Sunday Briefing: On Airbnb, learning, and introverts

Sunday Briefing: On Airbnb, learning, and introverts

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Welcome to the Sunday Briefing newsletter where I share some of the interesting lessons in life, business, and investing that I’ve come across during the week.

Latest on Junto

One article was published on Junto during the week.

Why I started Junto.

To this day, my article The Sit-on-Your-Ass Philosophy to Life is the most read article on Junto. The reason, I believe, is due to its personal story. It showed how a state of vulnerability can turn into an important life lesson.

This article is again going more personal. It’s about my story, motivation, and how I came to the position of starting this peculiar endeavor. You can treat this as a personal case study for how I made decisions so far through my short lifetime.

What I’ve been reading

Brian Chesky thinks Airbnb will replace your landlord.

[Chesky:] “So almost all this old system of renting, you don’t need to do anymore,” he says. “That is stuff that was invented before the technology allowed almost all this to be automated. It’s like using a rotary dial phone, suddenly we have smartphones.”

Learning starts with inspiration.

When it comes to music, we intuitively know that nobody wants to read the lyrics of an album before they listen to the music. But that’s exactly what we do whenever we ask students to memorize nitty-gritty details without inspiring them in a way that makes learning inevitable.

Introverts understand human psychology better.

An absolute mountain of evidence shows that human beings have a tendency to choose the most chatty and confident among us as leaders. But more and more research, including this latest Yale study, suggests introverts bring often undervalued skills to leadership.

Quote of the week

Plato on decision making.

“A good decision is based on knowledge and not on numbers.”

A thought

When studying a company’s history, capture all the details.

You tend to overestimate the importance of one defining event and underestimate the small daily improvements.

Have a great coming week,
Oliver Sung

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