πŸ“» β€” Greed, Async, and a Questionable Tweet

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Good morning!

I hope you’ve had your β˜•, 🍡, perhaps a πŸ₯― or maybe you went hard and got some πŸ₯š and πŸ₯“ and… πŸ₯ž? Whatever it was, I hope it was delicious and that you left just enough room for this issue!

As you know, Mondays are feature days while Fridays present your weekend deep-dives; T / W / Th will be much-smaller in size, a perfect, on-the-go portion to get your day started!

You should be in and out in less than 2 minutes, tops β€” I promise.

To infinity & community,

β€” John


The Daily Stoic:

Nothing can satisfy greed, but even a small measure satisfies nature. So it is that the poverty of an exile brings no misfortune, for no place of exile is so barren as not to produce ample support for a person.

Seneca, On Consoluation to Helvia, 10.11b

When we become successful, we forget how strong we used to be. The reality is that our actual needs are much smaller than what we currently have or what we believe them to be.

On a personal note, stoicism has helped me manage and work with communities because communities are about relationships and relationships are really hard; all the time.

Community at the Center of Remote Work:

Dion’s got a longer-form post that captures some wonderful high-level thoughts on how community fits in today’s life and times. His reminder about how amazing the “gift” of async communication is something that many folks have yet to figure out:

The fact that we don’t realize the immense power that this (async collaboration) gives us to work with each other in a vast hive of parallel yet deeply connected flows of work is because it is still quite new. … Asynchronous collaboration has led to some of the most remarkable outcomes in fields such as open source software (now the dominant model for how software is created, no coincidence), pharmacology, hard sciences, social media such as YouTube (the most popular TV channel on Earth now, all asynchronously co-created by us), shared public information (see: Wikipedia and similar sites), crowdsourcing, and much more.

Dion Hinchcliffe

He’s also created some useful graphics that would be a good topic of conversation around your #watercooler or wherever your community buds hang out:

via Dion Hinchcliffe

The Daily WTF:

It’s not often that I see a tweet that I want to pop-off on, but, this one got me hot and bothered, for serious:

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He must be joking or, at the very least, sarcastic, right? If not, well… shit, he’s just plain wrong. How could one build something people actually want if you don’t know who those people are?

Thankfully, Rosie Sherry comes to the rescue (and gets the first-ever “🍣 Award” for yummy, bite-sized excellence:

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Whew, close call. Have a great day folks!


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Special thanks to the dozen or so folks who are helping me test-drive the newsletter this week and give me feedback! Thanks to Alex, Brendan, Nolan, Josh, Mac, Martin, Harsha, Nathan, Josh, Casey, and a bunch of others for it β€” means a ton!

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