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 – Digital Distraction Is Bad for Creativity
#2 – When Passion Leads to Burnout
#3 – The Musk Algorithm
Digital Distraction Is Bad for Creativity
Source: The Walrus
Author: Steven Heighton
Digital distraction can negatively impact creativity, according to an article in The New Yorker. Social media and the internet offer introverts a way to be alone yet connected to others, but this paradox can be problematic for artists and writers, who require creative solitude without compromise.
The article suggests that writers and artists have traditionally been able to find solitude because they craved and welcomed it. However, digital distractions make it harder to walk away and can lead to a more distracted approach to work.
When Passion Leads to Burnout
Source: Harvard Business Review
Author: Jennifer Moss
Passion-driven work can lead to burnout, a phenomenon that has been deprioritized in the past but is now recognized by the World Health Organization as a syndrome. Purpose-driven work is particularly at risk for burnout due to obsessive passion, which can increase conflict and stress.
Mission-focused executives, non-profit employees, teachers/principals, nurses, and physicians are some of the people most at-risk for burnout. Leaders can help prevent burnout by monitoring employee well-being, setting clear policies, and teaching people to set boundaries.
The Musk Algorithm
Source: David H. Hansson Website
Author: David H. Hansson
The author highlights the application of Musk’s “algorithm” to the success of his companies, which involves questioning every requirement, simplifying and optimizing, accelerating cycle time, and automating.
The article emphasizes that the key to learning from Musk’s success is to accept his madness as part of a package deal and dilute his example accordingly. The author believes that most founders and executives would do well to add at least 10% of Musk’s intensity to their personal recipe.
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