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Hi there,
During quarantine life, I took a third iteration of the Building a Second Brain course. Similar to re-reading a good book, each iteration provides new insights.

The first two rounds helped shape how I manage information. After this latest round, I've been thinking more broadly about how I can live and work more productively, freeing time and energy for things that matter.

Add in my interest of essentialism, a thought-provoking quote from Orson Welles, and I have my latest blog post, The Art of Limitation.

In a world without limits, there are no victories. There is no job well done. Nothing is ever good enough.

Orson Welles said, “The enemy of art is the absence of limitations.

If there were no limits:
  • When would the skyscraper be high enough?
  • How would you know the next Mona Lisa was complete?
  • When would you be able to run fast enough?
Or, maybe you’re like me with pages and pages of unfinished and unpublished writing in pursuit of the perfect article.

Limits force us to be creative. Limits enable us to improve. Limits allow us to finish. If we want our lives to be different, we need to be like artists and redraw the lines to break through.

Read the post here.
 
The Knowledge Cycle

Tim Urban shared this drawing on Twitter, saying "I'm just gonna start posting this during every major wave of current events."

My question is this: how can we push a few more people off Child's Hill?
The Knowledge Cycle from Wait But Why
 
GRVAT Update

I'm running, virtually across Tennessee in the Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee 1000k (GRVAT). 634 miles (5 miles/day) between May 1 until August 31st.

This was the week of rain...and if it wasn't raining, you could almost cut through the humidity. Brutal.

Wed: 7.29
Thur: 10.25 (thunder-stormed out)
Fri: 0
Sat: 10.61
Sun: 10.77 (run with brother) 
Mon: 0 
Tues: 0 (with the storms and this newsletter, I regret yesterday's zero)

Total Miles this Week: 38.92 miles
Cumulative Miles: 207.94 miles
+/- from Finishing Pace: +7.94
 
Quote of the Week

"These three characteristics—one, contagiousness; two, the fact that little causes can have big effects; and three, that change happens not gradually but at one dramatic moment —are the same three principles that define how measles moves through a grade-school classroom or the flu attacks every winter. Of the three, the third trait—the idea that epidemics can rise or fall in one dramatic moment—is the most important, because it is the principle that makes sense of the first two and that permits the greatest insight into why modern change happens the way it does. The name given to that one dramatic moment in an epidemic when everything can change all at once is the Tipping Point."

- Malcolm Gladwell, The Tipping Point
Until next week, stay safe, sane, and intentional.

Scott
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