1. Netflix’s competitive set is sleep?
2. A powerful view about how we consume ideas today and why that needs to change.
This is flooding (a term I just coined, so I would know): the practice of unleashing a mass torrent of the same stories by the same storytellers at the same time, making it almost impossible for anyone but the same select few to rise to the surface.
But this infinite cycle of death and renewal is the perfect metaphor for what has actually happened to monoculture in a world that runs on social media, which is that each week it is resurrected around something new, for a brief period, with all the loudest voices in attendance, before expiring again, only to coalesce the next week around something else.
We choose virality instead — repackaged, reshaped, shareable versions of what has come before — and equate it to quality because of its resonance…This isn’t quality, or real diversity; it’s familiarity.
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February travels faster than any other month and that two-day difference is monumental when I look back to what I did this month.
I’m trying to re-establish boundary with work while I focus on my health and on myself this month. It’s always a struggle for high-achiever like myself, but taking baby steps daily.
1. Reading yet another article that outlines the shrinkage of the middle class makes me fear for the uncertain future. How hard would I have to work to maintain my current lifestyle and how much would I have to save to provide a financial buffer for my kids down the road?
2. Reminder that incremental effort compounds. I should invest 20 minutes a day in writing children’s book.
Spending 20 minutes a day working on important-but-not-urgent tasks will help resolve this tendency to procrastinate..
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Traveling for work drains my energy and time. It took me an entire week to get back to NY time zone and for me to catch up on interesting reads.
1. Why Aesop soaps are in fancy restaurants and what it means to users.
2. Lorena Bobbitt’s story depicts how how women are portrayed in the media — all stories are simplified and dramatized for clicks.Read More »
Already a month into the new year and a mix of inspirational and disturbing of the week.
1. An uplifting summary of John Bogle’s Philosophy in life and work. The most impressive part about his story is that he could have gained so much, in the tune of billions, yet he was happy with $80M.
2. Julie Wainwright’s quote about child-hood resonated the most with me. Oh, and she’s bringing technology to the second hand luxury market too!
Here’s the good news about having tragedy as a kid. Little stuff can really bug you, but big stuff can roll off your back.
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Below are some articles that’s been collecting dust in my inbox as I recovered from my travels.
This year, I’m trying to make less resolutions and live with more clarity. Have only a couple of objectives and make each day count.
1. Can’t believe that “sponcon” is a real concept among wanna-be influencers. An extreme version of fake it ’til you make it
2. Because I strived to de-clutter my email situation all of last year, I’m not a fan of “inbox infinity” but maybe that’s the realistic future for me as well.
Adopting inbox infinity means accepting the fact that there will be an endless, growing amount of email in your inbox every day, most of which you will never address or even see.
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