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Sunday Shakedown - Pretty Pictures, Jacob Raska, Cowspiracy, Sorry to Bother You

Sunday Shakedown - Pretty Pictures, Jacob Raska, Cowspiracy, Sorry to Bother You

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Hello! Welcome to my weekly newsletter. Every Sunday, I share a few things that I've been getting my hands on. Hope you enjoy!
Here are some pictures from the start of this week in Arkansas with Mike and Ellen and the end of it with some amazing friends and past colleagues that visited us in Austin. We had 4 of them stay at our house this weekend, so it was a lot of fun and there was very little sleep involved. I'll be taking a nap as soon as I'm done with this!
 
 

 
I'd like to pass it over to a great friend and colleague, Jacob Raska. Many of you reading this already know Jake, so I won't dive into his whole life story. We share a lot of books together, so he felt inclined to share a summary of a book that I've previously mentioned in a previous Sunday Shakedown. I think he did an excellent job in doing just that. Enjoy!

 
           




THE OBSTACLE IS THE WAY, gifted to me by Stephen, served as my introduction to the philosophy of Stoicism. Based on the principles of Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius and enriched with stories of some of history’s greatest leaders, THE OBSTACLE IS THE WAY presents a formula for turning life’s toughest trails into our greatest achievements. Holiday dives deep into the school of thought that created ancient leaders such as Aurelius, Seneca, Fredrick the Great to modern day pioneers such as Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Steve Jobs.

The definition of stoicism is the endurance of hardship without outward display of emotion and without complaint. I’ve always considered myself a cool-headed person and not keen to the idea of wearing my heart on my sleeve; and, up until starting this book, I’ve thought of it as a disadvantage. I’ve always questioned why am I not more outwardly passionate about things, why do most things not make me extremely upset or extremely happy? But after studying the philosophy of Stoicism, I’ve learned that some of the most successful people have used a mellow demeanor as a powerful tactic. It’s important to keep in mind that every pitfall or every obstacle can be used as a learning opportunity for further growth; it purely takes the mindset to create it. Even death, to which no one is immune, can create incredible purpose in one’s life. Holiday develops a profound point: “And so, if even our own mortality can have some benefit how dare you say that you can’t derive value from each and every other kind of obstacle you encounter?”

I highly recommend Holiday’s study of stoicism and the study of how icons of history- from Rockefeller to Amelia Earhart- have proved to turn obstacles into opportunities. Holiday displays how these men and women were no more brilliant, lucky or gifted than their peers but produced the astounding triumphs we seek.

“The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way.”

– Marcus Aurelius

 
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I wanted to start including a section with information that I believe everyone should find useful. All of the things that I cover effects them individually and/or the world we all live in together. These are issues that I care deeply about and I'd like to highlight the reasons behind my viewpoints.

I'm going to kick it off with a pretty gigantic infograph on the impacts on Animal Agriculture. As many of you know, I've been a vegetarian for about 4 years now and realize that you have little time to hear my stereotypical meatless rant. All I request is that you open yourself up to a different perspective. It might just change you. 

This is from the documentary Cowspiracy and it's played a major role in my life ever since watching it. While on the Wyoming Ethics Team in college, we used these statistics as the foundation for our argument that eventually won the International Business Ethics Case Competition in Boston. We  tracked down all of these statements and have verified the sources behind them. They are all credible facts and are most likely worse than when these were originally published.  If you have Netflix(literally all of you), I recommend taking the time to watch the full film. If you'd like to talk more about it with me, shoot away. :) 

Okay, rant over. Read on. 

 

 



Sorry To Bother You

This was such a mind boggling film. It is something that I have never seen before. Go watch this in theaters with an open mind and let this story take you on a trip to WTFville. 

“How do you cause people to believe in an imagined order such as Christianity, democracy or capitalism? First, you never admit that the order is imagined.” 


-Yuval Noah Harari, Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
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