Those three things—autonomy, complexity, and a connection between effort and reward—are, most people agree, the three qualities that work has to have if it is to be satisfying. It is not how much money we make that ultimately makes us happy between nine and five. It’s whether our work fulfills us. If I offered you a choice between being an architect for $75,000 a year and working in a tollbooth every day for the rest of your life for $100,000 a year, which would you take?
Malcolm Gladwell, Outliers: The Story of Success
In a prior post I began to describe how Michael Porter’s Five Forces, a mainstay in corporate strategy, can be applied to analyze why my brother cannot seem to finish the Harry Potter series and why I have a mounting pile of books on my to-read list. Then in a footnote I explained why corporate competition and personal activities are in many ways analogous.
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In a prior post I began to describe how Michael Porter’s Five Forces, a mainstay in corporate strategy, can be applied to analyze why my brother cannot seem to finish the Harry Potter series and why I have a mounting pile of books on my to-read list.
The analogy between organizational attention and reading works because our minds run on attention span a lot like how organizations run on currency and resources.
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In this prior post I described how Substitution is a competitive force that applies to reading.
The discussion continues below.
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My brother has been trying to finish a book for three years, and I have been trying to figure out why for two years and eleven months. What is stopping you from finishing that great book sitting on the coffee table? Continue reading →
Traditional wisdom teaches us to learn from our mistakes, “learn from your mistakes” “What doesn’t kill your makes you stronger.” The old sayings are incomplete, of course. Sometimes mistakes and misfortunes in life can also give us PTSD, lead to bodily harm, or change our lives forever (see: pretty much every book by Ian McEwan). Continue reading →