Monday Morning Edge (02/08/2021)

To start off, I wrote a new article this week:

A Competition Not Worth Winning: Thinking Clearly About our Coaching Careers


๐Ÿ“š Best of the Week

The best of what I’ve been consuming over the last week.

1. ๐Ÿ‘ฅThe High Return Activity of Raising Others’ Aspirations

A short but good one by Tyler Cowen:

At critical moments in time, you can raise the aspirations of other people significantly, especially when they are relatively young, simply by suggesting they do something better or more ambitious than what they might have in mind. It costs you relatively little to do this, but the benefit to them, and to the broader world, may be enormous. 
This is in fact one of the most valuable things you can do with your time and with your life

2. ๐Ÿ—ฃWhat Makes a Great Conversation

You might remember some of my recent musings on the art of conversation, specifically asking better questions.

What if it was possible to engineer great conversations? To increase the number of conversations that fill us up, connect us to people, advance our ideas, and help us go further, higher, and deeper?

This article is a great resource to help us get there.

The lesson: by looking for “launch points” — shared experiences that accelerate the conversation — we can drastically improve the quality of our conversations.


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Tanner