The 35th Edition - On Vanity Metrics, the Second Brain, Wisdom of the Samurai & Moats
Did you know what benefits there are of teaching your kids chess?
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Previous studies showed that learning chess improves math and logic skills, as well as academic performance. However, two new large randomised trials in two different countries suggest that learning chess does not improve these things. (source)
Read: Vanity Metrics
John Cutler doesn’t disappoint and finally lifts the veil on what makes metrics “vanity”, and how to deal with it if you have one on your hands.
As always, super-useful and actionable.
Watch: The Second Brain - A Life-Changing Productivity System
Chances are, you’re a creative professional who takes in a lot of information, processes it, and makes something new.
Chances are, you wish you were more productive at it.
Imagine if your whole team or organisation shared a Second Brain?
This is a great video showcasing the principles of Building the Second Brain, which has a cult-like following online. It takes a while to implement, but it’s worth it.
If you’re feeling short on time, the single most effective way to feel less rushed and overwhelmed is to spend 15 minutes spontaneously helping someone else. You feel “time richer” by giving away your time, not by hoarding it for yourself.
Jane McGonigal, game designer and author (source)
For the most part, people think that they are being kind by saying the things that others find distasteful or difficult to say. But if it is not received well, they think that there is nothing more to be done. This is completely worthless.
Yamamoto Tsunetomoi, samurai and author (source)
The Customer Journey Matrix: From some meta-analysis, emerges another lens to look at customer journeys. Next, consultants will sell moving from an Odyssey to a Routine to executives, probably.
Most Effective Study Techniques: TL;DR is highlighting & summarisation don’t work as well as practice testing.
Moats (Structural Deterrences to Competition): Now you know how to protect your castle. Use to analyse companies you compete with, or yourself.
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