December 13, 2023




The One Thing, Probing Conversations & 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 One Thing.

Insight: Probing Conversations.

Quote: Standing on Giants.

Question: Cultivating Openness.

Poem: Onward.


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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)

| Insight

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?

| Quote

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."

| Question

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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