The Fresh Catch of The Month — November 2019 — issue #14

Updated: Sep 5


Time for Gratitude & Thanks Giving ...


Art by Jessica Fadel @ Unsplash

A contrarian take on Gratitude !

The principle of mental subtraction of positive events



Mentally Subtracting Positive Events Improves People’s Affective States, Contrary to Their Affective Forecasts





What I am reading, Listening to


  • Illusion of Transparency Bias: Your Poker Face is Better Than You Think — Most of the time, other people can’t correctly guess what we’re thinking or feeling — Farnam Street

  • Your Brain is Not a Hard Drive. Stop Using It Like One — Unmistakable Creative

  • Uber Has Changed the World. Now it's Changing Aging, Too —Thanks to innovation in technology, aging is becoming as much about living better as it is about living longer — Joseph F. Coughlin, PhD Director, MIT AgeLab

  • Podcast Audience Strategy: What Your Downloads Can’t Tell You —Tom Webster, SVP, Edison Research

  • Taming the Mammoth: Why You Should Stop Caring What Other People Think — Tim Urban

  • On Needing to Find Something to Worry About — The Book of Life

  • This 13-year-old invented a better version of the hyperloop — Caroline Crouchley’s design (a finalist at the 2019 3M Young Scientist Challenge) builds on Elon Musk’s idea but uses it to move existing trains—not move just a few people in a pod — Fast Company

  • The Common Denominator of Success ― Have you ever looked for personal development advice from a piece of life insurance literature from the 1940s? Look no more... "If the secret of success lies in forming the habit of doing things that failures don't like to do, let's start the boiling-down process by determining what are the things that failures don't like to do."

  • Why Study Philosophy? ― An interview with Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, author of Plato at the Googleplex : Why Philosophy Won't Go Away — The Atlantic


  • Samuel Arbesman on Future-Proofing Your Knowledge ― Samuel Arbesman, a complexity scientist is focused on the changing nature of science and technology — Farnam Street

  • Say Less to Get More From Any Pitch or Presentation ​— Brant Pinvidic, Author, Film Director & TV Producer teaches how to get the most from any pitch or presentation in under 3 minutes — Unmistakable Creative

  • The Importance of Taking an Entrepreneurial Approach to Your Art ​— Alecia Lawyer, Founder, Artistic Director and Principal Oboe at Roco, a professional music ensemble — Unmistakable Creative

  • Leadership is infinitely more about brains than it is about brawn. The brawn stuff is from the movies and it doesn’t work in reality —  Story of a Navy SEAL Jocko Willink — The Tim Ferris Show Podcast

  • We Are What We Choose” graduation speech delivered by Jeff Bezos to the Princeton Class of 2010 - "Cleverness is a gift, kindness is a choice" ... How will you use these gifts? And will you take pride in your gifts or pride in your choices?… Will you be a cynic, or will you be a builder?

  • Managing Procrastination, Predicting the Future, and Finding Happiness - Tim Urban, "Wait but Why" blog founder — The Tim Ferris Show Podcast

  • My philosophy for a happy life — Sam Berns — TEDxMidAtlantic

  • How to Develop a Tolerance for Risk — Alec Torelli, a professional poker player, keynote speaker and entrepreneur on how to develop a tolerance for risk and turn high-risk situations in your favor — Unmistakable Creative

  • How to Get Past Perfection, Get Unstuck, and Level Up Your Game — Join SheWorx Founder and CEO Lisa Wang and Growth Strategist Karin Bellantoni for an interactive live office hours session — Hello Alice

  • How to Become a Psychedelic Therapist — Marcela Ot’alora — The Tim Ferris Show Podcast

  • Investing in Women with Sharon Vosmek, CEO of Astia, the pre-eminent organization working to ensure the success of high-growth startups founded and led by women — The Investors Podcast

  • What happens when Entrepreneurship meets Philanthropy — How Epic Foundation Innovates Philanthropy — An interview with Alexandre Mars — WorkingCapital Review

  • Dan Rockwell on a Life of Public Speaking, Leadership Development and Writing (the Leadership Freak blog) — The Elevate Podcast

  • This Week In Startups: Founder & CEO Andrew Parker built Papa to solve loneliness across generations with “grand-kids on demand” companionship & non-skilled assistance

  • La chronique de Pascale Seys — Musiq3 RTBF — Les Tics de L'actu

  1. Donner et recevoir, quelle est la forme la plus haute de générosité ?

  2. Le cerveau et la main Combien ou comment ?

  3. Le travail est ce la santé ?

Quotes I am pondering

  • A kid in Minecraft can build a world and inhabit it through play. We have the possibility to build the world that we want to inhabit ― Bjarke Ingels

  • We have created trouble for ourselves in organizations by confusing control with order. This is no surprise, given that for most of its written history, leadership has been defined in terms of its control functions ― Margaret Wheatley

  • When you make a mistake, there are only three things you should ever do about it: admit it, learn from it, and don’t repeat it ― Paul Bear Bryant

  • Here is my secret. It is very simple: it is only with the heart that one can see rightly. What is essential is invisible to the eye — Antoine de Saint Exupéry

  • Character, like a photograph, develops in darkness — Yousuf Karsh

  • It is impossible to live without failing at something unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default ― J.K. Rowling

  • Treat a work of art like a prince: let it speak to you first ― Arthur Schopenhauer

  • Do not read, as children do, to amuse yourself, or like the ambitious, for the purpose of instruction. No, read in order to live ― Gustave Flaubert, 1867


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