“By now, the upper part of the helmet is full of water and I can’t even be sure that the next time I breathe I will fill my lungs with air and not liquid.”—NASA is in the middle of investigating what went wrong with last month’s aborted spacewalk, but Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano has given a harrowing first-hand account of almost drowning in his helmet.
“With an experiment, you run a test and see what the results are. If you don’t get good results, you can try another option, and run another test. Then you can see what the outcomes of the choices are (the info you didn’t have when first thinking about the decision), and you can make a better-informed decision now.”
“The meeting requests that now jump to the top of my list are the few, very smart entrepreneurs who say, ‘I’d like to have coffee to bounce an idea off of you and in exchange I’ll tell you all about what we learned about xx.’”—How to get meetings with insanely busy people
“Mondays can be a day of inspiration, a day to celebrate the start of a new week. It gives us an opportunity to make the simple, yet paramount choice of how we want to live our life. What if every Monday was seen as a day to be better than we were the week before?”—author Matt Emerzian on why every Monday matters.
“People who are happy but have little to no sense of meaning in their lives—proverbially, simply here for the party—have the same gene expression patterns as people who are responding to and enduring chronic adversity.”—Why you don’t want a job that (only) makes you happy
“…the first unusually hot day of the year correlates with a surge in air conditioner sales in Chicago, but not in muggy Atlanta—there, people wait through an average of two hot days before heading to the appliance store. When the crafts retailer Michaels approached the Weather Channel about advertising on rainy days—when craft projects are popular—the Weather Channel found Michaels’ sales increased not on actual rainy days, but instead when an extended forecast predicted rain within the next three days.”—The Weather Channel knows what you want to buy…
“While email can sometimes be a quick and convenient way to gauge interest or disseminate information, it’s often not the best tool for the job, he said. About 20% of the time, we’re using email correctly—leveraging it to communicate across time zones or answer a well-defined question. But 80% of email traffic is ‘waste,’ he said—stuff that’s useless or really requires a phone call or face-to-face discussion.”—Why 80% of your emails are a total waste
“Optimal goals lead us toward who we are and can be in our lives. A life oriented toward optimal goals is not necessarily a stress-free or error-free life, but it is a life that you can look back on at the end of the day or the end of the road with a sense of it having been worth it.”—How to set goals that will keep you fulfilled and focused
“Reading a book about management isn’t going to make you a good manager any more than a book about guitar will make you a good guitarist, but it can get you thinking about the most important concepts.”—5 lessons Dropbox CEO Drew Houston learned when his business boomed