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Stuff #82 - London Calling

This week we talk about small habits that lead to enormous success, feedback as a superpower and some tools for taking a break.

Matt Rutherford
Matt Rutherford
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Stuff #82 - London Calling
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Hi from London,

Welcome to Stuff that MattRs, your weekly compilation of content that makes you smarter, stronger, and more super. I'm still Matt, and this week I'm in London visiting family and changing my lens on the world again. Thanks for joining the ever-growing community of Stuff readers, it really is an honour to have you along.

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Onward with the Stuff that MattRs this week...

  1. Monday Motivation:  Let this week be the week that you implement some small habits that lead to huge results.  This list of fifty proactive habits can lead to remarkable success.  Time for a reminder that my FREE habit tracker spreadsheet is always available for you to build good practice.
  2. Your new superpower: If I had one wish, it would be that everyone developed their powers of delivering (and receiving) feedback.   Here is a great guide to ways of giving feedback that encourage change.   This week, I encourage you to try delivering feedback that drives some change.  Bonus content: Radical Candor is an excellent way of building your feedback superpower.
  3. Essential Reading:  How building a high sense of personal agency can help us feel more in control of life and work. Includes some practical exercises to help develop your agency and reduce the amount of time you feel that something else is controlling you.
  4. Take care: I'd love you to take 90-second break and enjoy this very compact and simple relaxation exercise in The Quiet Place.  Everything will be here when you get back, take a moment.
  5. TWIL:  Amazons advertising business is bigger than YouTube, and more profitable than Amazon Web Services.  Amazon also own the biggest fashion brand in the US, Shein.   With no physical stores!
  6. Faded Grandeur: Roman Robroek is a photographer who travels the world taking stunning pictures of abandoned buildings.   I absolutely love this work, especially the decline of the church in Italy.
  7. Recommend me a book:  Simple, but brilliant site that allows you to read the first page of a book without knowing the title or author.  I guarantee that you will discover something new to read.  Another option is this GIANT Google Sheet with recommendations and notes from someone called Molly.
  8. I can see your house from here: This clever project shows a live (?) snapshot of satellites circling the earth.   You can find your gaff and zoom in to see what might be overhead or just drag around marvelling at how much hardware, is 'up there'.  Sidenote: there are a LOT of Starlink satellites  (2335 to be precise).  Seems Elon is still moving toward Bond villain territory.
  9. Time for a break: Take a virtual vacation using this website that allows you to experience the world from home. Alternatively, if you just want to go and sit in a bar for a while, I have you covered.
  10. Finally: This excellent Google experiment helps you visualise (and maybe even learn) the Periodic Table.  

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My aural stuff for you this week is an old one again. From 1968 comes Willie Colón with The Hustler. Willie is US born, to Puerto Rican parents, and makes salsa music with influences from many styles. It's a really fun album recommended to me by a friend, if you like any of the Buena Vista Social Club music, then this is for you.

Listen to Willie Colón - The Hustler on Spotify here.

Stuff that someone said:

"There are no traffic jams along the extra mile."  
Roger Staubach (wiki)
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