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2020 Overview

November 2020

October 2020

September 2020

August 2020

July 2020

June 2020

May 2020

April 2020

March 2020

February 2020

January 2020

2019 Overview

November 2019

October 2019

September 2019

August 2019

July 2019

June 2019

May 2019

April 2019

March 2019

February 2019

January 2019

December 2018

November 2018

October 2018

September 2018

August 2018

July 2018

June 2018

May 2018

April 2018

March 2018

February 2018

January 2018

December 2017 + Yearly Overview

November 2017

October 2017

September 2017

June – August 2017

May 2017

April 2017

March 2017

February 2017

January 2017

December 2016 + Overview of 2016

November 2016

October 2016

September 2016

August 2016

July 2016

June 2016

May 2016

April 2016

March 2016

February 2016

January 2016

December 2015 + Overview of 2015

November 2020

 

 

The monthly newsletter covers the books I’ve read over the course of the month, any essays I wrote or challenges I undertook, and some other interesting articles, interviews, etc.   

Books

Full list of books read in 2020201920182017201620152014

Any book, which is at all important, should be immediately re-read

Essays

  • None

Teacher’s Reference Guides

  • On Chris Dixon – This “teacher’s reference guide” distills what I thought were some of Chirs Dixon’s more interesting blog posts and ideas. Don’t take my word for it, I’ve put together a complete compilation of his blog posts here that is well worth your time. Some of my key takeaways were around cryptocurrency (it allows computers to make commitments, amongst many other things, of course), the next paradigm shift will start off looking like a toy/hobby (what the richest and smartest do for fun on the weekends is what the mainstream will do in 10 years), and more related to network effects, startups, and venture capital.  

Monthly Challenges

  • None

Other

Amor Fati Amor.

Blas

“I never worry about action, only inaction.” – Winston Churchill 

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2020 Overview

 

                  

 

This year-end newsletter is an overview of the books, essays, teacher’s reference guides, and monthly challenges that I read, wrote, or undertook in 2020It continues to be tremendous fun to learn in public and I deeply appreciate the community that continues to be built around our shared interest in lifelong learning. 

Books

Below are the books that most influenced me in 2020 – changing or refining how I think and see the world. 13 out of 85 total books read in 2020 (~15%) fell into this category. 

Full list of books read in 2020201920182017201620152014

Any book, which is at all important, should be immediately re-read

Essays

Teacher’s Reference Guides

  • I compiled 4 teacher’s reference guides in 2020 – On Bill GurleyOn Edward TufteOn Dee Hock, and On Chris Dixon. 4 absolutely amazing thinkers and teachers from who I have learned a lot. Of the 4, Dee Hock should be much better known than he currently is and I hope this reference guide, as well as the 7-part podcast that The Innovation Show put together, helps spread his ideas.
  • New for December is a Physics 1-pager – we’re in the process of putting together 1-page summaries for the various disciplines within The Latticework. This exercise will help us distill these key ideas as much as we can and compile them into a useful and valuable teacher’s reference guide.

Monthly Challenges

  • My favorite challenges from 2020 were learning how to skateboard, writing my 3-5 most important things on index cards, and the challenge from December described below… 
  • In December, my wife and I did John Gottman’s 30 Days to a Better Relationship. We answered one question per night that helped spur reflection, openness, gratitude, dialogue, vulnerability, and more. Really worthwhile and probably worth doing every year (thanks, Wifey, for the idea! <3 )

Other

Hope you had a beautiful and recharging end of 2020. 2021 is going to be a banner year!

Amor Fati Amor.

Blas

“The purpose of thinking is to let the ideas die instead of us dying.” – Alfred North Whitehead

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October 2020

               

 

The monthly newsletter covers the books I’ve read over the course of the month, any essays I wrote or challenges I undertook, and some other interesting articles, interviews, etc.   

Books

Full list of books read in 2020201920182017201620152014

Any book, which is at all important, should be immediately re-read

Essays

  • I created a supplemental template to accompany The Infinite Game (An Excel spreadsheet will download if you click the template link above).Within the essay, I reflect on the importance of defining your “life dimensions” – areas of life that you deem important enough to prioritize. For me, those are health, family, friends, work, community service, personal growth, and spiritual growth. I’ve put together this simple spreadsheet to help keep me accountable in each of these various realms and thought it might be helpful for others as well. 

Teacher’s Reference Guides

  • I shared a “teacher’s reference guide” for the ideas found within The Latticework’s Worldly Wisdom discipline. The idea is to help keep these valuable ideas top of mind so that they can hopefully become second nature. It’s also a great exercise to compress and distill some of these rather complex ideas into as simple (but no simpler!) a form factor as possible, getting to its true essence.

Monthly Challenges

  • Magic Mind – tried this nootropic for 2 weeks and really enjoyed it. I took the first one as a shot and became extremely focused, like uncomfortably focused. The rest of them I sipped on throughout the morning and that was better for me and everyone around me (they’re small, but potent!) Don’t think I’ll do this every month or on any sort of routine, but definitely enjoyed them and would recommend trying it out (no affiliation).

Other

Amor Fati Amor.

