November 15, 2023




The Man in the Car Paradox, Habits and Settings & 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: The Man in the Car Paradox.

Insight: Habits and Settings.

Quote: Vulnerability as Strength.

Question: Practicing Empathy.

Parable: The Fox and the Grapes.


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| Mental Model

The Man in the Car Paradox

No one is impressed with your possessions as much as you are.

You think you want an expensive car or fancy watch.

In reality, what you want is respect and admiration from other people.

Don't have the mistaken belief that expensive stuff provides it. Credit: Morgan Housel

| Insight

Your environment shapes your habits.

Challenge: Describe your current environment and how it impacts your daily habits. Identify one change you can make to support better habits.

Example: Cluttered workspace leading to procrastination, removing distractions for focused work.

| Quote

Sanober Khan on the beauty of vulnerability:

"Vulnerability is not a sign of weakness, but a most profound demonstration of courage."

Interpretation: Vulnerability is often misconstrued as fragility, but in truth, it's an act of immense bravery. It's about having the courage to show up authentically, to embrace our imperfections, and to connect deeply with others. In vulnerability, we find strength and the freedom to be unapologetically ourselves.

| Question

How can I practice empathy and compassion towards myself and others?

A Parable I Enjoyed

The Fox and the Grapes (Source: Aesop's Fables)

A fox sees a bunch of grapes hanging high on a vine and wants to eat them. Despite its best efforts, it cannot reach them. It finally gives up, saying the grapes must be sour anyway. The parable highlights the tendency to rationalize and belittle the value of things we cannot attain, a behavior commonly known as "sour grapes."

Have a wonderful Wednesday, all.

Until next time,


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