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Tik Tok

Enrique Dans about what TIkTok is about:

Some people spend all day creating something stupid, and others spend all day watching them (oh, sorry, it can be used for other things… in 0.05% of cases).

No wonder that even if TikTok is owned by ByteDance, a chinese company, the Chinese government limits TitTok’s use by young people to 45 minutes a day.

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4 Questions to Ask About Any Book

In The Art of Reading: How to be a Demanding Reader, Shane Parrish writes that “reading a book, for any reason, is essentially an effort on your part to ask the book questions (and to answer them to the best of your ability).”

There are 4 questions you must ask about any book you read:

  1. What is the book about?
  2. What is being said in detail?
  3. Is the book true, in whole or in part?
  4. What of it?

Reading a book should be a conversation between you and the author. Presumably he knows more about the subject than you do; if not, you probably should not be bothering with his book. But understanding is a two-way operation; the learner has to question himself and question the teacher. He even has to be willing to argue with the teacher, once he understands what the teacher is saying. Marking a book is literally an expression of your differences or your agreements with the author. It is the highest respect you can pay him.

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Referent Group

Marshall Goldsmith, in his book The Earned Life, writes that it took him decades to understand why otherwise intelligent people could hold values and believes that didn’t make sense to him:

If you know a person’s referent group—-to whom or what they feel deeply connected, whom they want to impress, whose respect they crave-—you can understand why they talk and think and behave the way they do. You don’t have to agree with them, but you are less likely to dismiss them as brainwashed or uninformed. At the same time, you realize that your views may appear equally incomprehensible to them. It made me more tolerant, almost empathic.

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Drucker on seeing us today from the distant future

In a few hundred years, when the history of our time will be written from a long-term perspective, it is likely that the most important event historians will see is not technology, not the Internet, not e-commerce. It is an unprecedented change in the human condition. For the first time–literally–substantial and rapidly growing numbers of people have choices. For the first time, they will have to manage themselves. And society is totally unprepared for it.

– Peter Drucker, Managing Knowledge Means Managing Oneself, quoted by Marshall Goldsmith in The Earned Life, p. 54

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