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Sunday Roast | Curious Stories Mindfully Curated - Issue #13

It's foggy and cold but still another beautiful day in the Pacific NW! Enjoy.
Sunday Roast | Curious Stories Mindfully Curated
Sunday Roast | Curious Stories Mindfully Curated - Issue #13
By Kris Vockler • Issue #13 • View online
It’s foggy and cold but still another beautiful day in the Pacific NW! Enjoy.

© Kris Vockler
© Kris Vockler
Curious Stories from the Week
🧠 Model Mention (A new recurring section of the Roast) We all know I find “mental models” fascinating, I talk about them a lot. They are more than just interesting to me, I find them extremely useful. Both from an “ID and remove the bad” perspective and a “best use and practice” perspective. Facts make more sense if you hang them on a framework but facts also can create a framework or way of thinking from how they are grouped. Point is, if you want to grow, improve, and keep a track record; you should look at mental models as a way to improve thinking. Especially if your mental model is a bias by which you see the world in a limiting way.
A great example is one I’m bringing to light today in the Roast, “Unknown Knowns.” I’m sure most of us remember the Donald Rumsfeld famous on camera description of unknown knowns in the Bush Jr. terrorist campaign. It was funny when it first happened, the country stuck Rumsfeld on a pike for saying what he did. The point was lost. His point was, we have blind spots and we are trying to find where those spots are. Pretty useful tool, a way to find out blind spots. Because we all have them. Some are unintended results of our limited experience of the world and some due to unconscious mental models crafted from our upbringing, education, living in a society, and even living in a rural vs urban environment. Knowing your blind spots help you do things like remove unconscious bias to making better decisions about creating logic in your business strategy. Inspiration for talking about this in today’s Roast goes to Mental Models Weekly, a newsletter I follow. I directly stole the topic and resulting exercise from that newsletter. Make sure to subscribe and see some thought provoking weekly mental models. See the article and exercise below for some tips to dealing with this model:
Simple Ways to Spot Unknown Unknowns
🎥 Great new series on Netflix will have your head bending as you watch:
Russian Doll | Netflix Official Site
🎥 I have no idea how I formed the thought to watch this documentary, it tosses generally accepted logic, evidence and scientific method out the window. For them at least. It was fascinating to watch cognitive bias and dissonance in action. Sorry, the Earth is not flat:
Behind the Curve | Netflix
🎥 You really gotta watch Melissa McCarthy in “Can you ever forgive me?” Fascinating story of a very interesting character, Lee Israel, a very famous literary fraud. But not because she couldn’t write, because what she chose to write about. Melissa is great in this role.
Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) - IMDb
Book Notes
Unless you want class lecture notes, I haven’t anything of note to tell you about and my bibliophilic heart hurts to say that.
📖 Quote I’m Pondering
“If parents want to give their children a gift, the best thing they can do is to teach their children to love challenges, be intrigued by mistakes, enjoy effort, and keep on learning. That way, their children don’t have to be slaves of praise. They will have a lifelong way to build and repair their own confidence.” 
― Carol S. Dweck
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What’s with the name, Sunday Roast and Stories Mindfully Curated? Sunday is a good day to do a weekly review. A time to take stock in the past week and get ready for the next. Which is always done with a fine coffee beverage, hence the Roast part. Through the week I share articles and stories that mattered in the long-run, not bits that are of pop culture or political. My goal is always to seek information that is as unbiased as possible, interesting, or enriching. In other words, Mindfully Curated for you.
Some of the links in this newsletter are connected to affiliate marketing links, by which I get a small commission if you click through and buy the book or item from my link. No extra cost to you. All proceeds go to my off-road rally team of which, excess funds go to charity.
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Kris Vockler

Sunday Roast | Curious Stories Mindfully Curated. A Sunday newsletter of interesting stories curated for you on photography, leadership, courage, books, and other important items (like some philanthropy, a little offroad driving, and some environment). All meant to inspire and inform.

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