The many things to get right when they're young 💎 Issue #64
Plus: finally, how to experience NYC like a true local.
What’s up? 🔝
Here are the best things I found on the Internet this week.
New to me 💡
The Most Precious Resource is Agency | 6 min read
🏫 This is one of my favorite reads of the year and the pairing is incredible with Randy Pausch’s Last Lecture below.
🎨 “Gaining agency is gaining the capacity to do something differently from, or in addition to, the events that simply happen to you. Most famous people go off-script early, usually in more than one way. Carnegie becoming a message boy is one opportunity, asking how to operate the telegraph is another. Da Vinci had plenty of small-time commissions, but he quit them in favor of offering his services to the Duke of Milan. And of course no one has to write a book, or start a company. But imagine instead if Carnegie or Da Vinci were compelled to stay in school for ten more years instead.”
🪑 I always had “curious people in a hurry” as my goal audience for this newsletter, so it’s no surprise when I include articles aimed at “curious people”, even if with time to spare. This advice is not only for people starting their careers but also for those starting a new endeavor, hobby, sport, or the construction of a new IKEA chair.
🔬 “A common piece of advice for people early on in their careers is to pursue what they find most interesting. Medawar disagrees, explaining that “almost any problem is interesting if it is studied in sufficient depth.” He advises scientists to look for important problems, meaning ones with answers that matter to humankind. When choosing an area of research, Medawar cautions against mistaking a fashion (“some new histochemical procedure or technical gimmick”) for a movement (“such as molecular genetics or cellular immunology”). Movements lead somewhere; fashions generally don’t.”
How to Experience New York City Like a True Local | 2 min read
🌆 I don’t even filter out New York related links.
🥯 “Fine Dining: Option One: order on Seamless. Option Two: go get the same bagel every morning until the person who sells it to you knows all the details of your love life well enough to have his own theory about who gave you H.P.V”
Randy Pausch Last Lecture: Achieving Your Childhood Dreams | 76 min watch
👨🏫 This is one of my favorite talks of the year and the pairing is incredible with Simon Sarris’ The Most Precious Resource is Agency above.
📮 “No job is beneath you. You ought to be thrilled you got a job in the mailroom And when you get there, here's what you do: Be really great at sorting mail.”
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Last issue most clicked link was Benedict Cumberbatch reads a letter from Kurt Vonnegut.
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