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Issue #22 // July 30, 2020
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“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.” ― Paulo Coelho
On Trouser Pockets
Summary: Why do we still have the same old pockets?

Jeff Lawson on Having Conviction (18 minutes)
Summary: Make decisions based upon conviction and not A/B testing

Book Recommendations by 1300+ Leaders
How to Read a Book (10 minute read)
Summary: Reading is all about asking the right questions in the right order and seeking answers. There are four levels of reading, you should match how you read with what you're reading.
Levels of reading:
  1. Elementary Reading
  2. Inspectional Reading
  3. Analytical Reading
  4. Syntopical Reading

The saddest "Just Ship It" story ever (7 minute read)
Summary: Just ship it, ship it before its ready
This story is exactly why you should get something out to the world before you're ready. The best products started out only half-built.

Munger Technique (5 min read)
Summary: Give yourself the best hour of the day to improve your mind
The best hour of the day varies for all of us, for some in the morning, for others at night. The thing is, something is changes from day-to-day. Whenever you're feeling that time, give it to yourself, it will compound over time.

Brainstorming Doesn’t Work; Try This Technique Instead (4 min read)
Summary: Early ideas tend to have disproportionate influence over the rest of the conversation,
Brainstorming is sequential, only one person can speak at a time, and that's why it doesn't work. We need to be operating in parallel with others. Traditional brainstorming also favors extroverts rather than introverts, or those willing to speak up. By moving toward preparing ideas or enabling people to work in parallel, it will bring more meaningful ideas and conversation to the mix.
Elon Musk: The Recode interview
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This podcast is from 2018, so some information may be outdated. TSLA stock is now over $1500 at the time of this writing.
  • The success of Tesla is by far the biggest forcing function for getting other car companies into electric cars
  • “I wish people wouldn’t yell at each other quite so much. I wish there was less hate.”
  • Elon expected full self driving functionality by 2019 (didn't pan out)
Setting a High Bar for Your Customer Service
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I don't want to be a founder and I don't think you do either

Do not remain nameless to yourself

Just too efficient

Invert, always, invert

Walt Whitman on What Makes Life Worth Living

How Pink Salt Took Over Millennial Kitchens
Embarrassingly, I have a huge tub of pink salt (its about 5 years old now)

Stop Answering Your Kid's Questions
This doesn't only apply to your kid, but everyone in your life

I'm going to build an automated stock tracking newsletter.
I love watching the stock market, but it can be daunting at times. I figured why not build a little service that tracks major stock indices to start and then eventually track my own watchlist. Let me know if have any needs in this space!

What is your imposter syndrome?
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