Reset + Solitude and Leadership

December 27, 2019

Last week on my trip to Minneapolis, I read Atomic Habits and I could not put it down. As a result, I began thinking about a few of the things I wanted to do more often but had yet to nail down as a regular part of my daily routine. This blog and the writing that comes with it immediately came to mind.I'm not going to write something original, or even every day. But the goal is to post something of value at least every Monday and Thursday. That could be, as is the case today, something I read over the weekend and really enjoyed, a video, a podcast, etc...With that in mind, here's today's share. This is a transcription of a lecture called Solitude and Leadership given at West Point Academy in October 2009.

“Your own reality—for yourself, not for others.” Thinking for yourself means finding yourself, finding your own reality. Here’s the other problem with Facebook and Twitter and even The New York Times. When you expose yourself to those things, especially in the constant way that people do now—older people as well as younger people—you are continuously bombarding yourself with a stream of other people’s thoughts. You are marinating yourself in the conventional wisdom.


1. Our education system doesn’t teach leadership

2. Bureaucracy doesn’t reward excellence

3. We should spend more time thinking alone

4. & less time with the thoughts of others (social media, NYT, Fox News, a lot of guilty parties slanting info)

5. Multitasking doesn’t work

6. Find the people in your life that you can think aloud with

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