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Welcome to The Strive Journal, a roundup of 1 - 5 cool things I found and learned this week. 

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1) Not so linear history

📈 We're taught a linear history in the school system which forms a linear timeline perspective on the subject. The problem is we're not taught the entirety of history, only one curriculums version of it.

We have one nation's perception (not reality) of history unfolding.

In reality, history resembles a chronological bush with countless branches breaking away from the main root, and the history you know is only one highlighted branch in a complex web of interconnected events. 

There's much more to history than just "our side".

2) Why we fail

📷 Kevin Systrom, the co-founder of Instagram, had an insightful response to an interviewer who asked "what elements make a business fail?" His answer:

"Most businesses fail from one of two ways: They either don't change quick enough because they're adamant that they're right even though they aren't OR they're learning rates too high and they wildly chase new ideas and don't settle and find progress in one. The key to a business's success is an ability to pivot rapidly when something isn't working but prioritize and commit to the features that work. For Instagram, this was pictures and shareability."

It struck me that this solution is valuable to the individual too. 

People fail because either they are too hard-headed to admit their opinion, idea, or strategy is wrong or because they get distracted by new opinions, ideas, or strategies so quickly, they never make progress in any one pursuit. 

Reflect on your behavior and work to find the balance between the two. 

3) Youtube poetry

✒️ I'm probably late to this but I've recently discovered a few of my favorite poems on youtube and it's such a great way to consume them. 

here are a few I saved:
 
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