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Sunday November 6, 2022
What I learned this week | Fast is good
Hey all, happy Sunday.
This week I pivoted my reading and writing back to biz. I teeter between learning about myself — working on my human so I can stay in the game — and the game itself. This week was about the game.
In an increasingly polarized Twitter-sphere, I look for articles that (a) use actual data and (b) support a potentially unpopular, contrarian "third" view.
Here's what I read and learned this week.
🔖 My feed this week
An article about "Woke War III" by David Sacks (Newsweek)
Cathy Wood's Bitcoin Monthly for October (ARK Invest)
America Wants a Centrist Candidate — In Theory (WSJ)
🎼 What I learned this week
A third, fourth, fifth… possibility. Where did we get the idea that there are "always two sides to every story"? It seems to me that there are far more. I try and look for the third or fourth view, which is challenging in today's polarized world. One side of Twitter thinks Elon Musk is a Putin supporter. Another popular view is that he's pushing his own agenda. What if he's actually promoting peace? Does it serve us to assume people mean harm?
Bitcoin didn’t outperform. Bitcoin promised us an inflation hedge, yet it's traded about in sync with big tech "FAANG" stocks this year — which, to me, proves otherwise. Since reaching all-time highs last year, bitcoin's price is down 74.46%, Meta (Facebook) dropped 75.87%, Netflix fell 76.38%, and Amazon is down 48.05%. ARK argues Bitcoin "outperformed" this past year. Really? By what... one percentage point on an almost 80% sell-off?
Let’s meet in the middle. 42% [of Americans] said they would support a candidate between the two major parties. Americans have long favored a third party. However, a surprisingly high number of us want that party at the Center, when historically, party three has looked a lot more left or right.
🧰 Try this on
What you're good at, you're fast it. Identify your superpowers by observing when you're noticeably irritated at others being "slow" or "not getting it." Next time this happens, try on the lens that perhaps they aren't slow, but you're fast. Maybe it will help you uncover a secret skill.