Truth, Genius, Idiocy, Monsters

Sunday Summary — 01.17.21

Hello friends,

Hope you had a wonderful week.

Thank you all for the great feedback on last week’s issue.

Appreciate you taking the time.

Let’s get into it:

Visual of the week


5 Mental Frameworks Exceptional People Use Every Day

This week, the exceptionally talented Polina Marinova Pompliano shared insight into the five mental models she encounters most often when writing about the world’s most remarkable people for her newsletter The Profile:

I spent some time distilling each principle into an accompanying visual.

Read the full article here.

Dunning-Kruger 101

Some grounded commentary on the phenomenon of the “self-proclaimed genius” by new friend and collaborator Sahil Bloom.

Lots more to come via this partnership.

Read the Twitter thread.

Opportunities Don’t Visit Caves

Janiz Ozolins writes (and illustrates) his relationship with the “Perfectionist Monster”

Another example of the opportunity that can only arise from working in public.

Read it on

Extra Curricular

I bought some new art for our home office via The Skateroom — not only do I love the product, their business model is fascinating.

As a Certified B Corp — they partner with artists to license their work for reproduction (in a very niche way) and donate 25% of their profits to funding education.

Positive-sum stuff.

(I am not affiliated with The Skateroom whatsoever, just a fan!)

This product is designed with you in mind, so let me know what’s noise and what’s signal and we’ll keep tweaking.

All the best to you and yours,


Sunday Summary — 01.10.21

Hello my friends,

I’ve been attempting to settle on a format for this newsletter for some time, and today’s issue is the latest iteration in that pursuit.

Sunday is most often a day of reflection before the working week, and I often spend it mulling over what worked (and what didn’t) in the week prior.

So, why not share those notes with you?

Here’s last week in review:

Circle of Competence 101

The idea that Charlie Munger and Warren Buffett credit for their decades of success has nothing to do with how brilliant they are, quite the opposite in fact — success is almost exclusively about knowing what you don’t know.

I collaborated with the brilliant Sahil Bloom to add some visual context to a Twitter thread on defining your Circle of Competence. This is the first installment in a series of collaborations we’re planning on working on together.

If you’re interested in the demystification of the complex world of finance, or accessible storytelling in general, Sahil is one of the best practitioners in the game and well worth a follow on Twitter.

What is Cancer?

Arguably one of the scariest words in the dictionary, cancer is a topic we’d rather not confront. It’s complicated, frightening and most of us just cross our fingers and hope to avoid it. Unfortunately, that luxury doesn’t last forever for many of us.

How to Visualize Value graduate Dr. David Grew is doing the incredibly important work of breaking down this intimidating subject into simple, visual, first principle explanations on his new YouTube channel.

How to Make Things Resonate

Last week, I had a 40 minute conversation with one of the internet’s most notorious writers, David Perell.

We talked about the process of coining language — David has introduced many terms to the internet entrepreneur lexicon, among them: Niche Fame, Personal Monopoly, and The Paradox of Abundance.

We also cover how you know when you’ve got a good idea, and why people remember some language, but forget most.

I loved this conversation and if you’re interested in communication in any capacity, I think you will too.

Visual of the Week

“The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it.”

— Flannery O'Connor

Extra Curricular

My wife and I discovered this brilliant British sitcom: The Detectorists — set in rural England, it follows the lives of two metal detection enthusiasts, but serves as a fantastic metaphor for all of the things we spend our lives in pursuit of.

How did you like this format? Shoot me a note and let me know.

Wishing you and yours a healthy and prosperous week,


Hindsight in 2020

Hello friends — I’ll start with my gratitude for your attention this year, it’s the fuel that keeps this business running.

Thank you.

Ending 2020 by sharing ten thoughts that bubbled up while reflecting on everything your continued support has helped me realize this year.

Wishing you and yours a fantastic new year, and a healthy and prosperous 2021.


Know your ABZs

Afternoon my friends,

For those of you that were able to make it to the chat with Shaan yesterday, I hope you enjoyed it.

For those that didn’t:

Shaan is an absolute encyclopedia of frameworks and anecdotes and I felt smarter having had the opportunity to learn from him for an hour.

We talked about:

  • Making more money

  • Shaan’s ultimate goal

  • Knowing your ABZs

  • “Proximity is power”

  • Conor McGregor & Dr. Seuss

  • Lots more.

Here’s the replay:

Thank you for subscribing, I truly appreciate it — wishing you and yours a magnificent new year.


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