Summary of “19 Things About Life You Should Know Before You Turn 29”

Remember all those things you swore you were going to do back in January? Have you done any of them?).
One of the things I prioritize doing Q4 of every year is taking a considerable amount of time to reflect on what worked well and what didn’t - so I can set myself up for success in the year to follow.
Most people like making New Year’s resolutions on New Year’s Eve.I like starting mine in October, so by the time the New Year rolls around, I’m already kicking.
Recently, I was catching up with a friend of mine, Case Kenny, founder of PRSUIT, an extremely popular daily life advice email for Millennials, and we were talking about being in our late 20s - and what goals we should be setting for next year.
Neither one is correct: “There’s not enough time.
A lot of people talk about all the things they want to do, or will do one day.
Your past DOES define you!Look to the things you’ve achieved as stepping stones, and reference them often as you look to higher summits.
Tiny steps will take you much further than infrequent home runs.

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Summary of “How to Excel at Both Strategy and Execution”

According to a global survey of 700 executives across a variety of industries conducted by Strategy&, the strategy consulting division of PwC, only 8% of company leaders were said to excel at both strategy and execution.
You may think that success can be achieved by excelling at either strategy or execution individually-that great visionaries can change how we see the world, or that amazing operators can wind up outperforming competitors.
Leaders who master both strategy and execution start by building a bold but executable strategy.
Articulating the strategy in human terms-what capabilities the company will need to build, and what skills are required to do so-not only helps the company focus on how to develop the right talent, but it allows individuals to understand how their role fits into the overall strategy, and allows them to see their work in a much more fundamentally connected way.
How are you doing in combining strategy and execution? Below are some questions for you to think through that cover all three stages of the strategy-to-execution continuum.
Are you very clear about how you add value to customers in a way that others don’t, and about the specific capabilities that enable you to excel at that value proposition? As strategies are being developed, are you using the classic approach of “Build the strategy, then think about execution,” or are you asking yourself the question, “Do you have the capabilities needed-or can you build the capabilities needed-to execute the strategy?” As you’re dealing with disruption, are you shaping the world around you with your given strengths, or are you waiting for change to happen, and therefore playing by someone else’s rules? Translate the strategy into the everyday.
Are there visible programs to build the key capabilities your organization needs to win with its strategy? Are you building specific connections between strategy and the budgeting process so you’re reallocating funds to where they matter most? And do you have mechanisms in place that translate the strategy into personal goals and rewards for managers and employees? Execute the strategy.
We believe there’s a tremendous upside for companies that can succeed at strategy through execution.

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Summary of “The skills kids have at age 5 determine how successful they’ll be”

A few strategies for teaching kids social and emotional skills include labeling their feelings and making empathy faces.
Instead, they say your child’s social and emotional skills are what determine how likely your child is to go to college rather than end up in jail.
The teachers weighed in on how well the kids shared, listened to others, resolved problems with their peers, and were helpful.
For every one-point decrease in social competency at age 5, a child had a 67% higher chance of being arrested in early adulthood.
With all the evidence that supports the importance of social and emotional skills, isn’t it incredible to think that we still pour most of our resources into teaching kids academic skills? From Baby Einstein music to flash cards for toddlers, there are tons of products on the market that promise to help your kids succeed.
You have to teach those skills yourself-your kids won’t learn them in school.
You can teach those skills at any time-but it’s important to give kids the opportunities to practice using their skills firsthand.
In my book “13 Things Mentally Strong Parents Don’t Do,” I outline specific exercises that teach kids of all ages how to manage their emotions and sharpen their social skills.

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Summary of “Five Small-Ball Lineups That Could Challenge Golden State’s Dominance”

Every other contender has to operate on two separate tracks: They have to figure out what mix of players and style of play works for their team, as well as which of those lineups can best match up with Golden State.
It’s almost impossible to stay big against Golden State’s best players.
The only way to match up with the Lineup of Death is to beat them at their own game, and use lineups with five players who can play on the perimeter on offense and defense.
Playing Harden, Paul, and Gordon together would make Houston undersized on the perimeter, but playing three limited offensive players like Mbah a Moute, Tucker, and Ariza would put a lot of pressure on the other two guys in the lineup.
Houston, like everyone else, doesn’t have as many elite two-way players as Golden State.
The problem with using this lineup against Golden State is that it asks a lot from Green, a famously inconsistent player who has teased coaches with his talent his entire career.
In the playoffs, moving Giannis to a point/center role would unlock some fascinating lineups for Milwaukee and allow the Bucks to play their five best players at the same time.
Playing Giannis at the 5 would allow them to play Parker without compromising their 3-point shooting and defense too much.

