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Swipe File #52: Merry Christmas!

"I wasn’t destined to be an astronaut. I had to turn myself into one."

— Commander Chris Hadfield

Hey All,

It's Christmas Eve, so don't spend too much time with your email. This is a short newsletter for that very reason. Enjoy the holidays!

By the way, I highly recommend Chris Hadfield's book, An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth.

1. A Startup Founder's Secret Confession: I’m Not So Busy

via @timmetz

The handful of truly successful people I happen to know personally—individuals who are not only at the top of their game but also seem to be happy and satisfied—do not live in a constant race of overpacked schedules and endless meetings.

Instead they are calm, take time to think and don’t stretch themselves thin.

2. Jealousy List 2015

via @business

From the editors at Bloomberg, these are the stories they wish they'd written.

We spend all year trying to produce the best business journalism we can every week. But throughout the year we are also reading, and every so often we feel a little twinge of jealousy: We wish we'd published that. What follows is our attempt to curate those twinges, and present a list of some of the best stuff we read this year. #jealousylist

3. How Experts Practice Better Than the Rest

via @james_clear

Deliberate practice is when you work on a skill that requires 1 to 3 practice sessions to master. If it takes longer than that, then you are working on something that is too complex.

Once you master this tiny behavior, you can move on to practicing the next small task that will take 1 to 3 sessions to master. Repeat this process for 10,000 hours. That is deliberate practice.

Have a great week!

Jimmy