What I learned this week: 04.18.16-04.22.16

  • I suspected this for a long time, but solitude is an essential element for creativity. And also, creative people are crazy, but have sufficient coping mechanisms to compensate. 
  • Intermittent fasting is not as terrible as it sounds. I've been eating dinner around 8 p.m., then eating a combined breakfast and lunch at 2 p.m. daily, with one bulletproof coffee somewhere in the mix prior to 2 p.m., if needed. Why? Find out here. Also, cancer.
  • Humility. Again, and again, and again, humility. Trying to have all of the answers as a leader is an exercise in futility. What's more important is arriving at the right answers with your team.
  • There are three effective methods of journalistic storytelling (a neat way of compartmentalizing the different approaches):
  1. What: The mayor got arrested yesterday for using public workers to build his garage.
  2. So what?: The mayor, who was arrested yesterday for using public workers to build his garage, represents the third in a string of Gotham public officials who have charged with misuse of the DPW.
  3. Now what?: How a culture of cronyism in the DPW coupled with machine politics has lead to rampant misuse of taxpayer money.