RadReads​ - Why your goals are missing the mark

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Hey friend,

We are thinking about our friends in Southeast and wishing you strength in the face of Hurricane Ian. And can you believe it's already October? Last night we had an epic night seeing Jamie XX at the Hollywood Bowl.

We are also 3 days from the launch of Supercharge your Productivity.

Friend, it's the only course out there that connects the pursuit of productivity to life’s larger questions so you can design a system that works for you. Check out this short video on our unique way of considering goals:

In 4 short weeks, you’ll learn how to:

  • Get more done (by working smarter)
  • Think bigger (versus making smaller things better)
  • Stop putting things off until some imaginary future date
  • Invest in improving your mind, career and relationships

Plus, you'll join a world-class (and ridiculously kind) group of professionals representing some of the world's most iconic institutions. They are founders, artists, educators, lawyers, doctors, activists, investors, Olympians, civil servants, engineers, small business owners, philanthropists, and more.


Why your goals are missing the mark

"What do you want to be when you grow up?"

We're at that fun age of parenthood, with our 9 year old flip-flopping her answers like a campaigning politician.

"A fashion designer."

"A dancer."

"An artist."

Thankfully we've diligently shielded her from social media. (Well, technically we watch TikTok together 6 minutes each day.)

Long gone are the days of being an astronaut, firefighter or veterinarian.

A 2019 poll found that 30% of UK children wanted to be YouTubers.

Another poll showed that 25% of Gen Zs want to be "social media influencers."

Now the allure of Internet clout and thought leadership are undeniable.

But you, dear reader, think about what YOU want to be.

(I'm serious, actually take 30 seconds to think about it.)

Does your answer include kind, healthy, generous, wise and happy?

And herein lies the conundrum of goals.


Here are this week's top reads:

// one

The midlife unraveling

9 minutes | Brene Brown

"There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you," wrote Maya Angelou. Is the midlife crisis, really a drawn out unraveling? A painful admission that "we spend the first half of our lives shutting down feelings to stop the hurt and the second half trying to open everything back up to heal the hurt." A moving essay about truly looking inwards at the emotional armors we've put up since childhood - and how this is the opportune time to let them go.

Read the post

// two

The employee playbook for prioritizing

7 minutes | Quartz

When everything is a priority, is anything really a priority? This is such a common struggle, yet there’s actually a lot individual employees can do to figure out what’s actually urgent: get clarity by managing up, set better boundaries, don’t be afraid to leave work undone, and own your career path and growth.

Read the article

// three

Why we stopped making Einsteins

14 minutes | The Intrinsic Perspective

What do all geniuses throughout history have in common? Many things, but most notably, and simply — they had tutors. While in the past, tutors were a very normal part of schooling, we’ve come to see them as an intervention method for students with specific challenges. Would our kids be more likely to be classified as geniuses if we just spent a little more 1:1 time with them?

Read the post

// four

There's a better way to reclaim your time than quiet quitting

4 minutes | New York Times

We all know what quiet quitting is by now - doing the bare minimum at our jobs because we’re so dang burnt out from working so hard. But what if the opposite of burnout isn’t doing nothing, but rather being highly engaged? Real, joyful engagement in hobbies you love — like joining that choir or your softball team.

Read the article

// five

Here's how winning the US lottery makes you miserable

4 minutes | TIME

When I win the lottery, then I’ll be happy. A classic “when-then” trap that, data shows, is rarely true. Almost three quarters of people who suddenly get a windfall of cash lose it within a few years, and an eerily high percentage of lottery winners actually end up broke.

Read the article


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