I strongly recommend two one-hour audios. Neither is directly about planning, start-ups, or business stories, but both are fun, extremely interesting, and really important. This is stuff you need to know.
If you’re running a business, or you’re starting a business, or you’re teaching business, then you need to know about stress, dealing with stress, and stress-related diseases. And there’s no better way than these two lectures by Dr. Robert Sapolsky, who teaches at Stanford University. Ideally, get out of the office, take a walk, and plug into this. Each is a few minutes short of an hour:
- Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers
- Stress and Coping: What Baboons Can Teach Us
As a tidbit, so you believe me and listen to the two lectures, Dr. Sapolsky at one point describes a series of studies subjecting rats to stressful events. Rats suffered less stress when they had a block of wood to chew on (a hobby). Rats suffered less stress when they had a smaller rat to be mean to (gulp). At another point, he talks about how studies in monkeys show that putting a monkey in a new cage is stressful, but it’s less stressful if there’s another monkey that the first monkey recognizes, and more stressful if there’s a new strange monkey in the new cage. Monkeys apparently suffer stress when subjected to strange groups of monkeys, but the worst stress is when they have no contact with other monkeys at all.
Both of these are available for free at the Stanford on iTunes section of the iTunes store. If you haven’t installed the free iTunes software, I’m sorry, but this is worth it. You don’t need a Macintosh or even an iPod, but it does take iTunes. I hope that doesn’t generate stress. So please go to the Apple iTunes store and search for Stanford, and the health series, and find these two recorded lectures.
And okay, for anybody who really doesn’t want to install iTunes, here they are downloadable by right-clicking the mouse and saving target as a file on your computer. You should go to iTunes, they are free there too, but just in case: