This is such a powerful quote as it very nicely encapsulates the thesis of Cal Newport's excellent book So Good They Can't Ignore You, why skills trump passion in the quest for work you love. Cal Newport makes a compelling case for why the "Pre-Ordained Passion-Hypothesis", although it produces nice sound bites, is not only unhelpful but also can be harmful to individuals who incessantly search for their 'true passion' . Watching Lebron James dismantle the Boston Celtics in Game 7 last night, and talk about how his love for the game drove him through fatigue, pain and adversity to lead his team to his eighth straight NBA finals seems to perfectly illustrate the validity of the "Pre-Ordained Passion-Hypothesis." However as all NBA fans already know, Lebron is a true anomaly and the real unicorn in the NBA. Therefore trying to model your career trajectory after Lebron's is of suspect value. I am an unequivocal hoops junkie, who can watch and discuss hoops all day, but even I have the perspective that while basketball is a sport I am infatuated with, it is just a hobby. That is why major professional sports jobs are so incredibly difficult to land.
In the video above on my YouTube Channel I discuss why you should eat saturated fatty acids, or cooking oils that are solid at room temperature such as butter and coconut oil. If you want to learn the science behind why these are the optimal choices make sure to watch the video above. However, in this blog post I am going to elaborate on why this seemingly innocuous decision can have such deleterious effects on your health and well-being.
The negative effects of cooking with sub-optimal cooking oil, such as unsaturated fatty acids or cooking oils that are liquid at room temperature such as canola oil, corn oil, soybean oil etc. once may be quite minimal. However, since cooking is something you either do yourself or pay a restaurant to do every day, these small hits on your health add up.
Staying trim and maintaining a healthy weight seems to be increasingly difficult as food quality continues to deteriorate and access to nourishing food vs. life sucking processed foods seems to decline by the minute. However, it may be what you are drinking that could be significantly contributing towards weight gain and the development of type 2 diabetes.
We all know that coca-cola and pepsi are horrible for you, but what about the "healthy" line of beverages these company peddle to help support your health and well being. These companies are only good at one thing, and that is making their shareholders extremely wealthy, and they will go to whatever unscrupulous means needed to satisfy their shareholders. It has recently come out that Coca-Cola has been paying off prominent scientist to lie about the etiology of obesity. Coca-cola has promoted that the current obesity crisis is due to physical inactivity and sedentary lifestyle vs. a poor diet and overconsumption of sugar. Whereas in reality obesity is primarily driven by poor diet as Dr.Fung has clearly detailed in his excellent book The Obesity Code.
However, what is more pernicious than drinks such as coca cola or pepsi, which are clearly poison for the human body, are the new wave of "healthy" drinks that are loaded with sugar, but which is ignored due to the deceptive marketing about these products. For example Coca Cola's Vitamin Water is the biggest scam there is. It is just as bad as having a can of coca cola!
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