The best from “Wait but Why?”

I love the blog of Tim Urban: Wait but Why.  He gave a TED talk a year or so ago, but I think it is best to get to know him through his mastery of the quirky doodle & story form that he delivers in his blog.

These are some of my favourite posts, so that you can get a flavour of Wait but Why:

Conor’s Favourites on Wait but Why

The Apple Game – how good a person are you?  People are not just good or bad… there are many more flavours.  Tim explains that he and his friends group people into 9 categories based on his “apple” metaphor.  An apple has skin, fruit and core.  A person can have good “skin” but rotten flesh.  Here’s Tim’s analysis of the 9 types of people: The Apple Game – how good a person are you?

Back in 2015, Tim wrote an email to Elon Musk asking about his rockets.  In a shock to Tim, Elon invited him to come and spend a couple of days with him and write up the story.  Here’s an insight into Elon Musk’s rocket factory as only Tim could deliver: SpaceX’s f**king big rocket, the full story

Given that you are reading this post, you are probably procrastinating.  If you can tell me that this really is the most important task of your day, then skip this…  but otherwise – yes, you are procrastinating.  Why do we do it?  Over to Tim: Why procrastinators procrastinate  but!  there is something we can do How to beat procrastination

but my favourite post of all… and don’t click on this unless you have an hour to go through the post:

Putting Time in Perspective

And, now that you’ve got a taste for this “time in perspective” brand of thinking, here’s another one:  Your life in weeks.

And a bonus.  A new word invented by Tim.  How to feel bad about others feeling bad when they actually don’t.  The word for this: “Cluey”.  Definition here.

You can follow Tim on twitter…

Author: Conor Neill

Hi, I’m Conor Neill, an Entrepreneur and Teacher at IESE Business School. I speak about Moving People to Action.

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