December 6, 2023




The Vulnerability Paradox, Solution in Clarity & 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 Vulnerability Paradox.

Insight: Solution in Clarity.

Quote: Value of Time.

Question: Making a Difference.

Parable: The Boiling Frog.


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| Mental Model

The Vulnerability Paradox

We believe showing our whole selves will scare others away, when in reality it draws them closer.

The ability to be vulnerable in a world of status games is a superpower.

”Vulnerability is the currency of human connection.”

—Brene Brown

| Insight

A well-defined problem is half the solution.

Challenge: Identify a problem you're currently facing and break it down into smaller, more manageable components.

Example: Overwhelming workload, broken down into prioritized tasks.

| Quote

Oliver Burkeman, journalist and author, on the value of time:

"Ultimately, time is the only genuine scarcity, and the only thing that can't be bought, borrowed, or stolen. To squander it is to squander the one truly irreplaceable resource.

| Question

How can I use my unique strengths and talents to make a positive impact on the world?

A Visual I Enjoyed

The Boiling Frog (Source: 19th Century)

A frog is placed in a pot of cold water, which is slowly heated. The frog adjusts to the gradual temperature change and doesn't realize the danger it's in, ultimately being boiled alive. The parable serves as a cautionary tale about the dangers of complacency and the need to be aware of gradual changes in our environment.

Have a wonderful Wednesday, all.

Until next time,


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