So the Jewish religion forbids doing business on Shabbos - even talking about business matters which pertain to you in the future (it is okay to discuss irrelevant stuff from the news etc.). 

So there is a story of a Jewish businessman who comes to his Rabbi asking if a certain thing is to be discussed on Shabbos.

The rebbe is like “When?” 

So the Jew repeats “On Shabbos!”.

The rebbe asks again “When?”

"On the S-A-B-B-A-T-H, The holy day!"

The rebbe smiles, “I understand. But when?”

So the Jew starts going through the options… 

When I’m walking to shul with my kids  - I guess not.

While we gather in shul to pray-  I guess not. 

While walking home with my friends or during the wonderful family meal? I guess not. 

On the serene Shabbos morning while the birds are chirping outside? 

In shul while we say Mimkomcha or read the Torah?

When I’m with the family? 

While I’m plugged out from the stress and the busy-ness of the week? 

While I have a couple of hours to be myself and delve into my books and reach the greatest heights? I guess not. 

The Jew just sits there, getting the point. 

After a long silence the rebbe smiles softly and says, “I suppose it’s permissible under the law”. 

"But when?" the guy finally says. 

Amazon famously loses money every year despite being one of the most beloved brands in the world and one every single one of use every month. Hello? (It’s amazing how much they don’t abuse this dependency, BTW!)

So the simple explanation for this artificial money-losing is that they reinvest it in the business. 

But imagine you’re a warehouse manager at Amazon and you want to try something new, something crazy. Imagine you’re a hiring manager at Amazon and you need 17 senior engineers. Imagine you’re a buyer who is considering buying the last truckload of something. 

And you ask yourself “what am I doing? does it pay?”

At Amazon nobody has to ask that. Childish, foolish, reckless, money-losing, and conquering the world. 

"Our job is not to control our idea; our job is to figure out what our idea is (and wants to be)—and then bring it into being."
Steve Pressfield
"In life, people tend to wait for good things to come to them. And by waiting, they miss out. Usually, what you wish for doesn’t fall in your lap; it falls somewhere nearby, and you have to recognize it, stand up, and put in the time and work it takes to get to it."
— Neil Strauss 

Casey Neistat has had a profound influence on my life since I found out about him about a year ago. He influenced me as a dad, inspired me to hack stuff, made me excited to just get out and make things, and taught me to be less afraid. All that.

He announced, in one of his weaker videos to date (I’m sorry) that he is about to be a dad. I’m happy for him. A lot. And for the lucky kid. 

Loving this business book #prototype #startup #tech #innovation #business #success #riches #justdoit #prototype #effort #intelligence #mindset #philosophy #showyourwork #lovingit #brain #brainjuice

Truth in yo face #reading #goodreads #wisdom #books #philosophy #truth #zen #dothework #showyourwork #family #truthinyoface #library (at Kiryas Joel, New York)

Eat whole foods.

Be active.

That’s it. There is no catch.

This is available on the ‘jobs’ page for the benefit of those thinking of joining the company. Bias for Action is my favorite. “Bias for Action: Speed matters in business. Many decisions and actions are reversible and do not need extensive study. We value calculated risk taking.”

Great product: Whale tea infuser. Link 

Beyonce is amazing

Austin Kelon

Ben Horowitz

Josh Kaufman

Amos Oz

I love Casey Neistat. I know this will sound hokey, but I am really blessed to have found him in a magazine on a flight from Colorado last August and to be inspired by him since. Here is a two-minute video from him on eliminating obstacles between you and your work.

"He always asks me to consider ‘what’s the one thing you believe that no one else believes?’ That’s the opportunity."
— Tristan Walker quoting Marc Andreessen in Fast Company April 2014.

This is how Jewish Torah looks like. More specifiaclly, this how the first page of all of the books of the Talmud looks like.

Yesterday I started a new Tractate, another of the 60+ volumes of the Babylonian Talmud. This one is Sanhedrin “The High Court”, and it deals with various aspects of the Jewish justice system. For one interesting note, the Torah prescribes the death penalty for certain crimes, such as murder, kidnapping, adultery or idol worship. But according to the talmud, it was almost never administered (once in seven years was considered outrageous): The Torah and Talmud take “beyond reasonable doubt” extremely and excessively seriously.

Jews are called to study Torah every day. Called to bring God into their hearts, minds, and homes through the holy words. In the school I follow, there is great pride in being a “Jack of all Trades” in your Torah study: to know a little bit about everything and to cover all the books in your lifetime. Amen.

#Jews #Judaism #Talmud #Torah #Jewish #Study #Dedication #Discipline #Daf #Justice #Deathpanelty #witnesses #Investigation #Police #Policy #Peace #Hashem #God #education #tradition #wisdom #light #lessons #history #law #religion #faith #rabbi #rabbis #hasidim 

This is a wonderful episode on stopping to do things.

It’s interesting that the research says that people who are able to quit stuff have less stress. They go into a discussion of sunken costs vs opportunity costs. They discuss how we love the pain of staying. Take a listen.