Welcome to this week’s 1% Extra Newsletter. I have handpicked some sound bites from our recent Podcast with Lisa Feldman Barrett on the topics of intuition, mirroring and taking responsibility for what’s in our minds. Also included is a selection of writing we are reading related to performance and development plus ambient music that helps me to focus on my work.

Our book of the week is The Code Breaker by Walter Isaacson, a fascinating account of Nobel Prize winner Jennifer Doudna’s revolutionary medical breakthrough.

Have a great weekend,



The 1% Podcast – Lisa Feldman Barrett


Mastering Your Emotions for a Better Life

Listen to the full Podcast here or if you’re time poor I’ve selected 3 more sound bites I found particularly interesting.

Full Podcast

Trusting Intuition


Why do some people find they can rely on their intuition more than others?

2 min

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Perspective Taking


Lisa has some tips on how not to fall into the trap of mirroring other people’s emotional states.

2 mins

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Owning Your Mind


If you’re carrying baggage in your brain left by someone else Lisa’s advice might help you.

1 min

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Quote of the Week

“Reading after a certain age diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking, just as the man who spends too much time in the theatre is tempted to be content with living vicariously instead of living his own life.”

Albert Einstein

Book Recommendation

The Code Breaker by Walter Isaacson


Walter Isaacson is a well-known biographer, with works on Henry Kissinger, Albert Einstein, Benjamin Franklin and Steve Jobs among his subjects. His ability to bring his subjects to light and to blend deep research and page turning story telling is unparalleled.


In his new book The Code Breaker he returns to his usual themes of science, genius, experiment, code, thinking different — and meets his first female subject, Jennifer Doudna, the winner of the 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry  for her work on the CRISPR system of gene editing

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Music Recommendation

Music for Airports – Brian Eno


Many readers and listeners mention they use ambient music when working or trying to focus – this has increased in the work from home culture. 

Research has found that concentrated work or studying while listening to ambient music reduces stress and anxiety while improving performance, focus and brain function. Brian Eno’s Music for Airports has always been one of my go-to albums.


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Article Recommendations

What Information Do You Need in Order to Change?


I liked Farnham Street’s focus on understanding feedback in this piece. Change can be difficult when you’re not sure exactly what you are doing well or not and how you need to change.


I thought this is a good reminder of how to seek out constructive feedback, learn to recognise if it is helpful and in your best interests and put these pieces together to accelerate your motivation to inspire the creation of a plan for improvement.

3 mins

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How to Recognize When Your Intuition Is Trying to Tell You Something


There’s often a juxtaposition between opinion, knowledge and intuition. We’ve all had it I’m sure (somewhere between one, the other or all 3 many times). Intuition can be very powerful if considered and very dangerous if blindly relied upon. 


This piece is a reminder to trust, feel and listen to our intuition but also apply a few rules so that we can leverage it in a positive way and not fall into the trap of the gut feel. Worth the read.

2 mins

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Why It Pays off to Be an Optimist


Do you think that you are an optimist or pessimist? Glass half full or half empty and how does this effect other areas of your life? If you see it half empty can you change this attitude? This is the topic of Darius Foroux’s article, where he agrees that people are not 100% one way or the other, he argues that optimism will make your life better. 

He proposes that when we adopt an optimistic perspective on the world, we behave differently – you believe in the future so you invest in your education, your health and your possessions over time. You recognise that the world is progressing, and you don’t want to fall behind.

2 mins

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