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Bookshelf 021: Interviewing, Horrible Rules, & Book Notes

Hey friends, hope all is well! I was able to try some fun streams this week on Twitch and had a blast
Bookshelf 021: Interviewing, Horrible Rules, & Book Notes
By Dalton Mabery • Issue #21 • View online
Hey friends, hope all is well! I was able to try some fun streams this week on Twitch and had a blast. If you have a Twitch, would you mind following me? I plan to keep streaming myself taking notes on books, reading out loud, and going over Roam Research features.
I also published my book notes on Think Like a Rocket Scientist by Ozan Varol, How to Take Smart Notes by Sonkë Ahrens, and This is Marketing by Seth Godin.
On Youtube, I streamed myself taking notes on This is Marketing and published a video teaching you how to use iOS Shortcuts and Widgets with the reminders app.
Now, on to The Bookshelf!

On Interviewing
There’s no doubt podcasting has taken off the past few years and despite that, there’s still a market to launch a succesful one.
David Perell gave a behind the scenes look at the work that goes into the podcasts he creates and gives some advice on how to ask better questions, catch your guest off guard, and encourages the conversation to veer off the beaten path.
Perell says this about conversation, “The clues to what each person loves most are usually buried in another answer… People usually have a sort of default script that they follow, and the best stuff is when you go off-script and look for things that are surprising, counterintuitive, unusual.” 
On Emotions
Per the recommendation of many, I started reading Antifragile this week. I’m only one chapter in, but the stage set by the author in the introduction was phenomenal. He poses this thought experiment that there are three kinds of responses to stress or anxiety. You can be either fragile, robust, or antifragile.
Fragile people lose their head when things don’t go their way. They get flustered, lose track of emotions, and let everything ruin their attitude.
Robust people don’t let hard times effect them, they just continue to keep on keepin’ on. But they also don’t make anything out of hard times. They have a “it is what it is” mentality.
Finally antifragile people not only keep their heads when hard times come knockin’ on their door, but they actually use the hard times and make something good out of it. Not in a “new age spirituality” good type of way, but a tangible action or response comes from stress, anxiety, or other hard times.
I’m excited to keep reading this book, but it says I have ~11 hours left, so it’ll be awhile.
On Process
Whenever something goes wrong, the initial reaction for most people is to put a process in place to prevent that thing from happening. Reed Hastings, CEO of Netflix, talked a lot about this in his book, No Rules, Rules and took pride in his companies ability to pivot quickly.
In that same regard, I came across this fascinating Tweet thread that answers the question, “What’s a rule that was implemented somewhere that massively backfired?” The stories are fascinating. Here are a few:
  • English law in Wales set the death penalty for stealing a sheep. Welshmen caught stealing sheep would claim to be making love to them. They would get a lesser penalty for beastiality. The consequence of this is Welshmen gained a reputation as ‘sheep shaggers’.
  • Washington State made it mandatory for schools to drop their room temperatures to save on electricity. The result: teachers brought their own heaters into their offices and use of electricity increased
  • One city had an issue with loud bikes, so they installed decibel readers as a deterrent. People started driving up to the machine and revved up their vehicles to see who could “win” by being the loudest. The city took the reader down.
On Book Notes
In 2018, I read 26 books. My goal was 30, but 26 wasn’t bad.
This sounds cool, but as I got to the end of the year and people were asking me what I’d learned, I realized I couldn’t recall any of it. I was so focused on crossing off books from my list, I didn’t want to stop and take notes. That was dumb.
In 2019, I realized how many books I read was just a vanity metric and wasn’t helping me learn, so I started taking more detailed notes. Alex and Books tweeted a thread out this week giving a detailed description of how to take book notes that might be helpful if you’re not already in the habit of doing so.
End Note
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Dalton Mabery

I'm Dalton, a 21-year-old on a journey to find the intersection between Church and technology. I'm an avid reader and every week I send out a newsletter about what I learned in the world of technology, productivity, books, articles, or podcasts.

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