The Imperfect Roundup

Imperfect Roundup #26

“All that is gold does not glitter,⠀
Not all those who wander are lost;⠀
The old that is strong does not wither,⠀
Deep roots are not reached by the frost”

-J.R.R. Tolkien

This week, we wrote about rebuilding endurance after breaking routines and the dangers of trying to do everything. There’s a post on the difference between Steven Pressfield’s territorial and hierarchical orientations, and we launched the Imperfectionist Book Club on The Icarus Deception by Seth Godin, which was selected by our readers.

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Some things we thought were worth sharing this week:

  • Speaking of David Bowie, he was a voracious reader, and his top 100 book list is great. His son started a book club in his honor. They’ll be reading one book from David Bowie’s list each month.
  • Favorite comic this week: A different way of thinking about average…

  • Here’s some late advice on New Year’s resolutions from Kierkegaard and Nietzsche, but it’s probably more applicable post January 1st: “So go ahead: make your resolutions. You have the right to make promises. And you have the right to break them. But you don’t have to make them during an evening of late-night drunkenness. That is what the rest of your sober life is for.
  • I admire Leo Babauta’s Depth Year: “No new hobbies, equipment, games, or books are allowed during this year. Instead, you have to find the value in what you already own or what you’ve already started.”
  • This is an important one: Perfectionism is more prevalent now than in the past. The headline from Quartz is a bit click-baity, but the information is rich. The article references a few studies that highlights the increase in three different types of perfectionism over time: self-oriented perfectionism, other-oriented perfectionism, and socially prescribed perfectionism.
  • This research center in Japan is studying the reasons we need sleep: “As researchers probe outward into the mysterious darkness of sleepiness, these discoveries shine ahead of them like flashlight beams, lighting the way. How they all connect, how they may come together into a bigger picture, is still unclear.”
  • Austin Kleon on how to improve through one of his wonderful newspaper blackout poems.

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