OG Tuesday Issue #151

The Assist Newsletter
August 14, 2023
Start your morning with this affirmation:
OG Tuesday Affirmation #151
Today’s checklist: Kiss envy goodbye, meet futuristic tech for futuristic productivity, understand your basic investment options, and learn what not to do during your next interview.


“Envy green” looks bad on everyone


The Stripe’s personal and reflective post about making an enemy out of envy inspired us to tackle the topic. Envy might appear small and superficial, but it can be more dangerous than you think. Here are some tips for taming it.

Envy vs jealousy
These feelings are similar, but not precisely the same.

  • Envy: painful or resentful awareness of an advantage enjoyed by another joined with a desire to possess the same advantage.
  • Jealousy: feeling hostile toward a rival or one believed to enjoy an advantage.

Unlike jealousy (also not fun, of course), envy includes the desire to actually have what someone else has. This desire is what makes it consuming and destructive. It can blind you to your own true values and interests, making you yearn for something because someone else has it—not because it’s actually important to you. As The Stripe says, “I think envy goes away when you get really clear on who you are and what you want.”

Tips for Making Envy Your Enemy 

  • Value what feels good to you and not what looks good to everyone else.
  • Clarify what you actually want. (Tip: This thought exercise does not include thinking about what everyone else has.)
  • Remember that others’ perceptions can’t alter the value of a thing or accomplishment unless you let them.
  • Appreciate what you do have.
Read about The Stripe’s original inspiration: Jerry Saltz’s wisdom on envy.


So, you’ve been “voluntold” to organize the office gift…


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You have to organize a baby or retirement gift and card from the whole team — including collecting money for the gift. Eeek!

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Award-winning tech to boost productivity


Each year, the Consumer Technology Association presents awards to consumer technologies that make new things possible. These items from their 2023 honorees could enable even better work and creativity.

ible Airvida T1 Air Purifying/Noise-Canceling Earbuds

  • Innovation factor: These buds help create a quiet work environment that’s also pure: They can filter out airborne allergens, bacteria, and even viruses.
  • Productivity secret sauce: They basically create a personal productivity bubble.
  • Innovation factor: Designed for athletes, the wearable device measures brain activity and selects music to stimulate the wearer’s alpha brainwaves.
  • Productivity secret sauce: By stimulating alpha brainwaves, the device aims to decrease stress, increase focus, and improve mental wellness.
  • Innovation factor: The small, wearable device collects data on your own nervous, cardiovascular, and metabolic dynamics.
  • Productivity secret sauce: Wearers can use the collected data to understand their biology and optimize cognitive performance.
  • Innovation factor: This implantable device can actually alter the pain signals coursing through your body.
  • Productivity secret sauce: Medication-free relief from chronic pain can help some users spend less time worrying about pain management and more time focusing on the important things.


How well do you know your team?


Miro - 1 truth 2 lies template

1 truth 2 lies is a simple icebreaker to do and creates healthy banter.

Here’s how to play:

  • Team members populate a total of three sticky notes with 2 lies and 1 truth.
  • Once completed, everyone uses dots to vote for the one they think is the truth.
  • Do a round-robin where each person gets to share verbally what the correct “truth” sticky was.

This icebreaker is really easy, quick and fun, and is a great way to energize your team before starting a meeting.

Swipe the template and play with your team


Back to basics: Investment options


In the high-stakes game of personal finance, it’s easy to feel like you’re falling behind if you don’t have a mature and diversified investment portfolio by the time you start high school. Deep breaths. There’s still time for anyone in any financial situation.

Luckily, we found a helpful infographic from Wealth 101 that actually makes orienting yourself to the basic investment options as fun and painless as possible. It covers your asset options, outlines risks, and gives helpful tips for investing newbies.

View and/or download the infographic >

Pro tip! You might feel pressure to get started with investing, like, yesterday or even ten years ago. While it’s true that the sooner you start the better, it’s also true that you should take time to consider what options are best for you. So for now, don’t worry about what you’re going to do. Give yourself the freedom to simply explore the options. Leave the big decisions to future you.


Stat-based interview no-nos


Every job interview is different of course, but analyze a bunch of interviews and some patterns emerge. Here are some common boss-reported faux pas to avoid the next time you’re in the hot seat.
  • Not making eye contact
  • Not smiling
  • Having zero knowledge of the company
  • Playing with your hair
  • Touching your face
  • Not showing enough interest in the job (Now’s not the time to be cool)
  • Showing bad posture
  • Wearing clothing that’s too colorful or trendy (65% of hiring managers even said they might consider clothing if they’re on the fence about two similar candidates)


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