Highfive: The Best Reads of the Week

If we keep this up, you might just learn something about the very small net I cast in search of knowledge.  This week: You are not a real man, extreme sitting, teddy bears who should be fired, the laziest people at work have the last laugh, and learning to see.

Good designers are good for a reason. They can see what the rest of us don’t.

“Our mind is not a camera. Seeing is not a passive act. We see what we expect to see, or, as Anaïs Nin put it so beautifully: “We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.”

Read: Learning to See | Information Architects

Remember that guy who told you not to just sit on your ass all day?

It turns out sitting around on your ass all day doesn’t just make other people think you’re just sitting around on your ass all day. It also will make you die earlier. Up and at ’em, soldier.

Read: The Extreme Dangers of Sitting | Neurosynthesis

On the topic of sitting, here’s a few ways of feigning interest at your meeting.

If reading isn’t your thing, try this one with lot’s of pictures. Via @brickstudios.

Read: How People Sit in Meetings and What it Really Means | boltron

If you run for 8 hours and don’t break a sweat.

I’m trying to run a half-marathon. This guy runs ultra-marathons around the tops of mountains. This is truly an extraordinary human being. I am not.

Read: Becoming the All-Terrain Human – NYTimes.com

Your motivation for doing nothing at work today.

“A new study finds that, in 42% of companies, low performers actually report being more engaged – more motivated and more likely to enjoy working at their organization, for example – than middle and high performers do.” No shit.

Read: When the Worst Performers are the Happiest Employees – At Work – WSJ