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🧠 Tiny Thoughts 06: Naval doesn't take notes

🧠 Tiny Thoughts 06: Naval doesn't take notes
By Jamie Sutton • Issue #6 • View online
Hello. I’m still alive.
This was week 1 of daily posting to my notebook. My posts have been short, most coming in at under 400 words. I only write until I feel the idea has been sufficiently communicated. (There’s usually a lot of backspacing too, surprising none of my WhatsApp contacts.)
Here’s what I’ve thought about this past week:

💭 On my mind
  • 🎭 We are different things to different people. Each person in your life experiences you in a unique way. The role you play in the lives of others varies on a person-to-person basis. It seems unlikely we play the same identical role to multiple people. I wrote 174 words about why broadly categorizing our relationships feels inaccurate. Read it here.
  • ✏ An argument against note taking. Forgetting something important is a scary thought to readers who pride themselves on their voracious reading habit. Taking detailed notes is meant to preserve insights, but I argue here that there’s another way to read: Naval doesn’t take notes.
  • 🧐 The words you choose matter. US presidential candidate Andrew Yang suggests changing the name of a police department—from “police” to “guardians"—as a means of shifting its culture. This reminds me of Jordan Peterson’s 12 Rules for Life, rule 10: Be precise in your speech.
  • 💬 The tweet of the week. The same message can be communicated 1,000 different ways. Check out this Twitter thread as an example: "invent your own game so you’re always a winner”, “be the only”, and “create your own market” (The Blue Ocean Strategy in 4 words)—all these quotes describe the same concept. Collect quotes not for the purpose of memorizing them, but to identify common themes.
  • 😖 Give your fears 5 seconds. Then kill them. “The terror was so… crazy… so real. And I knew I had to deal with it. So, I just made a choice: I’d let the fear in. Let it take over, let it do its thing. But only for 5 seconds. That’s all I was going to give it.” - Jack, from Lost S01E01.
📚 Books of the week
  • The Power of Focusing: Finding Your Inner Voice by Ann Cornell. I mentioned this book last week and finished it shortly thereafter. The book is a short, practical guide to “focusing”, a meditation-like process of observing, labeling, and listening to your emotions. There isn’t much theory inside, just brief explanations on how to perform each step of the process and common questions you may have. Reading this book alone won’t take you anywhere new. You need to try the process being described… so I will, this week.
  • Way of the Warrior Kid by Jocko Willink. A book for kids written by a retired Navy SEAL. It’s exactly what you would expect: young kid is insecure about his shortcomings until his uncle, a Navy SEAL, stays with him for a summer. The kid learns how to improve himself through hard work. There’s some good stuff here, though a little extreme at times. I’m not sure how many 10 year-olds need to wake up before sunrise everyday to do pull-ups.
  • Reading now: The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander. I feel a responsibility to better educate myself on racial inequality since the murder of George Floyd. I don’t know if I’ll fully complete this particular book—it’s so packed full of details that the flow of reading is affected—but I already consider myself more informed having been exposed to the first 100 pages.
👋 See you next Tuesday!
Thanks for reading. Here’s a quote I’ve been thinking about this week, from a Tucker Max tweet:
I’ve learned to pay attention to what I envy. It tells me what I really want, but am afraid of admitting to myself.
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