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3 Things I Learned Last Week #11 – Shortcuts, Sunk Costs, and Sanity: Seth Godin Edition!

Welcome to the 11th edition of “3 Things I Learned Last Week”! πŸŽ‰

If you’re thinking, “This is the 11th edition? How did I miss the first 10?!” β€” don’t worry, I’ve got you covered.

Each week, I sift through a ton of resources (so you don’t have to) and share my favorite nuggets of wisdom, weird facts, and tidbits that’ll make you the life of any Zoom party. If you’ve got a friend who’d enjoy this info-buffet, feel free to share this newsletter with them.

This week, I’m excited to share three insights from a mind-blowing chat between Shane Parrish and Seth Godin on The Knowledge Project Podcast.

Ready to get your mind blown?

πŸ’¨ 1. The Appeal of Shortcuts: Choosing Quality Over Quick Wins

Ever been seduced by the siren call of shortcuts? Seth Godin has a refreshing take on why we should all play a little hard-to-get with shortcuts, and instead, focus on doing things right, even if it takes longer.

He shares an inspiring story about a Japanese restaurant that, instead of trying to be the McDonald’s of sushi, chose to cater to a niche audience β€” and thrived because of it!

So, unless you’re trying to escape from a labyrinth with a Minotaur, remember: shortcuts aren’t always the answer.

πŸŽ™οΈ Listen to Seth Godin’s insight on The Appeal of Shortcuts here.

πŸŠβ€β™€οΈ 2. The Sunk Costs: Understanding and Overcoming Past Investments

Sunk costs β€” the past investments we’ve made, whether financial, time, or emotional. They’re like that 90s tattoo you got in high school that you can’t get rid of.

Seth Godin drops some wisdom on how understanding sunk costs can help us make better decisions for the future.

The key takeaway here? Don’t let your past dictate your future. Unless we’re talking about that tattoo β€” you might want to get that one lasered.

πŸŽ™οΈ Listen to Seth Godin’s insights on Sunk Costs here.

🧭 3. Making Decisions: Setting Boundaries for Better Choices

Ever felt overwhelmed by the sheer number of choices in life?

Seth Godin shares his own “ah-ha!” moment on decision-making, revealing how setting boundaries can help us focus on what truly matters.

Think of it as Marie Kondo-ing your decision-making process: if it doesn’t spark joy or serve a purpose, thank it and let it go.

πŸŽ™οΈ Listen to Seth Godin’s insights on Making Decisions here.

That’s it for this week’s edition of “3 Things I Learned Last Week.” I hope these insights have given you some brain food and maybe even a chuckle or two.

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Here’s to a week filled with growth, joy, and less-than-regrettable decisions!

Best regards,

~ Nathan

The author partially generated this content with GPT-4 & ChatGPT, OpenAI’s large-scale language-generation models. Upon developing the draft, the author reviewed, edited, and revised the content to their liking and took ultimate responsibility for the content of this publication.






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