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💌 The NO that prevented World War 3 - Saying NO is all about prioritizing important over urgent and treating important things with care, consideration and judgment. That’s essentially what Petrov’s story teaches us. He could have panicked, he could have done what was expected of him, i.e., follow “protocol”, he could have cracked under pressure and pressed the wrong button. Especially when things are both urgent and important, it is the ultimate high stake situation. Such situations arise routinely and we often get them wrong.
💌 Evolving Men’s Collective - Make living joyfully your purpose - It didn't take me long to see that my conditioning around being a man was one of the things contributing to the discontent I was feeling - feeling the burden of expectations, the stress around success, not knowing what to do with feelings like anger, letting my worth be defined by my achievements, feeling the pressure to perform and please in romantic relationships.
💌 Book Summary: Finding Confidence in Conflict: How to Negotiate Anything and Live Your Best - Turns out that the epicenter of conflict is often very different from what it seems. Hard conversations are hard because the challenge is emotional, not cognitive. It is the limbic system (part of the brain involved in our behavioral and emotional responses) that complicates things, not the prefrontal cortex (part of the brain in charge of complex cognitive thinking). We suffer from imagined fears much before the real disagreement/argument takes place.
“I have the choice of being constantly active and happy or introspectively passive and sad. Or I can go mad by ricocheting in between.”
― Sylvia Plath
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Keeping the 100-year life in mind, one of the most important skills of the 21st century will be the ability to reinvent oneself quickly and repeatedly. Even with the best technologies available for free, it can be very hard and lonely to do this alone. Instead, we should harness the power of communities and data science. Peer-to-peer skill sharing can help people discover themselves, and then build careers that have a purpose and meaning. That’s what we are trying to do in our small way at Network Capital
There isn’t a formula to go about rethinking and redesigning one’s career. It involves give phases (at a high level)
Career exploration and experimentation
Teachwhatyoulove.org: Our first 3 courses taught by NC subscribers live
💡She The Leader by Shalini Prakash - I have superpowers and I know it. I want to make full use of my hidden potential and sit at the driver's seat of my batmobile and be a wonder woman. If this is you, then the "She, the leader" is for you. By the end of this 2 week program, you’ll have the skills and tools to drive alignment, learn how to be a valuable leader, and be ready to kick some ass.
💡Hard Conversations Made Easy taught by Yogi Sharma - Hard conversations are exactly the ones that develop a deeper trust between people. A strong relationship, either at work or in personal life, is not one where there are no conflicts, but one where people have developed the trust that they can have difficult conversations, and handle them.
💡Evolving Men’s Collective taught by Ashmeet Kapoor - This fellowship is designed to help you understand your conditioning around masculinity, how it may be holding you back from your full potential, discover what kind of man you wish to show up in the world as, and take steps towards becoming that.
💡Exploring Uncertainty taught by Mahmoud Rasmi & Philippe Caponis - This course will not give you answers. It will make you think about what certainty actually means. Why this is relevant today more than ever? Because in a time of bipartisanship, and extreme stances across the social and political spectrums, it is important to take a step back, ask ourselves key questions, and rethink what we have taken for granted.
Have a wonderful week ahead.
— Your Network Capital Team
Afterthought: “I like people too much or not at all. I've got to go down deep, to fall into people, to really know them.” ― Sylvia Plath
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