2023-10-10 Links

Daily Reads:

Continuing re-reading the Art of Possibility.

Steve Blank’s been writing a riveting ‘secret’ history of Silicon Valley – here is Part V

Bob Ewing: The Stories we tell has some simple ideas on how to tell stories that propel us forward, rather than hold us back.

Listened to Seth Godin’s podcast Akimbo on psephology (the science of voting). I like his compelling call to action at the end of the episode – don’t leave a comment, tell someone about this!

  • 7 Japanese techniques to overcome laziness on Instagram
    • Ikigai: having a purpose in life, the reason you wake up each morning. Do what you love. Do what you’re good at. Do what the world needs. Do what you can be paid for.
    • Kaizen: Focus on small improvements every day
    • Shoshin: Approach things with a beginner’s mindset. If your mind is empty, it is open to everything. In the beginner’s mind, there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s mind, there are few. – Shunryu Suzuki.
    • Hara Hachi Bu: Stop eating after you’re 80% full.
    • Shinrin-yoku: Forest bath, spend more time in nature. Reminds me of Oji’s comment in his podcast yetserday.
    • Wabi-sabi – Find beauty in imperfection.
    • Ganbaru: Be patient and do the best possible.


Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of nonessentials.
-Lin Yutang


Simon & Garfunkel’s Scarborough Fair Canticle