reading list

Highlights from my Reading List – Week 20


  1. A Letter to My 25 Year Old Self – Mike Cernovich
    There has never been a better time in the history of the world to be alive. Western civilization allows people lacking noble birth to rise through social and economic hierarchies. And unless you become an outright druggie, you’ll never starve to death. Western civilization allows you to take incredible risks.

    This is applicable to far more countries than just the West. 

  2. Founder Interviews: Pat Walls of Starter Story – Hackernoon
    Learn how Pat found a successful niche interviewing entrepreneurs, growing his website from 0 to over 300,000 visitors in under a year.

    Really good advice on how to take personal projects to the next level. 

  3. Using Twitter to hack my brain for good – Kyle Russell
    How Kyle used Twitter’s incentives to further his own learning. 

  4. Why are Indian managers so damn good? – Quartz
    Intense competitions, family values and support, ability to deal with ambiguity and a culture that is one of the most diverse in the world – a recipe that makes for good Indian managers.
  5. The day I became a millionaire – DHH
    I took two important lessons away from this upbringing. First, as long as your basic needs are met, the quality of your lived experience is only vaguely related to the trappings of material success. While it wasn’t all roses and butter cookies, I had a great childhood. Second, I wouldn’t learn to appreciate the truth of the first lesson until I saw the other side of the golden fence.

    Once you’ve taken care of the basics, there’s very little in this world for which your life is worth deferring. You’ve likely already found or at least seen the very best things (whether you know it or not). Make them count.

  6. Camille Paglia: ‘Hillary wants Trump to win again’ – Spectator
    Camille Paglia is one of the most interesting and explosive thinkers of our time. She transgresses academic boundaries and blows up media forms. She’s brilliant on politics, art, literature, philosophy, and the culture wars. She’s also very keen on the email Q and A format for interviews. So, after reading her new collection of essays, Provocations, Spectator USA sent her some questions.

  7. Figure Out Who’s On Your Team – John Lilly
    One of the best pieces of advice I ever got, back when I was 23 and newly out of school, is this: look around and figure out who you want to be on your team.

    Figure out the people around you that you want to work with for the rest of your life. Figure out the people who are smart & awesome, who share your values, who get things done — and maybe most important, who you like to be with and who you want to help win.

    And treat them right, always. Look for ways to help, to work together, to learn. Because in 20 years you’ll all be in amazing places doing amazing things.

  8. Submission and dominance among friends – John Salvatier
    Status dynamics are weirder than you might think.
    I recently found myself longing for male friends to act dominant over me. Imagining close male friends putting their arms over my shoulders and jostling me a bit, or squeezing my shoulders a bit roughly as they come up to talk to me felt good. Actions that clearly convey ‘I’m in charge here and I think you’ll like it’.
    I was surprised at first. After all, aren’t showy displays of dominance bad? I don’t think of myself as particularly submissive either.

    I want these kinds of dominance display as part of a show that I’m part of your plans. That you’re looking out for me because there’s a role for me in your plans; a role you can tell I’ll like. That our relationship is stable because you’re getting something out of it too. And that our relationship is a good one because you’re going to make me better.

  9. A Guide To Corporate Innovation: 19 Strategies To Drive Innovation Now – CBInsights
    CBInsights doing what they do best (second-best?) – satire. Some light-hearted fun at the expense of corporate innovation. 
  10. Reflections on becoming a parent – Sarah Tavel
    And so while we leapt, we were scared. Now that I’ve had seven months to adjust and internalize, a few reflections on the journey thus far that I find myself sharing, recognizing that becoming a parent is an intensely personal experience, and there truly is no single experience:
    The delight of unpredictability.

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