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  • Ben Goldhirsh

    I heard federer's coach talking about why he thought federer was better than nadal - his answer was that the amount of energy roger had to expend to execute his strategy was far less than nadals. i bring it up as i think he, schwartz, seems to be looking at two strategies - work vs. relaxtion - and in my mind, their's also the question of what work yields energy as well as consumes it. If your job is an unfun grind, than I agree that not being at work is probably the best way to generate energy. but if you love the effort and you can find a pace on how you work on it, than I also think it can be restorative. maybe this also comes from the fact that my home is an awesome crazy madhouse and work is the relaxing place. Regardless, I just want to point out that I eat lunch at my desk - not because I don't have time to go out. not because i want to show myself as an aggressive beaver, but because I just really love my work, I really love the people I work with, and I really love the problems we get to work on. So not to say that Schwartz doesn't bring up awesome sensible stuff - we should always pursue ways to generate and nurture energy - but just to say that with that goal in mind, we should include the potential for work on the positive side of the balance sheet, and not just default to the perspective that it intrinsically exists on the cost side. hhhhrrrrrrummmmmppphhhhhhh.

  • Zachary Slobig

    Fascinating to hear the difference in time it took him to finish book projects once he adopted his 90 minute rhythms. I could get behind a 4.5 hour work day for sure.

  • Max Schorr

    I saw Tony Schwartz give a talk, which he was really late to, to a small group of Aspen Fellows and a tear went down my cheek, and it changed my life. The guy is totally awesome.