Apple is positioning itself as a company who cares for your privacy. (Not necessarily for your budget, though…)
I believe in “earning” any best-in-class tools; start out cheap and move up through use.
— Kevin Kelly, Recommendo Issuue #215, August 23, 2020.
We need to remind ourselves often that we don’t know everything. The Dunning Kruger effect is a cognitive bias that states that when you lack knowledge or expertise, you’re not in a position to realize that you lack knowledge and expertise. It’s not that we are in denial of our errors. It’s that they are simply invisible to us.
We must learn to listen and consider other people’s opinions, specially if it differs from ours. From a stand of empathy and tolerance, we need to be intellectually humble to listen and try to understand others and their opinions.
From a leadership point of view, a great leader doesn’t try to be the smartest person in the room. She seeks for the best people she can get for her team, specially in fields that are outside of her own circle of competence. The great leader knows that she has blind spots, and that she may not be aware of them when she must make a decision. So she hears what her team has to say and makes the best decision with the available information.
The BBC has this great reel about intellectual humility.
Good educators ensure we remember and apply one core idea they shared for the rest of our lives.
Great educators make us fall in love with the subject.
Outstanding educators – a rare breed – make us fall in love with learning.
— Rohan Rajiv, What Great Educators Do
Talking Heads was a great band from 1975 to 1988. Their lyrics were evocative and mysterious specific but vague and made you wonder what they were really about.
David Byrne, the main songwriter of Talking Heads, later said that most of their lyrics were just random. He would write little phrases on pieces of paper, throw them into a bowl, and shuffle them. Then he’d randomly pull some out of the bowl and put them into the song.
He did this because he liked how the listener creates meaning that wasn’t intended. Hearing one phrase next to another makes you assume they’re connected in a meaningful way. But nope. It was just random. You made that meaning yourself.
— Derek Sivers. Hell Yeah or No, Projecting Meaning