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In 2007, Joe Gebbia and Brian Chesky were struggling to pay rent on their San Francisco apartment. In an act of creative desperation, they bought some air mattresses, rented out floor space in their living room, and cooked breakfast for their guests the next morning.
A brilliant company called Airbnb was born.
Fast-forward 14 years and the company is now the biggest name in hospitality. (No one says “I got a Vrbo in San Diego.”) …
As a full-time author, filmmaker, and blogger, I spend a huge amount of time reading every day. Rather than watch shows on the weekend, my wife and I actually set aside Sunday afternoons for hardcore binge-reading by the fire.
What follows is 12 of my favorite books of all time. It’s probably not your standard list for marketers, but each book will be hugely beneficial to you if you’re a marketer, creative, entrepreneur, or maker. Zero Amazon affiliate links here — just a dozen great books to read this year, suited for each month and season. Have fun exploring!
On the Shortness of Life by Lucius Annaeus…
It’s easy to get caught up in the toxic hustle-culture notion that only those who live in a chronic state of sleep deprivation and cat-nap on the Tesla factory floor can ever be truly successful, but the truth is that waking up at 5 AM is extremely overrated, and is probably dangerous for your health.
While the average American sleeps less than seven hours per night, the world belongs to those who sleep quite a bit above average (8–12 hours/night), and by those who do so on a customized schedule that best suits their individual bodies:
I had an interesting conversation with an activist short-seller yesterday. He’s taken down more than a dozen corrupt companies, exposing billions of dollars of fraud, literally saving lives, sending criminals to prison, and personally reaping millions in his efforts to make the world a more ethical place. I asked him if there were any similarities between all of the fraudulent companies, and his answer was immediate:
“Oh, that’s easy. At the end of the day, they were all a variant of a Ponzi scheme.”
The Ponzi scheme was the brainchild of an Italian thief with the grandiosely magnificent name of Carlo Pietro Giovanni Guglielmo Tebaldo Ponzi. …
As a full-time author and filmmaker, I spend a huge amount of time reading each day. Rather than watch shows on the weekend, my wife and I actually set aside Sunday afternoons for binge-reading. (If you’re a slow reader like me, check out How to Read 50 Books Per Year Without Really Trying.)
Zero Amazon affiliate links here — just 12 of my favorite books of all time, suited for each month and season. Have fun exploring!
On the Shortness of Life by Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Ease into the New Year with a tiny book with a profound message: that time is short, and you shouldn’t waste another second of it. A wonderful and gorgeous pocket-sized letter to a friend. …
Earlier last year, I was hired by a tech firm to write a report on the future impact of new technologies in the agricultural field. After doing in-depth research and conducting a series of interviews with experts, I put forward the notion that the two biggest disruptor technologies, by far, will be:
Credit-capital is the most potent invention of all-time, and as global capital investment unleashes autonomous robotics into the field of agriculture, it will likely bankrupt hundreds of millions of small-scale farmers around the world.
Needless to say, my report wasn’t super well-received.
The tech firm was hoping for better news, perhaps even a pro-technology outlook. They were looking for ideas on how technology could help farmers, but I just couldn’t delude myself into cheering for big banks and tech companies to make homeless half a billion members of my global family. I just couldn’t muster enough conviction to state otherwise. I eventually discounted my fee and let them edit and publish the report without my name on it. …
Be a vegetarian.
Be a vegan.
Be a carnivore.
Eat low carb.
Eat every two hours.
Do yoga every morning.
Do pilates every night.
Only work out in the morning.
Only work out in the afternoon.
Only work out at night.
Don’t forget oil-pulling.
Use natural deodorant.
Sleep 9 hours.
Don’t sleep at all.
Build your platform.
Don’t forget to use hashtags.
Wear pants on Zoom calls.
Save 10% of your income.
Save 70% of your income.
Max out your 401k.
Invest in stocks.
Buy real estate.
But maybe not right now. …
I love and hate YouTube so much. It’s fantastic for TED Talks. And music, podcasts, news, interviews, history classes, and Oxford Union debates.
But the Trending Page makes me despair for the future of humanity. It’s all video game replays, TikTok compilations, vapid celebrity reality TV, and “watch me eat $10 noodles vs. $1,000 noodles.” Minds of all ages are rotting away on this saccharine substitute for meaningful brain stimulation.
My one guilty pleasure in the whole sugary pile is MrBeast.
For those who’ve somehow not heard of Jimmy Donaldson, this 22-year-old Christian kid and YouTube megastar is something truly special. …
As soon as Ryan Holiday became a New York Times bestseller, he moved to a ranch in Texas.
As soon as Rachel Hollis’s book sold 1 million copies, she moved to Texas.
Right after closing a $100 million Spotify deal, Joe Rogan moved to a $14.4 million mansion in Texas.
Billionaire Mark Cuban already lives in Texas.
As does Michael Dell.
And the Walmart heiress.
Plus 95 of the Fortune 500 biggest companies in America.
According to Bloomberg, “The one-percenters are ditching the pricey hubs of New York City, San Francisco, and Los Angeles for lower-tax states like… Texas. Tesla’s founder Elon Musk just revealed his plans to move to Texas and companies like Hewlett-Packard and Oracle are joining the exodus, too.” …