When everyone is doing things faster...

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Acquainting The pandemic has made it harder to get to know people, something, Malcolm Gladwell says, we aren't good at in the first place.  Gladwell, author of Talking to Strangers, says that we unconsciously introduce irrelevant personal biases into relationships.  So we try to know people too fast.  Then, when dialog or texting go awry, we're quick to blame the stranger.  Better to slow down and be humble about your own abilities as a mind reader.   Trusting  Speed also makes us reckless when it come to trusting people.  Social scientist, Tim Levine's research shows that most of us develop what's called "default to truth."  This predisposition makes us really bad at spotting liars and causes us to side with people who are actually leading us astray (like some Internet "influencers" or some politicians).  


Upgrading  People are re-evaluating their careers during this pandemic.  This is a great time to re-position success so you can help more people and be properly compensated.  It doesn't matter where you are in life--your ability to motivate groups through online and in-person presentations will make everything better.  Let's jump on a Zoom call for a free consult to get you pointed in the right direction.  Choose a good day and time here


Sleeping  A heuristic is a shortcut that allows people to quickly learn for themselves.  Heuristic are simple--and often deceptive.  For example, many think that bed linen with a higher thread count, is the better product, but you should be more concerned with the weave of your bed sheets.  Choose from percale, flannel, jersey, sateen, twill and others.  Learn more here. Tweeting It's true that I don't do politics on my Facebook page.  FB isn't a good platform for edgy topics.  Twitter, on the other hand, is the smoking section of social media where anything goes.  Fewer filters for me @MichaelACaruso.  


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