#120 The hardest gift

Happy Sunday, everyone.

Before I jump into my “learning” I wanted to share more about the acquisition Calm Capital was working on for the last couple of months.

I can finally announce it! The company is called Wavve. It’s a SaaS product that helps audio creators (like podcasters) create sharable “movie trailers” for the audio. I wrote an article about the buying process on Calm’s website. Check it out here if you’re interested.

Ok, back to our regularly scheduled program.

Last week I received some leadership feedback from one of my trusted collaborators that was tough to hear. It was cutting and heavy. It was also true.

Over the years, I’ve worked hard to better receive feedback —— mostly through seeking out, asking for it and building reps. But it’s tough because I’m fighting my own skill level and expectations. Coincidentally, I heard a podcast this week with Angela Duckworth talking about feedback. She said:

Feedback as they say is a gift, but most of us don’t know how to unwrap it. It’s not a gift that we usually want to receive at the moment it’s given to us and the way it’s given to us. I think it’s a skill. I truly believe that if somebody is eager for feedback, actively solicits it, tries to listen to it, and learns something from it; those are the people I never worry about.

I’d never thought about receiving feedback as a skill (as is giving it) but it makes sense.

Three Things to Ponder

  1. If what you would do is not what you should do, you need to be trained. Foolishness is natural, we need to be trained in Wisdom.
  2. Mental clarity is the child of courage, not the other way around. — Nassim Taleb
  3. Selfless ideas spread the furthest. - Naval

Three Things to Enjoy

  1. Here’s a cool video of soldiers flying jet suits .
  2. I’m digging these surfboard coffee tables.
  3. This was an interesting article about eyewear craftsman Tommy O’Gara.

Until next time, friends.


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