The Reis Release #4

What I’m reading…

The Dip – A short book by Seth Godin

The below picture sums up the premise of the book. Every new project (or job, or hobby, or company) starts out fun…then gets really hard, and not much fun at all. You might be in a Dip—a temporary setback that will get better if you keep pushing. The book argues that winners are actually quitters. “Quit the wrong stuff. Stick with the right stuff. Have the guts to do one or the other.” I think you can apply this logic to a lot of things besides a career/work. For example, my book reading strategy: if the book doesn’t jump at me after the first few chapters, I’ll move onto another book that excites me. There are too many good books out there to waste time on books that you don’t find compelling.

What I’m listening to…

Yuval Noah Harari: 21 Lessons for The 21st Century (on the James Altucher podcast. Yuval was also featured on Rich Roll’s podcast, which is another podcast I really like, but I preferred the former interview)

Yuval, the author of two of the most discussed books in the last few years (Sapiens and Homo Deus), released a new book, 21 Lessons for the 21stCentury. In fact, Bill Gates loved the prior two so much, he put out a NYTimes review on the new one and said “Harari is such a stimulating writer that even when I disagreed, I wanted to keep reading and thinking.” Sapiens was about human history/evolution, Homo Deus was about his predictions on the future of humans, and the latest book provides a philosophical and historical perspective on the present (e.g. “What are today’s greatest challenges and most important changes? What should we pay attention to? What should we teach our kids?”).

What I’m pondering…

How can I not waste time finding a good/vetted product or service? Sometimes I find myself searching blogs, asking friends, and getting stuck in the Amazon review blackhole. I recently came across JetBlack, a startup backed by Walmart and led by the former founder of Rent the Runway. It’s essentially a personal shopping/concierge service but over text/mobile.

Quote I enjoyed…

“If you think you’re too small to be effective, you have never been in the dark with a mosquito.” – Mentioned in this Jason Fried interview. He is the author of the book Rework, founder of a web-based collaboration tool, and Ted Speaker.

Please feel free to give me feedback and have a wonderful weekend!

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