Weekly Pulse by William Meller | Week 07, 2024

The Weekly Pulse is my content curation and my highlights from readings, books, podcasts, insights, and everything I discovered during the week.
The Weekly Pulse is my content curation and my highlights from readings, books, podcasts, insights, and everything I discovered during the week.

So, let’s go with some discoveries from the week!

  • Why You Shouldn’t Treat Work Like School
  • Everyone’s a Sellout Now
  • The Attention Game vs. The Recognition Game
  • 7 Steps to Improve Your Sleep Focusing on Productivity
  • Book Notes: Rework by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson

Why You Shouldn’t Treat Work Like School

Source: Harvard Business Review
Author: Niven Postma
 
Treating work like school can be a hindrance to career progression. At work, success depends on building relationships and networks, rather than just individual performance. It’s important to actively network and build a diverse set of allies within and outside of the organization. Making your work visible to those in positions of power is also crucial, as your work won’t speak for itself.

At work, your ability to succeed and deliver depends more on other people and the degree to which you’re supported, or not, by your boss, colleagues, and stakeholders. It depends on whether you do — or don’t — have someone with influence rooting for you. Your informal and formal networks can give you access to information, resources, and opportunities.

Developing a growth mindset, being open to learning and new perspectives, and reflecting on experiences are key to navigating the subjective nature of work. Finally, recognizing that ongoing self-reflection and self-development are essential for growth and success in the workplace. 

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Everyone’s a Sellout Now

Source: Vox
Author: Rebecca Jennings

So dear Weekly Pulse reader, you want to be an artist… Do you have to start a TikTok? The rise of personal branding has led to a culture where everyone, from nine-to-five middle managers to house cleaners, must engage in self-promotion to succeed. This culture has led to a shift in the way success is defined, from moving up the corporate ladder to individual growth and self-promotion.

The internet has made it easier for people to market themselves, but it has also led to a depletion of traditional revenue sources for artists and cultural industries. As a result, artists must be entrepreneurs, constantly engaging in self-promotion, which can be uncomfortable and ineffective. Despite this, young people are clamouring to learn how to engage in self-branding in their fields of expertise.

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The Attention Game vs The Recognition Game

Source: The Growth Equation
Author: Brad Stulberg

The article discusses the distinction between the attention game and the recognition game. In the attention game, the goal is to command attention and gain popularity through likes, retweets, and comments. However, attention is like junk food, providing temporary satisfaction but never truly fulfilling.

On the other hand, the recognition game focuses on genuine connection and having people know and care about you for who you are. The internet, particularly social media, promotes the attention game, but it is important to recognize the difference and prioritize the recognition game for deeper meaning and fulfilment in life.

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book notes OF THE WEEK
Rework by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson

Rework challenges conventional wisdom on how to build and run a successful business.

Unlike traditional business guides filled with hard-to-follow strategies and lengthy plans, Rework offers a refreshing take on entrepreneurship that emphasizes simplicity, efficiency, and innovation.


ARTICLE OF THE WEEK
7 Steps to Improve Your Sleep Focusing on Productivity

In our fast-paced world, productivity is often synonymous with success. However, amidst hectic schedules and endless to-do lists, one fundamental aspect typically gets overlooked – sleeping. Contrary to popular belief, sacrificing sleep in the name of productivity can be counterproductive.


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