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Drew's Letter - Issue #72

Cowabunga! 🐢 Congrats on making it through another week of 2020 🙌 This year has been filled with hyp

Drew's Letter

November 10 · Issue #72 · View online
The latest things I've dug into including books, quotes, songs, gadgets and other things I've found interesting.

Cowabunga! 🐢
Congrats on making it through another week of 2020 🙌
This year has been filled with hyperbole, little hypobole, and even less bole. I crave me a bowl of bole. 🍜 Just standard, boring facts. Most journalism I find these days consists of op-eds masquerading as factual news. It often follows the formula of Adjective + Job Description + Name = Misleading. For example, Liberal Chicago Sun-Times Journalist Reporter Neil Steinberg. That nifty little adjective up front tells us how to think, instead of making us do all the hard work of thinking for ourselves. 🏋️‍♀️ The good news is that more independent creators are popping up like we’ve never seen, and the world is better for it.
Persistence List- I’m working on this with my coach. Often I hop into story if I don’t get what I’m expecting the first time, and I’m working to avoid that. For example, if someone doesn’t call me back I might think “they don’t love me, they’re a bad friend, they are unreliable, etc”. This taints future interactions because when they do call, I’m prepared with bitterness. The idea of a persistence list is to keep following up, and avoid story. As my friend Dave says, silence doesn’t mean anything. It just means silence. If you’ve ever worked in sales, you’ve strengthened your “no” muscles. A helpful reframe for me has been hearing no differently:
  • no often means not now
  • no doesn’t mean never
The distinction is subtle yet powerful, especially if you want to be politely persistent. Because I’m often not persistent enough, I have a goal of getting “blocked”. This means that I have to follow up enough times that someone blocks me. It doesn’t mean deliberately being rude, but its a way for me to ensure that I’m actually following up. Derek Sivers- shares an anecdote in his book Your Music And People my NOTES about a music producer who was inundated with requests. She filtered them by only listening to those who followed up 3x or more. That signaled to her that whether or not the music was good, they had what it took to persist in the industry.
Related quote worth pondering- The absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.
Carnivore- 🍖 As part of a quest to boost my general health, I’ve begun the carnivore diet. If you’re considering it or have done it, please let me know! I have yet to buy a CGM (continuous glucose monitor) but am considering it. So far, so good. Haven’t noticed any keto-flu symptoms. Have noticed increased libido which was a surprise but makes sense- likely due to elevated testosterone levels. Carnivore is an Occcam’s Razor approach to dieting, and also is one type of autoimmune elimination diet.
Be well,

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