Nathan Tanner
December 2017

Another year is coming to a close. I read fewer books and wrote fewer articles than planned, but all in all, it's been an amazing year. One of my goals for 2018 is to do a better job of living the words of the Serenity Prayer:

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change; 
courage to change the things I can; 
and wisdom to know the difference.

We'll find greater happiness and be more productive when we focus on the things we can control and ignore, or at least try to ignore, the things that aren't. 

I wish you and your loved ones all the best as we look to the new year! 

Principles: Life and Work by Ray Dalio
Ray Dalio is the founder of Bridgewater, the largest hedge fund in the world managing nearly $160 billion. The principles for how he runs his company have long been publicly available, but his recently published book is an expansion of them. The principle most central to Bridgewater's success is radical transparency. And when he says radical transparency, he means it. For example, all Bridgewater's meetings are recorded and available for employees to watch.  

Dalio advises that companies that run as a democracy or autocracy will never make optimal decisions. Rather, they should run as an idea meritocracy. He's also an avid supporter of algorithmic decision making. If you choose not to pick up the book, at least check out the TED talk he gave earlier this year: How to Build a Company Where the Best Ideas Win.

I read two additional books that don't fit my criteria but are worth calling out: The Revenant by Michael Punke and A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. While the books couldn't be more different (the former a novel of revenge and the latter a tale of compassion and forgiveness) I thoroughly enjoyed and highly recommend both.  


Around the Web
The CEO of This $700M Startup Gives His Best Career Advice
Spoiler alert: the $700M startup is DoorDash and the article is an excellent interview with our CEO Tony Xu. Tony was also interviewed for Lifehacker where he says his biggest life hack is keeping his phone outside of his bedroom while he sleeps. I've been doing that for over a year and it makes a world of difference.

4 Ways To Make Journaling One Of The Best Things You Do In 2018
I kept a gratitude journal for most of 2017 but this article inspired me to up my game.  

My Work
The Best Books I Read in 2017
The annual list of my favorite reads will be published in a few weeks, but here are my top four (in no particular order): You can find a recap of each in previous newsletters


10 Rules for Thriving in Today’s Workplace
A few months back I partnered with Zoom to make a webinar based on the principles taught in Not Your Parents' Workplace. Here's a recap the Zoom team just published. 

Thanks for reading! My goal is to write and share great career-related content. If you've read anything worth sharing, please let me know. And do let me know if there's anything I can do to help you.   

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