Three of my favorites:
Don’t take it personally when someone turns you down. Assume they are like you: busy, occupied, distracted. Try again later. It’s amazing how often a second try works.
Rule of 3 in conversation. To get to the real reason, ask a person to go deeper than what they just said. Then again, and once more. The third time’s answer is close to the truth.
The purpose of a habit is to remove that action from self-negotiation. You no longer expend energy deciding whether to do it. You just do it. Good habits can range from telling the truth, to flossing.
2. Notable Trio of consecutive July birthdays:
July 20 Gregor Mendel
July 21 Siddhartha Mukherjee
July 22 Alex Trebek – whom I wrote about a couple of days ago.
3. No Stupid Questions Podcast – a recent production from Freakonomics Radio. It is hosted by Angela Duckworth (a psychology professor at UPenn, and the author of “Grit”) and Steven Dubner. The two have a wonderful chemistry on air, which makes their discussion lovely and informative. As always, they go deep on any given topic. It is a genuine pleasure to be a part of their conversation.
4. How to thrive in the new and self-directed world of work? A new book by Laura Vanderkam: “The New Corner Office: How The Most Successful People From Home.” and there is also a podcast!
5. First biographical movie about Stanislaw Lem (if you don’t recognize the name, he is best known as the author of the 1961 novel “Solaris”). You can stream the movie for free on “Tygodnik Powszechny” webpage. If you live outside of the EU you may need to use a VPN. It is available for streaming until September 8th, 2020. The film is in Polish, but there is an option to turn on English Subtitles.