My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I read Dan Pink’s Drive before I read his A Whole New Mind, which was a better order because Drive was better written and had a more accurate message than Mind. Okay, a message that resonated better. When is as good as Drive, if not as much a paradigm shifter. But it is still a think prompter.
Dan Pink writes an easy read…he’s really good at it. Drive is excellent. And, as with Drive, he’s very good at summarizing the extensive research he’s done on this book – which he provides in his end notes, and encourages his readers to read and check his conclusions. (Some authors don’t even provide references…Bill O’Reilly, take note…) Pink looks at timing patterns of the day, associated with beginnings, middles, and endings, and synchronization.
There’s a lot more behind what he presents. Yet, what he presents…well, I’m a rather informed person but I learn stuff every day…at least I try. Drive may have shifted my paradigms, but When taught me some physiological and behavioral changes that I might just want to make. How did I not know that caffeine disrupted the natural cortisol production of my body? And that I needed to delay my morning extra jolt?
Things I do naturally seem to be right according to what Pink shares. Detachment is supposed to be critical – I’m paraphrasing, but…check out and you’ll actually check in. Not focusing on something else might just help you actually focus on the task that needs your focus.
Time is obviously the focus of Pink’s work here, and he talks about short and long term timelines, significance of milestones (holidays, just before decades of life, just after say…New Year’s Day…), taking stock of time in general… A point that emphasizes living in the present is [researchers]
…found that the experience of awe—the sight of the Grand Canyon, the birth of a child, a spectacular thunderstorm—changes our perception of time. When we experience awe, time slows down. It expands. We feel like we have more of it. And that sensation lifts our well-being. “Experiences of awe bring people into the present moment, and being in the present moment underlies awe’s capacity to adjust time perception, influence decisions, and make life feel more satisfying than it would otherwise.”
Yes…our perception changes…I’ve experienced it. Walking through the redwoods or sequoias…time seems to slow.
Lots here, and hidden behind here… worth a read, and maybe a reread read or two. Pink’s books have that quality.