Kevin Ashton reading from Suzanne Simard’s Finding the Mother Tree, and discussing finding the thing you can’t resist.
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The book I’m writing at the moment is about relationships. I’m neither a relationship expert nor a psychotherapist, but they do say you should write so that you can teach what you need to know. This means I’ve been reading some of the big names: Esther Perel, John Gottman, and most recently, Terry Real, who has a brand new book out called Us: Getting Past You and Me to Build a More Loving Relationship. A phrase often used as part of this book’s marketing that chimed deeply with me is this: ‘At a time when toxic individualism is rending our society at every level, Us provides the tools to find our way back to each other through authentic connection and fierce intimacy.’ It’s a big question – how much are we our own person, and how deeply must we connect?
Kevin Ashton’s latest book is called How to Fly a Horse, and, if nothing else, that’s a title that will get you curious. Kevin is also the guy who named the Internet of Things, and he’s been a key player in its evolution. Before any idea becomes a big deal, though, it starts as a crackpot’s mad imaginings. Even though the IoT was an idea that nobody really got, it was one that Kevin couldn’t get rid of, and he had a self-created sense of urgency that said, ‘If I don’t act on this now, I never will.’
Kevin reads two pages from ‘Finding the Mother Tree’ by Suzanne Simard. [reading begins at 19:50]
Hear us discuss:
- What it takes to cross the threshold: “Life is too short to get wrapped up in doing things just because you want the glory.” [24:57]
- Knowing when it’s time to move on: “Don’t be a cliche.” [27:43]
- “It’s okay to move on from one thing before you move on to another.” [34:57]
- What we can learn from trees: “Trees are intelligent.” [35:07]
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Suzanne Simard | Finding the Mother Tree: Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest
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