Summary of “Here’s The Technique That Ambitious People Use To Get What They Want – RyanHoliday.net”

I think another part of this is that we are often afraid of putting ourselves out there and being rejected, so we think, “Well, I’ll just go and see what happens, but I won’t really try. I’ll wait until they hire me.” None of this is conscious of course.
Thiel is a man who is notoriously averse to what a friend would deem “Casual bar talk.” He’s a critical thinker, a certified genius and a wily contrarian.
Everyone else Peter had talked to had been thinking incremental, they had been defeatists and Thiel had almost come to internalize their view.
The question those questions then provoke is this: What opportunities have we left on the table in our own lives by failing to do the same? I can think of an easy one off the top of my head. In college, I interviewed at a powerhouse music PR firm.
Preparing for the interview, by actually putting something together to say in the room? I don’t think the thought even occurred to me.
More ruefully, I also think about how many dinners I’ve been to over the years with powerful and important people.
I think about the incredible people whose company I have been lucky enough to be in.
They said, “I want to work for you for free.” Or “I would like for you to be my mentor.” They rarely say what the person thinks they can do, or where they think my needs overlap with their skills.

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Summary of “The painter behind Jethro Tull’s Aqualung cover is still haunted by its success”

On a crisp January afternoon, Dad plopped down into a frayed, green chair and we went galloping back to the winter of 1970, when Ellis was in the market for an artist to create the cover of an upcoming Jethro Tull album.
His relative lack of experience showed when, following a quick pit stop at dad’s then-studio on 113th Street and a final meeting in Chrysalis’ midtown offices, the two men hammered out the contours of a handshake deal: For $1,500 dad would deliver three paintings.
Dad cranked out a few sketches and snapped some photos, all of which have since been discarded or subsumed by dad’s haphazard storage and record-keeping system.
The cover painting and the inside gatefold – a rollicking jamboree derived from Jethro Tull’s ample onstage theatricality and taken from stock photos provided by Ellis – were completed before dad fled London, but he didn’t hand over the back cover until he had returned to New York.
It’s a relatively simple image of Aqualung at rest, plunked on the sidewalk with a friendly dog perched by his side, a compositional choice informed, again, in part by the lyrics and partly by dad’s desire to be done with the job.
Warner Brothers, which had since acquired Chrysalis, would surely follow in Disney’s legal footsteps, Kant explained, using its vast financial resources to draw the proceedings out until dad was hemorrhaging attorney fees – and that’s assuming dad could find a lawyer who thought he had a winnable case.
Anderson’s sense of entitlement in the letter, the combination of grandiosity and the instistance on false claims, plus his side hustle selling autographed lithographs – bearing Anderson’s signature, to be clear, not dad’s – on the cover still bugs dad to no end.
I didn’t press him how the cover actually “Drew from Ian”, or get him to pin down what, aside from hiring dad and presenting him with a few stock photos, were his contributions to this “Magical moment.” But I mentioned that dad has grumbled about missing out on a windfall and had spoken to lawyers, all of whom told him to let it go.

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Summary of “Inside the Final Days of Robin Williams”

Robin Williams’s August 2014 suicide was devastating to those who knew him best-and it also came at the end of a long and difficult decline, as this excerpt from New York Times culture reporter Dave Itzkoff’s new biography, Robin, demonstrates.
A few days after he came back from Vancouver, Robin was stirred from a fitful evening of sleep, gripped by the certainty that some grave harm was going to befall Mort Sahl.
In the meantime, Robin started sleeping in a separate bedroom from Susan.
Robin’s longtime friend Eric Idle, who was in London that summer preparing for a Monty Python reunion show, tried unsuccessfully to persuade Robin to fly out there and make a cameo appearance at one of the performances.
Cyndi McHale, who had the same birth date as Robin and had a regular tradition of speaking to him on the day, could not track him down; “I was on the phone with his managers’ assistant,” she said, “And she was just like, ‘He’s not doing well.’ That was a common line. Rebecca was just like, ‘No, he’s not doing well.’ I was really worried about him.” McHale had not seen Robin, either, at a recent birthday party for George Lucas, an event that he reliably attended.
As Pitta recounted the scene, “I just casually said, ‘Another comedian I know has a service dog. The dog wakes her up when she chokes in her sleep.’ And Robin instantly said, ‘Oh, a Heimlich retriever.’ It got a huge laugh. He just sat there and had a little smile on his face.” When he and Robin left the theater at the end of the evening, Pitta said, “I gave him a hug and I said goodbye. He said goodbye to me three times that night. And he said it exactly the same way. He goes, ‘Take care, Marky.’ He said it three times.”
On the night of August 10, a Sunday, Robin and Susan were home together in Tiburon when Robin began to fixate on some of the designer wristwatches that he owned and grew fearful that they were in danger of being stolen.
She entered the room and made a horrifying discovery: Robin had hanged himself with a belt and was dead. Excerpted from Robin by Dave Itzkoff.

