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11 | Sunday Brunch ☕

Some Thoughts on Differences & Advice

Whit Rasmussen
Whit Rasmussen
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11 | Sunday Brunch ☕

Happy Sunday! Welcome back to our eleventh Sunday Brunch newsletter - a concise curation of my favorite tidbits from the week.

Without further delay, grab your coffee, mimosa, water, juice, bloody mary, chocolate milk, protein shake, or whatever else the Brunchers are drinking these days and enjoy this week's issue.

Cheers Everyone.

Valuing the Differences - a beautiful summarization from 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

Valuing the differences is the essence of synergy - the mental, the emotional, the psychological differences between people. And the key to valuing those differences is to realize that all people see the world, not as it is, but as they are.

Against Advice - one of my favorite reads of the year. I would like to quote the entire article but, instead, have painstakingly narrowed down to three of my favorite quotes. Highly encourage anyone reading this to read the entire article below.  

The moral of every great person's story seems to be that they were not trying to retell another's.
One of the paradoxes of advice seems to be that those most likely to be asked for it are least likely to have taken anyone else's...
The myth of advice is the possibility that we can transform one another with the most glancing contact, and so it is not surprising that one finds so much advice exchanged on social media.
Against Advice | The Point Magazine
One of the paradoxes of advice seems to be that those most likely to be asked for it are least likely to have taken anyone else’s: their projects of “becoming” are the most particularized of all.

On Assistance - the newsletter below is how I stumbled across Agnes Callard's article above. Like me, the author quotes Agnes early and repeatedly. I particularly liked his summary of "useless" or "common sense" advice.

When advice is offered without request it's almost always condescending, and even when it's sought out, it's often so superficial that it tends towards common sense.

A solution? Mental models - repeatable, decision-making frameworks through which you make sense of the world. The key to mental models is the repeatability component. In the absence of these frameworks, decisions are exposed to the whims of emotions, the pressures of peers, and the norms of society at that time.

By working back and understanding the underlying frameworks that led to decisions, you actually have a tool that, when used alongside other frameworks, can help answer both what you should value and how to approach a problem.
The Advice Edition
On assistance, mental models, and problem solving

That's it for this week, everyone.

Thank you, as always, for your time. If you made it this far in the article, I appreciate you tremendously and am thrilled to have you in our community.

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Enjoy your Sunday & have a week!

Sunday Brunch

Whit Rasmussen

Investor 📈, Photographer 📸 & Writer 📝, Obsessive CrossFitter 🏋️‍♂️, One-Time IRONMAN 🥇, Regular Reader 📚, Perpetual Learner 💡, Habitual Optimist 😎