70 – July Finds (failure, generalists, AI agents, lifestyle, redoing)

Hi friend,

Here are my favorite things that I found this month:

General Magic (Documentary)

Imagine the following. You are riding an economic wave, you have gathered the best team, built a product, locked in top-notch advisers and consultants and received a huge influx of cash from excited investors.

Then you still fail.

What a story this was. 

Range: Why generalists triump in a specialized world (Book)

In his 2008 book “Outliers,” Malcolm Gladwell wrote that “ten thousand hours is the magic number of greatness.” 

“To be considered elite and truly experienced within a certain craft, you must practice it for ten thousand hours.”

This theory was then repeated by thousands of business gurus. 

Range is a counter-argument and one I agree with. From my experience, when doing business it is better to be a generalist with a few above-average skills (sales, marketing, delegation) and then hire the specialists. Not become one.

Lifestyles (Article)

This 3-5 min article presents two astounding examples of how the quality of your life is shaped by whom you want to impress. 

Their stories are extreme, but what they dealt with was just a magnified version of what ordinary people face all the time, and likely something you’re facing right now.

If you ever started a business venture for the wrong reasons this will hit home.

AI Agent Hackathon (Tweet Thread)

What happened when some of the most talented AI researchers, data scientists and software engineers all gathered in a mansion (San Francisco).

They wanted to see what is possible with AI Agents (Ariticial intelligence that can access the web).

Short descriptions and video presentation of what was built that evening.

On Redoing Things (Article)

This describes the process of offer creation (and getting marketing right) really well: 

“To make something good, just do it. To make something great, just re-do it, re-do it, re-do it. The secret to making fine things is in remaking them.”

Until next week,


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