The Reis Release #2

What I’m doing…

An innovation in Central Park? No way! Yes, it is possible. A secret nature sanctuary that was previously closed for years was restored recently and is now open to the public. I went yesterday and was awed. It feels like you are in upstate New York, yet you are only a block away from the busyness, noise of NYC, and towering skyscrapers. When you step in, instead of hearing taxis honking, you hear a chorus of birds chirping and wind blowing through the leaves. Hallett Nature Sanctuary is one of three woodlands in Central Park (The Ramble and The North Woods are the others). Propose to your significant other, meditate, or disconnect and ruminate about your next trade here. It really is a sanctuary.

A Secret Section of Central Park Reopens (featured in the NYTimes, albeit I read this over a year ago)

Preview: “Since the days when Fiorello H. La Guardia was mayor and Franklin D. Roosevelt was president, it has been a well-kept secret of New York City — to people, if not to migrating birds, the occasional wandering coyote and annoying, invasive plants like wisteria: a four-acre peninsula in Central Park that the groundskeepers did not bother with and that was off limits to the public.”

What I’m listening to…

Becoming the Best Version of You (on the Tim Ferris podcast, available on iTunes)

One of my favorite listens featuring 1) Josh Waitzkin (childhood chess prodigy who the film Searching for Bobby Fischer is based on, martial arts world champ, and author of The Art of Learning) 2) Adam Robinson (founder of The Princeton Review turned global macro hedge fund advisor) and 3) Ramit Sethi (personal finance guru). Two tidbits from the episode 1) Waitskin prefers martial arts training against the dirtiest competitors out there so that during a real match he’s able to adapt to anything and 2) Robinson’s view on the keys to success are a) enthusiasm in everything you do b) the importance of connecting with people and c) expecting magic in every encounter; if you do, you will find it.

What I’m pondering…

In a book I read called Joy on Demand by a former software engineer who brought mindfulness meditation broadly to Google (employee #107!), studies are cited that show, “People who won a lot of money in the lottery, or who were paralyzed in accidents, eventually returned to their average levels of happiness”. This begs the question; how can you be happier? One obvious option, move to Norway. Checkout a World Happiness dataset from Kaggle.

Quote I enjoyed…

“The rabbit runs faster than the fox, because the rabbit is running for his life while the fox is only running for his dinner.” ― Richard Dawkins, The Selfish Gene. Can you apply the “rabbit running for its life” mindset to your work, personal goals, or athletics? Evolution is the ultimate technology.

Please feel free to give me feedback and have a wonderful weekend!

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