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👋Hello friends, 

Welcome to The Strive Journal, a roundup of 1 - 5 cool things I found and learned this week. 

This week, I wrote an article on Analogical Reasoning and how you can use passion and experiences to boost your thinking (more on #3). 

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1) Failing forward

🕳️ When you suffer failures in life, seek the cause in your thoughts before you look at your actions. 

Everything begins with a thought and results in an action. 

Investigating actions alone may only give you surface-level solutions.

Dig deeper. 

2) Social media & identity

💧 Social Media asks us to collect our lives and create a type of museum of ourselves. Therefore, we invest a lot of time crafting the right messages/images in order to present an identity we wish others to acknowledge. 

The side effects this has on our mental health are still debated but lean negative. Either way, it's important to question your personal experience with your online identity.

Am I prioritizing online presentation over real-life moments?

Does the pressure from this online identity limit change in me? 

Does the emphasis on portraying a specific identity enhance my self-expression or extinguish it?

Every message crafted to create a specific identity also creates a box for which that identity is restricted. 

This was inspired by an article I read named The Liquid Self and written by Nathan Jurgenson.

3) Reasoning through analogy

🧠 Any form of thinking that draws from previous experiences and lessons (aka analogies) to generate valuable insights for new circumstances. It's critical to creativity, problem-solving, and learning. 

Generally, this strategy is made up of three elements. 
  • A novel problem
  • A pool of knowledge and experiences
  • A transferable solution
You likely use this thinking strategy every day but just aren't aware of it. This week's article will help you gain awareness of how you use it and teach how to enhance it. 

4) How deep can humans dig?

⛏️ In 1970 the Soviets were pretty salty about not being the first to reach the moon so they flexed by going the opposite direction. They dug a hole with the mission to drill all the way through the Earth's crust (Its thin outermost layer). However, the project was halted because as it reached its greatest depths, it simply got too hot for any drill to work.

They got 12,262 meters. This is more than 15x the height of the tallest skyscraper in the world—The Burj Khalifa. For more reference, it's 1,000 feet above the height that the average commercial flight flies. 

Despite false media claims, this remains the greatest depth reached by humanity but it's still less than 1/5 of the way through the Earth's tiny crust which is estimated at 70,000 meters. 

Apparently, the movie The Core is based on faulty science 🤔
I discovered this watching this video on youtube and then researched it (and grabbed the picture from) this site. However, after a bit of research, both ended up being wrong in their claim of the deepest hole.
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