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Carrot Cake 10-28-20
#5 of 37 Hard Earned Lessons
There is value in learning to tell a story. Exaggerating some of the details, smoothing some of the edges. For example, interviewing for a job. Do I think you should be honest in a job interview? Mostly. I also think you should try to answer questions in a way that considers why they are asking it. What do their best interviewees say when asked this question? Another example. Walking into a meeting where you will be asking someone to give you money. You (I) need to learn to pick the rosiest version of the story. The best possible outcome and lean into that. This comes naturally for some people and is harder for others.
This week’s recommendations:
Mike Birbiglia’s Working It Out. The episode that I want you to hear is with Tommy Vietor and Jon Favreau who run Pod Save America. A fun episode. If you want to avoid politics check out the Pete Holmes episode. That’s a fun one.
A video that makes me giggle. Safe for Work.
Tim Ferriss did a show this week with Seth Godin. Seth is one of my favorite thinkers of all time. He has a way of taking heavy subjects and breaking them into manageable pieces. There is a section in this conversation on how he teaches people to juggle. Spoiler….he has them practice the throw ONLY. Let the balls or chainsaws fall on the floor. Start with 20 minutes of just the little toss. He expands this as a metaphor for other areas of life.
Some questions for this week:
How are you thinking about Covid lately? The numbers are going the wrong way again, but I feel like most of my friends and family have given up on distancing and are completely against another round of quarantines and shutdowns.
Amid all the chaos, whats the best thing that’s happened to you in 2020? Love to hear some positive stories.
If you had a magic wand and could make this weekly letter more valuable to YOU, how would you change it?
I love you all. Thanks for reading.