Weekly Pulse by William Meller | Week 24, 2023

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!

#1 – I’m a Short Afternoon Walk And You’re Putting Too Much Pressure on Me
#2 – What Can Coaches Do for You?
#3 – The Mundanity of Excellence

I’m a Short Afternoon Walk And You’re Putting Too Much Pressure on Me

Source: McSweeney’s
Author: Emily Delaney

Summary: People have been relying on afternoon walks as a way to cope with the stress of the pandemic, but this article from McSweeney’s suggests that we are putting too much pressure on this leisurely activity. The author, posing as an afternoon walk, humorously points out that they cannot solve all of our problems or be our only source of joy and exercise. They suggest that we find other coping mechanisms and not rely solely on them to maintain our mental and physical health.

3 Highlights:

“… When this little routine first started, I thought it was the greatest thing in the world. I was an escape. I was an adventure. I was beloved. But somewhere along the way, I became your everything…”

“… I’ll let you in on a little secret, pal: I have no magical powers. I never have. This isn’t an imposter syndrome thing either, so don’t even start with the, “Oh, come on, everyone knows how magical and talented you are!” I’m telling you right now, for real, I have no magical powers…”

“… How quickly you seem to have forgotten that I actually am a stress reliever and an energy booster. I shoot endorphins throughout your brain like a confetti cannon, for crying out loud…”

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What Can Coaches Do for You?

Source: Harvard Business Review
Author: Diane Coutu and Carol Kauffman

Summary: Coaches work with executives to help develop their capabilities and high potential. Coaching is becoming increasingly popular as businesses recognize the importance of developing their top talent. There is no consensus on how the industry should mature, but it is generally agreed that coaching needs to focus on developing talent rather than fixing behavioral problems. Buyers should look for coaches with experience in a similar situation and clear methodology, and organizational chemistry is essential for a successful relationship.


“… There’s no question that future leaders will need constant coaching. As the business environment becomes more complex, they will increasingly turn to coaches for help in understanding how to act..”

“… Studies conducted by the University of Sydney, for example, have found that between 25% and 50% of those seeking coaching have clinically significant levels of anxiety, stress, or depression…”

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The Mundanity of Excellence

Source: Polygyan
Author: Aditya Khanduri

Summary: Daniel F. Chambliss studied swimmers of all levels for several years to determine the causes of “excellence.” He found that excellence is not the result of personality traits or quantitative changes in behavior, but rather requires qualitative differentiation. “Talent” or “natural ability” is a myth that mystifies the actual factors creating superlative performances. Superlative performance is a synthesis of small skills drilled into a habit. The pursuit of excellence requires maintaining mundanity.


“… It is incorrect to believe that top athletes suffer great sacrifices to achieve their goals. Often, they don’t see what they do as sacrificial at all. They like it….”

“… There is no secret; there is only the doing of all those little things, each one done correctly, time and again, until excellence in every detail becomes a firmly ingrained habit, an ordinary part of one’s everyday life….”

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