Awesome piece in Grantland about Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Game, and empathy. I have similarly confused reactions to Card’s writings over time, and how divergent they are from his early work.
The Long Arc
I’ve written it many times, but during weeks like this week, it just comes in such focus: long term thinking — about our lives and our careers — investing in the people around us more than aiming at the quick win — it’s really everything.
This week I’ve gotten to spend time with 3 different entrepreneurs who I’ve known for a long time. One since my very first class at Stanford 24 years ago. Another who’s been one of my closest friends ever since grad school. And another who worked with me in my own startup nearly 15 years ago. The amazing thing about all of them is that we can pick up our conversations like no time has passed — we’ve been around each other in so many different contexts & in so many different roles — that we just take it for granted sometimes the way we weave in & out of each others’ lives periodically.
But I’ll tell you this: I don’t take it for granted at all. It’s been a lot of work over these many years to stay in touch, to work together — but it never feels like work, and it’s all worth it.
And even more significantly: Kathy & I celebrated our 13th anniversary together — but we’ve actually known each other & been friends for way longer — since we met in 9th grade in San Antonio, back in 1985. Hard to remember life before I knew her, honestly, and why would I want to, really?
The arc of our careers, and our lives, is long. No big insight there, except that some weeks it comes into such sharp relief — it’s so obvious — that it feels good to share it.
One of the absolute giants, Kurt Vonnegut, on what high schoolers (and all of us), can do to make our souls grow a little bit more. (via Chris Michel)
My Misfit Shine has mysteriously stopped lighting up, so for the first time in a while, I’m Unquantified. I’ve been wearing a tracker of one sort or another for a couple of years now, and so it’s a little weird not to have one now. (I guess my phone is still doing it, and Argus can tell me.)
Not sure yet if I miss it.
On the upside, I put Automatic into my car, so now my driving is quantified, so there’s that. Now I’ve got driving data that I’m not sure how to make actionable, too!
Data, data, everywhere….