Grant Gochnauer: Awesome Humans — Issue #59

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Being an Awesome Human

How to resist distraction

This is how to resist distraction — www.bakadesuyo.com

“The world is not acting in our long-term benefit. Imagine you walk down the street and every store is trying to get your money right now; in your pocket you have a phone and every app wants to control your attention right now. Most of the entities in our lives really want us to make mistakes in their favor. So the world is making things very, very difficult.”

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Mental Fitness — www.feld.com 
 I loved the phrase “mental fitness.” Every time I say the phrase “mental health”, I feel like I’m fighting a stigma, explaining something that is probably uncomfortable to many on the receiving end, generating biases, and struggling to explain that working on your mental health is a good thing, not a bad thing.

Being a Healthy Human

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Stopping Regular Exercise for Just 10 days Shows Decline in Neural Blood Flow and Brain Health — bigthink.com 
 A new study shows that cerebral blood flow within the left and right hippocampus significantly decreases after just 10 days of without exercise.

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Dirty, healthy kids: Why mud pies are good for your kids — www.timesfreepress.com 
 When her kids were little, Heather Kilgore was petrified at the thought of sending them outside.

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How Meditation Changes the Brain and Body — well.blogs.nytimes.com

A new study suggests there’s some science behind the claims made for mindfulness meditation. (Thanks Doug!)

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Memory in the smartphone age: your mobile may be changing the way you remember — www.theage.com.au 
 We’re storing more of life on our devices and it is changing the way we remember.

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How Exercise Shapes You, Far Beyond the Gym — Personal Growth — medium.com 
 There’s value in learning to be comfortable with being uncomfortable

Human Builders

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To Succeed as a First-Time Leader, Relax — hbr.org

Four things to focus on.

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The One Question You Should Ask About Every New Job — www.nytimes.com 
 Corporate culture is more important to your happiness than the salary, title or position. But how can you find out what the corporate culture is?

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How to Think About Your Career — medium.com

“Here’s the thing though: your career, like your life, moves forward whether you think about it or not. If you don’t think about it, then you’re putting faith in the winds. Maybe you’ll end up somewhere you’ve always wanted to go. Maybe not. Why take that chance when you can captain your own sails?

Here’s what I wish I had known about getting a handle on my career earlier in life”

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Lean Enterprise Talk @ GOTO Conference 2016 — www.youtube.com

Author of the book Lean Enterprise talks about scaling organizations by focusing on human systems, identifying waste, focusing on innovation, and empowering people. (I highly recommend this book)

Future Humans

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Venture capitalist Marc Andreessen explains how AI will change the world — www.vox.com 
 Get ready for “a whole generation of new, very important AI companies.”

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Recalculating the Climate Math — newrepublic.com 
 The numbers on global warming are even scarier than we thought.

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The AI Revolution: Why Deep Learning Is Suddenly Changing Your Life — fortune.com 
 AI and deep machine learning are electrifying the computing industry and will soon transform corporate America.

One More Thing

Hear What Scholars Think English Will Sound Like In 100 Years

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 Today’s English is the result of hundreds of years of evolution, so why would we not expect it to keep changing? Here’s what it might become by the 22nd century.

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