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. …

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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 …

The best-laid plans of mice and men1 last ‘til they get punched in the face2

Once, I asked Suzuki Roshi, “what is nirvana, enlightenment?” He replied, “seeing one thing through to the end.” -in Zen Is Right Here: The Wisdom of Shunryu Suzuki by David Chadwick via Upaya Zen Center’s Dharma Podcast

Humans are independent actors (whether they are rational or irrational is a different story) and have free will (maybe). But every action has an equal and opposite reaction.1 Or, said a different way: You are free to do whatever you want. You need only face the consequences. Sheldon Kopp via The …

I like this quote from James Clear: Think about what you want today and you’ll spend your time. Think about what you want in 5 years and you’ll invest your time.

Music should always let you know that you can have an experience but never tell you what the experience is. But it just says to you, “come along, I’m gonna take you on a journey and it’s gonna be different.” Hans Zimmer on Song Exploder (at about the 21:30 mark) An approach …

Consider this my new work day goal: Spend the best hours of your day on the biggest opportunity, not the biggest problem. via fs’s brain food newsletter

RZA and Lex Fridman chatted a bit and this line about Tupac jumped out at me: He was really good at communicating love and at starting revolutions, and that’s dangerous. timestamped overcast link

Politician and Noble Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi on corruption: “It is not power that corrupts but fear. Fear of losing power corrupts those who wield it and fear of the scourge of power corrupts those who are subject to it.” feels relevant via James Clear’s 3-2-1

Writer and essayist Lu Xun on the power of collective hope: “Hope is like a road in the country; there was never a road, but when many people walk on it, the road comes into existence.” via James Clear’s 3-2-1 newsletter

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