Below, you’ll find my favorite things on the internet, sorted by category. I hope this accelerates your learning like they’ve done for me.
Solitude and Leadership — This article isn’t meant to be read just one time. It’s a masterclass in what it takes to lead at the highest levels. We tend to think of the life of a leader as one filled with voices. This article (which was originally a speech) suggests that true leadership requires the exact opposite. Leadership is thinking for yourself and acting upon what you discovered. An all-time article.
Personal Renewal — John Gardner’s heartfelt speech on how to stay vibrant and live a long, meaningful life.
Matt Deggs’ Post-Game Press Conference — “For years I was a transactional coach. What can I get? What can I get?…I’m a transformational coach now. It’s not about wins and losses. It’s about love. It’s about building men. Building relationships that will last forever.”
Sam Hinkie’s Resignation Letter — Did the 76ers’ Process work out? Perhaps. This letter was met with loads of criticism in the media. But maybe there is some wisdom in there? Especially this: “A league with 30 intense competitors requires a culture of finding new, better ways to solve repeating problems…To develop truly contrarian views will require a never-ending thirst for better, more diverse inputs.”
Klopp’s Promise – Liverpool FC Manager Jurgen Klopp delivered on his promise to win at least one title in his first four years. It’s an inspiring story of a team becoming one with their coach and overcoming seemingly insurmountable adversity.
MEDIA AND MARKETING
Rory Sutherland on The Knowledge Project Podcast — Equal parts brilliant and entertaining. Sutherland is the British man we all wish we had in our lives. His applied knowledge of behavioral economics and the psychological underpinnings of human decision making is incredible. No matter what you do, you’ll learn something from this. If you prefer to read, I recommend this article or this one.
The Basic Laws of Human Stupidity — Insightful and entertaining. Carlo Cipolla gives us 5 laws. You’ll only need to remember one: “A stupid person is a person who causes losses to another person or to a group of persons while himself deriving no gain and even possibly incurring losses.”
How Not to Be Stupid — Avoiding stupidity is easier than seeking brilliance. There are seven common causes of stupidity, and being able to identify them will make you seem brilliant. You won’t need to let anyone in on your little secret.
CULTURE AND SOCIETY
Coalitional Instincts — Humans self-organize into groups called coalitions. We earn membership into these groups by signaling that we differentially support it compared to rival groups. As a result, groups grow further apart. Think about the American political system while reading this and it will make sense.
Peter Thiel’s Religion — I’ve been intrigued by Thiel since I first read Zero to One. Reading his book was something of a spiritual experience, but I didn’t understand why. I understood after reading the essay.
WORK & PRODUCTIVITY
Building a DIY Second Brain — Move fast. Stay lean. Work “just-in-time.” Not “just-in-case.” Tiago Forte’s articles changed my view on work and productivity so much that I wanted to give you a way to do it for cheap.
You and Your Research — Drop the modesty. The first step to doing great work is to take a stand that you want to do it. That’s the easy part. What follows is the part where you have to actually do it.
Maker’s Schedule, Manager’s Schedule — Makers hate meetings. Managers’ entire days are filled with them. Makers don’t understand managers. Managers don’t understand makers. How can we deal with this to avoid organizational conflict? My application: I try to split my days into maker/manager blocks. As a coach, I lead people. But I also have to make stuff. It’s worked fairly well, and visiting this essay won’t hurt your own efforts.
How to Make Wealth — To get what you want, you need to help others get what they want. If you want to be rich, there are two non-negotiables to get you there: measurement and leverage. The path to riches is timeless, but few people find it. Paul Graham helps you get there.
The Age of the Essay — “An essay is something you write to try to figure something out.” The best essays are the ones that tell the reader something he didn’t already know. To write these kinds of essays, you need 1) “a few topics you’ve thought about a lot” and 2) “some ability to ferret out the unexpected”.
The Day You Became a Better Writer — Be clear and precise. Keep things simple. Simple means getting rid of extra words. Grab the reader early. Write short sentences. You just learned 80% of the rules of good writing. You’re welcome.