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3-Things Friday - Short-term vs. Long-term

3-Things Friday - Short-term vs. Long-term
By Rupert • Issue #34 • View online

1. Short-term vs. Long-term
We love linear thinking mostly due to our perception of time (day after day, same salary every month, celebrating birthdays every year, etc.). Contrary to that, the world most often works more like this:

The brain has to adapt to new input, so we find ourselves on plateaus all the time. We improve, but it’s messy and unpredictable and depends on factors which are hard to foresee. In most disciplines, the challenges get harder with time, so we can be stuck on a plateau for a longer while.
This has a few implications when starting something new: 
1. You won’t know whether you like what you started until you have invested some time 2. Results will be unpredictable and sometimes you will be stuck 3. Depending on what you want to learn / unlearn, it will take more or less time (knowing forever how to juggle with three balls takes 30 minutes, with 4 balls weeks, with 5 balls months, etc.). 
“People overestimate what they can achieve short-term and underestimate what they can achieve long-term”
2. 8! minutes in February
6 x 5 x 2 minutes in an hour
8 x 3 hours in a day
7 days in a week
Every month = 8 x 7 x 6 x 5 x [# of weeks] x 3 x 2 x 1 minutes 
So February had 8! = 40.320 minutes
3. Album of the week
I’ve listened to the new Nils Frahm album many times over the last weeks. It’s great, check it out :)
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