Philosophy, speed of electricity, wisdom for makers and more...

Happy Monday ☕

Last week was a ‘reading week’ for me as I did manage to find time to read a lot. Most of my readings were focused on Philosophy (or rather history of Philosophy). It is truly fascinating to go through problems (the problem of change, the problem of universals etc.) and see how brilliant minds of the times approached them. This resolution entailed untangling the problems, finding (and at times, innovating) different angles to look at them, try top-down or bottom-up approaches, review taxonomies, focus on what ‘concepts’ mean in a dictionary vs in a certain context etc. Philosophy then is as much about ideas, as it is about thinking patterns and problem-solving mindset. This, in my view, is what makes philosophy practically useful and not just an intellectual pursuit.

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On to this week’s bite-sized wisdom findings, most of them came from articles, quotes and books.

What is the speed of electricity?

An odd question, isn’t it? I bet the answer will surprise you more: slow, very slow. The Q&A from the world of Physics, may not relate directly to our work, but certainly does intellectually stimulate our mind to knowledge from various domains.

Read more here.


Why creating a business is so difficult?

Ultimately entrepreneurship is a leap of faith. It will be difficult either way. Startups are hard even if you are successful. The most important part of your startup is your mind. If your mind is fragile, your startup will be fragile, and any challenge will seem difficult.

Read more here for a candid view of what being on a startup-journey means.


How to sustain emotional capital

Written for startup founders, but generally true for anyone going through a challenging phase of ‘building’ something, this is a highly readable article on how to cruise through the journey.

…they also need emotional capital — good energy, positivity, and resilience. The best way to control your emotional capital is to fine-tune your internal monologue and replace your hunger for approval with a desire to grow.

Jeff Bezos has a wonderful quote about this:“Invention requires a long-term willingness to be misunderstood. When you do something that you genuinely believe in, that you have conviction about, for a long period of time, well-meaning people may criticize that effort. To sustain yourself over this time, you can’t look for accolades, and you can’t rely on being understood.”

The only remedy I know is patience.

Read more here


The first $100,000

Some wisdom from Charlie Munger today:

The first $100,000 is a bitch, but you gotta do it. I don’t care what you have to do – if it means walking everywhere and not eating anything that wasn’t purchased with a coupon, find a way to get your hands on $100,000. After that, you can ease off the gas a little bit.


Mind vs body

Loved this quote from marathoner Dick Collins. It is about running, but this is generally true for any hard and long pursuit.

“Decide before the race the conditions that will cause you to stop and drop out. You don’t want to be out there saying, ‘Well gee, my leg hurts, I’m a little dehydrated, I’m sleepy, I’m tired, and it’s cold and windy.’ And talk yourself into quitting. If you are making a decision based on how you feel at that moment, you will probably make the wrong decision.”


That’s all from my desk this time. Wish you a productive and fun week ahead.

Until next time,

Ali