The picture for this article was taken from above the far corner of the music room at my house. This is my drum kit. Now, I should say at the outset that I am not a good drummer. No one would mistake me for a professional and I have no designs on making a living from playing. I consider it a success that the people who listen to my playing do so with a “bemused tolerance."
The human brain desires ease. None of us is exempt from that fact.
I had an interesting conversation with a client during a one-on-one session (we’ll name this client Casey for fun, even though that’s not his real name). Casey said something like “Jason, I’ve never really been much of a numbers person. If you had asked me a month ago how much I weighed or what my sales production was last year, I could not tell you as I just hadn’t really kept track of that stuff.”
The picture at the top of this article may be tough to decipher at first. It’s 120 black backpacks laid out in a hotel ballroom. But it’s how we got all those backpacks that I want to talk about today.
Think back to the last time you took a math test. If your teacher was anything like mine, there was no "half-credit for trying." If you attempted a problem and got the solution incorrect, you got no credit and simply failed that question. The reason for that being that math is not about coming close to the right answer. It is an exact science. I remember wanting more mercy from my teacher for coming close to the right answer.
Author's note: This idea originated with "Rewire Advisory Sage At Large" Lindon Crow. For those of you that don't know Lindon, he's one of our favorite people at Rewire. He owns a company called Productive Learning, and his company's workshops are truly transformative experiences that are well worth your time if you have a chance to attend. This idea originally came from him and has captivated my attention over the past few months. So, much thanks to you, Lindon!
I have lost count of the number of conversations I've had wherein someone tells me that they have self-diagnosed ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder). It would seem that distractions these days are so plentiful that we consistently put something down to do something else or begin to read one thing and then allow our brains to take up something else. Given that we here at Rewire help people understand how their brains work, offering a few tips on how to train your brain to stay focused seems like a good use of this online space.
Julee-anne Bell lives in Brisbane, Australia with her husband and their two teenage sons. And today’s Wireboard article is a story about her and her family. More specifically, it’s a story about their “arms.”
A few months ago, we published an article about not quitting something that you start. This article detailed one man’s amazing quest to finish an Iron Man race that he started even though the odds were thoroughly stacked against him. As we learn about how others persevere through challenges, we can gain insight into ourselves and how we may develop similar perseverance. From the feedback we received on this article, we gleaned that the idea of “not quitting” resonated with many of you.
My daughter, Julia, is working on changing some of her homework habits and last night she asks me “Daddy, it takes 21 days to create a new habit, right?” I spared Julia the half-day workshop that we do for business people on changing and creating success habits. Instead we chatted about 6 of the basic items that successful people carry along their journey to changing habits and achieving great things (even ones that may have seemed impossible at one time). Here are those items:
A few weeks ago, I wrote about the crucial role that paradox plays in high-performance culture. Today I want to tease one particular paradox that is absolutely necessary if we want to get better as individuals and teams in our work:
It was Fall 1979 and my dad and I had just finished the last leaf raking and lawn mowing of the year. This meant it was time to empty the gas out of the mower's tank and put it away for the winter. But we had a problem: the little handheld pump on the syphon that we normally used for such jobs was busted. Turning the mower upside down to pour the gas out was really not a viable option and leaving the gas in the tank for the Winter would mean a non-starting mower come Spring (since the gas would go stale by then).
The Navy SEALs met us in the lobby of our hotel. Sunrise was about 10 minutes away. As 50 of us tried to rub the sleep out of our eyes, JC stood on the steps of the staircase exiting the lobby and gave us the scarcest of instructions about what we would be doing that morning. And before we knew it (partially due to sleep deprivation; partially due to the quickness with which they hustled us into rows of 2) we were jogging in formation in the half-light before dawn. We made our way down to the beach as the sun came over the horizon and burned off the slight haze hanging over the beach.
Last week, I ran as part of a marathon relay team in the Baltimore Running Festival. While casually sitting at a pre-race dinner party with the other runners, my friends and I shared some stories about past running races and, like most other times, we did our best to keep our little embellishments at a minimum as we spoke of past events we’d done and ways that we’d battled to cross some silly finish line.