The Friday Five: How to Make a Big Change, Conquering Bad Fortune, & More

Episode XXIII

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Today at a Glance:

  • Quote: Virgil on conquering bad fortune.

  • Tweet: Josh Wolfe on metaverse frameworks.

  • Article: Big, audacious career changes.

  • Podcast: The U.S. paid off its debts.

  • Bonus: Visualizations and discerning parents.


One Quote:

“Come what may, all bad fortune is to be conquered by endurance.” — Virgil

Bad fortune is temporary—endurance conquers all.

(Share this on Twitter!)


One Tweet:

I’m not exaggerating when I say that Josh has one of the best minds in the world—but his genius is really his ability to simplify the complex.

In this thread, he provides one of the most lucid frameworks I’ve seen for thinking about the metaverse. It’s brilliant and well worth your time.

(p.s. extremely excited to have Josh on an episode of The Room Where It Happens soon!)


One Article:

Stepping off a Rocketship. Strapping on a Jetpack.

This was one of the best pieces I’ve seen on the rationale for becoming a “business of one” in the modern era. If you’re tight on time, skip to the “Guiding Principles” section for the juiciest stuff—a framework for making the big change and what to focus on.

The five principles are:

  1. Optimize for Energy

  2. Work in Your “Zone of Genius”

  3. Win Together

  4. Build High-Leverage Income Streams

  5. Keep Work in its Place

This one is really worth a read for anyone thinking about how to make a big change.


One Podcast:

That Time The U.S. Paid Off The Entire National Debt

Earlier this week, I posted a thread on the U.S. debt ceiling and why it was causing so much drama. As part of my research, I came across this Planet Money podcast episode, which tells the story of the time the U.S. paid off all of its debts.

It’s a great, quick listen for your weekend.

At the time of this writing, the U.S. National Debt stands at $27,975,933,625,000, so it’s pretty crazy to think about a time when it was paid down to literally $0…

Listen to it on Apple Podcasts or Spotify.


One Bonus:

Absolutely loved this thread of visualizations of competitive advantages—some of these are absolute gems. Nice work.

(oh and one more feel good thing: this TikTok Video of an Indian parent seeing your grades is absolutely hysterical…shoutout to my nephew Jahan for the tip!)


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