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Summary of “This Story Has Already Stressed Ryan Reynolds Out”

While “Deadpool” had less on the line, its runaway success meant that “Deadpool 2” will open to towering anticipation – it has already broken ticket presale records for an R-rated movie – and the bigger question of whether Mr. Reynolds can catch lightning in a bottle twice.
In March, FX canceled a Deadpool animated adult comedy series by Donald Glover, who created “Atlanta.” The show was not connected to the film, but Mr. Reynolds said he still lamented the news and considered Mr. Glover a genius.
Ryan Reynolds Aug. 7, 2016 On our 6am walk, my daughter asked where the moon goes each morning.
Ryan Reynolds Oct. 16, 2016 When someone asked in a tweet how his daughter might one day respond, Mr. Reynolds shot back, “Jokes on you. We’re not teaching her to read.”.
He grew up the youngest of four boys in Vancouver, British Columbia, in a home that was made volatile by his father, Jim Reynolds, a former police officer-turned-food wholesaler whom Mr. Reynolds calls “The stress dispensary in our house.” To head off screaming matches or any tumult, Mr. Reynolds tried to fix anything that might set his father off, be it by keeping the house immaculately clean or mowing the lawn.
His father also introduced him to comedy greats like Buster Keaton and Jack Benny, and could perfectly imitate Robert Goulet and Bill Cosby, or recite any episode of “Fawlty Towers.” Out of all this, Mr. Reynolds learned to be watchful, listen closely and to plumb tragedy for the absurd, traits he doesn’t think he’d have if he had come from an idyllic, placid home.
Mr. Reynolds is “Incredibly astute in the moment, and knows how to make a moment better,” said Morena Baccarin, who plays Deadpool’s girlfriend in both films.
The first time Mr. Reynolds remembers making a grown-up laugh was on the set of his first television show, a Canadian teen drama called “Hillside.” Vancouver-area high schools were asked to send their top drama students to audition, and though Mr. Reynolds was not picked, he went anyway and got the job.

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Summary of “25 Ways To Kill The Toxic Ego That Will Ruin Your Life – RyanHoliday.net”

So how do we keep this toxic ego and selfishness at bay? How do we prevent ego from “Sucking us down like the law of gravity?” The primary answer is simple: awareness.
Ego starts saying: it all must be done my way - even little things, even inconsequential things.
Martin Luther King understood that hate is like an “Eroding acid that eats away the best and the objective center of your life.” Hatred is when ego turns a minor insult into a massive sore and it lashes out.
If you let ego think that everyone is out to get you you will seem weakand then people will really try to take advantage of you.
Ego is sensitive about slights, insults and not getting their due.
One of the best strategists of the last century, John Boyd, would ask the promising young acolytes under him: “To be or to do? Which way will you go?” That is, will you choose to fall in love with the image of how success looks like or will you focus on a higher purpose? Will you pick obsessing over your title, number of fans, size of paycheck or on real, tangible accomplishment? You know which way ego wants to go.
If you can accept that you control only the effort that goes in and not the results which come out, you will be mastering your ego.
Ego wants to control everything - but it cannot control other people or their reactions.

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Summary of “24-Year-Old Australian Man Spent $2 Million After a Bank Glitch”

While his mates were out drunkenly hunting wild boar, Milky was investing in hedge funds, and at nineteen he bought his own home, for himself and his high school sweetheart, Megan.
With no money in the bank, Milky was bracing himself for the beginning of the end.
Oh, and a cranky old red Alfa Romeo-which Milky had bought shortly before moving there in July 2011.
Milky had no idea how he had gotten caught-perhaps someone at the bank had finally taken notice, or maybe someone on the receiving end of his large purchases had raised concerns.
“The bank is now seeking to recover funds.” The police confiscated Milky’s belongings and turned them over to the bank.
According to Milky’s contract with the bank, he was perfectly authorized to receive overdrafts subject to the bank’s approval.
In practice, when Milky put in an overdraft request, it would get sent up from his local bank to a corporate “Relationship officer” for sign-off.
“The unusual aspect of Mr. Moore’s conduct was that there was nothing covert about it,” Justice Mark Leeming noted in his judgment, adding that St. George bank had chronicled “With complete accuracy Mr. Moore’s growing indebtedness.” St. George declined to comment on the acquittal, though it later contacted Milky to tell him it was not coming after him for his remaining debt.

