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The 1% Extra Performance Newsletter

Welcome to this week’s 1% Extra Newsletter. Our latest podcast features Professor Lisa Feldman Barrett who is among the top 1% most cited scientists in the world. Lisa talks about how mastering your emotions can lead to a better life. Also included is a selection of writing we are reading related to performance and development plus a video that shows how good ideas are more attainable today than ever before.

Our book of the week is ReWork: Change the Way You Work Forever by Jason Fried, a highly useful guide to working smarter.

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 sound bites I found particularly interesting.

Full Podcast

The Tyranny of Happiness


Lisa speaks about how negative emotions are often as useful as positive ones and can even add meaning to life.

2 mins

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The Reconstruction of Memory


Memory doesn’t have to define you, according to Lisa memory can be reconstructed to help us improve our lives.

2 mins

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Anger is a Form of Ignorance


Lisa reveals positive techniques to resist the urge to react with anger in the heat of the moment.

3 mins

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Quote of the Week

“Questions you cannot answer are usually far better for you than answers you cannot question.”

Yuval Noah Harari, 21 Lessons for the 21st Century

Book Recommendation

ReWork: Change the Way You Work Forever by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson


Probably one of the best books written on business creation, strategy or consumers. The message contained within these pages is edgy while remaining clear, direct, and tested. It’s the type of book you want to re-read a few times or dip back into for specific tips on challenges you may be having in your career or business.

ReWork’s greatness lies in its ability to make you reassess everything you thought you knew about business or completing tasks, as the book re-writes business rules. It’s concise, entertaining, and full of easy-to-implement advice.

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Video Recommendation

Where Good Ideas Come From


A great animated video based on the book Where Good Ideas Come from: The Natural History of Innovation by Steven Johnson. It explains what kind of environment sparks great ideas. As Johnson said about the book “Good ideas may not want to be free, but they want to connect, fuse, recombine…. They want to complete each other as much as they want to compete.

The single maxim that runs through the book: Where Good Ideas Come From.” Apart from useful content the video is brilliantly put together with perfect hand drawing, flow and voiceover.

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Article Recommendations

Curiosity Depends on What You Already Know


Some good insights on curiosity which is always on the list of habits for those pushing the boundary of performance. The point is made that what is interesting about curiosity is “that it doesn’t seem to be tied to any specific reward.” Curiosity is more than just a desire or dream – we are all curious about specific things and these things are different for everyone. New science around curiosity shows that the brain predicts what information is going to get us the most knowledge in the quickest time – tying into what Lisa Feldman Barrett says about the brains predicting capabilities and boredom on this week’s podcast.

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Intrapreneurs are the True Drivers of Innovation


A great article drawing comparisons between intrapreneurship (acting like an entrepreneur within an established company) and entrepreneurism. It highlights the benefits of intrapreneurship including providing motivated people the autonomy they need to flourish, as well as companies with the innovations they require to grow, and how it may be a better approach than starting a business on your own. They argue that for those who are unable to handle the financial and personal risks connected with entrepreneurship becoming an intrapreneur is an appealing alternative. I think while this concept has been around for a number of years the fusing of the freelance economy, remote work and organisations seeking greater innovation may push this idea to the forefront in the coming years.

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What Great Listeners Actually Do


Despite us knowing instinctively that listening benefits us in many ways, it’s still a skill that many struggles with. This article sets out to explain what makes a good listener. Most people believe it boils down to three factors: not interrupting the speaker, reading facial expressions, and being able to practically verbatim repeat what the speaker has just said.

However, according to research, we’re doing everything wrong. A skilled listener should be viewed as “a trampoline who amplifies and supports a speaker’s thoughts by providing constructive feedback”, rather than absorbing one way information with minimal response. This two-way interaction, a cooperative conversation, is vital and the article provides 6 levels of listening to help listeners refine this skill.

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