- 4 Benefits of knowing a 2nd language
- Why you shouldn't blindly follow others
- How to disagree without being disagreeable
Beaver dams fascinated me in Algonquin last week.
This week I found out that beavers build them as an instinct to stop the sound of water. When it's quiet they burrow in mud, but when a speaker plays water sounds, they start building.
Anxiety harnessed into creation.
Is beaver my new spirit animal?
Thing 1 - 4 Benefits of knowing a 2nd language
More than half of the world's population knows 2+ languages, do you?
Here's the breakdown
- 40% are monolingual
- 43% are bilingual
- 13% are trilingual
- the rest know 4+ languages
You might get only partial benefits but hey, you'll know an extra language and that's sexy.
- Enhances your ability to focus and tune out distractions
- Protects against dementia and other age-related cognitive declines by up to four years
- Makes it easier to learn the next language
- Gives a different perspective on things due to idiomatic, grammar, and other differences
Infants use rhythmical cues to keep their two languages distinct. They do that from the first days of life. 🤯
Thing 2 - Why you shouldn't blindly follow others
Blindly following others can kill you!
And no one knows this better than army ants 🐜 🐜 🐜...
They are blind. They rely on pheromones to track the ants in front.
If one ant intersects with its old trail, the whole crowd starts marching in a circle until they all die. ☠️ ☠️ ☠️
It's the army ant equivalent of - "If your friends jumped of a bridge, would you jump after them?"
Silly ants! - I hear you say. But... You can't walk in a straight line either (without an external reference).
There's an analogy in here about society. Echo chambers of social media, tribalism, credentialism, what else?
Thing 3 - How to disagree without being disagreeable
Show respectYour views matter to me
Ask for permission to challengeCan we dance?
Signal helping, not attackingI'd love to pressure-test that
Express opennessCurious to hear your reactions. What should I rethink?
- Adam Grant
The goal of disagreeing SHOULD NOT be to
- put someone down
- show them they're wrong
- try to change their mind
The goal of disagreeing SHOULD be to
- explore different perspectives
- learn something new
- inform and explain
Armed with these guidelines and Adam's 4 points, your future arguments will be opportunities to grow and connect.