Influential Reads – October 2019

October was pretty unremarkable.

Updated stats through October:

Saved ArticlesBooks
JanuaryN/A2
February901
March390
April630
May393
June630
July790
August881
September513
October890
Total60110

Here are my most influential reads – in no particular order:

  1. Hamilton pushed for impeachment powers. Trump is what he had in mind. – “Not only is Trump himself on trial, but he is also testing our constitutional system to the breaking point.”
  2. MARGINal – “I believe we are seeing the mother of all shifts from a focus on growth to margin.”
  3. Behind SaaS’s Choppy Day – “The broader selloff, however — coupled to an implied revenue multiple compression — paints a stagnant picture for SaaS companies more generally.”
  4. Why Hard Training Makes You More Impulsive – “Now we see that the arrow goes both ways, and that bolsters the idea that mental and physical exertion both draw on the same finite well of… something.”
  5. What The Downturn Will Probably Look Like in SaaS – “But second, enterprise customers all renewed.  Almost all of them.”
  6. The Art of Creating a Ritual for What Matters Most – “Our hours are precious and limited, and we can take care to only place the things that matter most into that limited space.”
  7. Stamina Succeeds – “the most successful have a lot more energy and stamina than do others.”
  8. Microsoft, Slack, Zoom, and the SaaS Opportunity – “This is why companies like Zoom and especially Slack are so valuable: they create new customers who are primed for growth; Microsoft, meanwhile, is mostly keeping its existing customers in-house.”
  9. How to build durable and long-lasting Atomic Habits – “Habits are the compound interest of self-improvement”
  10. Let Children Get Bored AgainLet Children Get Bored Again – “Boredom teaches us that life isn’t a parade of amusements. More important, it spawns creativity and self-sufficiency.”

Note: This is based on when I read the article, not necessarily when it was first published.  Unfortunately, my backlog of things I would like to read always seems to dwarf the amount of time I can devote to reading.

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