My regular readers will notice that this email is hitting your inbox a day later than usual. It's because I was away (again!), so I decided to write it when I returned to the country today.
I spent a long weekend to Stockholm, where I stayed in the Södermalm district, which is a really cute area of town. I couldn't resist joking that Södermalm sounds like Ikea furniture. It was my first venture into Scandanavia, and it was much better than I had been expecting - although I don't really remember what I was expecting.
I love to travel, I love meeting people, and I love spending time away from London. The world is a big place, much bigger than London. In contrast, my mum rarely travels or venture out much further than home. I asked her why she doesn't travel much, but I didn't get a satisfying response.
But I've come to realise that our differing attitudes about travelling is more of a generation thing than anything else. My mum is from a generation where international travel was not the norm. The lucky few will holiday abroad once or twice a year at the very best.
However, our generation has grown up with really cheap international travel. It's super convenient to book your trip on your phone and also find a lovely apartment to stay, in a cool area of town. Going away several times a year is now pretty standard, unlike a few decades ago.
I love travelling because I'm curious and love to see the world. It helps me realise that others live vastly different lives. Most people live in a bubble, so travelling helps me to become more appreciative of how fortunate I am. And I also love meeting new people and learning lots about different countries and cultures.
Travel is great, and I think it's something that we should all do more often (irrespective of what generation you fall into).
If you've never been to Sweden, I'd highly recommend it. It's a beautiful country with fantastic people and lots of things to do.
Have an awesome week ahead,
Jeff Bezos 1997 Interview
In the interview, Jeff explains his rationale for why Amazon started as a book store. I enjoyed the way he explains the thinking behind this, and it does make a lot of sense. With hindsight, it was always clear that Amazon was going to be successful. Although, no one could have predicted the extent of its success.
A personal statement from Wol Kolade, CEO, Livingbridge
Wol is the CEO of the mid-market private equity firm Livingbridge. He wites about his challenges of getting into finance. And also about the racism and biases that he's faced, despite being a very successful black man. Lastly, he explains why it's important for everyone to be involved with driving this change within our society.
Pepsi’s $32 Billion Typo Caused Deadly Riots
I had no idea that people would lose their lives as a direct consequence of Pepsi trying to win market share from Coke in Asia. It's a story with a sad ending, but goes to show that mistakes do happen. Even for large corporations.
Tweet of the Week
This Week's Wisdom
"When you give in to temptations, you become a slave to your impulses. The resulting short-term gratification often comes at the expense of long-term fulfillment. When you resist temptations with declarative statements that begin with “I don’t…” you become the architect of a life built upon healthy intentions."
- In the book, The Art of Saying NO by Damon Zahariades
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