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Seven-Bullet Monday - November 6, 2023

Here is your Seven-Bullet Monday


1.       A quote I am pondering:

"Today we don't just have an information overload, we have an opinion overload." - Greg McKeown

There's a three-part challenge to this quote from Greg McKeown. Firstly, we should be able to filter out opinion from information; secondly, because not all opinions are created equal, we need to choose which opinions to invest our time and energy in; and thirdly, let's seek and speak the truth before we jump in with our opinion.


2.       A question I am asking myself:

How do I better convert my learning into good practices and habits?    

My learning-to-application ratio is far too low, so I need to find better ways to repeatedly apply the lessons until they become habits and become part of my identity. Book summaries are helpful, but I need to distil these further into the two or three things I need to change from reading this or that book. Then, I need to keep repeating them until they become second nature.


3.       A book I am reading:

Clear Thinking: Turning Ordinary Moments into Extraordinary Results - Shane Parrish  

This excellent book showed me how clear thought can and should shape our lives and that it applies to both our personal and professional lives. The book also showed how often people miss the opportunities to think clearly under pressure, leading to unfavourable outcomes. It's an excellent manual that provides many tools to help us switch off autopilot thinking mode and instead engage in conscious thinking and reasoning. I highly recommend that you read or listen to it. 


4.       What I learnt this week

That Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) has stalled

Carbon sequestrated through CCS has been at a standstill for the last three years. This is despite some optimistic CCS projections (400 million tons by 2023), more legislative incentives and CCS's criticality to the Paris Agreement goals. Problems with CCS don't lie in the technology, which is proven, but more in the economics and geography, particularly the scale and location of the proposed plants.


5.       My highlight this week

Kicking off Making Money Work with Chetwynd Secondary School Grade 12 students

The course kicked off this week with the first Grade 12 students starting the seven-week training course. This time around, we expect double the number of students we had last year, which is excellent news as we try to instil a solid personal finance foundation for these young people as they prepare for their tertiary education and look to enter the workforce.


6.       Hugh-bits

From the Magic of Thinking Big


a.    Remind yourself regularly that you are better than you think you are.

·       Successful people are just ordinary folks who have developed a belief in themselves and what they do. Never ever sell yourself short.

b.    Believe Big

·       The size of your belief determines the size of your success. You must first believe it's possible and then think of big goals and success. Surprisingly, big ideas and big plans are often easier—certainly no more difficult – than small ideas and small plans.


7.       Your challenge for me this week

# It'sYourTurn

Instead of my weekly challenge for you, please give me a 'reasonable' challenge.

A challenge that's fun, useful or true,

To push my limits, learn something new.

A deed, a feat, send me a task,

I need to grow, and so I ask.


 Have a fun week.


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