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Issue #19

Welcome to Pearl Runner issue 19. Because it was one of my favorite polls yet, let’s start off with last week’s results. Pretty interesting to see multiple responses from “Teens” all the way to “60s”.

I suspect our reader age skewing younger is a big reason for the high response rate for “20s” and “30s”. I read once that most people assume the decade they’re currently in will be their favorite, and it shifts forward as you age. If you’re in your mid-20’s, it’s probably hard to imagine yourself thinking you’re gonna peak in your 60s (Especially for me, who clearly peaked in high school).

I’ll plan to do this one again in the future (when we get over 1 million subscribers), so stay tuned! Also, don’t forget to check out this week’s poll.

In Issue #19:

  • 🏆 13 Thoughts About How to Achieve Outlier Success
  • 👂 A Great Podcast From The Author of “Moneyball” and “The Big Short”
  • 🏞 The Best Hike in Every National Park
  • 🤑 A Money Poll

How To Be Successful

by Sam Altman

Sam Altman is the CEO of OpenAI and the former President of Y-combinator, one of the most successful and well-known startup accelerators of all time. He shares insights from his life and career on his personal blog, and this is his most popular post ever.

“How to be Successful” is a pretty generic, boring title – but like a lot of stuff written by genius tech entrepreneurs – he has some pretty insightful stuff to say on the topic. Altman distills his thoughts into 13 different ideas on how to achieve uncommon levels of success. A couple interesting quotes:

“Self-belief is immensely powerful. The most successful people I know believe in themselves almost to the point of delusion.”
“It is much more important to work on the right thing than it is to work many hours. Most people waste most of their time on stuff that doesn’t matter.”

Read the Full Article Here 👇

Underrated Artist - Luca Font

If you don’t already know Michael Lewis as an author, you probably know the movies based on his books – The Blind Side, Moneyball, and The Big Short to name a few. Lewis is an incredible storyteller, and has a way of bringing the efforts of lesser-known, amazing, real people into the spotlight.

The stories in his podcasts are just as engaging, even in the shorter format (about 40 min each). Almost every episode is fantastic, and this one in particular is a great example of his ability to surface the story of an amazing person you’d never otherwise hear about.

Check it out here 👇

The Best Hike in Every National Park

Conde Nast Traveler

The title on this one says it all, and this is an excellent article to have stashed in your bookmarks folder. Each hike comes with a beautiful picture, length, difficulty and brief description.

There’s a good mix of difficulty levels among the hikes, so you can find just what you’re looking for on your next National Park road trip. Even if you’re not planning on doing any on the list, it’s just a pleasant webpage to scroll for a few minutes.

See the full list here 👇

Newsletter of the Week - Hello Universe

The featured newsletter this week is called Hello Universe, written by our friend Punit Thakkar. We love getting these happy, intriguing poems each week. Here’s Punit on the origin of the newsletter:

“I started writing poetry as a way to capture the lost poems of my childhood that had a catchy meter, fun rhyming schemes, and were really memorable as a result.

And just like I can enjoy animated shows with grown-up themes now that I’ve grown up, I believe that catchy, rhyming, and memorable poetry can speak about some grown-up themes, while being fun and thought-provoking.”

Click the link below to subscribe! 👇

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.

This Week's Poll Question:

“I think I’m fairly good at managing my money.”

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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