What’s Next

by Jordan Gonen

What’s Nextby Jordan Gonen

by Jordan Gonen

Hey 😀 How are things? What are you excited about lately? Let me know if I can be of any help 📩

Hope you enjoy the newsletter this week 👇


Articles to Read.

[tweet] A personal metric: how much of the day is spent doing things out of obligation rather than out of interest?

Continuous Improvement:

Continuous improvement is a dedication to making small changes and improvements every day, with the expectation that those small improvements will add up to something significant.

If you get one percent better each day for one year, you’ll end up thirty-seven times better by the time you’re done.

Crypto Token Roundup — Roundup of lots of relatively recent posts on crypto tokens.

How to Criticize with Kindness:

How to compose a successful critical commentary:

  1. You should attempt to re-express your target’s position so clearly, vividly, and fairly that your target says, “Thanks, I wish I’d thought of putting it that way.
  2. You should list any points of agreement (especially if they are not matters of general or widespread agreement).
  3. You should mention anything you have learned from your target.
  4. Only then are you permitted to say so much as a word of rebuttal or criticism.

Historical Materialism:

Historical materialism springs from a fundamental underlying reality of human existence: that in order for human beings to survive and continue existence from generation to generation, it is necessary for them to produce and reproduce the material requirements of life.

We’re The Only Plane in The Sky:

Nearly every American above a certain age remembers precisely where they were on September 11, 2001. But for a tiny handful of people, those memories touch American presidential history. Shortly after the attacks began, the most powerful man in the world, who had been informed of the World Trade Center explosions in a Florida classroom, was escorted to a runway and sent to the safest place his handlers could think of: the open sky.

This is the strange, harrowing journey of Air Force One, as told by the people who were on board.

Selling Pickaxes During A Gold Rush:

When a major new technology trend emerges — say, the rise of online video or social media — entrepreneurs can try to capitalize on the trend by creating a consumer product (mining for gold), or by creating tools to enable consumer products (selling pickaxes).

What pickaxes can we create for today’s trends: crypto, AR, etc.?

Here Be Sermons:

As I will use the term, then, a sermon is any message designed to change or reinforce what a group of people value. Commencement speeches, TED talks, presidential inaugurations — whatever else they may be, all of these are at least part sermon because they attempt to change or reinforce our values en masse.

What’s the difference between a sermon and a lecture? And why should we care?

The Network State (30 minutes)

The Weight of Mountains (How to Deal with Stress)

Is a mountain heavy?

It may be heavy in and of itself, but as long as we don’t try to lift it up, it won’t be heavy for us.

This is a metaphor that one of my teachers, Ajaan Suwat, often used when explaining how to stop suffering from the problems of life. You don’t deny their existence — the mountains are heavy — and you don’t run away from them. That’s where the art of the practice lies: in living with real problems without making their reality burden the heart.


1/The most insidious form of consumption is digital content. Designed to keep the monkey mind engaged while putting you to sleep.

2/There is no difference in the brain’s perception of value between acquisition of material resources, and acquisition of information.

3/The brain is wired to automatically respond to and encourage acquiring value by rewarding itself with a slew of chemicals, incl. dopamine.

9/The supply of digital content is now unlimited, and the winners of the game are those who engage the monkey mind most, and most reliably.


– Kirkland’s Success Story
– [guide] How to Get What You Want Professionally
– How We Built The First Self Driving Car
How He Landed a SWE Internship in High School
– Read This Before You Build Uber for X
The Fake News MachineCurrent Book I’m Reading — Thinking Fast and Slow

Last Book I Read — Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of A Family and Culture in Crisis

See My Full Reading List

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Want to read more? I write daily, and tweet too!

My Update:

– Last week, launched IntroSender 📬 and Cryptotab 💻 ! Check them out and let me know what you think 😎

– Do you use Slack? We’re launching Wonder soon; it’ll 10x the pace of your work.

– Looking for more career perspectives? Check out our blog Student Hustle

– Question for you: how can I improve this newsletter? What is the most valuable thing you are looking for right now?

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– Jordan
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By jordangonen on September 18, 2017.

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Exported from Medium on February 17, 2018.