Brief backstory - for a handful of months I've fallen into a unique habit. I go to the same restaurant and order the same thing each Sunday for brunch. By myself.
At first I felt fidgety and awkward - darting my eyes to and fro to make sure no one was judging my solo situation. Unsurprisingly, no one seemed to notice. After a few weeks of this, I became fairly close with some of the staff members and the weekly Solo Sunday Brunch became an event I actively looked forward to.
In the early days, I would constantly peruse my phone - flicking and swiping my way through apps in a desperate attempt to stay preoccupied. Over time, as I met more staff members, phone time was replaced with conversation. Eventually, I became so confident (self-absorbed?) in the solo situation that I began to read books, articles, and other tidbits collected throughout the week.
Like most people, I have a problem... There never seems to be enough time during the week to read into every interesting headline we come across. So naturally, Sunday Brunch became my free time to read and reflect on the week.
So, I need your help. Hear me out...
Would you be interested in receiving a second weekly email summarizing a few of the most interesting tidbits of information I discovered throughout the week? I envision this will be a combination of short- and long-form articles, books, podcasts, tweets, even YouTube videos if something is particularly interesting.
What do you think? Are you on board?
Here is an example of this week's issue and what you could expect future iterations to look like...
Infinite Browsing Culture - it's both what we are and where we are. I'm sure everyone can remember a time where you nestled yourself down on the couch after a long day at the office to lose yourself in a good movie. If you're like me, you browse the lists, watch a few trailers, even read a few reviews. 15 minutes pass, then 30, 30 turns into another 30. Next thing you know it's past midnight and you still haven't decided. This isn't a phenomenon limited to Netflix. It is rampant throughout our lives - the result of a world with seemingly limitless optionality.
Ava (author of the article) reminds us that we celebrate and idolize those who commit instead of browse. Couples celebrating their 20th wedding anniversary, Professors who become tenured, employees who work their way up from the mail room to CEO. These people stuck with it, grew, and benefited greatly in the end. "Commitment/Accountability" is a nice read and a worthwhile reminder.
Bitcoin's Resurgence - a heavily debated topic these days. After diving headfirst into Bitcoin in 2017 during the initial boom - I held off for quite some time after. That is, until recently. The world has changed significantly since 2017. Of course, it's impossible to know the future, but I'm starting to like Bitcoin as a hedge asset. I'm still undecided, but the negative headlines these days have peaked my interest.
An older piece from January 2021 by Nic Carter, but with many relevant insights to today's economic backdrop. Nic is heavily quoted on all things Bitcoin. If you're curious to learn more, his website↗️ is a fantastic resource.
Reading Better - world-renowned investor, Charlie Munger (the Robin to Warren Buffet's Batman, or is it the other way around?) was famously quoted regarding his opinion of those who read:
In my whole life, I have known no wise people (over a broad subject matter area) who didn't read all the time - none, zero.
Shane Parrish of Farnam Street distills some fantastic insights to help you read, recall, and reuse information much more effectively.
That's it for this week everyone.
Let me know if you enjoyed this format! The plan - as it stands - is to share interesting and insightful nuggets of information each week. The topics will be broad and far-reaching with an emphasis on utility to you.
Please also share what you're reading - I'd love to hear from you! ⤵️
Enjoy your Sunday & have a great start to the week!
See you Wednesday!
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