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  • Writer's pictureLars Christensen

Leaders Read#16

👋 Hello everyone,

In this week's newsletter, I want to introduce you to one of my favorite lifestyle/philosopher/authors—Derek Sivers.

Derek's way of thinking has had a tremendous impact on me, and can easily be proven in the layout of and the book notes I share.

The best way to get to know Derek Sivers is by his interview with Tim Ferriss. You can find the link here. Enjoy!!


📚 Book Summary:

This week's book is "Hell Yeah or No—What's worth doing." by Derek Sivers.

This book is an easy read with a big impact. The book is written in short segments, providing a great opportunity to re-evaluate and re-think what's worth prioritizing and doing in your life. 

One of my favorite take away from the book is this:

"Comparing up versus comparing down: Your happiness depends on where you're focusing. Imagine what it's like to be the silver medalist in the Olympics. If you'd been just one second faster, you could have won the gold! Damn! So close! You are comparing yourself to the gold winner.

Now, imagine what it's like to be the bronze medalist. If you'd been just one second slower, you wouldn't have won anything! Awesome! You would be thrilled to be officially an Olympic medalist and stand on the winner's podium."

✅ Actionable advice:

First, real life is different than sports. Winners and losers look different. Someone might be successful in business but have a terrible home life. When you think you got bronze, you compare downwards and start appreciating what you have. Someone is richer than me, but I have plenty. Someone might get more Instagram likes than me, but why does it really matter? It is about the right priority—for you specifically.


🧠 5 things I’m thinking about (January 5, 2024)

1.Wrapping up the Team's 2023 Highlights

2.What's needed from mentors in 2024

3.Recording Leadership Presentation

4.How to make better offers

5.Connecting with Asia-Pacific leaders

Reading "Leadership on the Line" by R. Heifetz & M. Linsky


Happy Reading!

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