Blas

“Well, I guess the only good strategy is one that no one else understands.” – Ed de Castro, Data General

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August 2020

          

 

About a week ago I shared a new project that I’m incredibly excited about – The Latticework. The Latticework is a multidisciplinary resource and community that explains and interconnects valuable ideas. If you’ve found value in The Rabbit Hole, I’m confident you’ll absolutely love The Latticework. As the African proverb goes, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together,” and I hope you’ll choose to go together

Now, onto our regularly scheduled programming…

The monthly newsletter covers the books I’ve read over the course of the month, any essays I wrote or challenges I undertook, and some other interesting articles, interviews, etc.   

Books

Full list of books read in 2020201920182017201620152014

Any book, which is at all important, should be immediately re-read

Essays

  • None

Teacher’s Reference Guides

  • None

Monthly Challenges

  • None

Other

Amor Fati Amor.

Blas

The Latticework is one of the more exciting projects I’ve seen lately. It’s what Poor Charlie’s Almanack would be if it were designed and built for the Digital Age. I’m excited to send lots of people there to learn more about the most important, evergreen ideas. If you’ve found value in the Invest Like the Best podcast, I’m confident you’ll love The Latticework.” – Patrick O’Shaughnessy

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September 2020

              

 

The monthly newsletter covers the books I’ve read over the course of the month, any essays I wrote or challenges I undertook, and some other interesting articles, interviews, etc.   

Books

Full list of books read in 2020201920182017201620152014

Any book, which is at all important, should be immediately re-read

Essays

  • None

Teacher’s Reference Guides

  • None

Monthly Challenges

  • None

Other

Amor Fati Amor.

Blas

“Educe – a marvelous word seldom used or practiced, meaning, “to bring or draw forth something already present in a latent, or undeveloped form.” It can be contrasted with induce, too often used and practiced, meaning, “to prevail upon; move by persuasion or influence – to impel, incite, or urge.” – Dee Hock, One From Many

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June 2020

         

 

The monthly newsletter covers the books I’ve read over the course of the month, any essays I wrote or challenges I undertook, and some other interesting articles, interviews, etc.   

Books

Full list of books read in 2020201920182017201620152014

Any book, which is at all important, should be immediately re-read

Essays

Teacher’s Reference Guides

  • None

Monthly Challenges

  • Learn how to skateboard – probably not the best skateboard to start with, but got to a point where I could speed up and cruise pretty confidently. Really fun and was the first physical skill I’ve learned in a while.

Other

Amor Fati Amor.

Blas

“What information consumes is rather obvious. It consumes the attention of its recipients. Hence a wealth of information creates a poverty of attention.” – Herbert A. Simon

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July 2020

       

 

The monthly newsletter covers the books I’ve read over the course of the month, any essays I wrote or challenges I undertook, and some other interesting articles, interviews, etc.   

Books

Full list of books read in 2020201920182017201620152014

Any book, which is at all important, should be immediately re-read

Essays

  • None

Teacher’s Reference Guides

Monthly Challenges

  • Perfect Espresso – aiming to make the perfect espresso without spending $3,000. This $65 Staresso is far superior to the DeLonghi I used to have and, while it’s not coffee shop quality, it’s extremely simple to use, mobile, and the value is incredible

Other

Amor Fati Amor.

Blas

“Q: You seem to have a pretty strong and clear philosophy and vision for the future of our society, but did you have one when you were 20? If so, how has that vision evolved or changed? PG: All I had when I was 20 was a collection of hunches. That software was going to take over everything, for example. This collection of hunches has now grown so much that it looks like a complete vision, but it really isn’t. And indeed, I wouldn’t want it to be. Ideology is constraining. I’d rather have a patchwork model of the world based on experience.” – Paul Graham

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May 2020

                  

 

The monthly newsletter covers the books I’ve read over the course of the month, any essays I wrote or challenges I undertook, and some other interesting articles, interviews, etc.   

Books

Full list of books read in 2020201920182017201620152014

Any book, which is at all important, should be immediately re-read

Essays

  • None

Teacher’s Reference Guides

  • None

Monthly Challenges

  • Pso-Rite (no affiliation) – This is a hard plastic mold that helps dig into stuck muscles. Definitely uncomfortable but if you’re able to breathe through it, it really helps relax muscles in spasm. I used it mainly for my psoas, shoulder blades, and chest and will keep up a couple of times a week for 5-10 minutes.

Other

Amor Fati Amor.

Blas

“A society grows great when old men plant trees in whose shade they know they shall never sit.” – Greek Proverb

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April 2020

  

 

The monthly newsletter covers the books I’ve read over the course of the month, any essays I wrote or challenges I undertook, and some other interesting articles, interviews, etc.   

Books

Full list of books read in 2020201920182017201620152014

Any book, which is at all important, should be immediately re-read

Essays

  • Challenging * Mattering = Meaningful – Distilled, the “meaningful” results from the combination of something challenging (PIPER in something that interests you) with something that matters (creating; doing something difficult that others find even more difficult than). When these circumstances come together and form something meaningful, it’s like blending tin and copper. The result is bronze, an alloy so much harder than would be expected that it appears a different metal.

Teacher’s Reference Guides

  • None

Monthly Challenges

  • Learn how two people work from home with a 9-month old 

Other

Amor Fati Amor.

Blas

The master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his information and his recreation, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence at whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing. To him, he’s always doing both.” – James Michener

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