The Imperfect Roundup

Imperfect Roundup #23

“Time is our most irreplaceable asset – we cannot buy more of it. We can only strive to waste as little as possible.” –Ryan Holiday and Stephen Hanselman (The Daily Stoic)

This week, we wrote about the importance of community, the things we waste, the value of disconnecting in the mornings, the two sides of comparison, and more. We’d love to hear what you think. Send us an email or tweet to us!

Here are some things we thought were worth sharing this week:

  • What We’re Reading: The Runaway Species by Anthony Brandt and David Eagleman. The book is an exploration on human creativity, and we love it so far. We started reading it after reading David’s book Sum: Forty Tales of the Afterlives, which is one of the most thoughtful, imaginative books we’ve read all year. A quote from Runaway Species: “Because of our capacity to reach beyond the facts we’ve learned, we open our eyes to the world around us but envision other possible worlds. We learn facts and generate fictions. We master what is, and envisage what-ifs.”
  • We’re excited about The Next Big Idea Club, a new book club curated by Adam Grant, Susan Cain, Malcolm Gladwell, and Daniel Pink. For $16/month, they’ll send you two new hardcover books every 3 months, along with some exclusive curated content. And they’re donating all of their profits.
  • Speaking of book clubs, we’re excited to relaunch our small book club early next year. Stay tuned!

Source: Dilbert

  • Favorite podcast this week: Seth Godin on Simplify, where he talks about remarkability, authenticity, and the importance of showing up. Our favorite takeaway: Seth says that the simplest definition of authenticity is consistency, or behaving the same way and doing the same things regardless of the situation and the people around you.
  • Yaa Gyasi, author of the New York Times best-seller Homegoing, on her writing day: “My writing day feels like well-digging. Sometimes I dig 200ft down before coming up, dry.”
  • According to Daniel T. Willingham, in a NYT opinion piece, our problems with reading are not caused by social media distractions, but by current education practices.
  • Our favorite byte this week. Check out our searchable collection of quotes.

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