Currently #3: Steve Martin, Blogging is Back, and a store with a sense of humour

You didn’t ask, I answered.


I’M READING…

Born Standing Up: A Comic’s Life by Steve Martin.
“I did have that one element necessary to all early creativity: naïveté, that fabulous quality that keeps you from knowing just how unsuited you are for what you are about to do.”

“Be so good they can’t ignore you.”

Ya, he’s great. If you’re on the hunt for a memoir or just a good read, highly recommend.

I’M LISTENING TO…

Blogging is Back, with Darren Rowse on Unemployable.
At a time where content is cheap and easily automated, they talk about the importance of making it human again. Because that’s what blogging is all about—human to human connection.

Darren touches on the idea of blogging in seasons—creating chunks of related content punctuated by breaks (e.g. blog weekly for 3 months around one topic then take a month off) because maybe that’s an easier way to consume and find content in a Netflix world? Whatever your thoughts on this it’s a good reminder to think outside the traditional format. Experiment!

Adam Robinson on the Tim Ferriss Show.
Adam Robinson is one of those crazy smart insightful people working in finance—he advises hedge fund advisors kind of smart.

Hearing him talk about his approach to investing is fascinating. Seriously, take 3 minutes and listen from 29:00-32:00.

He encourages us to pay attention every time you hear someone say, “That doesn’t make any sense”. If someone says they don’t understand why gold keeps going lower, because there’s a dozen logical reasons it shouldn’t, he knows it’s got a lot lower to go. There’s some x-factor no one’s considered yet. It’s not the world that doesn’t make sense, it’s your model of it.

“That’s where the gold mine is, things that don’t make sense.”

Oh, that’s good…

Bay. Not Bay.
A new section for things I come across that make me say, “Oh, now that’s good.”

This storefront beside the Bay subway station in Yorkville being one of them.

bay-not-bay


What have you come across lately that’s stuck with you? Comment or Tweet me!

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Kate Smalley

Kate is a marketer, maker, and freelancer living in Toronto. She works with small businesses to help them narrow in on their purpose, share their ideas, and tell their story.

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