100 Truths, How to Be Successful, The Most Sustainable City and Visualizing Solar System

#15 of 10+1 Things


Welcome to Issue #15 of 10+1 Things.

I thought of skipping this edition as I'm still grieving the death of my grandmother who passed away last week due to ALS. Instead, I decided to dedicate this edition to her and raise more awareness about the disease. ALS is a terminal disease that affects the nerve cells responsible for the control of muscles in our body and there is no treatment as of now to cure the disease.

Thanks to everyone who bought me coffee last week. Every contribution recieved for this edition will be matched and donated to the ALS Therapy Development Institute for supporting further research on finding a cure for ALS.

ALS is not an incurable disease. It is an underfunded one.

Without further ado, here are 10+1 Things that I thought were worth sharing this week:

📜 100 Simple Truths

100 Simple truths is not an article but a list of 100 simple elegant truths in the business, surrounding the creator economy by Traf. If you're into productivity/self-growth or creator space, you will enjoy this piece of writing. Some of my favourite truths from the list are:

If you’re reading this, you have everything you need to start.

If you never get bored of learning, you'll never get tired of living.

[Read 100 Simple Truths]

🌊 Waves of Innovation

From the industrial revolution to sustainable technology, Visual Capitalist has listed down the waves of innovation that have disrupted the markets and had a significant impact on our history. The first wave started with the industrial revolution where water power was instrumental in manufacturing paper, textile and iron leading to the creation of factories and cities around these. The emergence of electricity and communication systems was the highlight of the third wave in the 1900s and in the fourth wave of innovation, aviation revolutionized the concept of travel around the world.
[Read more about Waves of Innovation]

🌌 Visualizing Solar System

‘If the moon were only one pixel’ is a data visualization by Josh Worth, showing us how far apart everything is in our solar system. The author has tried to come up with an accurate scale model of the solar system by visualizing everything to scale with Earth’s moon being 1 pixel large. To get a true sense of the scale of our solar system and the speed of light, click the 'c' button at the bottom right corner. To give you a perspective, it takes on an average of 5.5 hours for the light rays from the Sun to reach Pluto!
[Check out the Data Visualization]

🧪️ Pictorial Periodic Table

Designed by Keith Enevoldsen, the pictorial periodic table puts the elements in our everyday lives, showing us how we regularly interact with these every day. In addition to the name, symbol and the atomic number of the element, it also has a drawing of one of the element's main uses or natural occurrences. The table is colour-coded to show the chemical groupings. The symbols allow us to grasp more information like the physical state of the element, colour, presence in the human body and its rarity in the earth's crust.
[Download the Pictorial Periodic Table]

I wish I had one while studying in school!

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🌃 The Most Sustainable City in the World

Billionaire Marc Lore has announced his new plan to build a city called Telosa, which will be “the most open, the most fair, and the most inclusive city in the world,” with a mission to “create a more equitable and sustainable future.” The city about to be built somewhere in the USA by 2030 would accommodate bikers and pedestrians with a focus on efficient public transport systems with self-driving cars. There will be open green spaces, a photovoltaic roof, raised water storage and aeroponic farms to produce food locally. The city also will be constructed with as minimal carbon footprint as possible.
[Read more about Telosa]

Have you ever thought of living in a community where everyone composts, drives electric cars, eats plant-based, wears thrifted clothing and practices a sustainable lifestyle?

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🧵 Lessons from a Father

In a Twitter Thread, Kingpin Lessons has listed down 40 lessons a father must teach his son. The thread explores a variety of topics ranging from personal finance to relationships and is a good read in my opinion. Some of my favourite lessons from the thread are:

Women want a socially valuable man on a mission, who is likely to fulfil his ambitions and aptitudes. She wants a man who could have anyone but wants her.

The best way to change the world, to truly help people, is to make yourself great. You can affect very little from a position of powerlessness.

🤑 How to Be Successful

Sam Altman, the CEO of OpenAI has written a great article on how to be successful from his observations from thousands of founders. Through 13 thoughts, he looks at what it takes to make a huge amount of money or create something important to the world. From compounding yourself to learning to think independently, this is a great read for everyone who is trying to be successful.
[Read more on How to be Successful]

🎬 The Choice

The Choice is a 3 min animated film by Project Better Self, about how your small everyday life choices can ultimately shape your life. The film emphasizes it by showing us the same guy living his life in two parallel universes day by day and the drastic difference in the end results. The big things like jobs or hanging out with friends remain the same, but it is those small things that make a huge difference in the long term.
[Watch ‘The Choice’]

📚 Great Mental Models

I did very less reading last week, but I've started a book called The Great Mental Models Volume 1: General Thinking Concepts by Farnam Street. This is Volume 1 of the Great Mental Model book series designed to clearly see the world, avoid problems and make better decisions. The book discusses core ideas and principles that you should have learned in school and my favourite quote so far is:

"In life and business, the person with the fewest blind spots wins."

[Check out this book on Amazon]

📷 Inner Journey Portraits

Inner Journey is a long-term photograph project by Dutch photographer Marvel Harrish, documenting the highs and lows of his gender transition, his struggles with autism, his battle with an eating disorder, depression, and intrusive suicidal thoughts. The practice of taking self-portraits helped Harris to explore his own feelings and identity, thereby helping him to communicate the complex interior world to people around him as an autistic person. His collection of these incredible self-portraits are also available as a book called MARVEL, which won the MACK First Book Award 2021.
[Check out more photos on his website]

🎧 What I'm listening to

I've been listening to an album called Thirty by a French ambient music producer called Irezumi. This is an hour-long collection of dark cinematic drone tracks with atmospheric synths and occasional piano notes.
[Listen to Thirty on Spotify / Apple Music / YouTube Music / Amazon Music ]

That’s 10+1 Things for the week.

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Quote of the Week

"A rocket will never be able to leave the Earth's atmosphere."
~ The New York Times, January 13, 1920, one of the worst technology predictions of all time!

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