Deep Forest Notes

These are the publicly shared notes from the Deep Forest Pod meetings. Nothing shared here is confidential, and some meetings are more confidential than others. 

April 7th, 2022

This Cohort was HEAVY on the medical and health theme, therefore we can't disclose most of the details. However there was one book that rose to the surface, The Telomere Effect: A Revolutionary Approach to Living Younger, Healthier, Longer. Recommended by Amelia. 

April 1st, 2022

George is reading Mark Mansons' latest book; "Everything is F*ucked: A story of hope." It's a fantastic reframe of how we think about hope and manage our fears in the modern World. 

Dave recommended a TED Talk by Srikumar Rao, "Plug into your hard-wired happiness."

Ever hear of a "Needle List?" Neither did I, until Jason mentioned it on the call. Here is Chef Serena Wolf's description: 

Let’s talk about the Needle List! — In short, the Needle List is a running list of smaller tasks that I am prone to procrastinate—think returns, personal emails/texts, cleaning “the chair,” organizing a drawer, getting something repaired, making non-urgent medical appointments, sending thank you notes, etc. These little to-dos, which usually take only a few minutes to complete—live rent-free in the back of my mind and just NEEDLE me on a daily basis (my anxiety loves it!😂).

March 25th, 2022

Joel shared that he was inspired by MLK's "Letters from a Birmingham Jail." 

George talked about the impact of the "We Rise Up" documentary outlining a new societal consciousness that needs to form, to level-up out of our global problems. 

Lot's of discussion around the pick-up in MeetUp group activity now that the pandemic is subsiding. 

March 10th, 2022

Rob K shared a ton of valuable insights he's uncovered around productivity. Here are a few data points he's found. 

- Executives are 500% more productive in flow when they block off 2 hours per day for deep, uninterrupted work. 

- It takes 23 minutes to get back into a flow state following an interruption. 

- Andrew Barnes has the 4 Day Work Week which is similar to George's 4-by-4 week where you work 4 hours a day, 4 days per week. 

- Lastly, the recommended book "Change: How Organizations Achieve Hard-to-Imagine Results in Uncertain and Volatile Times" by John Kotter. 

March 4th, 2022

This meeting went more specific and deep, thus not much can be shared outside of our confidentiality agreement. However, Joel S, shared out two tools he uses for client social media management, Meltwater and Responda.

Feb 18th, 2022

Two book recommendations from this week's session. Matthew McConaughey's "Greenlights." One member also recommended the written version of "Real Love and Post-Childhood Stress Disorder: Treating Your Unrecognized Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder" - by Greg Baer. 

Feb 10th, 2022

Book recommendations from Rob Krecak include "The Psychology of Selling" by Brian Tracy, as well as "Mindset: The New Psychology of Success" by Carol Dweck.

Kevin Maude shared out two new books as well, "Here be Dragons" by EO Member, Richard Mulholland and "Micro-Script Rules: How to tell your story and differentiate your brand," by Bill Schley. 

Since our theme in this meeting dealt heavily with digital decluttering, we spoke about our economic model and it's never-ending need for more. George was reminded of a quote from the move Apocalypto:

The Old Story Teller: And a Man sat alone, drenched deep in sadness. And all the animals drew near to him and said, "We do not like to see you so sad. Ask us for whatever you wish and you shall have it." The Man said, "I want to have good sight." The vulture replied, "You shall have mine." The Man said, "I want to be strong." The jaguar said, "You shall be strong like me." Then the Man said, "I long to know the secrets of the earth." The serpent replied, "I will show them to you." And so it went with all the animals. And when the Man had all the gifts that they could give, he left. Then the owl said to the other animals, "Now the Man knows much, he'll be able to do many things. Suddenly I am afraid." The deer said, "The Man has all that he needs. Now his sadness will stop." But the owl replied, "No. I saw a hole in the Man, deep like a hunger he will never fill. It is what makes him sad and what makes him want. He will go on taking and taking, until one day the World will say, 'I am no more and I have nothing left to give.'"