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Previous Editions of Memes & Motivations

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M&Ms 55: Hard Times

Hey Team, I think the world is in bad shape. I am usually a very optimistic person, but several bad things are going on at once, making me pessimistic in the short term. We have two significant nations at war, and both are effectively cut off from the global GDP

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M&Ms 54: Long-term

Hello from St Thomas, My wife and I decided to take a vacation this week. We left the kids with our parents and in-laws—a huge advantage of living close to a big family. Our parents will take turns watching our three-year-old and six-year-old. I am immensely grateful and fortunate

M&Ms 54: Long-term
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M&Ms 53: Everyone is Scared

Hi Team, Everybody is scared. Coming up from poverty, you realize that everyone around you has fears. Then if you make it far enough, hopefully, to get out of poverty and meet some successful people, you realize they have their own fears too. Everyone is scared of different things. But

M&Ms 53: Everyone is Scared
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M&Ms 52: Taking Wins & Losses

Hey Team, I want to share some wins with you this week. But it's not all roses, and I want to share that part too. The pragmatic engineer wrote a piece on my career. I can only assume the article did well because I got some great messages from folks

M&Ms 52: Taking Wins & Losses
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M&Ms 51: Assets & Liabilities

Hi team, Growing up in the hood, people used to buy a lot of liabilities and very few assets. In one part of The Bronx, New York, which was full of Albanian immigrants, there were more Mercedes Benzes in a few block radius than probably the entirety of the borough.

M&Ms 51: Assets & Liabilities
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M&Ms 50: Who am I writing for?

Hey Team, Tonight is the 50th edition of this newsletter; that's 50 weeks. So I got to thinking, as people usually do when they hit some crappy milestone, longer-term, who am I writing for? And I keep coming back to the same answers. This newsletter is for the people that

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M&Ms 49: Attribution

Hey Team, People miss attribute stuff all the time. You especially notice miss-attribution when someone is convinced the wrong things are right on a topic you know well. When this happens, the other person is either full of shit, and you need to discount everything they say or, more than

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M&Ms 48: Passion

Hi Team, Everybody thinks hard work is hard. But hard work isn't hard if you are passionate about it. On the flip side of that, even easy work is hard when you hate what you are doing. How do I know? Just a few months ago, I started hating what

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M&Ms 47: Survive

Hey Team, Later this weekend, I am publicly sharing my next software small bet, ThreadX. But you can use it now. It's a tool to write, publish, schedule, and most importantly, get feedback on Twitter Threads. Another one of many Small Bets I will be placing this year. I have

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M&Ms 46: Ukraine

Hey Team, Many of us born in Eastern Europe feel like our worst fears are coming true in Ukraine. I have been following the situation there nonstop. Eastern Europe used to be almost all communist. I was born in Communism, it collapsed when I was the age of seven, and