Dickie's Digest - Crypto Primers, No-Code, Lululemon, Flow States, and Copywriting
Five weekly links for the Full Stack Builder
Hey my friends, happy Sunday.
Let’s get right to it. In this week’s Digest:
🧵😤 A running thread of inconvenient truths I don’t want to forget
📖 💵 Cryptopedia - The Beginner’s Guide to Crypto. Last week I shared my crypto information diet - the podcasts, articles, newsletters, and books I’ve been reading to dive into the crypto world. But a bunch of you wrote back and said those were a little too advanced for someone new to the space. And a couple more asked if I had any recommendations to go from a 1/10 to a 3/10 (I would say I’m about a 5/10 at this point).
When I was first diving in, I scoured the primers on Cryptopedia, using it to look up any word I didn’t understand. I started with their Begin With Bitcoin primer, reading each section, writing down 10 questions of things I didn’t understand, then answering them (which led me further down the rabbit hole).
I plan on writing a lot more on this topic in the near future, especially DeFi and Community Tokens - so stay tuned for a new newsletter in the next few weeks 👀
📖 🛠 The Ultimate No-Code Tool Guide in 2021. My writing projects over the next few weeks will be focused on the skills of the Full Stack Builder. These individuals are investors, media companies, and entrepreneurs all in one package.
And one of their core skills is the ability to leverage the internet’s tools to scale themselves with their writing, create products, and build systems. A staple of that skill stack is an understanding of the no-code ecosystem.
If you’re unfamiliar with no-code, think of it as tools that provide a user-friendly layer between you and the nitty-gritty code that people used to have to write if they wanted to build something. This guide is a great introduction for anyone looking to dive in and improve their no-code game.
🎧👖 Lululemon Founder Chip Wilson on The Tim Ferriss Show. The Tim Ferriss show continued its incredible 2021 run this week with this conversation between Tim and Lululemon Founder Chip Wilson. I think Lululemon is a fascinating company and was especially surprised that it’s been a public company since 2007. It’s gone from $3.10 to $313.20 (100x) since 2009 - not bad!
In this conversation, Tim and Chip talk about Lulu’s culture and employee training program, Chip almost getting canceled in 2013, and the five books that have most impacted him. This was a fun listen - I highly recommend checking it out.
🧵😤 A running thread of inconvenient truths I don’t want to forget. After revisiting one of my favorite all-time blog posts 6 Harsh Truths That Will Make You A Better Person, I started compiling a list of some inconvenient truths for myself and compiled them into this thread.
I’m trying to get in the habit of catching myself seeking a comforting lie over the inconvenient truth - and this thread is only the beginning. My personal favorite (and the one I struggle the most with) is this one.
🎧 🧠 Above and Beyond - Flow State (Continuous Mix). I’ve found I do my most effective work in either 50 or 100-minute bursts (finding that the commonly-cited 25-minute pomodoros are too short to drop into any state of flow).
This 50-minute mix has been a staple of mine over the last few weeks, and I swear it gets better every time I listen to it. Somewhat unrelated, but I recently subscribed to YouTube Premium so I could listen to mixes like this without ads (and Ted Talks on my phone with the app minimized). Highly recommend (and I think it’s like ~$11/month).
🔥 Last week’s most popular link: 📖💎 George Mack’s Top 0.1% of Marketing Mental Models.
🧠 Tweet of the week: This is one of those quotes that once you read, you’ll never forget. The way I’m remembering it: “1/7 versus 0/7.”
That’s it for this week. As always, I appreciate your time and attention. Shoot anything you find interesting this week my way.
Have an epic week.