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Learning how to slow down from … Messi?

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Sep 6, 2023 9:39:54 AM

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045: Getting a proper read of the field / room 

How are the first ten minutes of your day? If they’re like mine, you’re immediately thinking of the 1,000 things on your to-do list while pouring a coffee and devouring a frozen bagel — I do usually toast them first.

But, what if we approached the day like Messi? He often starts matches looking sluggish. But it’s because he’s reading himself and analyzing his opponent’s strategy. Then he pounces.

This sounds like a better approach than my starting doing the 1,000 things in no particular order!

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Taking a note from Messi on stress 💡

Competing at Messi’s level likely comes with a lot more stress than the average job. So how does he do it? By intentionally slowing down at the beginning to see where he’s at, and to assess what his opponent’s up to. We all likely could learn from Messi to slow down for a second, so that when the moment arrives, we’re ready to pounce.  

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Something for your inspiration folder

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AI has developed an antibiotic that targets E. coli, which “hospitalizes thousands of people a year.” First, tech was saving baby turtles, next it was those with speaking disabilities. Who knows what's next?


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