A realization I’ve come to this week: sliced bread is overrated, air conditioning is underrated.
Here’s what I’ve thought about this past week:
💭 On my mind
🚘 In what direction are you headed? If you did the same exact things you did today for the next 30 days in a row, where would that take you? This is one of the most useful heuristics I know. It’s easy to put our lives on autopilot and wake up 6 months later wondering where the time went. Check up on which direction your headed every now and then to make sure you’re still interested in arriving at the destination you’re pointed at.
🍝 There is no perfect tomato sauce, only perfect tomato sauces. I don’t love Malcolm Gladwell, but this TED Talk is great. Gladwell explains how the commercial food industry (incorrectly) modeled itself after the restaurant business, and how Howard Moskowitz fixed it by creating more choices to choose from. Another vote for the longtail.
🥶 The AC effect. It has been HOT this week. I joked about air conditioning potentially being the greatest invention ever, but did you know the invention of AC impacted migration patterns? Ben Carlson explains how significant the invention of air conditioner was, here.
👯♂️Progressing towards big goals. Find someone who is invested in your success. A coach, mentor, tutor, community, friend, whatever. I like the community route because you can be pseudonymous and develop a fun brand of sorts. For example, if you’re learning a language, join a forum or subreddit where that language is spoken and post 1 comment every day. This is significantly better than announcing your intentions to your social media following who have no vested interest in your success.
🧙♂️ “What are the shitty aspects of being a Hogwarts student that the books gloss over?” A Reddit thread worth scrolling through if you’re into Harry Potter. This is my favorite: “Hermione starts making a move on you. You reciprocate the feeling. A month into dating it turns out that was your creepy stalker neighbor using a polyjuice potion.”
📚 Books of the week
Still reading: Shadow Divers by Robert Kurson. Still entertaining.
Still reading:Soul Without Shame by Byron Brown. I’ve put a dent into this one and can see it potentially being useful, but it’s still too early to tell.
👋 See you next Tuesday!
Thanks for reading. Here’s a quote from The Daily Stoic, a book I often look to for advice:
But so long as your flame flickers, there will be some light in the world.