in a quarter and $11b in profit - that's really good to me). Jokes aside, Apple is stagnant with no real new product in the pipeline and the next quarter, historically has been weak and with everyone waiting for 10th anniversary iPhone and the rumor that they won't be on sale till 2018, then it doesn't bode well for them. Here are some interesting posts for today.
1. Oatmeal - You are not going to believe what I am going to tell you! (10 mins)
If there is one story you have to read today, read this. This is amazing and it is fun and makes you wonder on how we think and act and how our brain is wired with our core beliefs and how they shape our decision making. This is really good.
1. All eyes on iPhone Sales - iPhone 8 (4 mins) I love reading Bob Lefetz newsletter. He has his own unique way of saying the things that he wants to say where a layman can understand it. "Tech is all about utility, not fashion. And there’s no breakthrough coming, other than a curved screen. You needed a new phone when they went from 3G to LTE. You needed a new phone when they increased the screen size. You no longer need a new phone, especially since the carriers have stopped subsidizing the purchase, now that the true cost is evident. People drive their cars ever-longer, but analysts believe consumers are all gonna fork over a thousand bucks for a fashion statement? Not gonna happen. Otherwise, 3-D TV would have been a juggernaut and you’d be throwing away your present flat screen for one with 4k." http://lefsetz.com/wordpress/2017/05/01/iphone-8/ Bonus article - Bob had an amazing post last week just before Twitter's quarterly results http://lefsetz.com/wordpress/2017/04/25/tw…
Deep down we all knew the side effects of the painkillers and cough syrup, now the FDA has come out slinging against Codeine and Tramadol. On one hand FDA has decided to come against the painkillers, but on the other hand, it did nothing to stop pharmaceuticals to sell OTC cough syrups and drugs that do contain those chemical elements.
This was my fear when the current administration signed the executive order to ban tablets and laptops for three middle eastern airlines. How long before the other two airlines cut down the stops in US and concentrate more in Europe and the rest of the world? What it means for passengers? More expensive flights for world travelers. The tourism industry is already hit with anxiety and a lot of travelers are definitely avoiding the hassle to come to thi…