summer review from my manager


growth areas:

consider some variables in his thinking and decision making. For example, the other day he asked me whether or not I thought that he should do something as a part of his project. My question back to him was: What do you think that I would need to know in order to answer that question? We talked through the variables related to the decision, but this will be a critical skill for him to develop for any job going forward.

the quantitative aspect of this (critical thinking and problem solving) is where Danilo can improve -- really thinking about how to take different tasks that are typically not quantified an turning them into quantifiable entities. 

communication - Danilo can work to ensure he is giving full context to his manager and colleagues when presenting them with a situation where he needs guidance or asking a question. Don't assume that that person knows what is inside your head, or even why you are asking.

Unexercised Power

In an age where a consumer sees more content than ever, it is advantageous to continuously release new content. In the music industry, artists release albums every year, a few singles, and are featured on a couple songs. 

The concept of an album was popularized at a time that when a big artist released an album, the world stopped and listened. When Bruce Springsteen's Born to Run came out, it was an event. The New York Times critic got a copy months in advance. He digested it and gave everyone his opinion and the world got excited. When the album came out, six million copies were sold.

Bruce wasn't competing for the consumer's attention like artists have to today. And because of that, Bruce was able to develop a  following so loyal that forty years later, he stills sells out arenas. Will Gucci Mane be able to do that? Will Ed Sheeran be able to do that? The answer is no. 

The abundance of content dilutes the value of the individual artist. How do artists stay relevant with their audience? By producing more content. How will the artist produce more content? By using the unreleased content. They should release the thirty-forty tracks that don't make it to their album. The content will have lower expectations and the audience will be happy to hear more. The artists will also have new data points on what songs should make it to the album, what type of content is most popular, etc. How many unreleased Drake songs could have been billboard chart toppers? Hit songs like "Kiss" by Prince were rejected by the label and Prince himself before being released on a whim.

Give more content, stay relevant, betters understand your audience and produce more hits. Musicians are sitting on a lot of unexercised power.

almond butter and the mere exposure effect

I used to hate almond butter. As a young child, my mother would encourage me to eat it. "It's good for you," she'd say before I rejected. Fast forward to my junior year of college, I'm lifting weights and on a protein diet. Almond butter, as it turns out, will help me get strong. So I say, "what the hell," and begin to eat it with yogurt for breakfast. 

I eat it every day for a month. And then something crazy happens. I begin to love it. It becomes the food I eat most. 

This is an example of the mere-exposure effect, a psychological phenomenon by which people tend to develop preference for things merely because they are familiar with them. The consistent exposure to almond butter led to a mental acceptance of the food which turned into enjoyment.

I'm happy that I eat almond butter, it's a part of my healthy diet. What else has a lasting positive effect that you currently don't engage in? Find your almond butter.

when the answer isn't the answer

I get frustrated. I'll be with a loved one and I see something that they are doing wrong. I try to explain what needs to be corrected and offer to help and a solution. Regardless if I am right or wrong, they never asked. I

t's hard to help someone that doesn't want help. And it's frustrating. 

Sometimes providing someone the answer, isn't the answer.

internalized reality

"Your mind will take the shape of what you frequently hold in thought, for the human spirit is colored by such impressions."

- Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, 5.16

If you bend your body into a sitting position every day for long enough period of time, the curvature of your spine changes. A doctor can tell from a radiograph whether some sat at a desk for a living. The same is true for our mind."

A constant positive outlook and you'll have a positive internalized reality. These efforts are compound to shape the way you see the world. To fix your reality, fix your outlook.