How to Make Yourself Into a Learning Machine, Live Fuller, Not Bigger, and More!
Everything we published this week
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Most of us forget 99% of the information we learn. So, what do you do? If you are anything like us, you shrug and accept it. If you are Simon Eskildsen, you develop multiple pieces of custom software all devoted to improving your ability to learn and retain information. It’s what helped him manage people 10 years his senior and accelerated his career at Shopify to becoming an engineering director. And his system isn’t just for learning code—he tackles new languages, 19th-century manufacturing trivia, and learning to cook a dish from every country. Read this if you want to learn how to learn and then apply it to your life.
No KPI, no personal record in the gym, no so-called grander achievement will bring you long-term joy. So, what does? In this piece, Evan Armstrong argues that the goal of life shouldn’t be to go ever-larger. Instead, we should be aiming to live “fuller, not bigger.” Read this if you are struggling to understand the role of success and purpose in your work.
Companies die of founder hubris as much as of poor execution—and conflict between or among cofounders is the unseen killer. Jennifer Kim is here to shine light on this tricky topic. Kim, a startup recruiting and talent consultant, discusses how dysfunctional dynamics among founding partners can lead to a startup's downfall. With brutal honesty, she walks through the struggles that solo, duo, trio, and quartet-plus founders face and presents pragmatic solutions to these problems. Read this if you want to learn how to found your own startup or navigate the founder egos of the company you are working at.
How do you sell to an audience that dislikes your very existence? What do you do when your customers are more informed than you’ll ever be? This is the near-impossible task of any founder—or content marketer. Nick Moore, a content marketer writing for experts in software development, highlights the potential solutions in his piece about marketing to experts. Moore posits that writing for experts, rather than merely marketing to them, is key. To make that leap, his advice is to showcase humility, collaborate with the pros, and develop a note-taking system for research. Read this if you want to learn to sell to developers, executives, or similarly tricky targets.
It is tempting to dismiss AI as hyperbole. This article takes the opposite position. By using GPT-3, Dan was able to significantly elevate his journaling experience—giving him a thought partner and confidante for his most private thoughts. His use of the technology gives a glimpse of the future of AI—one equally foreign and beautiful. Read this if you want to see how incredible AI can make our lives.
That's it for this week!
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