The Round Up #35

Hey Everyone! Welcome to all the new faces around here. 👋

This week I got chased by Zebra while walking my dog in a local nature reserve.

Also, I’ve been focussing on waking up early. Over the past 3 – 4 months, I have gradually moved my wake-up time from 6:00am to 5:00am.

Here is a great tweet by Thomas Frank on why you Shouldn’t wake up earlier:

I agree with him here. Being “successful” shouldn’t be your motivation to get up with the birds. But, I still think waking up early is a great habit to form.

Here is why:
Waking up early creates more time before you have to go about your daily obligations. For many of us our daily obligations are things like a job or studying. If you’re ever looking for more time to read, work on your side hustle, or do some part time studying, then early in the morning could be the best time to do it. Your brain is fresh, it’s not been overloaded with mental residue and all the other rigors of cognition.

Here is a guide on waking up earlier.


“You don’t become a runner by winning a morning workout. The only true way is to marshal the ferocity of your ambition over the course of many day, weeks, months, and (if you could finally come to accept it) years. The Trial of Miles; Miles of Trials.”
― John L. Parker Jr., Once a Runner

Stuff from me

I had Eric Golban do a guest post on my blog this week, he has some awesome insight on why resting is so important. Read more.

The Rule of 3 & 10

The rule of 3 & 10 is a powerful idea that helps us understand how organisations scale. The term was coined by Hiroshi Mikitani, the founder of Rakuten.

The rule of 3 & 10 is something Hiroshi Mikitani observed in his companies. Whenever the company reached 3, 10, 30, 100, 300, 1000 people, they would reach a point in the company where their traditional systems would start to fail. They’d have to scale up and find new ways of dealing with all sorts of matters like hiring, management structure, hr etc.

The rule of 3 & 10 is helpful because it verbalises a non-tangible phenomenon. Growth creep. As your company or organisation grows, you’ll slowly develop problems related to your company’s size and structure. Everyday will bring new challenges.

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