(An excessive, imaginary dyad.)

I’ve caught myself, many times, saying “I really should be doing ____.” Sometimes that’s fine, but I have a tendency to do it a lot. (Sidenote: I liked the “too many tabs open” sentiment in this header image, but like, what’s with the fall theme? What?)

Anyway, it turns out that it’s really easy to create a long list of things to do. It’s also really easy to convince yourself that all of those things are important — even critical to accomplish.

Tell me if you’ve had a conversation like this one in your own head:

Brain: “Hey, do you ever think you should be better at life?”

Me: “Well…

(Software, Google Calendar, and one of those giant novelty checks.)

Have you ever really wanted to accomplish something and realized that you just simply haven’t made time for it? And then, to your excitement, your brilliant, innovative mind decided you could just block off some real-estate on your Google Calendar? How easy! Once I put this 90-minute block on my calendar, it will be impossible to schedule over it! How brilliant!

And then, I ask, how does it end? Do you spend that 90 minutes entrenched in your work? Did you already have your coffee brewed, your Spotify “Chill Mix”…

(Infinite regression, turtles, Sherlock Holmes, and The Big Lebowski)

When I was studying philosophy in college, I came across a story about two philosophers discussing the roundness of the earth. One of them believed that the world was round and floating around other celestial bodies while the other believed that it was mostly flat and laid across the back of a turtle.

On further digging, you’ll find that quite a few writers and philosophers credit William James with the line of questioning as the first philosopher in the story. The second was apparently a skeptical old lady.

Here’s the latest record I could find, from John R. Ross of how the conversation might have gone:

The following anecdote…

(Yoda, Hitler, and Dr. Suess.)

Humans have a strange fascination with old books.

Go ahead, pick an ancient book that is part of your foundation for life.

The Constitution of the United States. The Bible. Whatever.

It’s nice to have a heritage or a sense of history in what you believe. We all love the idea of ancient wisdom, which is the idea that there are universal truths that stand the test of centuries of various cultures, social and political pressures.

In fact, I feel like I’ve been hearing a lot about this lately. …

(Is it bad if I can’t relax?)

I have absolutely no evidence to back this up, but I think that many high-performance people manage somewhat intense anxieties.

For me, if I’m not moving forward in some way, I start to feel anxious.

Sitting at the beach trying to relax? Anxious.

Watching TV from the couch? Anxious.

Looking at 89 unread emails in my inbox? Anxious.

If I can’t feel the momentum of forward progress, anxiety starts knocking at my front door. That’s not super healthy much of the time. …

(The Wealth of Nations, Milton Friedman, and the primary responsibility of a business.)

What is the point of a business? What is the point of the free market? Why do we hold free-market capitalism with such high praise in the United States?

In 1970, Milton Friedman wrote an essay about the primary duty of a business. He stated:

“In a free-enterprise, private-property system, a corporate executive is an employee of the owners of the business. He has direct responsibility to his employers. …

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Before we get to the turtles, we have to take 2 minutes to understand the root of the Ninja Turtles’ personalities and the archetypal formula that is used — and has been used — many, many times before.

The Four Humors:

Back in the day, a bunch of old greek guys came up with the idea that the balance of fluids in the body had something to do with your personality and behavior. I’m not going to tell you about Alcmaeon of Croton, no, you can look that up for yourself if you want.

It might sound ridiculous at…

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Many people are losing their jobs right now.

Many people still need income and might be starting out in a new industry or field.

The following is an accumulation of emails and messages I’ve been sending to colleagues over the last few weeks. I just assembled them in an essay that is hopefully helpful.

Please tag someone who needs to read it or who is a super-connector and can put it in front of those who need it.

I could use more help and perspective, so if you are an HR or Hiring Manager, please consider scrolling to the bottom…

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Tough things are tough.

There are things in our control and out of our control.

Sometimes distinguishing these helps us handle tough things. Sometimes it doesn’t and tough things are just tough anyway.

Here are the 3 stages of handling tough things.


Being aware that there is a problem is part of it. Being aware of the entirety of the problem is the rest of it. What are the consequences? What is the full breadth of the problem? Once you see the whole thing, we can move forward.


This might be the most psychologically difficult one. For the most difficult…

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In some eerily similar universe, in a land far far away, there is a strange process that turns mild-mannered citizens into superheroes.

It basically works by chance.

One must be endowed, either by the cosmos or by some greater power, with the ability to help people.

And if no radioactive bug exists, our only hope of being more than just ordinary is falling into a vat of toxic waste.

I don’t know about you, but I have no idea where to find a good, deep vat of toxic waste.

The allure of superhero movies is typically the transformation from the reluctant, unsuspecting, everyday human to the genetically superior (and now morally-obligated) superhuman.

Only after we are…

Chris Danilo

I help education companies be more productive. Neuroscience. Child Development. Process Improvement. Agile Scrum. www.chrisdanilo.substack.com

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