We bring you a fascinating letter by Ryan Leaf to his younger self, why we like renting experiences, how change is not easy & that’s it!
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I was going to take a day off. I have gathered some really great stuff I was going to post on Sunday as I usually do but I changed my mind. Why? Because I had a a great idea! The idea was to split that post between Saturday and Sunday<——-genius?
I keep it light in the weekends around here. Get away from the usual craziness of this hobby. Have something longer and deeper. Hmmm, not sure that came out right. Evil lol.
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Enjoy your weekend!
No, this is not one of them boring reads by some random dude. This is by Ryan Leaf. If you are an NFL fan, you know about him. The biggest draft bust ever perhaps in the history of professional sports! And what an asshole that guy was! If there was an Asshole Hall of Fame he would be “First”. But this read blew my mind. He goes through his life and how he hit bottom. And how he has recovered. Then again, we are talking about Ryan Leaf here…he may relapse again! One of those reads that I could not stop until the end.
Actually … there is one thing I think I would change. I would treat people better.
“Instead of owning things, we are renting experiences”. Isn’t that true! I am not sure how this developed over time. You can tell with the two new premium credit cards in the market, the Chase Sapphire Reserve and the US Bank Altitude premium travel rewards credit cards: it is all about experiences and being “mobile”. I know some people who do not own a car, just Uber/Lyft everywhere! This article takes this deeper and it is fascinating.
Despite all this, human nature has not changed: we are still apes with status anxiety, endlessly preoccupied by our position in any given hierarchy, eager for ways to convey our aspirations and allegiances. So we find other ways to signal. Rather than deploy what we own to say who we are, we use our photo streams and status updates to show it, even going so far as to arrange our meals and holidays with the aim of generating impressive on-brand content.
The vacuum of meaning opened up by the disappearance of stuff may even have increased the stridency of our political debate. One way I can let people know who I am is by loudly asserting my membership of a political tribe.
If I can’t show off my possessions, I will show off my beliefs.
Fascinating read about change. Especially with technology. Which fascinates me…
Part of the terror stems from people being exposed. If you are playing the game and not trying to standout, you don’t want automation. If you are striving and trying to go for the stratosphere, automation helps you get there.
And then he goes through his life when he was automated out of a job (floor trader) and you can somehow justify all those factory workers in the midwest voting for Trump.
Inside, you burn. You were/are insanely competitive and now you can’t compete. You feel hate, anger and all the emotions that one would associate with a death in the family. You feel trapped. Caged. You try to find a normal routine like you had but you can’t. Frustration sets in and you lose hope. I know it and had to work through it. To say it’s brutal is an understatement.
And I leave you with this…
And then the internet did this…
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