This past week I published two new articles: What I Learned Taking Cold Showers For The Past 90 Days and How To Protect Your Energy.
So far, I’ve published 23 articles and 22 notes (45 total pieces of content). My goal is to publish a total of 78 articles and 100 notes in 2020.
Here’s how I look at it: every time I post a new article or new note, I am building the potential value of dannymiranda.com. Not to sell it. But just as a brand. Putting out new articles allows myself and others to evaluate my writing. Putting out new notes allows myself and others to see how my thinking originated.
(The site will go down as my life’s work, so I’m not just going to publish articles or notes to publish.)
Hope you enjoy it.
To the treasure!
The Power of Love
An Ohio University set out to examine the effect of a toxic diet on heart disease in the 1970s. They fed rabbits a high cholesterol diet that attempted to mimic what humans do to their bodies.
They found the diet affected the rabbits the same amongst all trial groups, except for one group of rabbits who mysteriously had 60% fewer symptoms.
At first, it was assumed that these rabbits had better tolerance to the diet. But they didn’t.
It turned out the only difference was the student who was running this group liked to hold and pet the rabbits.
Repeated experiments, in which one group of rabbits was treated neutrally and the other group was loved, found similar results.
Are we that different from rabbits?
What Invisible Scripts Run Your Life?
(They published it a year ago, but 2019 feels like an entire lifetime ago at this point.)
One of the topics they covered was that invisible scripts run our lives. Meaning, there are a bunch of assumptions we have about the way the world works – about what we’re supposed to do, who we’re supposed to be, how we’re supposed to act.
Sometimes, it’s worth questioning what some of those are.
Examples of invisible scripts include:
- You need to go to college to be successful.
- After college, you need to get married, buy a house, and raise a family.
- You need to work a 9-to-5 job.
But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. You could have an invisible script about what a recession means about your pay. You could have an invisible script about how your life will play out over the next five years.
If you’re curious about how to identify these invisible scripts, this post can help you.
The Ability to Connect With Anyone
2020 has given us an unbelievable gift: we can pretty much connect with anyone.
Nobody is unreachable. Almost everybody checks their email (or their Twitter or their Instagram or their Facebook page).
I have gotten responses from my favorite authors, acknowledgement from my favorite thinkers, and made connections with my favorite people online.
I am no different than you.
I just went ahead and asked.
I have no idea how long this will last. By “this,” I mean the ability for anyone to connect with anyone. My assumption is that as more people come to the Internet, it will become harder and harder to reach people. So take advantage today. As demand increases, the supply of our attention will go down. This is based on the idea that it’s probably slightly harder to get a specific person’s attention today than it was 10 years ago if they were online.
Are You Hunting Antelopes or Mice?
A lion is fully capable of killing a mouse. But the amount of energy a lion would expend trying to kill these mice would be dumb. If a lion tried to kill every mouse he saw, he would have no energy.
On the other hand, antelopes are difficult to kill. They’re bigger. And they require much more effort.
If a lion attempted to kill every mouse he saw, he’d have no time or energy to kill the antelope.
He must expend energy in both cases. But one of those situations provides a far greater reward.
The parable to your own life is this: don’t waste time on the small stuff. When you’re doing anything, make sure you’re focusing on the areas that will give you the biggest rewards – even if you have to spend a little more energy on them.
(This example comes from this blog post by Tim Ferriss, who originally claimed this material from Buck Up, Suck Up . . . and Come Back When You Foul Up: 12 Winning Secrets from the War Room by James Carville and Paul Begala, who originally claimed this material from Bill Clinton’s War Room, who originally claimed this material from Newt Gingrich.)
Yikes, That’s A Bad Look
The U.S. Surgeon General told people not to wear masks on February 29. Now, it’s common knowledge: masks help combat the virus.
Never before have so many people been wrong on such a massive scale… in such a quick time frame. It doesn’t matter what political party you support or who you blame.
The most startling example? The person in charge of the health of the United States.
The takeaway: it’s important more than ever to diversify your news sources. Don’t listen to just me. Don’t listen to just the Surgeon General. Don’t listen to just the television news. Don’t listen to just the newspaper. Listen to as wide a range of people as possible to base your opinions.
(This short essay called “Coronavirus and Credibility” by Paul Graham is worth reading.)
Be Extra Aware During Changing Times
There are periods of your life when you are in the process of change.
You get engaged, you move to a new place, you go on vacation. Lockdown was a change. Coming out of lockdown will represent a change, too.
During this time, your habits and behaviors are extra malleable.
So what should you do about it?
Be mindful of the habits you are creating. The habits you do for the first time might be the habits that stick.
Reply back with the topic you’ve been spending the most time thinking about. Or with questions, comments, or concerns about the newsletter. Or anything you want me to know.
As always, I look forward to hearing from you.
To your success,