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Summary of “The Emotionally Intelligent Manager’s Guide To Leading Remote Teams”

For remote work to pay off-both for employees and their employers-one crucial factor needs to hold true, and it’s a familiar one: teams need to have great working relationships with their direct supervisors.
“If there’s a meeting and even one person is remote, have everyone attend as if they’re remote using the same tool, so there’s no inequity in how people are participating.” This not only normalizes the remote experience, it also forces you to find an approach to remote meetings that isn’t disproportionately painful to the people offsite.
Anticipate your remote team members’ anxieties about not being recognized and schedule a quarterly career-development meeting to check in and talk about their progress and professional goals.
Rather than focusing on what your team is doing at every moment, ask yourself how they’re likely to feel about accomplishing the goals you’ve set for them: Will they be challenged? Empowered? Stressed out? Confused? Then self-reflect on your role in bringing about those reactions, Rauch suggests: “In a remote environment, as a leader, you have to be a lot more introspective.”
Rauch has found that by working to become more empathetic and introspective himself, his remote team has learned not only to trust him more but also one another-making everybody more productive.
As a manager of remote team members, that’s your ticket to filling in any missing information you’d otherwise get in person.
According to Katie Womersley, director of Engineering at Buffer, the most successful leaders of remote teams embrace conflict.
As these four tips suggest, your own emotional intelligence as a manager is critical when you’re leading a team of remote workers.

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Summary of “How Falcons WR Julio Jones Became One of the NFL’s Best”

Years later, Ford would read in the local newspaper about the athletic exploits of Julio Jones, and she would wonder, Who is this boy? She knew every kid who came through her school.
“Quintorris was diffident, but Julio was different. Julio didn’t want to beat you. He wanted to destroy you, force you to submit to his will, make you realize: He is Julio Jones and you are not. Sometimes, when he was warming up for the high jump at Foley High, as his opponents crowded around to catch a glimpse of the kid they’d heard so much about, he’d jump with a scissors technique, an old-fashioned style that yields lesser results than a flop. It’s not how anyone would jump in modern competition, but”he’d go out and scissor 6’ 3″ just because he knew everyone was watching,” says Russ Moore, one of Jones’s old track coaches.
At the state championship during his junior year, Julio was the prohibitive favorite to win the triple jump, but he was off his mark that day.
“Here’s one more, Sam Jones says, that you just have to hear. It happened in Mobile, that same season, when Julio drove baseline against a 6’ 8” defender and took off like a NASA rocket.
“This guy thought he’d just push Julio around-jailhouse basketball, rough ball,” Sam recalls, “But the damn 18-year-old was pushing him all over the court. The guy would shoot, Julio would block it; he’d let the guy get it back, and Julio would block it again. After about 10 minutes the guy had his hands on his hips; he couldn’t keep up. Julio beat him 15-2. That’s when I knew he wasn’t scared of s–.”
When SportsCenter showcased the game-winning catch the next day it marked the country’s official introduction to Julio Jones.
Asked to recall their favorite Julio moment, Saban and McElwain conjure up a quick screen pass to the left flat against LSU in Jones’s sophomore year.
“He could be a world champion boxer,” Roach says of the guy he came to dub Julio Cesar Jones.

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Summary of “What’s the most important skill to learn as a student? The discipline to say “no””

The challenges of automation, globalization, and political upheaval leave out the fact that we’re living an age of information overload. According to CNN’s Fareed Zakaria, the one thing that children will need to learn is “Intellectual discipline.” The ability to recall facts and parrot popular arguments has become obsolete.
In a panel on “Education in the Post-Truth World” at WISE 2017’s summit for education, Zakaria contrasts how the barrage of media effect how young people take in and process information.
Children are going to have to learn something that I didn’t have to learn as much which is discipline, intellectual discipline-the ability to say no.
In other words, students need to return to the fundamentals of education where you question the information and the source, which allows you to gain a greater understanding.
The report concludes: “Overall, young people’s ability to reason about the information on the Internet can be summed up in one word: bleak.”
Our primary sources of information come from the internet and social media but this, in turn, becomes a minefield for sorting out fact from fiction.
We’re at an inflection point where paring down and drilling deep into information is going to be a necessity.
The future is always uncertain but what seems clear is that one of the most powerful tools anyone can harness is the single-minded pursuit of mastering how to seek the truth from information.

