The eli4d Gazette – Issue 055: The English Olympic Rowing Team Question and Book Inspiration

The English Olympic Rowing Team Question

I heard an interesting question on the Release Notes podcast (episode 268). The conversation was about the purpose and best use of mastermind groups (Ken Wallace did a great job in clarifying the answer).

Ken brings up the story of the English rowing team and how they end up winning the gold medal by singularly focusing on the question: “will this make the boat go faster?”. There’s a great YouTube video discussing this as well as a book.

I like the physicality of the question and how it is a concrete implementation of the “what’s the next physical/visible action?” question from the Getting Things Done methodology. The key point is that for whatever goal you’re pursuing, you need to constantly ask the question if what you’re doing right now is getting you closer (or further) from your goal.

Book Inspiration

Studio Neat’s newsletter had a reference to a musical map site. From this site, I found a literature map site – http://www.literature-map.com/. The way it works is that you enter an author that you like, and then you get a map of other writers whose writing is similar (in terms of distance on map). You can then click on any author on the generated map and see a new map with other related connections.

For example, I’m a big fan of Ryk Brown and his Frontier’s Series. Here’s his map: Ryk Brown map


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Quick Post via Twitter: I’ve published issue 055 of my #newsletter covering: an interesting #goal focused related question and a neat #book #inspiration site – https://t.co/uUoqEmpJ6S #qp #Olympic #GTD #Focus

I’ve published issue 055 of my #newsletter covering: an interesting #goal focused related question and a neat #book #inspiration site – https://t.co/uUoqEmpJ6S

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#Olympic
#GTD
#Focus

Quick Post via Twitter: An excellent non-salesy action based honest explanation of the nature of #mastermind groups & how to form one & be part of one #qp 269: Ken Wallace (@boaticus) founder of https://t.co/mTKkVkEYjz — @release_notes https://t.co/NruntIt2Tz https://t.co/QEeRFW3xnT

An excellent non-salesy action based honest explanation of the nature of #mastermind groups & how to form one & be part of one

#qp
269: Ken Wallace (@boaticus) founder of https://t.co/mTKkVkEYjz — @release_notes https://t.co/NruntIt2Tz https://t.co/QEeRFW3xnT

Quick Post via Twitter: An interesting discussion about the #wordpress #codebase & mediating between #biz strategy & #engineering best practices #qp Episode 95 – Can Better WordPress #Development #Standards Help Your #Business? – #Mastermindfm with @schlessera & @XedinUnknown https://t.co/zVuwRfRy0u https://t.co/qv1NhVsTRQ

An interesting discussion about the #wordpress #codebase & mediating between #biz strategy & #engineering best practices

#qp
Episode 95 – Can Better WordPress #Development #Standards Help Your #Business? – #Mastermindfm with @schlessera & @XedinUnknown
https://t.co/zVuwRfRy0u https://t.co/qv1NhVsTRQ

Quick Post via Twitter: Distinguish between the need for a fresh re-#design versus the need for #biz change of #strategy #qp #ShinyObjectSyndrome Working on your own #website — #WordPress | @Post_Status Podcast https://t.co/QHixwGfPEm https://t.co/rjKw62NgY7

Distinguish between the need for a fresh re-#design versus the need for #biz change of #strategy

#qp
#ShinyObjectSyndrome
Working on your own #website — #WordPress | @Post_Status Podcast https://t.co/QHixwGfPEm https://t.co/rjKw62NgY7