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The Stockdale Paradox

Hey Everyone,

Hope you're having a great week. Here are a few things I've been reading and pondering lately. Enjoy!


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1. The Stockdale Paradox (PDF)

I came across this idea in Jim Collins' Good to Great and found it to be incredibly useful. It states:

You must maintain unwavering faith that you can and will prevail in the end, regardless of the difficulties, AND at the same time have the discipline to confront the most brutal facts of your currently reality, whatever they may be.

2. 50 Things You Should Feel Great About

This article is six years old and as relevant as ever.

17. Average gas prices today are lower than they were three years ago.

16. The average American now retires at age 62. One hundred years ago, the average American died at age 51.

15. As a percentage of GDP, the federal government was in substantially more debt after World War II than it is today.

14. Almost all news on the Internet is free -- even the really good stuff.

13. You had to be rich to get on an airplane in 1950.

3. The Power of The Progress Bar

Want to level up your onboarding, feature adoption or retention? You need progress bars.

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4. Business vs. Investing

Here's a very intelligent discussion about investing featuring one of favorite writers, Morgan Housel.

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Have a great weekend!

Jimmy

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