How was your weekend? I, despite the amazing weather in Amsterdam, stayed home to recoup after what felt like several weeks on the road with trips to Germany, Belgium, and the USA.
Earlier today, as I was preparing for this newsletter, I read Shane Parrish's most recent Brain Food issue about kind vs. nice.
I remembered mentioning the concept of being 'kind to unwind' waaay back in Dec. 2016 in Nº68 about how even doing nice things for others can help keep stress in check. But Shane's point was more about the distinction between being nice vs. being kind.
The notion stemmed from his interview with Sarah Jones Simmer about her experience scaling Bumble, hiring T-shaped people, female-led companies, fundraising, setting boundaries, and how she learned to re-focus on what matters. Here is the quote from their conversation:
“Another thing that’s very important to me is kindness and kindness over niceness. The easiest example I can give is that a kind person will tell you, you have spinach in your teeth and a nice person won’t because it’s uncomfortable, right? But the kind person is going to set you up for a much better rest of your day because you’re not running around with spinach in your teeth.” – Sarah Jones Simmer
That got me thinking, inspired the theme of this issue & was an great conversation to listen to. The subject line, however, comes from Abhijit Naskar's book: Dervish Advaitam:
"It’s more important to be kind than right. Sometimes to be human you gotta lose the fight."
So maybe the next time you're debating whether or not to be nice or fighting to be right, consider not trying to change their mind and simply be kind. : )
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I say, depending on the call, camera off & muted is ok. What do you think?
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I'm thinking about signing up for this race! 😅
Echobox wants to hear from you!
The involvement of our community is everything here at Echobox, so we want to give you the chance to have your say on our and your station. We’re rolling out a short survey (about 3 mins) about how you listen, what you like, and what more we could do to give you the best radio experience possible.
The already 10th edition of the Mechanics of Joy is this Thursday at 14:00 CET. Tune in! :D
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A series of podcasts that I haven't really released mostly monthly. With the humble aim of combining the music, I find, love, and want to share into a set for everyone to enjoy. Hopefully, it will become your go-to place for a fix of good music.