During a Friday night interview with FOX News medical expert Dr. Marc Siegel on Tucker Carlson Tonight, Republican President Donald Trump said that he would welcome the next presidential debate to be held outside rather than virtually so that Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden can’t read his answers off of a computer.
“So I have a question and this is my own fantasy, Mr. President. All of this back and forth controversy about the next debate. And if you test negative, and you’ve said you want it to be in person, how would you feel about a debate outside on Miami Beach?” Siegel asked.
“Well, I’d have no trouble with it at all. In fact, when we have rallies outside, we’ve had no problem whatsoever. Outside is better than inside, as you know, with this crazy thing that’s gone on,” Trump answered.
During the first presidential debate, Trump also said his politically rallies, which largely violate city rules requiring masks and social distancing, have never resulted in any COVID-19 outbreaks. However, on Friday, Minnesota state health officials said at least nine attendees of Trump’s September rally in the city of Bemidji later tested positive for COVID-19.
“But, you know, we’ve always had a problem with this commission—this commission’s been ridiculous, frankly,” Trump continued. His comment was a possible allusion to the nonpartisan commission’s desire to impose additional rules, such as cutting off the president’s
Ryan Holiday and Stephen Hanselman’s new book Lives of the Stoics: The Art of Living from Zeno to Marcus Aurelius makes the argument that a humble work ethic is the key to success – or, at minimum, a decent life. Sure, the short stoic biographies apply to our modern day world. The most powerful entrepreneurial point in the book, though, is about a more recent scribe: Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard.
Kierkegaard would later make the distinction between a genius and an apostle. The genius brings new light and work into the world. The genius is the prophet. The creator. The apostle comes next – a mere man (or woman) who communicates and spreads this message.
Both the genius and apostle, or, in modern terms, the originator and the advocate are equally important. Unfortunately, we often view originality as power and advocating an idea as not powerful enough. Here’s why this is wrong.
Genius isn’t in your control
Creators create, and chances are most of what you come up with will not fly. They will be derivative, or they will not be timed well, or they just won’t work. It is part of the process.
The averages of hitting a home run eventually go up, though. It is not only from continual practice, building what time management expert Laura Vanderkam calls being paid dividends on your craft, but from pure odds. Simply, the more you show up, the higher your chances of success.
However, what happens if you limit what you do to just the so-called genius moments? Two problems immediately occur.
Striving for genius means you’re less likely to follow through
First, you increase the pressure on yourself to create a best-seller, a hit product, or a groundbreaking idea, and that pressure can block you from actually executing creative ideas.
Software company Haystack wanted to see how it could address burnout amongst its team.
Very few people enjoy meetings, and many will agree that constantly being pulled into huddles and stand-ups just takes valuable time away from actually getting stuff done.
The coronavirus pandemic has added another layer to this issue. While
have created a means for us to stay in touch with our colleagues, organizations are still struggling to find a balance, leading to the rise of a new phenomenon informally dubbed
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Software company Haystack recently found itself experiencing this first-hand. At the beginning of the March, the company appeared to be cruising along smoothly, successfully tackling issues, bugs and launching new features at top speed. However, things began to change quickly in mid-April, when productivity took a nosedive and a pattern of inactivity during the morning hours and early afternoon began to emerge.
After assessing the data, a few things came to light – not only was monotonous work like bug-hunting and catching up on large chunks of technical debt causing burnout amongst the team, but regular stand-up meetings were also taking time away from valuable – and productive – work.
“We’re remote so we take advantage of the time we have to be together,” Julian Colina, CEO & co-founder of Haystack, explained in a blog post.
“Our stand-ups are growing and [we] spend a lot of time on stand-ups chatting/designing new features. This is beginning to take away time from the team’s deep work.”
has become a very real issue amongst the home-based workforce in recent months, with recent research by FlexJobs suggesting that employees are now three times as likely to report poor mental health now than before the coronavirus pandemic.
Research suggests that