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Silicon Valley is right—our jobs are already disappearing (Reading Time: 8 Mins)
“Read that last sentence again: we’re confident that between two and three million Americans who drive vehicles for a living will lose their jobs in the next fifteen years. Self-driving cars are the most obvious job-destroying technology, but there are similar innovations ahead that will dislocate cashiers, fast food workers, customer service representatives, groundskeepers, and many many others in a few short years. How many of these people will be readily employable elsewhere?”
What you can’t say (Reading Time: 26 Mins)
“Training yourself to think unthinkable thoughts has advantages beyond the thoughts themselves. It’s like stretching. When you stretch before running, you put your body into positions much more extreme than any it will assume during the run. If you can think things so outside the box that they’d make people’s hair stand on end, you’ll have no trouble with the small trips outside the box that people call innovative.”
A guide to giving your cats their annual performance review (Reading Time: 4 Mins)
“Help your cat understand the consequences if performance does not improve. It may be necessary to remind her just what a lucky SOB she is to have food and a warm place to sleep on these cold winter nights. As your cat’s manager, you should also be aware of your own role in her performance. Are you present enough? Does she get adequate space to grow, play? Have you provided the necessary toys and furniture to scratch? It’s unfair to punish your cats for scratching the couch and destroying your nice things if you haven’t given them a proper scratching post.”
From The Blog Vault:
Book I just finished:
Hard Thing About Hard Things written by Ben Horowitz
I’ll be interviewing Ben Horowitz next Friday. If you have any questions for him please let me know.
Main Take Away:
“…The customers were buying; they just weren’t buying our product. This was not a time to pivot. So I said the same thing to every one of them: “There are no silver bullets for this, only lead bullets.” they did not want to hear that, but it made things clear: We had to build a better product. There was no other way out. No window, no hole, no escape hatch, no back door. We had to go through the front door and deal with the big, ugly guy blocking it. Lead bullets.”
We all love to take the easy way out when times are tough, but if we’re going to grow, we must find the courage to face our demons and conquer them. So many founders think if they add new features, spend tons of money on marketing, get an interview with a top blog, or acquire a new firm all of their problems will be solved. As Trump would say, “Sad!”
What they should be doing is firing more lead bullets. All around excellent book. I recommend every founder reads this before any other startup book.
Rating: 5/5, worth rereading.
Gravity – Theme
Now the haters gave this movie plenty of flak. I for one loved the movie, yes the science wasn’t there, but with all stories some artistic liberty is taken.
Sandra Bullock plays the role of the astronaut Ryan Stone. Ryan is marooned in space due to a disaster. Throughout the movie, she recollects about the pain and guilt caused due to her daughter’s accidental death. But despite being marooned in space and dealing with almost insurmountable odds, she’s able to devise a plan for survival. Eventually, she’s able to find a capsule to make it back to earth.
Once she crash lands into the water the main theme begins to play. You see her struggle to swim to the beach and nearly drown. You see her crawl towards land. Struggle to her feet. Fall. And then try to get back up again. Then she musters the strength to fight against earth’s gravity to walk again.
What I love about that scene is Ryan’s crash landing represented how life began on earth. The capsule hitting earth symbolizes the theory of asteroids hitting earth to seed our planet with life, Ryan escaping the capsule underwater showing how our first sea organisms began, the struggle for these organisms to gain the ability to survive on land, and finally man’s ability to walk.
Taking it one step deeper, as Ryan struggles against gravity, I believe it’s a metaphor for her coming to grips that her life must go on despite the tragedy of her daughter’s passing.
Truly a powerful ending to a great movie.