This is a blog for three special types of people:
1. “Non-diseased health-nuts”. They’re frustrated by how hard it is to find reliable nutrition guidance beyond “balance, moderation, and variety”. They’re willing to spend time, money, and/or energy to prevent disease or to optimize their health in a specific area (e.g. longevity or inflammation). However, they don’t have time to read research for themselves.
2. “Reflective go-getters”. They seek new habits and techniques to increase their overall effectiveness. Ironically, their diligence in learning from others makes them prone to appearing arrogant as they passionately (over)share what they’ve learned. Still, they find that relentlessly questioning their own and popular assumptions pays off over time. These are the folks with morning routines, a Kindle full of non-fiction, and a cup of yerba maté.
3. “People managers”. I don’t just mean typical managers in a business with employees reporting to them. This group includes anyone given responsibility to deliver results by directing the work of specific people. “Results” includes supporting the organization’s objectives and the development of those people, who are known as the manager’s “direct reports”. Thus, managers fitting this definition are found in non-profits, government, schools, and many other settings beyond what we normally consider “business”. Furthermore, much of what makes a manager effective translates into other aspects of human achievement (e.g. coaching sports, teaching, parenting, even being managed). That’s why I consider people management to be the most valuable skill set to develop.