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Thinking In Public

May 20 · Issue #10 · View online
I appreciate the build in public movement. It allows people to share ideas, get feedback and learn quickly. So why not do the same with our thinking? That’s what I try to do with this monthly newsletter, send on the last Sunday of each month. The current iteration has 3 sections: - Clarify - Something I’ve tried to think through. - Consider - Ideas I’m playing with. Normally with questions. - Collect - Thinking I’ve collected from others. All thinkers welcome.

Hello everyone,
I’ve made some changes to this newsletter. New name. New format. New theme.
I took a step back to consider what this newsletter was really about - thinking in public. I appreciate the build in public movement. It allows people to share ideas, get feedback and learn quickly. So why not do the same with our thinking?
This has led to a new format, which comes in 3 sections:
  • Clarify - Something I’ve tried to think through. Feedback always appreciated.
  • Consider - Ideas I’m playing with. Normally with questions.
  • Collect - Thinking I’ve collected from others.
I hope the new format stimulates some ideas for you. As always, I want this to generate conversation, so email me with any thoughts and let’s think them through together.
Stevan

Clarify
What makes a good career? For many people, a good career will come with a good salary. But what actually drives your salary? How can you choose a career that will be robust and well-paid? I think the economic principle of demand and supply is a useful mental model to use here. In How To Always Be In Demand I discuss the conditions necessary for a well-paid job and some tactics to make it happen.
Consider
I. Environment
It is worse, much worse, than you think - David Wallace-Wells
I’ve been reading The Uninhabitable Earth, a book about climate change. I know climate change can be divisive, but I would recommend this book to stretch your thinking on what’s possible. The author does a good job of sounding the alarm and has inspired me to take a more responsibility for my carbon output. But how exactly to do that? I expected that GiveWell would have some research on effective giving in climate projects, but they don’t. What is the best way to help the climate issue as an individual? How do you think about your climate contribution?
II. Sporting Siblings
I don’t think from a competitive standpoint, I would be here without the confrontations with my brother - Michael Jordan
In Michael Jordan’s documentary The Last Dance (Netflix), I was interested to see him mention his brother as a reason for his success. It got me thinking about sporting siblings. There are many good examples across tennis, football and rugby. Does anyone know of any research into this area? Clearly, you could argue that the family had good sporting genes. But I’d be interested to learn more about the non-genetic factors here. Good coaching from the parents? Healthy competition between siblings? Someone close to aspire to?
Collect
Two ideas about taking control of your life.
Garry Tan
I went to a spoon bending party once: They taught you how to bend spoons with your mind. Only about half of the people at the party could do it. How did I do it? I used my hands. That's how the world works: first you use your mind, then your hands. That's manifestation. 🔑 https://t.co/XYy9dhr6Va
Jake Humphrey
This might be my favourite part from our chat with @persie_official. The advice he gave to his 13 yr old son to take control - and the reaction he got! Relevant to all of us. https://t.co/W0kOhwVEwq
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