The Friday Five: The Best Performance Hack, Secrets from the Deep, & More

Episode XXI

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Today at a Glance:

  • Quote: Ray Kroc on clean bathrooms.

  • Tweet: The lake that turns animals to stone.

  • Article: Life secrets from the deep.

  • Podcast: Dr. Matthew Walker on sleep habits.

  • Bonus: Ndamukong Suh on creating wealth.


One Quote:

"Someone once asked me why McDonald’s is so successful. I said ‘our bathrooms are always clean.’

‘Sure,’ he said, ‘But that’s easy.’

‘Well,’ I replied, ‘Are your bathrooms clean?’"

— Ray Kroc

Never get too big to do the small, boring things well.

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One Tweet:

My friend David has a knack for uncovering and sharing interesting stories from around the world. He’s a truly differentiated follow—this thread on the lake that turns animals to stone shows why.

Sharp writing on “cocktail party fodder” stories—sign me up.


One Article:

The Secrets of the World’s Greatest Freediver

Amazing GQ profile on Alexey Molchanov, history’s most daring freediver. It was made even more interesting through the connections the piece drew between freediving and life:

“The whole game is this balance of action and inaction. Of optimal motion.”

I often think (and write!) about finding balance between action and inaction—and the idea that inaction is one of the most powerful forms of action. The article brought this to life in a real, visceral way.


One Podcast:

Dr. Matthew Walker: The Science & Practice of Perfecting Your Sleep

Huberman Lab has quickly become one of my favorite podcasts for long drives. This episode—with the GOAT sleep researcher, Dr. Matthew Walker—completely altered how I think about sleep and the daily habits required to optimize it.

I made 2-3 tweaks to my daily routine after listening to it (more sunlight, nailing my daily greens, no food right before bed) and am already feeling—and seeing in my sleep data—the impact.

If you want to perform at the highest level, you have to sleep at the highest level.

Listen to it on Apple Podcasts or Spotify.


One Bonus:

Ndamukong has become one of my new favorite follows. More importantly, he’s one of my new favorite humans—an extremely thoughtful investor and individual.

In this thread, he details some of the drivers of systemic inequality and his plans to leverage his platform to address them in the coming decades.

Let’s do this.


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