Hope you're having a great week. Here are a few things I've been reading and pondering lately. Enjoy!
1. Charisma Can Be a Liability
This is a small exceprt from Good to Great, a book I'm really enjoying. Here's a short article on this counterintuitive idea.
2. Mental Models I Find Repeatedly Useful
This post has been floating around the internet for 18 months and I still find myself referencing it often. I'm a big fan of rereading posts like this and looking for new inspiration.
3. The Field Means Proximity
Gregg Bernstein explains the benefits of spending face-to-face time with users. I thought this was a really insightful post.
4. Mikaela Shiffrin Does Not Have Time for a Beer
I loved this longform interview with pro skier Mikaela Shiffin. Fun fact: we go to the same gym.
“It’s hard to find someone who is really genuinely happy for you if you are having success and they’re not,” Mikaela says. She knows that’s only human.
Champions put in the work. Champions prioritize the effort to get better, every day. She makes each decision in her life only after she’s weighed whether or not it will help her achieve. She has a new boyfriend, a French ski racer. She’s going to meet him in Paris. But she won’t visit again if she can’t finish her training block strong. “Don’t worry about it and you’ll be great, said nobody ever,” she tells me just before her nap.
5. Random Links
- Mr. Money Mustache, Uber Driver
- I thought this was a really good newsletter from Zapier.
- I highly recommend the mini-series Manhunt: Unabomber.
- Here's a job board for B Corps that are hiring.
- And here's First Round's State of Startups 2017.
Have a great weekend!
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