Happy New Year!

Welcome to Sunday Brain Food: a weekly newsletter full of timeless ideas and insights for life and business.


“What is truth to one may be a disaster to another. I do not see life through your eyes, nor you through mine. If I were to attempt to give you specific advice, it would be too much like the blind leading the blind.”

— Living a Meaningful Life

Explore Your Curiosity

★ “Rarely do we stop to ask ourselves questions about the media we consume: Is this good for me? Is this dense with detailed information? Is this important? Is this going to stand the test of time? Is the person writing someone who is well informed on the issue? Asking those questions makes it clear the news isn’t good for you.”

— Why You Should Stop Reading the News

★ ““When I first met him, I would spend as much time as I could filling a silence, just to feel comfortable. And the more I jibber-jabbered on, the quieter he would get. And I thought, I don’t understand what’s happening! He’s looking at me with eyes of confusion. He’s quiet. Did I say something to offend him? And then a day or two later, he would arrive with a note or a little package, saying, ‘I thought about what you said.’ And he would have his response.””

— Keanu Reeves Knows the Secrets of the Universe


“You never put things in front of you that let you think you’ve arrived. Always have that level of deprivation, so you know there’s more to be done.”

— Marcus O’Sullivan, Ireland’s three-time world indoor 1,500m champion

Tiny Thought

Do less but do better.

Any energy that goes into what doesn’t matter comes at the expense of what does.

With a little extra time, you can raise the standard from good enough to great.

Narrow the focus. Raise the standard. And set yourself apart.

Et Cetera

+ The rising tide of semi-conductor cost. (Pair with this incredible in-depth interview on the history of the industry and where we’re headed.)

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Wishing you— Shane

P.S. To say goodbye to the past year, Ecuadorians burn life-size effigies of what they hope to leave behind.