This week we explore personal growth through failure and feedback, unfair advantages in business, and a possible path to a meaningful life.
Ikigai: the secret to a meaningful life?
In a world of specialists, could the path to meaningful work be found in generalism? Or more precisely, consecutive specializations? Salman shares the value (and challenges) of choosing to become a modern-day polymath.
Failure is temporary and human
Jack Conte (Patreon’s CEO) published a beautiful talk sharing some of his most “epic failures”. Especially during this global pandemic, I found this to be a necessary and healthy reminder that the constant progressions and steady growth taught in video games and college curricula are neither realistic nor desirable.
Difficult conversations are uncomfortable, but long-term stagnation is even worse. This thread from Dan Rose (early Facebook) reminded me that I need to seek out difficult feedback, as blindspots - by definition - require outside help. (click to read full thread)
In the current wave of direct-to-consumer (DTC) brands, Gymshark has made waves as a rising competitor to Lululemon and even Nike. Yes, they’ve nailed their core business of designing, making, and selling athletic clothing, but they’ve also got an unfair advantage: unusually long repayment terms negotiated with their suppliers. I’m fascinated by these types of secondary power-ups: useless if alone but immensely powerful when paired with a core business. (click to read full thread)
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