This week’s highlights: Liquid Paper, World Building, and McDonald’s Ice Cream
It’s anniversary week here at Fifteen on Friday, as this past weekend marked the 9th year publishing this weekly newsletter.
A special word of thanks to you, the reader, for your support and encouragement. You all are kind enough to read (almost 50% each week), forward along other articles, and tell your friends to subscribe (click the blue box below if you get this from a friend).
What a crazy ride it has been since April of 2012, when the first email went out!
Food for Thought
- Hustle – The secretary who turned Liquid Paper into a multimillion-dollar business Bette Nesmith Graham invented one of the most popular office supplies of the 20th century. Today, she’s largely been forgotten.
- Verge – How many layers of copyright infringement are in Emily Ratajkowski’s new NFT? “I’m just a dude playing a dude disguised as another dude”
- Inc – Want to Raise Successful Kids? Science Says These 7 Habits Lead to Great Outcomes – Credit AR
- Smithsonian – Growing Up Surrounded by Books Could Have Powerful, Lasting Effect on the Mind Research suggests that exposure to large home libraries may have a long-term impact on proficiency in three key areas.
- SG – Higher Ed 2.0 (What We Got Right/Wrong) – How has higher ed changed after a year of COVID?
- AD – World Building The more complex or valuable is whatever you’re trying to sell, the more important it is for you to build a world around that idea, where other people can walk in, explore, and hang out – without you having to be there with them the whole time.
- WSJ – How Hubert Joly Changed Best Buy Without Everyone Hating Him In 2012, many predicted the end was near for the legendary Minneapolis electronics retailer. A new boss knew he would need to shake things up. The question was how.
- Backbencher – The secret credit card that’s only for the rich
- II – The Rage of Carson Block Prime brokers refused to do business with him, while
feeding billions to Bill Hwang. Who’s laughing now?
- NYP – Charles de Vaulx’s apparent suicide a tragic Wall Street tale An incredibly sad story
Culture / Tech / Science
- NYP – Men who wear this are more likely to cheat, study says
- Wired –They Hacked McDonald’s Ice Cream Machines—and Started a Cold War Secret codes. Legal threats. Betrayal. How one couple built a device to fix McDonald’s notoriously broken soft-serve machines—and how the fast-food giant froze them out.
- NPR – The Culture Of Whales – These photos are just amazing
- Nature – Malaria vaccine shows promise — now come tougher trials Preliminary results suggest the vaccine is up to 77% effective in young children, but researchers await larger studies.
- AP – What’s behind the growth slump? Takeaways from census data
When Anything is Possible – Wealth and the Art of Strategic Living
I wrote the book because of a problem I saw and experienced personally. As we pursue our dreams and achieve success, financial wealth is often a natural result.
Yet, the first steps we take to manage this wealth are focused on avoiding negative outcomes (unnecessary taxes, estate issues, losses in the stock market), rather than articulating what we actually want to do with our wealth.
The book is about how we shift from focusing on the things we want to avoid, to the things we want to accomplish with our wealth. Doing so requires a person to articulate 3 key items – Wealth Structure, Wealth Identity and ultimately a Wealth Strategy. The book walks through each of these items in great depth, and guides the reader through a process to develop each.
If you are interested in learning more, visit here and download a free chapter.