The man who taught Christiano Ronaldo to sleep

I have never considered some people would need a sleep trainer. However, I found this article fascinating.

Here is a snippet:

“Littlehales makes sure sportspeople get the right hotel rooms on the right floor, the right air conditioning and temperature control, plus appropriate lighting and beds. Most plush hotels, he says, are designed with hen parties, stag weekends and lazy holidays in mind, so feature generic beds designed to accommodate anyone between 50kg and 200kg. They’re certainly not tailored to the needs of elite athletes. “It’s about marginal gains,” he says of his role.”

In defense of being average

This is a brilliant article by Mark Manson.

The short version: we are all being driven to be extraordinary. But if we all achieved that we’d all be average. So we wouldn’t be extraordinary anymore, and so the cycle continues.  

Therefore you have to measure yourself through a new, healthier means: the pleasures of simple friendship, creating something, helping a person in need, reading a good book, laughing with someone you care about. 

Here is a snippet:

“Today, I want to take a detour from our “make more, buy more, fuck more” culture and argue for the merits of mediocrity, of being blasé boring and average.

Not the merits of pursuing mediocrity, mind you — because we all should try to do the best we possibly can — but rather, the merits of accepting mediocrity when we end up there despite our best efforts.”

I’ve done some research to understand why some successful people are happier than others.

I have completed a survey of over 100 people that explains why some successful people have higher life satisfaction than other, equally successful, people.

If you are well educated, have a fantastic career and earn more than twice the average in your country but still could be happier with your life, read on.

The survey asks ten questions that are designed to complete a holistic assessment of one’s life. Each question is answered with a score from one to ten (with ten being the best).

This analysis below shows the differences in the answers from people with the highest and lowest scores for life satisfaction. The interesting slant on this is both groups have exceptional skills, careers and wealth. Here are the results:

Top 10% Life Index

(The average scores from everyone that has completed the survey are shown on the right).

Both groups could do better

  1. Neither group is particularly clear on what they are trying to achieve with their life, and this is seen in the question about purpose. Noted, the group with higher life satisfaction have a better idea.
  2. Both groups suffer from working too hard and have too little time for personal care and leisure. Whilst the group with higher life satisfaction score better, the results are still too low to have a meaningful impact overall.

Three important differences are delivering a disproportionate improvement in life satisfaction

  1. Health: the more satisfied group is very healthy. Even fair health can be debilitating at times. It’s also worth noting that this is about one’s perception of health rather than actual health (for example, people in the United States score an average of 9 out of 10 for this question, whereas people in Japan score 3 out of 10, although it is far from conclusive that the actual health in these two countries is this different). However, perception of one’s health is a primary driver of life satisfaction.
  2. Meaning: the more satisfied group feel they are doing meaningful things on a regular basis. Doing things that are not worthwhile creates a huge drain on life satisfaction.
  3. Relationships: the more satisfied group feel they spend a lot of time with people that support them and they can learn from. Other people matter.

You can control these issues

If you are hugely successful on the surface but still remain unsatisfied with your life, try improving your health, the time you spend doing things that are worthwhile, and invest in nurturing your relationships. It could have a transformational impact on your life satisfaction.