001: How to tell the future, workaholism and perfection

July 18, 2021

Hi friends,

As I write this Sydney is in its third week of lockdown. Finally getting used to it and getting into a rhythm with new routines. Here’s what I want to share this week.

How to tell the Future

Imagine reality is built on building blocks. These building blocks are always there and because they’re always there the assumption is they’ll continue to be there forever, and tomorrow will look like today.

Now…. imagine one of these building blocks changes. The composition of reality becomes very different.

Here’s an examples to illustrate.

1916 Russia vs 1917 Russia

One of the building blocks of 1916 Russia was their monarchy. 

However in 1917 it changed with the Communist Revolution and reality in Russia has forever looked different.

If you want to tell the future, start looking at the assumptions that current reality is built on. Then look at trends and start to take educated guesses on which building blocks will be replaced.

When you start doing this you’ll develop a good sense of where things are headed.

🤓 😎 Cool links for the week

Casualties of Perfection

What happens when you’re hyper efficient and streamlined? One answer is that you perform at a super high level. Another answer is that you’re extremely vulnerable to slight deviations in the system. If you’ve optimised too hard for one thing, think about the risks it opens you to.

A Lesson From TR & Taft on Pursuing a Life You Like

Theodore Roosevelt LOVED his job as President of the United States. After leaving office his close friend William Taft was elected. Taft HATED his job as President. Taft was extremely gifted but the job didn’t align with his strengths or personality. It was only after leaving office that Taft had the happiest years in his professional life. Sometimes things that look great on paper aren’t a good fit.

Workaholics in the Hands of a Firing God

I’ll leave this quote with you “When work becomes the primary arbiter of identity, purpose, worth, and community in our lives, it has ceased to function as employment and begun to function as a religion. Or at least we have made it responsible for providing the very things to which we used to look to God.” 🤯 Many layers in that quote there. 

The Future of Games Is Instant

Adobe Flash was the breeding ground for many game developers. It was fairly easy to make a game, launch the game and if the market loved it, watch it take off. That ended with the App store and Steve Job’s disdain for Flash. We’re now living in a post App store world and a new era of instant games is here. A team of just four friends made Friday Night Funkin, an instant rhythm game that’d had 30 million plays and more than $2 million in donations.

End Note

This is something new I’m trying out. If you liked it, or if a part resonated with you let me know! 

Wishing you a great week,

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