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Issue #18

Welcome to Pearl Runner issue 18! Our favorite quote this week:

“We suffer by wanting different things often at odds with one another, but we suffer even more by wanting to want different things.”
― Maria Popova, Figuring

In Issue #18:

  • 💸 A Fascinating Article About Wealth Creation
  • 💀 20 Scariest Theories Known to Man
  • 🌎 The World’s Oldest Living Things
  • 💻 AI Generated Business Ideas

The Ladders of Wealth Creation

by Nathan Barry

Is making money a skill that can be mastered? Like learning and instrument or a new language? Nathan Barry, Founder and CEO of ConvertKit thinks so, and he wrote a captivating article exploring the details.

Whether or not you agree, the ideas are certainly worth hearing, especially as you consider the greater context of your career and how you build wealth for yourself and family over time. A couple notable quotes:

“There’s a reliable progression that anyone can take to earn more and build wealth”
“The most important thing is that you aren’t just treading water as you work for a wage. As much of that money as possible should be saved and invested to help you jump to the next ladder.”

Read the Full Article Here 👇

The 20 Scariest Theories Known to Man

As mentioned before, we’re big fans of getting slightly freaked out periodically to appreciate our lives on earth a bit more. If you’re into that type of thing, this article will certainly provide that feeling.

The theories mostly relate to the universe, our existence, and other big topics that are ripe for generating existential paranoia. A couple of our favorite snippets:

“A scientific hypothesis that our universe is actually in a false phase state as part of a larger universe, like if it were a temporary thing (think the real universe is a pot of boiling water, and we are just within a bubble forming at the bottom of the pot).”
“Grey goo… refers to a hypothetical end-of-the-world event involving nanotechnology in which out-of-control self-replicating robots consume all life on Earth while building more of themselves (a scenario known as ecophagy).”

Check out the rest here 👇

The Oldest Living Things in the World

Rachel Sussman

Rachel Sussman, a Brooklyn based artist, has spent years travelling the world to document the planet’s oldest living things. Her website is an amazing and beautiful catalog of all her findings, complete with pictures and description of every object.

You’ll be amazed at how old some of these things have been alive, and the beautiful photography and notes make them even more pleasant to look through.

See the full catalog here 👇

AI Generated Business Ideas

Looking for some help finding an idea for your next billion dollar venture? Ideas AI is the site for you. All the ideas on the site are generated by OpenAI’s GPT-3, an artificially intelligent deep learning model. The model is trained over time as people like/dislike the ideas on the site. With over 1.1 million site views, the ideas you’ll find have been fairly well-vetted.

Our only ask? If this link leads to you becoming a billionaire, please toss us a measly $1 million for our contribution, thanks in advance!

Newsletter of the Week - Night Water

This week, we’re happy to tell you about another of our favorite newsletters, Night Water, written by Adam Cecil.

The name says it all, Night Water is a late night pop culture newsletter sending out refreshing posts to quench your thirst. What does he write about? NostalgiaCompostingThe fake hospital where Cabbage Patch Kids are bornCurlingMy catsVegan fast foodPokémonBritish sports drinks. And of course, Late night vibes.

Our Other Favorite Newsletters (click the logos to subscribe)

Morning Brew: Gets you up to speed on business, finance, and tech in just 5 minutes

1440: All your news in a single email

The Daily Upside: Business news that’s worth you’re time.

Poll Question of the Week:

Last week’s poll results:

Quite the spread here, but no big surprises. I think my answer to this question would be different every year for the last 5 or so years of my life. Do you go for the challenge of an extreme culture shock? Or do you go for the familiar comfort of a country closer to your own? Looks like a mix of both, but probably a bit heavier on the latter.

This Week's Question: 💀

At the end of my life, I predict that my favorite decade will have been my ____.

And that’s a wrap! If you have any comments, suggestions, recommendations, or just general feedback we’d love to hear from you! Email us at and we’ll include our favorite comments in next week’s edition (and maybe in our Instagram feed 🧐). Thanks for reading and have a great week!

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