Sustainable Pace

May 18th, 2018

Working Out Loud and the Five Ways to Well-being

As I have volunteered to do a workshop on Working Out Loud in July I'm thinking more about why it seems to work almost effortlessly. In his book, John Stepper mentions the relationship to intrinsic motivation and its contributing factors like autonomy, competence and relatedness. A long time ago I've written a summary of Bruno Frey's book Happiness that also touches these issues. At that time I was also interested in what the New Economics Foundation nef) released as "The Five Ways to Well-Being". They identified five core activities that contribute to well-being: Connect, Be active, Take notice, Keep learning, Give. Read more about it in the PDF document. Looking back now, I find it…

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May 6th, 2018

Working Out Loud (John Stepper, 2015)

Working Out Loud is a book by John Stepper and describes a framework for taking control of your life and career. The core idea is creating a reinforcing loop by employing the five pillars of Working Out Loud identify a goal ("purposeful discovery") find people who could help you ("building relationships") work transparently towards this goal in increments ("making you and your work visible") increments are ideally contributions to people you seek help from ("leading with generosity") benefit from an extended network, learn and get better, extend your goal or pivot ("a growth mindset") Why does it work? The short answer is intrinsic motivation - you will perform better when you are pursuing…

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March 11th, 2018

Thinking, Fast And Slow (Daniel Kahneman, 2011)

This book was referenced in so many other stuff I was reading, so I finally bought and read it. Fast and slow The premise of Kahneman's book is that there are two different modes of thinking: a faster, low-energy, intuitive mode, and a slower, high-energy, rational mode. The fast mode is best at basic cognitive stuff, like driving a car on an empty road and reading traffic signs, while the slow mode is essential for non-trivial stuff, like parallel parking or multiplying large numbers. The fast mode is generally used over the slow mode, simply because it consumes less energy. Fast mode being the default mode can be problematic because it easily leads to wrong conclusions, a popular example…

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February 5th, 2016

Thanktuary - the stress-free social network

(This is something I wanted to build a few years ago. Unfortunately it never materialized. I still think it's a cool idea!) What's wrong with Facebook, Twitter, etc? Thanktuary appreciates the value social networks have brought to the world, but wants to address the following problems they have Too much content It's not unusual for an average social network user to be exposed to hundreds of status updates each day. It takes a lot of time and energy to filter out interesting information. It's easy to feel afraid of missing out. Unlimited activity You can always add another status update, comment, or upload another photo. Most people have several hundred contacts, and are trying to attract…

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January 28th, 2016

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End (Atul Gawande, 2014)

"Being Mortal" is a book by surgeon Atul Gawande about the modern experience of mortality. Triggered by the death of his father and enriched with his vast medical experience, he reminds us that the role of medicine is not primarily to ensure health and survival, but to enable well-being and serve the larger aims of a person's life. In today's world, old age is not uncommon, but it's a quite recent phenomenon. In traditional societies, a person's status rose with age: sustained by their families, the elderly were at the center of attention and had the freedom to live a life that was true to themselves and allowed them to make their own choices until the end. Nowadays people are getting…

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