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Here’s what we’ll cover today:
Mental Model: The One Thing.
Insight: Probing Conversations.
Quote: Standing on Giants.
Question: Cultivating Openness.
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| Mental Model
The One Thing
A key mindset of success is recognizing that it comes sequentially, not by focusing on multiple things at once.
”The One Thing” suggests you should focus on the lead domino.
When the right “one thing”, is set in motion, it can topple many things.
h/t @garykeller (see image)
Great conversations begin with great questions.
Challenge: Write down ten open-ended questions that could lead to engaging conversations.
Example: What is something you've always wanted to learn? What is your favorite memory?
Isaac Newton on the value of standing on the shoulders of giants:
"If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants. To myself, I am only a child playing on the beach, while vast oceans of truth lie undiscovered before me. I do not know what I may appear to the world, but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, while the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me."
How can I cultivate an attitude of curiosity and openness to new ideas and experiences?
A Poem I Enjoyed
"Onward" by Maya Angelou
When life seeks to bend and break,
Our hearts and minds, we shall not quake,
With courage, strength, and faith, we go,
Onward, toward the unknown.
Have a wonderful Wednesday, all.
Until next time,
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