What are we wrong about today?
In the mid-1900s, you didn't pump your own gas. All service stations were "full service," so they would pump the gas, check your engine, tires, etc., and clean your windshield. Looking back, that seems insane; who would want another person all over their car at the gas pump?
The argument was that it wasn't safe for a person to pump their own gas. Training was involved to ensure there were no fires or malfunctions. Of course, today, looking back, that argument seems absurd. Of course, pumping your gas is safe! But that was the thinking at the time, and everyone accepted it.
This has me wondering, what do we all accept today that will seem ridiculous 70 years from now? We have to assume there will be many things unless we choose to believe we have everything figured out, which is never true. So, what habits, rules, laws, or ideas are we wrong about? What conventional wisdom from today won't be wise tomorrow?
I don't have an answer, but I love to ask the question. What do you think?
Great reading from this week
Build-A-Tech-Company Starter Pack
This is more than just advice for tech companies. Everyone working on building or growing a company can find some helpful tools and ideas in this article.
What rewatching old shows teaches us about ourselves
Surprisingly, we don’t rewatch shows for nostalgia.
'Swedish Death Cleaning' Can Improve Your Life Right Now
As Spring is settling in, I’ve already been working on a little Spring Cleaning and loving it. Getting rid of clutter is very therapeutic.
Great podcast episodes from this week
The overlooked productivity hack that’s backed by science - Nudge Podcast
Hint: it’s not about getting up earlier or hustling harder.
The surprisingly simple way to change someone’s mind - Nudge Podcast
It’s all about sharing stories, not facts and figures.
Revealing Your Unconscious: Part 1 - Hidden Brain
We all have more unconscious bias than we think.
Factfulness: Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World--and Why Things Are Better Than You Think
This book helped me realize that many of my views about the world are severely outdated. For example, according to the book, “over the last 20 years , the proportion of people living in extreme poverty has almost halved .” But, in my mind, it has either stayed the same or grown. I’ve been operating on outdated information.
My podcasts to check out
Tech Talk Y'all - My tech/comedy news podcast.
Real Pink - I host the national podcast for Susan G. Komen. If you want some inspiration or information about breast cancer, give it a listen.
While Daring Greatly - My podcast.
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