Weekend Wisdom

The second edition of Weekend Wisdom: 3 interesting things I learned this week. Plus a curated list of articles and books I read or finished that may appeal to “aspiring business leaders”, or data-oriented sports fans.


3 Interesting Things

🚗 Seattle monthly parking (urban/work) rates are overpriced. Most lots downtown are $325–400/month. But daily rates are $15–17 (early bird, pre-9am). There are ~261 working days/year, @$15/day that’s $326.25 per month. Since people take vacation, sometimes work from home, travel… why isn’t there at least a 10% discount for monthly parkers? Or does this say garage operators know we’re willing to pay a lot for convenience.

⓺⓺ It takes 66 days to form a habit. At least that’s what Habitbull, an app I started using a few weeks ago says. If you’re trying to start a good habit, it’s a good app, once you get a nice streak going, you really don’t want to break the chain.

📏 “What gets measured gets managed.” One of my favorite quotes. If you want to change or impact something, find a way to measure it and do it every day.

Worthy Reads

🎩 What’s new is not so new. This is a cool piece that showcases how all new marketing tricks are actually old marketing tricks.

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What’s next in growth? at andrewchen — andrewchen.co

💰 The investment market (private and public) oscillates between valuing growth and valuing profitability. I’ve seen the squeeze first hand. One quarter growing as fast as possible, the next about pruning back any initiatives that have a longer profit horizon. This is a great piece on being ready for both.

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Lessons From The Internet Bubble: Growth vs. Profitability — Feld Thoughts — www.feld.com

🏈 About a year ago, NFL ratings were slipping and many felt the concussion issues were part of the reason. I thought (in this newsletter) that the NFL wouldn’t exist in 10 years. This study is another data point suggesting the NFL as we know it may be drastically different in the future.

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111 N.F.L. Brains. All But One Had C.T.E. — The New York Times — www.nytimes.com 
 A neuropathologist has examined the brains of 111 N.F.L. players — and 110 were found to have C.T.E., the degenerative disease linked to repeated blows to the head.

🏃🏿 This trend of men wearing shorts in the workplace is concerning. Maybe I’m a purist or too early of a millennial but I agree with Tom Ford, “A man should never wear shorts in the city.”

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Blame the Millennials? For Men, Shorts at Work Is a Thing — NYTimes.com — mobile.nytimes.com

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