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Summary of “ECM’s Catalog Is Finally Streaming. Here Are 21 Essential Albums.”

Steve Reich applied the precision of chamber music and a fascination with the beauty and perceptual effects of phase patterns to the plinking, percussive music from Ghana and Bali that he had studied.
J.P.Art Ensemble of Chicago, ‘Nice Guys’A flagship ensemble of the 1970s avant-garde, the Art Ensemble was ludic, irreverent, proudly Afrocentric and yet preternaturally universalist.
The ensemble’s spirited rambles from reggae to swinging bop to rough abstraction? These were something rare to the label.
ZACHARY WOOLFE. Paul Motian Trio, ‘It Should’ve Happened a Long Time Ago’This bass-less trio album shattered any previous conception of what three jazz musicians could create together; it’s an exercise in tactile wizardry.
Traditional Brazilian rhythms, Minimalistic motifs, breakneck picking and sighing melody are commingled in pieces that look both inward and far ahead. J.P.The Hilliard Ensemble, ‘Perotin’ECM’s contributions to the revival of early music over the past half-century have sometimes gone underappreciated, but they’ve been significant, not least in this sensuously solemn, shining disc of works by the medieval master Perotin.
Meredith Monk, ‘Songs of Ascension’Meredith Monk’s breakthrough 1981 album “Dolmen Music” helped establish ECM’s contemporary classical division; the singer and composer’s recent work remains a critical part of the label’s aesthetic.
G.R.Carla Bley, Andy Sheppard and Steve Swallow, ‘Trios’The pianist Carla Bley’s compositions have been appearing on ECM albums by the likes of Mr. Burton and Paul Bley since the 1970s, but she herself did not record for the label until far more recently.
J.P.Danish String Quartet, ‘Adès/Nørgård/Abrahamsen’Its energy blistering, this ensemble is a valuable addition to a label still clearly on the lookout for important young artists.

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Summary of “Harvard study shows the surprising impact of intermittent fasting on the aging process”

Countless research studies have shown the benefits of intermittent fasting, and now Harvard scientists have closely examined its impact on the aging process.
Intermittent fasting refers to an eating pattern that cycles between periods of fasting and eating.
The most common intermittent fasting methods involve daily 16 hour fasts, or fasting for 24 hours, twice per week.
Advocates of intermittent fasting argue that humans have been fasting throughout our evolution.
The Harvard study was published in the journal Cell Metabolism and reveals that intermittent fasting slows down the aging process.
The research study examined the basic biology involved in our cells’ declining ability to process energy over time, which is what causes aging and age-related disease, and how embracing periods of fasting promotes healthy aging.
“Although previous work has shown how intermittent fasting can slow aging, we are only beginning to understand the underlying biology,” said William Mair, associate professor of genetics and complex diseases at Harvard Chan School and senior author of the study.
Intermittent fasting has numerous benefits in addition to slowing down the aging process, including weight loss, lower blood pressure and reduced cholesterol.

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While Scott didn’t end up pursuing that dream, after picking up some old seats from the curbside and then on Ebay, he managed to accrue perhaps the largest collection of vintage car seats in the country.
Scott stores the herd of car seats in his attic, but displays them to the world through his Pinterest Page, Vintage Seats, using the handle Bobby MacDonald.
Scott told me the Evenflo Dyn-o-mite infant seat shown in the image to the left has been his most requested car seat, having even been featured in the Reese Witherspoon film “Hot Pursuit” and set to be used in the upcoming “Shaft” movie as well as “The Shade Shepard.” Scott told me his vintage seats have also been borrowed for court cases, and for research meant to understand how a car seat might have affected the outcome of an accident in the past.
Scott even asked if he was scaring me off with his copious photographs of car seats, but of course, as unique as I find Scott’s passion, there’s no way I find it off-putting; in fact, I sort of get it.
We’ll start with Scott’s 1950s-era Kiddie Drivette, a seat that really exemplifies the state of child safety technology before the 1960s.
Child safety seat technology changed in the 1960s when two men by the names of Jean Ames and Len Rivkin each designed their own style of car seat meant to help keep kids safe in a crash.
GM also offered another version of the Love Seat called the “Child Love Seat.” Unlike the Infant Love Seat, which was meant for babies under 20 pounds, the Child Love Seat was set up for bigger kids under 40 pounds and less than 40-inches tall.
Especially these days, people are adamant about throwing away obsolete or even “Expired” child seats, so it’s no surprise how rare vintage seats have become.

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