Tuesday Dispatch: Issue #55
The Owl and The Beetle
This week we learn about making four great decisions per year, the role of careers in our lives, and how to change our lives in one year. As well as the true size of countries and ten google apps to check out.
3 Droplets of Leadership
Four Great Decisions Per Year
You only need to make four great decisions per year. When you reflect on the last few years of your life, how much has been determined by a few great decisions?
Your Career Is Just One-Eighth of Your Life
Career advice as a genre is almost fatally flawed.
The most common counsel is almost always too personal to be broadly applicable.
Work is too big a thing not to take seriously. But it is too small a thing to take too seriously. Your work is one-sixth of your waking existence. Your career is not your life. Behave accordingly.
How to Change Your Life in One Year
Step 1: Establish the Desire
Step 2: Plan
Step 3: Execute
Step 4: Track & Adjust
2 Grains of Technology
The True Size Of Countries
It is hard to represent our spherical world on flat paper. Cartographers use a "projection" to morph the globe into a 2D map. The most popular of these is the Mercator projection.
Every map projection introduces distortion, and each has its problems. One of the most common criticisms of the Mercator map is that it exaggerates the size of countries nearer the poles (US, Russia, Europe) while downplaying the size of those near the equator (the African Continent). On the Mercator projection, Greenland appears to be roughly the same size as Africa. In reality, Greenland is 0.8 million sq. miles, and Africa is 11.6 million sq. miles, nearly 14 and a half times larger.
This app was created by James Talmage and Damon Maneice. It was inspired by an episode of The West Wing and an infographic by Kai Krause entitled "The True Size of Africa"
Ten Google Apps to check out
Do you know Google Socratic? And Google Primer? How about Jamboard?
1 Atom of Reflection
“If you absolutely can’t tolerate critics, then don’t do anything new or interesting.” - Jeff Bezos