Weekly Pulse by William Meller | Week 13, 2024

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!

  • All My Thoughts After 40 Hours in the Vision Pro
  • When an Active Pause Is the Best Strategic Choice
  • What Monks Know about Focus
  • The Habit Loop
  • Book Notes: Effortless by Greg McKeown

All My Thoughts After 40 Hours in the Vision Pro

Source: Wait, But Why?
Author: Tim Burton

The articles discuss the history and resurgence of virtual reality (VR), focusing on the introduction of the Vision Pro headset by Apple. The author reflects on its experiences with VR technology over the years, including the limitations and potential of the Vision Pro.

In the text, he describes the features and capabilities of the Vision Pro, such as its interface and immersive experiences, as well as the need for VR technology to improve and become more accessible for mass adoption.

This Weekly Pulse reading also touches on the potential future developments of VR technology, including advancements in gaming and entertainment, while addressing concerns about the impact of widespread VR usage on society.

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When an Active Pause Is the Best Strategic Choice

Source: Harvard Business Review
Author: Geoff Tuff, Steve Goldbach, and Jeff Johnson

In times of rapid change, hesitating strategically, or taking an active pause, may create advantages. There are three different types of situations where an active pause may be particularly powerful: needing to better understand the market served, working in an industry impacted by long-arc change, and being impacted by exponential technological change.

Companies that follow this approach should keep actively learning and engaging in the market, own the ambiguity, and watch out for the prisoner’s dilemma. An active pause is only real and reliable if the alternative of being a first mover is also a route to success.

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What Monks Know about Focus

Source: Millers Book Review
Author: Joel Miller

The article explores the concept of focus and distraction from the perspective of monks, specifically John Cassian’s fifth-century monastic guide, the Conferences. Cassian and his friend Germanus traveled to interview the Desert Fathers, seeking their advice on maintaining focus during prayer.

The monks’ advice includes immersion in sacred reading to shape the mind and develop concentration through meditation, memorization, and other forms of ascetical effort. The article argues that books are not merely a means of transferring information but are machines for thinking, capable of changing our minds and ourselves.

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book notes OF THE WEEK
Effortless by Greg McKeown

Greg McKeown brings to us the art of achieving more with less effort. Drawing on the principles of his previous work, Essentialism, Greg McKeown offers a refreshing perspective on productivity and success.

Through insightful anecdotes and practical strategies, he demonstrates how simplifying our approach can lead to remarkable results.

From prioritizing tasks to fostering a mindset of comfort, Effortless provides a roadmap for individuals seeking to thrive in a world overwhelmed by complexity.

The Habit Loop

The habit loop (in our brains) consists of three stages: cue, routine, and reward. Everything begins with the cue, which is the stimulation that causes the brain to go into automatic pilot and indicates the habit loop that should always be employed (brushing your teeth, for example).

This leads to routine, which is how we carry out our tasks, whether physically, cognitively, or emotionally.

We perform all of this in pursuit of a reward, which helps the brain decide whether or not to save this loop for the future.

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