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Life Designed: Absence Blindness, Failure & Timeless Skills

You're looking great today! Here’s a curious fact about human beings: we have a really hard time real
Life Designed: Absence Blindness, Failure & Timeless Skills
By Tomas Laurinavicius • Issue #11 • View online
You’re looking great today!
Here’s a curious fact about human beings: we have a really hard time realizing that something isn’t there. Josh Kaufman calls it Absence Blindness:
“Great management is boring - and often unrewarding. The hallmark of an effective manager is anticipating likely issues and barriers and resolving them in advance so the team can make progress as quickly as possible. Some of the best managers in the world look like they’re not doing much, but everything gets done on time and under budget. The problem is, no one sees all of the bad things that the great manager stopped from happening. Less skilled managers are actually more likely to be rewarded, since everyone can see them “making things happen” and “moving heaven and earth” to resolve issues - even issues they themselves created via poor management. Prevention is under-appreciated.”
Take your life for example.
You don’t value your health, finances, relationships, sleep and so on until you get into trouble. But then it’s too late.
What you want is to have checklists.
Make sure you eat well, exercise, visit your doctor regularly, track your finances, keep a budget, have a list of people you need to keep in touch with, reduce screen time before sleep.
Your job is to design the checklist based on what’s important to you and keep checking in.
In the end, it will look quite boring as not much (bad) will be happening but that’s what you want.
Welcome to another edition of Life Designed where I share the knowledge and resources to help you live better.

What Fuller recognized standing on the bridge was that he could view his life as an experiment, in which part of himself (System 1) was the subject of the experiment and another part of himself (System 2) was the scientist conducting the experiment.
33 rules to take you from clueless amateur to generational talent (or at least help you live life a little more creatively).
I’ve used Todoist for quite some time and it has helped me reduce stress and get organized. If you’re looking for a task manager (good for keeping checklists) try Todoist. It’s free and you can also try premium free for two months.
Start with the following skills, in no particular order, with the exception of the first one: Learning to learn, Writing, Public speaking, meditation, forming good habits, negotiation, mathematical thinking, coordination and flexibility
Here’s a curated collection of email templates for reaching out to investors, press, partners and what not.
Food for Thought
“Concentrate all your thoughts on the task at hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus.” – Alexander Graham Bell
“My goal is no longer to get more done, but rather to have less to do.” – Francine Jay
“The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn.”– Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Action is the foundational key to all success.” – Pablo Picasso
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