Adam Grant, Ph D, on working at your peak production level

Dr. Grant is the youngest full professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania – and the most productive. He has a good piece of advice that I think applies to all creative people:

“To produce at your peak level you need to work for extended periods with full concentration on a single task free from distraction.”

Yes, further evidence that multitasking is evil.


Miscellaneous Quotes

In no particlar order:

autopodóplo- shooting one’s own foot.- Remy Porter,

If you ask for yourself what you deny to others, your asking is a mockery. –St. Peter Chrysologus

Nations spend money on weapons and armies. When war becomes a business (as it has in much of the world these days), I think the need to show that “We’re getting value for our money” leads to a lot of wars. 😦 – David W. Jones

Motto of the Moravian Church: “In essentials, unity; in nonessentials, liberty; and in all things, love”

An old English folksong:

Oh, for a booke and a shadie nooke,

Eyther in doore or out;

With the grene leaves whispering overhead

Or the street cryes all about;

Where I maie reade all at my ease,

Both of the newe and olde;

For a jollie goode booke whereon to looke

Is better to me than golde.

“While an author is yet living we estimate his powers by his worst performance, and when he is dead, we rate them by his best.” Samuel Johnson

“Imitation, even of the best models, is my aversion; it is servile and mechanical, a trick that has enabled many to usurp the name of author, who could not have written at all, if they had not written upon the pattern of somebody indeed original.” William Cowper

12 Insults We Should Bring Back –

I love old words, and old meanings of words. The old meanings add depth, the difference between old and new hints at the social, cultural and linguistic changes that happened along the way. (My favorite dictionary, of couse, is the only complete dictionary, the Oxford English Dictionary.)

So stop being a scobblelotcher and go learn some old insults!