10 Dec

Leveraging Your Thinking Style and Lost Historic Document Saved the Day

This Harvard Business Review article on what type of thinkers excel in different professional roles.

“When you know your thinking style, you know what naturally energizes you, why certain types of problems are challenging or boring, and what you can do to improve in areas that are important to reaching your goals.”

This Smithsonian Magazine story about an intern who saved a museum from financial ruin when she discovered a long lost unique document from the Revolutionary War era.

“That line, from an urgent plea sent to the people of Great Britain by the Second Continental Congress one year before American independence was declared, was now in front of her in manuscript form.”

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09 Oct

Devastating Startup Failure and the Truth Behind the Columbus Myth

This Medium article about the people behind educational app Wisdomly and their journey through the typical tech startup phase, which deviated from the original core idea and ended in failure.

“You always hear about the college grad who slept in his car while building a product, worked out of a basement to save money, or secretly resided in the AOL office as testament to his determination. But you never hear about those who hustle just as hard, make similar outrageous sacrifices…and still fail.”

This Smithsonian Magazine article about how the myth of Columbus was born from the aftermath of the American Revolution.

“If the object of such ardor seems inappropriate in the modern world there’s also ample evidence that the whole affair began rather badly – not with affection for Columbus himself but with a disdain for England and the desire for a uniquely American hero.”

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