Strutting, sustained high performance, preparation and uselss data

sent by Nick Grantham | 21st December 2021

"When you strut you stumble."

Robin Roberts

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Being confident is a good thing but make sure you maintain humility. Walking around thinking that your shit doesn't stink invariably leads to trouble.

Source: One Day at Disney

"We live in a world that celebrates work and activity, ignores renewal and recovery, and fails to recognize that both are necessary for sustained high performance."

Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz

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In the past, I expected the athletes I worked with to maintain a rigorous training programme during the festive period. You see, I grew up on a diet of BS and soundbites from my sporting heroes and the media telling me that every great athlete trained on Christmas Day and didn't take days off. I hope those athletes ignored my programme, put their feet up and enjoyed some downtime with friends and family, returning from their break, refreshed and ready to go again.

Source: The Power of Full Engagement by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz

"When you are prepared, you are able to subdue your fear, control your nerves, channel your energy, and enter that state of highly alert relaxation that is spontaneity's best friend."

Michael Caine

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You can only thrive in a dynamic and sometimes chaotic situation if you've taken the time to prepare. I know that I'm far more relaxed if I've prepared well, even if an absolute shitshow is unfolding around me!

Source: Blowing The Bloody Doors Off by Michael Caine

"Data is useless without context."

Nate Silver

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I look at a lot of data every day. However, the numbers are never used in isolation to make a decision. There are always discussions to enrich the picture and provide context.

Source: The Signal and the Noise - Nate Silver

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