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The Week’s Best – 01/25/19 Edition

This week’s highlights:  Self Beyond LinkedIn, The Mess of Brexit, Sleep Doctors


Fifteen on Friday – Issue 317

Happy Friday,


Food for Thought:

Top Read of the Week:  Chad Dickerson – We contain multitudes

Why It Matters:  Special thanks to Kyle Westaway for highlighting this one.  “Maybe if we all gave each other the space to be complex people — not reduced to public perception, our professional bios, our LinkedIn profiles, others’ narratives of who we are — we might understand each other better and give ourselves the room to be messy but wondrous human beings”

Consider as well:

  1. NYT – To Save the Sound of a Stradivarius, a Whole City Must Keep Quiet
  2. TheAtlantic – I Spent $925 on a Fake Canada Goose Coat  A winter splurge turns into an e-commerce nightmare.
  3. Aeon – What Happened When I Made My Students Turn Off Their Phones
  4. NYT – Socrates Wants You to Tidy Up, Too  What reading an ancient Greek dialogue can tell us about the Marie Kondo craze.


Top Read of the Week:  Economist – Brexit, mother of all messes

Why It Matters:  The Brexit debacle continues.  With so many moving pieces, for those of us on this side of the pond, keeping straight what is at stake is not easy.  Per usual, the Economist does an excellent job of summarizing the current state of things, and the profound constitutional paradoxes that are in play currently.

Consider as well:

  1. Adventur.es – Serving the Six-Sided Teeter Totter.  You may not know who Brent Beshore is, but you should.  Beshore is a sharp investor slowly building a portfolio of businesses.  His writings, and this annual letter, are always a thoughtful reflection on the craft of investing and operating a business.
  2. II – A Farmer Found a Trojan Horse Inside an Insurance Contract. Now He Might Bring Down the Canadian Insurance Industry.
  3. NYT – Vanguard’s Jack Bogle Wasn’t a Billionaire. He Was Proud of That.
  4. McKinsey – A better way to anticipate downturns. An older piece but still relevant – Credit markets, though harder to follow than equity markets, provide clearer signals.


Top Read of the Week: TG – I Had a ‘Sleep Doctor’ Tell Me How to Structure My Entire Day, and I’ve Never Felt More Energized

Why It Matters:  Sleep and its importance continues to be highlighted.  Arianna Huffington has made sleep a cornerstone issue for her and public health.  Just today, the Washington Post highlighted that a lack of sleep is causing a ‘public health crisis.  This article looks at how sleep is tied into self, and how “early birds” and “night owls” can better adapt what they do and when they do it in relationship to their own sleep/energy levels.

Consider as well:

  1. NYT – Paramount Was Hollywood’s ‘Mountain.’ Now It’s a Molehill.  After decades of nearly slapstick mismanagement — spinning off TV and missing the internet — the studio behind “The Godfather” is fighting for its life.
  2. ScienticAmerican – Is Only-Child Syndrome Real?  Children without siblings have long been thought of as spoiled and selfish. Are the claims true?
  3. NYT – Their Warhols Are at the Whitney. Their Ugly Divorce Is on Display, Too.  The tawdry divorce of Libbie and David Mugrabi is not just a tabloid story. At stake are a trophy townhouse, works by Andy Warhol and Jeff Koons, and the inner workings of one of the world’s most influential art dealer families.
  4. Motherboard – The Rise of Netflix Competitors Has Pushed Consumers Back Toward Piracy   BitTorrent usage has bounced back because there’s too many streaming services, and too much exclusive content.

Best Reads of The Week – 12/21/18 Edition

This week’s highlights:  Navigating Middle School, 2018 as an Investor, and Predicting Well-Being

Fifteen on Friday – Issue 313

Happy Friday and Holidays,

This marks our final Fifteen on Friday for 2018.  We will be taking next Friday off, and will see you back after the New Year.

In case the weather turns snowy and you are looking for something to read – every week of Fifteen on Friday is always archived at fifteenonfriday.com.  As well, I published a list of my favorite books of 2018 today on LinkedIn.  Happy reading.

All the best,


Food for Thought:

  1. WashPo – Being a boy: Ages 11 and 12.  Three friends navigate a middle school ecosystem that prizes alpha males over quirky kids.
  2. NYT – Ellen DeGeneres Is Not as Nice as You Think  Feeling boxed in by her reputation for kindness, the comic is weighing whether to leave daytime TV, as her wife wants, or to stay, as her brother urges.
  3. USA Today – I deleted my Twitter account. It’s a breeding ground for thoughtlessness and contempt. – Credit WES – One view of when/where social media turns toxic.
  4. TheAtlantic – A Guarantee of Tuition-Free College Can Have Life-Changing Effects  A mailer sent to low-income students with that promise led to a major jump in enrollment at the University of Michigan, according to a new study.
  5. NYT – Nashville’s Star Rises as Midsize Cities Break Into Winners and Losers.  Nashville and others are thriving thanks to a mix of luck, astute political choices and well-timed investments, while cities like Birmingham, Ala., fall behind. (Birmingham responds here “Hey, NY Times, don’t Nash my Birmingham“)


  1. II – 18 Signs You Were an Institutional Investor in 2018.  Twitter fights, hedge fund failures, volatility’s comeback: it’s been one heck of a year.
  2. NYP – Chick-fil-A on track to become No. 3 fast-food chain in US
  3. VC – Visualizing 40 Years of Music Industry Sales
  4. GMO – The Late Cycle Lament: The Dual Economy, Minsky Moments, and Other Concerns
  5. McKinsey – Africa’s Overlooked Business Revolution


  1. QZ – The strongest predictor of men’s well-being isn’t family or health
  2. NPR – Sleepless No More In Seattle — Later School Start Time Pays Off For Teens
  3. NYT – Yes, I Look Young. Stop Reminding Me.  Having a baby face might pay off when I’m older, but in your twenties it’s hard.
  4. Hodinkee – Talking Watches with Fred Savage.  The actor, director, and producer – who doubled as an entire generation’s TV best friend – is a bit of watch collector too.
  5. ESPN – Welcome to Bron Bron Land Whether it was through his offseason home, pickup games or his many off-court ventures, King James has been turning La La Land into Bron Bron Land for years, laying the groundwork to have the entertainment capital of the world serve as the capital for his personal global empire.
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