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November 9, 2020
In the beginning of this newsletter, I told you one of my Why’s was to have a steady vehicle to hone my skill of writing, and my thinking, while also providing value to others. It has definitely done that for me, and I quite enjoy putting these together every week. I also happen to work on a few thoughts and ideas in longer form.
This piece is something I’ve been working on for over 2 years and represents the evolution of my thinking on companies and successful companies in particular. No doubt it will change in the future. We all have different definitions of success at different points in our life, so while I don’t expect everyone to agree with me, I do think I’ve touched upon some critical categories.
I’d love to get your thoughts on it, so please feel free to drop a comment, message or like!
“Wise men speak because they have something to say. Fools speak because they have to say something” - Plato
We’ve all been told that to be healthy we must drink more water. In fact there’s even a number attached, eight glasses a day, which actually turns out to be urban myth. While the total amount of water needed will vary based on your activity, environment and body size, it is accepted as fact that water is healthy in numerous ways and essential for survival and living optimally.
In the video below, a new benefit of water has been shown, and it is quite a useful piece of information. The takeaway: drinking two cups of water causes a surge of the adrenal hormone noradrenaline in your bloodstream. What’s remarkable is that this effect is similar to downing a few cups of coffee. So, next time you need a pick me up, or a pre-workout, you know what to grab.
This is some solid advice you will want to revisit coming from a founder who built and sold the billion-dollar company, Trulia. It’s jam packed with hacks, techniques and principles on how to be most effective with your time. This is highly relevant if you’re a founder, an intrapreneur, an aspiring professional or someone who has multiple goals yet struggles to make consistent and sufficient progress.
Sometimes you come across advice, perspective or energy so profound that you are transformed, even if just a little. This video is one of those, and will remind you of what it is that is so exciting about life. NDGT is one of the most famous scientists and science educators of today, and he drops some profound truth here. If you’ve lost your motivation, zeal or enthusiasm this should give you a positive boost to get back on the track of life.
"Be ashamed to die until you have scored some victory for humanity.” - Neil deGrasse Tyson
The “garden of forking memes”, besides being a poetic description of a complex idea, is a fantastic exploration into our present (inconsistent, distorted) reality, made possible by our technological advancements. It illuminates in a modern way why we are seemingly so divided now, in a way I did not consider before. Our ability to place things in chronological context, to own a narrative and history, is so much more important that I realised. With so many different views of the past and the present. It’s no wonder we struggle to construct a cohesive story for the future.
Sometimes, the universe provides the answers and clues you need. I came across this timely article a few weeks after I launched this newsletter.
The idea is simple - we live in an age of abundance of information. It will take any single person many lives to go through it all, and most will probably be wrong, repetitive or just garbage. This is why we need people who can examine the content out there and provide us with recommendations. In Malcom Gladwell’s “Tipping Point” he refers to the Maven type, the person who collects and digests a lot of information.
Why does this matter? Well, if you’ve been wanting to create something but the idea seemed too big, why don't you start off by curating? For example, if you’d like to do a Youtube cooking show with original recipes, you could start by sending out/ posting your favourite recipes that have inspired you. As you build up an audience you can introduce your own recipes over time.
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