FTWW #1: Reflections, War on Poverty and some career advice

To all my intellectually curious friends, here are a few things that I’ve come across that I think you will enjoy immensely. A little bit of something for everyone.

So for those who wonder, here goes.

If I Knew Then — Advice on careers, finance, and life from Harvard Business School’s Class of 1963

If you were going on a long and treacherous hike, who would be the best person to ask about the path ahead? Someone a few yards away from the trailhead? Someone who’s made it halfway to the destination? Or someone who’s walked almost the entire trail — and who can tell you about the washed-out bridges, the sections that seem impossibly steep, and the vistas of indescribable beauty that lie ahead?

Five Battle-Tested Strategies for Success — Perception is the Copilot to Reality

I only wish someone showed me this video when I was starting out my career. This is gold.

How to Start a Startup

Full video repository of Stanford’s class taught by the great entrepreneurs and investors of Silicon Valley.

Charting Culture

This animation distils hundreds of years of culture into just five minutes. A team of historians and scientists wanted to map cultural mobility, so they tracked the births and deaths of notable individuals like David, King of Israel, and Leonardo da Vinci, from 600 BC to the present day.

Read Nature’s new story or find the research paper in Science.

I re-discovered Isaac Asimov’s short story: The Last Question — uncannily prescient in my view.

The War on Poverty: Was It Lost?

The misgivings of measurement through government statistics and the challenges of addressing an issue we have difficulty measuring.

The article inspired some rambling out of me.

f.lux — Shout out to KP who has saved my vision from glaring blue computer light at night with this awesome hack. #justgetflux

Legendary investor Seth Klarman of the Baupost Group and Margin of Safety-fame on the Value of Not Being Sure.

How to be Creative | PBS Digital Studios

“Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just show up and get to work.” — Chuck Close

How Spending Money Became a Form of Speech

Conventional wisdom for most of us, but news to me that it has been openly sanctioned by the Supreme Court. Thank you Pandering Liberty by Dan Carlin of the Common Sense podcast


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