Grant Gochnauer: Awesome Humans — Issue #78

“Awesome Humans” is a weekly curated newsletter highlighting content at the intersection of becoming extraordinary individuals, building extraordinary teams, and the future.

Awesome Human

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Bill Watterson: How to Find Your Life’s Meaning — 
 We all have different desires and needs, but if we don’t discover what we want from ourselves and what we stand for, we will live passively and unfulfilled. Sooner or later, we are all asked to compromise ourselves and the things we care about. We define ourselves by our actions. With each decision, we tell ourselves and the world who we are. Think about what you want out of this life, and recognize that there are many kinds of success.


Unlocking human potential — 
 ​The world changes rapidly; our basic needs as humans, not so much. To unlock human potential in an unpredictable environment, practices that help us both slow down and speed up — in ways that complement each other — can help shift the paradigm from stress and survival to excitement and vitality.

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Deloitte innovation chief: ‘Schools train us to become machines’ —

“We could really tap into what is uniquely human. Things like curiosity, creativity, imagination, emotional intelligence, social intelligence. Things that make us humans. We could redefine our work to emphasise those characteristics, those attitudes, and use the machines to help augment our capabilities, and increase value through creativity.”

Healthy Human

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How to stop brain cancer — with rabies — 
 Nanoparticles that mimic the virus help destroy brain tumors

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America Is Losing Its Grip —

“In a study published in 2015 in The Lancet, the health outcomes of nearly 140,000 people across 17 countries were tracked over four years, via a variety of measures — including grip strength.3 Grip strength was not only “inversely associated with all-cause mortality” — every 5 kilogram (kg) decrement in grip strength was associated with a 17 percent risk increase — but as the team, led by McMaster University professor of medicine Darryl Leong, noted: “Grip strength was a stronger predictor of all-cause and cardiovascular mortality than systolic blood pressure.””

Human Builders

2017 Workplace Learning Report

Talent. It’s the top priority for many organizations around the world today. Analysts agree: in order to gain competitive advantage L&D professionals must unlock the full potential of talent to drive business outcomes. Enter the learning and development (L&D) profession. Talent activators, enablers, champions. For a L&D professional, employee engagement is a challenge they happily rise to the occasion to solve. That’s why we’ve garnered insights from 500 L&D professionals across the U.S. and Canada and industry leaders to produce the 2017 Workplace Learning Report. The goal of this report is to uncover the top trends — and top challenges — that L&D professionals are tackling in the workplace.

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A Few Unicorns Are No Substitute for a Competitive, Innovative Economy — 
 The bottom line: Entrepreneurship is declining and conglomeration in increasing. That’s a problem, since it’s impossible to create a truly vibrant economy if it’s dominated by companies that are politically insulated and shackled to the ball and chain of bureaucracy. The challenge, then, isn’t merely to encourage more Silicon Valley–style entrepreneurship, as important as that is; it’s to recognize that growing more unicorns is no substitute for vigorous antitrust enforcement and a concerted effort to unleash the latent entrepreneurial energy that resides deep within large, established organizations.

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How to make capitalism more ethical | World Economic Forum —

Call it what you like: conscious capitalism, responsible capitalism, ethical capitalism — the better way to practice capitalism is to move the needle towards creating long-term socio-economic and environmental value: a business model with a higher purpose, where businesses build deep, trust-based relationships with their customers, employees, suppliers, investors and society.

The bottom line benefits too from this kind of ethical, values-driven capitalism. Businesses adopting this model attract more customers, reduce operating costs through energy efficiency and lower waste, boost employee loyalty and enjoy engaged workforces that share the corporate vision, aspirations and goals.

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Forever free from work-life balance — 
 We have this fabricated notion etched into our brains that work and real life are all about discomfort, and holiday and breaks are all about comfort. We have this notion implanted into us that real work entails production and generating financial capital, and deep inner work is a luxury afforded to those who have earned the freedom to play after putting in their time, across a lifetime or even generations.

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Crisis of capitalism? Perhaps, but don’t blame it on globalisation —

Globalisation did not force governments to adopt policies that divided their countries, exacerbated inequality and hit social mobility. Many of them did those things by choice.

Donald Trump, Brexit, serious populist pressures in other EU countries: are we entering a full-blown crisis of international liberal capitalism? There is no doubt that globalisation poses policy challenges for governments. But globalisation by itself did not force governments to adopt policies that have divided their countries, exacerbated inequality and hit social mobility. Many of them did those things by choice.

Future Humans

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Reveries on The Future of VR —

What we are witnessing is the birth of arguably the most important computing platform to date that has the potential to change the way we live, work, learn, entertain and communicate in a way that dwarfs everything that has come before it.

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Blockchain Will Completely Revolutionize How We Run the World — 
 Blockchain based systems allow for a revolution in safety and transparency in business and government by helping to solve some of the world’s major issues.

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Discovery of Time Crystals Could Radically Change Our Understanding of the Space-Time Continuum — 
 Time crystals could even form stable qubits, making quantum computing possible.


Is Artificial Intelligence a Threat to Christianity? — The Atlantic — 
 Are you there, God? It’s I, robot.

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The AI Threat Isn’t Skynet. It’s the End of the Middle Class | WIRED —

Fantastic and extremely relevant:

The world’s top AI researchers met to consider the threats posed by their research. The global economy could be the first casualty.

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Brain scanners allow scientists to ‘read minds’ — could they now enable a ‘Big Brother’ future? — 
 fMRI brain scans are coming frighteningly close to opening a window into our thoughts.


A Dozen Lessons on Growth —

Tren Griffin summarizes 12 key lessons for growth stage companies.

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Politics Is the New Workplace Distraction — The Atlantic — 
 A survey finds that nearly a third of people say they have been less productive since the election.

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