I started listening to this first thing in the morning during my first walk with Booster. Very first question: Ryan Holiday asks about when Gladwell writes.
I run in the afternoon, always have. Never in the morning.
Never, like not even when you’re traveling?
So you write first and then run?
Yes. Morning is thinking time. So it’s creative time. It seems crazy to put a run in the middle of the most cognitively valuable stretch of the day.
They also discuss working on their own ideas first thing in the morning before tainting it with other people’s most recent thoughts.
Maybe a good argument against my habit of waking up and throwing the Airpods on and picking whatever’s near the top of my podcast feed.
This inspired me a bit to go and draw some notes at a coffee shop. Feels good that the backpack load out is becoming a more frequent activity.
Podcast notes: Malcolm Gladwell's interview on Ryan Holiday's "The Daily Stoic"
Simple → a bunch of nuance → "oh wait, it's simple"
"You just popularize ideas" → Yes, that's the intent
Don't read Gladwell → Read 100s of research papers pic.twitter.com/h66xwDNMqt
— Francis (@activerecall) June 19, 2021
Anyway I’ll paste the rest of these notes below and then go for a run. I mean. Gotta get that BDNF.
From John J. Ratey, MD’s Spark:
Early on, researchers found that if they sprinkled BDNF onto neurons in a petri dish, the cells automatically sprouted new branches, producing the same structural growth required for learning—and causing me to think of BDNF as Miracle-Gro for the brain.
Oh yeah, the rest of the notes I sketched out: