Welcome the 150th issue! Feels like a great accomplishment!
Shane at Farnam Street recently wrote:
We only get one life, “and it seems to be it is better to do significant things than to just get along through life to its end,” writes Richard Hamming in his book The Art of Doing Science and Engineering: Learning to Learn. The book explores how we do great things.
So what's the scoop? According to Shane's breakdown of Hamming's book you have to keep the following in practice:
- You need to believe that you are capable of doing important things. Your mindset determines how you experience things, what you work on, and the tactics and strategies you employ to accomplish those goals.
- You need to be willing to look like an idiot. Think of this as confidence meets courage.
- You need to strive for excellence. This isn’t as easy as it sounds but it as an essential feature of doing great work.
- The conditions you think you want are rarely the ones that help you produce your best work. You need the feedback of reality in order to keep your feet planted on the ground.
- People who do great things typically have a great drive to do things.
- Focused investment of only one hour a day can double your lifetime output. Intelligent preparation is like compound interest, the more you invest, the more situations you can handle, the more you learn how to do, so the more you can do, etc. The investment of one hour a day by Charlie Munger to learning new things is an overlooked gem hiding in plain sight.
- People who do great things tolerate ambiguity — they can both believe and not believe at the same time.
Lastly, inspired by Peter's latest Fwends issue, I checked Shane's opening quote attributed to Einstein:
"Einstein argued that genius was 99% perspiration and 1% inspiration"
It was actually Edison! ; )
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In Amsterdam? Join us at Workspace 6 for lunch today! :D
Bas & I are talking about the SRMR again but this time at Kamu in Breda on Feb 8th. Hope to see you there!
And in Switzerland, Lime halted scooter service in after possible software glitch throws users off mid-ride. and somehow, some dude is cruisin' in the highway at 85 km/h here in Holland.
I'm still undecided on the implications e-scooters have for cities. One thing is clear: less cars & we all win.
My friend Max Leonard is raising funds for The Rough-Stuff Fellowship Archive book on Kickstarter. He's completely knocked it outta the park with this one! Congrats Max! I can't wait to hold a copy : )
Join us today for our New Year's Community Lunch at Workspace 6!
Let’s celebrate the new year, and set new goals!
We'll open our door for everyone who wants to have a tour or to work!
Here’s what happened in the newsletter world in general and at Revue in particular.
E-bike sharing startups from Amsterdam including Cargoroo and Urbee, along with the Municipality have received a substantial share of around a million subsidy from Brussels.
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The rise of populism. The threat of domestic and international terrorism. The destruction of the environment. In recent years, you’d be forgiven for getting the feeling that the world was on a fast-accelerating slide.
I need this kind of positivity in my life. Particularly:
Don’t confuse pessimism with profundity: Problems are inevitable, but problems are solvable, and diagnosing every setback as a symptom of a sick society is a cheap grab for gravitas.
Some great practical advice from David!
Finding someone’s email is a crucial part of cold email outreach. LeadBoxer scoured the internet for the most popular email lookup tools on the net, to help you source and approach your candidates with ease.
Our very own Guy van Koolwijk is back with another Telecast instalment!