February 7, 2024




Serial Recall Effect, Company of Inspiration & More

At a glance

Good Morning. Welcome to all the new readers of Faster Than Normal who have joined us since last week!

Here’s what we’ll cover today:

Mental Model: Serial Recall Effect.

Insight: Company of Inspiration.

Quote: Passion Fuels Greatness.

Question: A Day Worth Reliving.

Parable: Belling the Cat.


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| Mental Model

Serial Recall Effect

The tendency of a person to recall the first and last items in a series best, and the middle items worst.

Awareness of this can assist us when choosing how to present information or in how we remember past events and their relative importance.

| Insight

Surround yourself with people who inspire you.

Challenge: Write about someone who inspires you and the qualities you admire in them. Consider how you can incorporate those qualities into your own life.

Example: A friend who is always kind and compassionate, a coworker who is incredibly disciplined, or a family member who is resilient.

| Quote

Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple Inc., on the significance of loving your work:

"Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do."

| Question

If you had the opportunity to relive a single day from the past year, which day would it be and why? What does this choice reveal about what you cherish most?

A Parable I Enjoyed

Belling the Cat: Execution Is More Important than Ideas

The Story: A family of mice is living in fear of a cat that hunts them all day and night. Tired of fearing for their lives every second, they decide to try and think up a plan to help their situation. After some time, one of the younger mice comes up with a brilliant idea. The mouse suggests that they tie a bell around the cat's neck, so they can hear it approach and always be able to hide in time. All the mice agree, except one: the oldest, wisest mouse. The old mouse agrees that it's a good plan in theory, but asks "who will be the one to bell the cat?"

Have a wonderful Wednesday, all.

Until next time,


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