Friday Fuel - October 16th, 2020

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Hi friends,

Here’s your weekly hit of Friday Fuel, a collection of things that I’ve been learning from or enjoying recently.

🎙️Friday Features

If you’re new, every Friday I share my conversations with some of the smartest, most innovative minds I can find.

Sam Harris lives in London and is the founder of Syncify, a social podcasting app that enables users to listen to their favorite podcasts and audiobooks with their friends. He’s also the host of the Growth Mindset Podcast, where he interviews incredible individuals all over the globe, sharing their insights and lessons on how their mindset has helped them live fulfilling lives. 

🎧 If you want to listen to Sam and I chat about the future of podcasting and the differences between the US and UK entrepreneurial ecosystems, click here.

Your feedback is important! Please let me know what you thought of this episode. I’ll use these insights to decide on future guests.

📕What I’ve Been Reading - Last Monday I wrote a post about the WATZ stack, a suite of no-code tools to help you with a variety of business functions such as web design, project management, data analysis, and market research. Based on the feedback you provided, this was something you found very interesting and wanted to learn more about.

This week I came across a No-Code Cheat Sheet created by a no-code enthusiast named KP. In the last two years, he’s built eight no-code projects such as Cuppa (a virtual coffee shop) and Letterdrop (a newsletter discovery tool), and has built a community around the idea of building in public.

This is by far the most comprehensive no-code resource I’ve found on the internet, comprised of tools, learning resources, newsletters, interviews and more.

🎧What I’ve Been Listening To - James Altucher is an absolute enigma…and I love it. You may know him as “that putz on LinkedIn” that Jerry Seinfield was referring to in his NYT opinion piece on the future livelihood of New York City. A few months ago, I shared an interview in which he discusses how he made tens of millions of dollars and then lost it on multiple occasions. If the name still doesn’t ring a bell, he’s an entrepreneur, investor, best-selling author, stand-up comedian, professional poker player, chess aficionado and more.

In this episode of The Reader’s Journey, James discusses the topics of idea creation, risk, and failure. A firm believer that the 10,000 hour rule is a load of BS, he teases some advice from his upcoming book Skip the Line. Make the time to listen to this one, I guarantee you’ll walk away inspired.

My favorite part: For over a decade he’s written down ten ideas on a notepad, with no regard for how good or realistic they might be. This strengthens his idea muscle, the same way lifting weights would strengthen your biceps.

🤯What’s Blown My Mind  - I recently shared a tweet outlining the explosive growth that Bleacher Report experienced during the five years from inception to acquisition. Now I’m bringing you back to the beginning.

Here’s the first Bleacher Report landing page and a weekly reminder that whatever you’re working on will never be perfect.

Launch, iterate, repeat. That’s the name of the game.

🧵A Thread That’s Inspired Me - This may stem for my love for freestyle rapping, but I’ve always had a deep admiration for stand-up comics. There are few things in the world that require the same combination of guts, wit, and skill as stand-up comedy. There are also few industries in which reaching success is as demanding and difficult.

Trust me, if there’s one link in this newsletter you want to click, it’s this one. The story is amazing and the advice is relevant to every single person who reads this, no matter your age, race, gender, or career.

🎤A Quote I Enjoyed -

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If you’re new here and want to catch up on some old editions, here are a couple of my favorites: Friday Fuel - July 30th, 2020 and Friday Fuel - September 4th, 2020. You can also follow me on Twitter or check out randymginsburg.com for more writing.

Thanks for reading and see you on Monday,

Randy