"Clayton M Christensen", one of my most favorite authors passed away last week. I've read (and gifted) his books, watched his videos and have great respect for him and his work. Incidentally at the beginning of 2020 I thought of re-reading 'How will you measure your life' and put it on my desk. However, due to general busyness couldn't pick it up. Ever since the news of his passing away I added his other two books too on the stack to re-read them. If you haven't read them already, you should definitely pick them (for yourself or gifting others)

1) Competing against luck
2) How will you measure your life
3) The innovator's dilemma 

Favorite Quotes:

If you study the root causes of business disasters, over and over you’ll find this predisposition toward endeavors that offer immediate gratification. If you look at personal lives through that lens, you’ll see the same stunning and sobering pattern: people allocating fewer and fewer resources to the things they would have once said mattered most.

It’s easier to hold to your principles 100% of the time than it is to hold to them 98% of the time

Don’t worry about the level of individual prominence you have achieved; worry about the individuals you have helped become better people. This is my final recommendation: Think about the metric by which your life will be judged, and make a resolution to live every day so that in the end, your life will be judged a success.

Best of the Web 117


1) Finding Time to Invest in Yourself. Read here
2) Great read on risk. "Risk is what you don't see" by Morgan Housel. Read here
3) Thinking about Product Engagement and Retention. Read here
4) A fascinating profile of British Mathematician, Computer Scientist and Philosopher 'Alan Turing'. Read here
5) While being frugal is great, there comes a point where frugality becomes less valuable. Read more here

Rewind (Best of newsletter #81)
1) Paul Graham's classic post about the approach to take during initial days of starting up. Do things that don't scale. Read here 
2) This Succinct post by Seth Godin will make you a better listener (of your customers, employees and more). Exit, Voice and Loyalty. Read here 
3) The Chaos Theory of Startups. Read here
4) What I've learned about Venture Funding - Mark Suster. Read here 
TweetStorm of the Week (New Section)
Sizhao Yang (@zaoyang) on "Intellectual Compounding". Read here  

Links to Previous Newsletters 
1. Best of the Web 116
2. Best of the Web 115
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