Consequently, our approach to the world has changed. Where prediction once reigned, speculation now dominates. You can see this at the most literal level in the rise of gig-platform apps like Uber—where the once-simple acts of hailing or driving a cab become adventures in speculation—wagers on …

It never gets easier. What happens is, you handle hard better. Make yourself someone that handles hard well. Not someone that’s waiting for the easy.

"Longtermism" is a moral perspective that says "Future people count. There could be a lot of them. We can make their lives better." According to William Macaskill as expanded in this recommended interview. https://t.co/DkmjArQLty — Kevin Kelly (@kevin2kelly) August 9, 2022 …

Minister Pound speaks The Truth (yeah, I’m reaching on this one): or install me in any profession Save this damn’d profession of writing, where one needs one’s brains all the time.

Feast or fortune? If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world. -J.R.R. Tolkien

How do you launch products that get attention? First, try to create products that have obvious lists.* *bestseller, music charts, Wirecutter picks, etc. Second, figure out how to work with early adopters in a focused, coordinated way to get on that list. Find a list. Build for the list. Get on …

The toe you step on today could be connected to the ass you’re going to kiss tomorrow.  Aryeh Bourkoff https://tim.blog/2022/10/19/aryeh-bourkoff/ ~22:20 in for the quote ~19:49 for the story

Any knowledge that doesn't lead to new questions quickly dies out: it fails to maintain the temperature required for sustaining life. Wisława Szymborska https://jamesclear.com/3-2-1/october-20-2022

If you want to create great marketing, you must find the story you believe will interest your reader, and tell it in the most compelling way possible. Everything else is secondary. I found this quote attributed to someone named Bill from Agora on another dip into one of my well organized notes …

Forever young 🎶 The chief prevention against getting old is to remain astonished. Kevin Kelly https://jamesclear.com/3-2-1/september-15-2022

That thing you’re planning, is it an extension? Or “just” a souvenir? via Seth

So, what is marketing? If it touches the market, it’s marketing. Seth Godin https://seths.blog/2022/09/the-chief-hype-officer/

Is Your Hobby Any Good?

Signs your hobby (or hobbies) might be a good one (I’m not doing the potential plural at every opportunity, you get it): It helps you relax and acts as a reset, charging you up for other responsibilities The time you spend on it doesn’t feel wasted in hindsight You’re learning …

Dan Charnas on what interviewing for a book is like: It’s about being open and listening and starting at the beginning. … The two most important questions you ask in an interview are: How did you feel about that? What happened next? Eventually the questions start asking themselves. …

Collected Threads 070122

A dedication to optimism from Ian Bremmer: To a glass half full. That first half was tasty. What is a chapbook? According to Kirby from Knife Fork Book: Poetry books used to be maybe, maybe 60 pages. Maybe, at the most, 80 pages. But a chapbook is anywhere up to 48 pages. Which I think is too …

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The section on Trigger Events about halfway down this email has infused my work thinking lately. But it could also be useful on the personal end. What are your trigger events? How would understanding them impact your behavior? Trigger events are events that trigger people to take action or buy …

Some various threads I collected yesterday. Maybe some will be woven together into something else in the future, or maybe they will remain the detritus of intellectual woolgathering. More from Seth (yes, I’m a fanboy): A big supermarket in the right place in a city will create as much …

Some various threads I collected yesterday. Maybe some will be woven together into something else in the future, or maybe they will remain the detritus of intellectual woolgathering. Who eats first? -Seth Godin on Status Roles Adrian Quesada, of Black Pumas fame, sharing a sentiment I totally …

Some various threads I collected yesterday. Maybe some will be woven together into something else in the future, or maybe they will remain the detritus of intellectual woolgathering. From Seth Godin’s recent return to The Moment podcast with Brian Koppleman: Using a gas powered leaf blower for …

On planning: The most reasonable plan is planning on your plan not going according to plan. A Few Beliefs · Morgan Housel @ Collaborative Fund

Questions that might come in handy: Would it help? 1 What does this make possible? 2 How can I make the next 60 seconds as perfect and as present as possible? 3

Modern humanity is distinguished by paleolithic emotions, medieval institutions… and god-like technology. -E.O. Wilson (via Austin Kleon)

A List of List Items from Other Lists

For anything you want to complete, break it down into small manageable tasks — and tackle them one at a time. Drink at least a glass of water in the morning … Spend time in nature more often. Whatever you’ve been putting off, start it this year. Learn from people smarter than you Get rid of …

Consider this Confessions of an Information Hoarder (and proficient protagonist) If more information were the answer, we’d all be billionaires with six-pack abs. -Tim Ferriss (in GQ)

Great advice from the great cartoonist, Bill Watterson. (via Dan’s Daily Blog) …having an enviable career is one thing, and being a happy person is another. Creating a life that reflects your values and satisfies your soul is a rare achievement. In a culture that relentlessly promotes avarice …

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