Are There Milestones After 30? + Our Personal Notes on The Power of Moments (Chip Heath, Dan Heath)

As a follow-up to episode 10, The Power of Moments by Chip Heath and Dan Heath, in this episode Em and Melissa talk about how they’ve begun thinking differently about the most memorable moments of their lives, and started creating more defining moments for themselves and others.  They also revisit episode 6 and episode 7 on Finish: Give Yourself the Gift of Done to find out if one listener was motivated by Jon Acuff’s advice to get to the finish line of a big deadline.

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In The Power of Moments, New York Times bestselling authors Chip and Dan Heath explore why certain brief experiences can jolt us and elevate us and change us—and how we can learn to create such extraordinary moments in our life and work.

While human lives are endlessly variable, our most memorable positive moments are dominated by four elements: elevation, insight, pride, and connection. If we embrace these elements, we can conjure more moments that matter.

This book also delves into fascinating mysteries of experience: Why we tend to remember the best or worst moment of an experience, as well as the last moment, and forget the rest. Why “we feel most comfortable when things are certain, but we feel most alive when they’re not.” And why our most cherished memories are clustered into a brief period during our youth.

Many of the defining moments in our lives are the result of accident or luck—but why would we leave our most meaningful, memorable moments to chance when we can create them? The Power of Moments shows us how to be the author of richer experiences.

 

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