Tuesday Treasure #5: Crazy coincidence, talking to animals, incredible letter

Hello family!

This week I published two new articles for your viewing pleasure: How To Identify and Create High-Quality Ideas and The Enjoyment Judge vs. The Professional.

On to the treasure.

One Fake Ship, One Real Ship

In 1898, Morgan Robertson published Futility.

It was a fictional story of a British ocean liner that sank in the North Atlantic after striking an iceberg in April.

Here are some of the details about this made-up ship:

  • 800-feet
  • Made of steel
  • Held 3,000 people
  • Struck an iceberg near midnight
  • Named the Titan

In 1914, a real-life British ship struck an iceberg in April. Here are some of the details of the real ship:

  • 882.5-feet
  • Made of steel
  • Held 3,000 people.
  • Struck an iceberg at 11:40pm
  • Named the Titanic

(For a list of all similarities between Roberson’s fictional account and the real one that occurred 16 years later, you can check out this page.)

Can We Talk To Animals?

This past weekend I watched an incredible 50-minute documentary: The Animal Communicator and Her Incredible Ability (recommended by my friend Tej Dosa).

It’s about a woman, Anna Breytenbach, who can talk to animals with her mind.

I know. It sounds crazy.

But after watching the film, I was blown away. I have checked out some of the resources on Anna’s website and I’m looking forward to learning more.

Even though science has figured out a lot, it was a reminder: There is a lot we still don’t understand.

Ira Glass on The Beginner’s Mindset

Here’s why any artist, entrepreneur, writer, or any person starts…

They have good taste.

They see it in others. And they enjoy that work.

But here’s the problem…

You might see flashes of your own good work in the beginning, but in all likelihood, it’s going to take some time for your good work to become great.

Most people quit at this point. When their work doesn’t look like the work of the greats, they say to themselves, “Screw this. I’m out.”

Because great work – the type you admire – takes a while.

So choose your avenue. Go deep. And get to work.

(If you want to hear Ira Glass’ quote in his own words, click here.)

A Beautiful Letter

W.E.B. Du Bois wrote an incredibly touching letter to his 14-year-old daughter in 1914.

Although it was written more than a century ago, it serves as a great reminder for many in the present day.

In particular, I love how W.E.B. Du Bois addresses both his daughter’s privilege and the challenges she may face.

Some of my favorite lines include:

  • “Study, do your work. Be honest, frank and fearless and get some grasp of the real values of life.”
  • “Remember that most folk laugh at anything unusual, whether it is beautiful, fine or not. You, however, must not laugh at yourself.”
  • “Read some good, heavy, serious books just for discipline: Take yourself in hand and master yourself. Make yourself do unpleasant things, so as to gain the upper hand of your soul.”

The entire letter is worth reading and rereading. (Found on Brain Pickings.)

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