Long time no see! I’m glad to be back serving all of you your digital vitamins. If you’ve been a long-time subscriber aka long-time OG, you may notice some changes to the newsletter. Going forward, instead of takeaways, I’ll be sharing what I call “side effect(s).” Like real vitamins, digital vitamins should outline the value you should receive after consuming. Think of side effects like you would with anything you consume. Whether it’s vegetables, desserts, or Vitamin C — each one has its own individual side effects. Same with the 3 digital vitamins I share in each issue of this newsletter. After consuming, the goal is to have you be slightly better off than you were prior to consuming. The digital vitamins below and in all newsletter issues, strive to be part of a well-balanced content diet. Hope you enjoy! And as always, please feel free to reply to this email or post on our subreddit with any feedback, content suggestions, features, or just to say hi, etc.
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May cause you to think of the many worlds you occupy.
You’ll want to start building your own world (if you haven’t started already).
Could make you think about stories, systems, time, and complexity in a new way.
A quote you’ll want to remember: “…as you grow and take on more complex responsibilities, or stake out on your own and try to bring your own ideas into the world, you’re going to quickly learn that the hard problems in the world worth working on are system problems. Trying to ship something inside a big company? That’s a system. Trying to build a startup that rearranges the world in an interesting way? That’s a system too. Same for media, or politics, or any pursuit that involves leverage.” — Alex Danco
An understanding of what and why the most common source of wealth has changed since 1982.
An urge to look up what a Gini coefficient (if you don’t know what it already).
A quote you’ll want to remember: “It’s easier now to start and grow a company than it has ever been. That means more people start them, that those who do get better terms from investors, and that the resulting companies become more valuable. Once you understand how these mechanisms work, and that startups were suppressed for most of the 20th century, you don’t have to resort to some vague right turn the country took under Reagan to explain why America’s Gini coefficient is increasing. Of course the Gini coefficient is increasing. With more people starting more valuable companies, how could it not be?” — Paul Graham
You’ll be able to put words to the feeling of emptiness.
Could cause you to stop caring about your false self.
A quote you’ll want to remember: “When we think we can outrun the humiliation of being human we start living in narratives and rejecting reality. But every narrative you take up residence in will be haunted until you learn that the ability to acknowledge emptiness is what makes us real.” — Ava Huang
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