Dr. Jeff Bernstein writing for the FOP Journal:
We certainly can do more. For example, if you see a firefighter put an oxygen mask on a cat and the TV cameras are there, just walk over and insert yourself into the frame. Then, immediately start CPR on the cat, and make sure your departmental patch is clearly visible to the camera! A similar technique will also work with the baby ducks stuck in the storm drain. While the firefighters are rescuing the baby ducks, you should personally bring the mother duck over so that she can reunite with her baby ducklings. Again, just make sure your police departmental patch is clearly visible to the cameras. The baby ducks will instinctively follow you and the mother duck, which is what we want. Also, don’t be afraid to just push the firefighters out of the way.
An interesting podcast episode from Planet Money…
On today’s show, the overlooked force motivating police departments to reform bad behavior — not protests and picket signs, but spreadsheets and actuaries. This is the story of how Irwindale, California turned its police department around.
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Great advice from Joshua Becker on starting today. Don’t wait. Today.
But how? Here are some helpful ideas to get you started, right now, today:
- Make one small step
- Remind yourself of all the reasons to start right now.
- The next time you feel the urge, read a helpful article.
- Find external motivation.
- Set a reward for yourself.
An excellent episode of the Accidental Creative podcast by Todd Henry: Audio (Overcast) – Transcript
Having worked with and interviewed hundreds of professionals, I’ve come to believe that each person also has a “sweet spot”. It’s comprised of the situations and activities where they are maximally effective, and where they create the most unique value for their effort… Here are a few of the key insights I gained about finding your sweet spot:
- To find your sweet spot, you must act first and sort later.
- Your sweet spot is not always something you enjoy.
- Finding your sweet spot is not necessary, which is why many people never do it.
Shane Parrish for Farnam Street:
As I looked around, I noticed that the most successful people I know have one thing in common: they are masters at eliminating the unnecessary from their lives. The French writer Antoine de Saint-Exupéry hit on the same idea, writing in his memoir, “Perfection is finally attained not when there is no longer anything to add, but when there is no longer anything to take away.” This principle, it turns out, is the key to success.
Here’s one method to help you choose what to focus on and how to use your time (it’s a mix of time blocking and a variation of Warren Buffet’s two-list system):
- Step 1: Change how you think about your day. Think of your day as having 96 blocks of energy, with each block being a 15-minute chunk of time.
- Step 2: Write a list of all the goals you have.
- Step 3: Circle your top three goals.
- Step 4: Eliminate everything else
It’s all about FOCUS.