Apple Maps’ “Proceed To The Route” Is Unhelpful

I rarely use Apple Maps because once it took me to a dead end street that was not my destination… But another reason I don’t use Apple Maps that often is because it often provides instructions that are unhelpful. One example is “Proceed to the Route.” Why Does Apple Maps Tell Me To “Proceed To The Route”? This morning I thought I would give Apple Maps another try. I had to go to a meeting in North Haven, Connecticut and wasn’t sure if I should take I-84 or I-95. I…

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Does Facebook Erode Empathy?

One of the arguments in Jaron Lanier’s book “10 Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now” is that the business models of social media companies, such as Facebook and Twitter, have a negative effect on our ability to empathize with other humans. Losing empathy makes it harder to understand others, which makes it more difficult to engage with each other and generally just get along in society. This argument was perhaps the most disturbing that I read in his book. It was mostly disturbing because it rang true.…

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Fear Can Be Nourishing…

Fear can be bad if you don’t know what to do with it… Being afraid to confront fear is bad… But fear can be nourishing when you confront it and eat it. By eating irrational fears, you become stronger and more resilient. Several days and weeks of eating fear changes you. It helps you avoid becoming the perfect failure. Eat irrational fear every day.

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Robots Make Food More Efficient, Less Magical

robots make food more efficient, less magical

When I lived in Providence, there was a TCBY near my apartment. They sold frozen yogurt and frozen yogurt concoctions, such as “Shivers”, that I bought. One day my father was visiting and we went there. As we approached the cashier, a person behind the counter was pouring a brown, liquid yogurt mix (maybe chocolate?) into the bottom of the yogurt machine. My father turned and looked at me and said, “Kind of takes some of the magic out of it doesn’t it…?” No One Wants to See Robots Make…

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Obstacles Turn Into Opportunities in Sales

obstacles turn into opportunities

I think it was Joe Kraus who said, and I’m paraphrasing probably, “The first “no” is like the starter’s pistol that marks the beginning of the sales process.” This attitude and perspective perfectly captures the fact that obstacles turn into opportunities in the sales process… With the first “no”, we find an obstacle in sales. But the first “no” is also a massive opportunity because it means that you’ve actually done something. You started. The fear was there before the call… But you made the call anyway. Good for you. Now…

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Think Small, Work Hard, Stay Frugal

If you’re an artist, financial troubles can dampen your creativity… There is a link between freedom and debt. Debts can kill dreams. So artists often accept that they may never make money from their work. They think small, work hard and stay frugal. Don’t think small with your business or art… But with your living situation. Pressure to perform creatively can have a negative effect on production. A research paper titled “Perspectives on the Social Psychology of Creativity” by Teresa M. Amabile and Julianna Pillemer at Harvard Business School states: “…the…

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Money and Happiness

The book “Doing More with Less” by Bruce Piasecki emphasizes the importance of frugality. The author is a fan of Benjamin Franklin… One of Benjamin Franklin’s major insights into human nature is that frugality and industriousness are the ways to wealth. However, frugality is hard because we are constantly urged to spend money… I even allude to spending in my footnotes below. Happiness and Having vs. Spending Money A study by Daniel Kahneman and Angus Deaton found that the link between money and happiness existed, but only up to about…

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Apple Has Certain “Friend” Like Qualities…

Friends exist across a spectrum based on how they make us feel, how reliable they are, etc. Friends are also attractive in some way… We have a chemistry with our best friends that is something we didn’t intend… It’s just there. I truly look forward to news about Apple. I spend more time with Apple’s products than I do with anything or anyone else. This makes me want Apple to succeed, to keep building great products… I don’t want then to let me down. If a friend is someone we…

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Through Static

Static can be what you hear on the radio, or it can be someone or something in your life that’s making things difficult… Sometimes, the song on the radio you can just make out is so damn good, that even through the static, you want to listen to it. So you focus your attention, and ignore the static. Whether it’s a song on the radio, or that really hard work you’re doing in earnest… Being able to put up with the static is a good sign that you really love…

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