Consider Instagram: You make an investment by posting a photo. Then, when a follower likes or comments on your contribution, the service sends a push notification triggering you to take yet another spin through the Hook.
Spiegel was being advised by Benchmark partner Mitch Lasky, who is twice Spiegel’s age, to focus on growing Snapchat’s user base instead of trying to monetise the startup. Spiegel disagreed, and underscored how important revenue generation is, particularly when there could be a tech bubble.
Delve TV made a 10 minute-long video essay titled “The Long Game” and inspired by Robert Greene’s book Mastery. The videos take a look at ‘The Difficult Years’ through Leonardo Da Vinci’s example, and why our perception of age and success got distorted in the recent years.
The “10,000-hour rule” — that this level of practice holds the secret to great success in any field — has become sacrosanct gospel, echoed on websites and recited as litany in high-performance workshops. The problem: it’s only half true. If you are a duffer at golf, say, and make the same mistakes every time you try a certain swing or putt, 10,000 hours of practicing that error will not improve your game. You’ll still be a duffer, albeit an older one.
Why do we give up our sacred space so easily? Because space is scary. During these temporary voids of distraction, our minds return to the uncertainty and fears that plague all of us. To escape this chasm of self-doubt and unanswered questions, you tune into all of the activity and data for reassurance.
But this desperate need for constant connection and stimulation is not a modern problem. I would argue that we have always sought a state of constant connection from the dawn of time, it’s just never been possible until now.