The other new app you’ll notice in the row above the dock is Firefox Focus. I’ve really grown to love this app over the past year. It’s so fast when it comes to the all-important open-to-search capability (far faster than Google’s own app, which is silly — and why I booted that app from my homescreen). And I like the notion of not having every single search I do tied into profiling me. Especially when I’m often looking up info on a bunch of companies for research. Firefox itself is seeing a nice resurgence thanks to their “Quantum” browser — everyone loves a good comeback story.
If I could jump in the DeLorean and intercept my 20-year-old self, I’d tell him to take that job. I’d tell him to embrace those veteran journalists, taking a stand for news that is thoughtful, calm and reserved. And I’d tell him to reject a culture that whiles away its hours gawking at the next scary, controversial, fleeting flash of stimulation.
EQ is important, but it’s only one leg of the stool. I subscribe to Carol Dweck’s growth mindset: both IQ and EQ are not fixed properties, but rather can be developed through dedication and hard work. I’d guess that AQ works similarly — some of us are born with higher AQ potential, but each of us can work to alter it over time. We all have that friend who loathes change and another who thrives on new experiences. This leads me to suspect that we are already subliminally aware that AQ exists and that it has variance, but we’re not talking about it. Furthermore, we don’t have a compelling way to test or improve it.
Anyone with an Instagram account can probably relate to this. We’re coming towards the end of a decade in which we’ve been encouraged to think of our public life as a performance instead of a participation exercise. We know how it feels to envy other people and their celebrations, achievements and holidays, and that our craving for validation leads to feelings of isolation.