It’s been a busy week for publishing:
To the treasure we go!
Find The Opportunity
In 1968, Dr. Spencer Silver attempted to create a super strong glue. Instead, he accidentally created an “inferior” adhesive that didn’t stick very well.
Obviously, most people aren’t looking for a glue that doesn’t stick very well. The whole point of glue is so that it does stick to surfaces.
Post-It Notes utilize this “suboptimal” adhesive. The creators were able to find the opportunity in something that wasn’t the “best.” As a result? It seems like they’ve profited handsomely.
Need Help Sleeping?
All my life, I have been a notoriously bad sleeper. In the past, I thought it was due to my lifestyle – too much alcohol, too much caffeine, not enough exercise. But I have (for the most part) gotten those areas in check. So a couple of days ago, I reached out to my friends on Twitter and their suggestions were incredibly helpful.
Here were some recommendations:
- Avoid food 4 hours before bed
- Weightless by Marconi Union
- Avoid caffeine in afternoon
- Nose strips
If you want to check out all the suggestions, click here. The replies are a gold mine.
No Single Person Knows…
Did you know that not one single person in the world knows how to make a pencil from scratch?
Okay, maybe that’s a hyperbolic claim. But it is noteworthy because of how globalized our world has become.
Each part of a pencil comes from a different section of the world and together, creates something that you can use.
I mean, think about how remarkable that is for just one second. Only just a few generations ago, we were unable to travel from place to place in the air. Now, we can figure out how to transport materials with ease around the globe to create products that no single person really knows how to make.
Humans are awesome.
Source: “I, Pencil” by Leonard E. Reed.
On Hammering Away
“When nothing seems to help, I go and look at a stonecutter hammering away at a rock, perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred and first blow it will split in two, and I know it was not the last blow that did it — but all that had gone before.”
Problem With “Cancel Culture”
Celebrities are getting “cancelled” left and right.
For those unaware of what that means, here’s the actual definition from Dictionary.com:
To use it is a sentence: “Christopher Columbus is getting cancelled for his treatment of Native Americans.”
But here’s my problem with cancel culture…
What are we doing today that the world will shun in the next 10, 50, 200, or 500 years?
The answer is a lot.
And what’s worse, we have no way of knowing what those standards are. Because the future hasn’t happened.
Here’s what I propose (though I’m sure many disagree with me): judge the action in the context of the time period.
Here is a list of injustices that we may be cancelled for in the future:
- Global warming
- Eating meat
- Global wealth disparity
- Global education disparity
The point is that once we start judging people for their actions in the past with our current standard for what’s acceptable, we will always be fighting a losing battle… because what’s acceptable at any given point in history will always change.
As always, let me know your favorite part of this week’s Treasure.
Also, respond with what you’re spending your time thinking about. I look forward to hearing from you.
To your success,