The 1% Extra Performance Newsletter 13th November 2020….

January 18


The 1% Extra: The Best of Performance.

Welcome to this week’s The 1% Extra Newsletter. This week I included some clips from my interview with psychotherapist Trish Murphy on personal and professional relationships and how to get the most out of yours, as well as why ”Billion Dollar Loser: The Epic Rise and Fall of WeWork” should be on your reading list.
I’ve shared some interesting articles that got me thinking like ”Why Smart People Fail to be Happy”, and a video of Chris Nikic, the first person with Down’s Syndrome to complete Ironman.
Thanks for your continued support and I hope you enjoy the newsletter.
Have a great weekend,
Quote Worth Thinking About
 ”The biggest generator of long-term results is learning to do things when you don’t feel like doing them. If you let excuses or emotion drive behaviour, you’re cheating yourself.
Put aside the excuses and start doing what you need to do.”
Shane Parrish
Book & Video Recommendations
This is a book that had to be written – Reeves Wiedeman gives the inside scoop on the rise and fall of WeWork and its CEO Adam Neumann. Many believe that it was this force of personality that built him and his company. And it also tore him down.
Based on more than two hundred interviews, the book details the sudden and swift fall of Neumann that put the brakes on one of the most highly valued private companies in history. WeWork attracted billions of dollars from some of the most sought-after investors in the world, while spending it to build a global real estate empire and which aspired to “elevate the world’s consciousness.”
Wiedman highlights how money, fame, and hubris led to bad decisions, a toxic work culture, and ultimately a company in deep trouble. There are lots of takeaways in the book about business, culture and personality and for me the relationship Neumann’s had with external investors, including Masayoshi Son of Softbank, who fuelled the expansion into everything from apartment buildings to elementary schools, was fascinating.
A book for the ages, it will be interesting to see how the saga develops.
Florida’s own Chris Nikic has officially set a new Guinness World Record. He’s the first athlete with Down syndrome to complete a full triathlon and an inspiration to many. This is an inspiring video and shows what we can be capable of if we push ourselves to the limit and work on our performance.
Thanks to my friend Eamon Fennell for sharing this with me. He saw Chris’ post on 1% gains which he felt would be of interest to me and the readers of The 1% Extra as it falls under the theme of continuous improvement and motivation. 4 minute watch
Recent Performance Articles Worth Reading
Believe it or not, intelligent people sometimes find it harder to be happy. This article focuses on the concept that happiness is a choice, and that everyone has it in them to be happy, as it’s a choice they make for themselves. The author goes on to look at the common reasons people fail to be happy, and lists them as the following:
  • Overthinking
  • High expectations
  • Pushing people away
  • Self-sabotaging
  • Devaluating happiness
The conclusion of the article is that being happy and being intelligent do not have to be one or the other, but that can people can do both by being aware of the things standing in their way and preventing them from happiness. An interesting read for anyone interested in psychology and the reasons we do the things we do are or a certain way. I also think it would be highly beneficial for many people to read during lockdown. 10 minute read.
It’s always interesting when new research comes out on a topic or there is a contrarian view on something. We constantly hear about the negative effects of technology – this research has found, for example, that children who spent more than two hours a day on screen-time activities scored lower on language and thinking tests.
This interesting and well-informed post by Clinical Psychologist Siri Helle, proposes that screen time does not lead to anxiety, shrink attention or other headline grabbing dangers. A central proposition is that if you check your phone too much from time to time, it is most likely not technology addiction, it is a distraction, which isn’t good but it’s a different issue.
Helle tries to bridge the gap between scientific results and the media’s account of them when it comes to digital consumption, and highlights how through correlational finding , size of sample and negativity bias much of what we consume about the dangers of technology can be misleading.
Overall, the article isn’t saying we can be blasé about our screen time but it is a call to use technology smarter and that falling for some of the headlines about the dangers of technology isn’t the way forward. 4 minute read
Written by 5-time Founder and venture capitalist James Currier, I found this article to be a credible and interesting examination of focus, distraction and purpose.
I enjoyed the highly practicable 4 steps to becoming indistractable and the fact that in his study of distraction, Currier goes right back to Plato to help understand how to identify your purpose and the internal and external things that are distracting you and your teams from it. It also includes a couple of quite useful downloadable documents – turning meetings into opportunities for fast learning and a leadership framework for startup CEOs.
A very useful and thought-provoking read which I highly recommend. 15 minute read.
My guest today is Trish Murphy. Trish is a qualified and accredited psychotherapist, trainer, and offers counselling and therapy in couples counselling, sexual intimacy and individual psychotherapy.
Trish has appeared as a commentator on Prime Time, The Afternoon Show, Frontline, Live at 3, and teenage programmes on RTE. She is also a regular contributor to the print media in national newspapers, including a weekly column in The Irish Times. She is also the author of two books ‘#Love: 21st Century Relationships’ and ‘The Challenge of Retirement’.
During our conversation, we explore the role of psychotherapy, relationships during lockdown, the role of sexual intimacy, approaching retirement, and relationships for teenagers.
Some excerpts / take-aways:
1: Setting High Expectations from your Partner – Trish talks about setting high expectations for your partner within relationships
2:  Online Dating and Being Honest – Trish talks about online dating and the importance of being honest.
3: Reasons People Cheat – Trish delves into the reasons people are unfaithful in relationships.
To read a detailed summary of the discussion or to listen to the full episode and subscribe to The 1% Podcast click here.
Some Other Editions of The Podcast
Episode 11 Roger McMorrow reached the summit of Mount Everest the world’s highest mountain from the South side in 2007. Here he describes his momentous journey as well as the perils associated with it.
Episode 04 Andy Lee is a former Boxing Middleweight Champion of the World. Known in boxing circles as a tough-as-nails southpaw, he is also an accomplished author.
Episode 23 Fergus Connolly is one of the world’s foremost human performance thought leaders and influencers. In this conversation we explore the keys to good coaching, how to build successful teams and much more.

About the Author

Shay Dalton

Shay Dalton

Managing Director 16498583

Shay Dalton is the Managing Director of Lincoln Recruitment Group. Shay is a qualified ACCA Accountant with over 20 years’ experience specialising in the placement of senior positions across a broad spectrum of Accountancy and Finance positions within the industrial and financial services sectors. Having been involved in the establishment of some of the most respected financial recruitment brands in the Irish market, Shay subsequently set up Lincoln Recruitment Specialists in 2008. He also hold’s an MSc in Organisational Management and is a member of BPS, qualified to conduct and interpret psychometric testing as well an EQi testing.

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