Do you feel rushed, overwhelmed, and perennially behind? How can you break out of this endless cycle and create the kind of interesting, meaningful life that focuses on what matters most – in the long run? In this engaging episode, Dorie Clark gives you unique principles and frameworks to help you reorient yourself, see the big picture, and tap into the power of small changes. It’s not an overnight process, but the long-term payoff is immense: to finally break out of the frenetic day-to-day routine and transform your life, leadership, and your career. That’s playing The Long Game.
Long Term Thinking – Insights from Dorie Clark and The Long Game
The books I mention in this episode are:
- How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy by Jenny Odell
- Sacred Earth Sacred Soul by John Philip Newell
4:08 – How do you pick your favorite drawing of a President?
7:00 – Defining the Long Game: the surest path to meaningful and lasting success in a world that so often prioritizes what’s easy, quick, and shallow
9:24 – The passion and experience that led Dorie to write The Long Game
11:40 – How long-term thinking and leading yourself first make you a better leader
13:31 – The need for white space and how our calendars are often prisons of our own making
15:53 – Why we tend to over-schedule
17:36 – One of the most simple ways to reclaim some white space and build margin for long-term thinking
20:05 – Responding to meeting requests and limiting your time in unproductive meetings
21:04 – The question to ask instead of “Can I do this?”
23:28 – Another question to ask yourself to determine if something is of long-term value to you
25:40 – Optimize for interesting – an awesome decision-making strategy to play the long game
29:52 – The power of leverage and how to make something count twice
33:42 – Why recognizing your constraints is a vital driver of creativity and better decision-making
36:07 – Small changes you can make to start reclaiming your time and long-term thinking
38:21 – The danger of baseline syndrome and how to overcome it
42:04 – Keeping the faith: staying motivated through obstacles, discouragement, and heartbreak
51:54 – Quiet, silence, and reflection.