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Summary of “New trailers: Ant-Man and The Wasp, Robin Hood, and more”

I’ve missed most of the core Avengers saga, but there’s still a lot of fun to be had watching the more disconnected films in the MCU. Guardians is particularly accessible, thanks to how completely removed it is – and just how tonally it feels like its own thing.
The studio put out a full-length trailer for Ant-Man and The Wasp this week, and it’s all about showing what the duo’s fights will look like – with plenty of jokes thrown in between.
It comes out July 6th. Robin Hood In the vein of Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes and King Arthur, Lionsgate is coming out with a fast-paced, action-packed take on Robin Hood.
Kingsman star Taron Egerton plays Robin Hood, while Jamie Foxx takes on the role of Little John.
It comes out June 15th. Whitney A new documentary takes a look at the life and career of Whitney Houston.
It comes out July 6th. Pose Here’s the first real look at Pose, the new FX series from Ryan Murphy that focuses on ball culture in 1980s New York.
The show starts June 3rd. Castle Rock Hulu put out a new teaser for its Stephen King mashup series Castle Rock this week.
The show debuts July 25th. Manhunt Netflix has a new John Woo film coming up, and all I’ll add for context here is that, in its review, The Film Stage called it “The most John Woo movie possible.” So enjoy.

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Summary of “Your Coffee Addiction, by Decade”

Anyone who knows anything about coffee knows that the shade is, like, really important.
On your way past the coffee shop next door, shoot a side-eyed glance at the barista-just look at those suckers! Then at the fancy imported-goods market, take out a crisp twenty-dollar bill and buy a pound of coffee.
You wish there were a faster way to consume coffee than drinking it-like, maybe bathing in it? You don’t care how you roast the beans right now.
Should you cut back on your coffee consumption? Probably not.
At this point, the best part about going to bed is imagining the coffee you’re going to drink in the morning.
How many pounds of coffee would entice you to sell a kidney? Two? No, grow a spine! Maybe four.
As you lie there, you have an epiphany: coffee has more control over your emotions than you do.
Say goodbye to any notion of independence and drift off into a blissful sleep, afloat on the dark waves of an endless sea of coffee.

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Summary of “Lessons From the First Round of the NBA Playoffs”

LeBron-led teams had never played in a Game 7 in the first round; they’d swept five consecutive first-round opponents, and before this month had a 48-7 all-time record in opening series.
James gives Cleveland a chance, but he is also a 33-year-old coming off seven straight Finals appearances who just played a full 82-game regular season for the first time in his career.
Various NBA teams aggressively trapped pick-and-rolls to take the ball out of the hands of superstars in the first round of the postseason, which has been a fascinating trend to watch.
Even if Prunty were to have shortened the rotation to only eight players, it’d still have included either underdeveloped young players without a playoff-ready skill set or overpaid veterans who don’t quite fit around Antetokounmpo.
It’s Time for Wall and Russ to Switch Things Up “I put the pressure on myself because I am that franchise guy. I am the guy that has to be the leader of the team, that has to get everybody better, make everybody better on my team,” John Wall told reporters a day after the Wizards were eliminated in the first round by the Raptors.
The Wizards are at their best when both the ball and players are moving; there was something to the “Everybody eats” Wizards playing without Wall, but it was obviously unsustainable since the Wall-less team lacked the star power necessary for long-term success.
“So it’s something I really have to think about, if I really want to be this type of player, finish out my career as this type of player, knowing that I have so much left in the tank and I bring so much to the game of basketball.”
Since contracts guarantee by July 1 for most players, Indiana will need to backchannel with agents to gauge interest in players.

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Summary of “The New Noma: Frequently Asked Questions”

Studded with tiny flecks of dried fermented plum, it is wonderful to eat, although you could see trompe l’oeil plating as a small betrayal of the all-natural ethos that animates most of Noma’s cooking.
After throwing away the nondelicious parts, which Mr. Redzepi estimates at roughly two-thirds to three-quarters of the animal, Noma’s cooks stew the rest with chanterelles they preserved in oil last year.
You will probably be served by Lars Korby, who helps herd the wine collection; James Spreadbury, a kindly Australian who manages the restaurant; Mette Soberg, who as head of Noma’s research and development department works out the first drafts of many dishes.
The restaurant’s work with fermentation is so extensive that it fills a book, “The Noma Guide to Fermentation,” by Mr. Zilber and Mr. Redzepi, to be published this year.
Does fermentation make everything at Noma taste great?
Noma’s strategy in all things is to get rid of any received notions of luxury in restaurants and replace them with something seen as more humble, eccentric, overlooked, or undervalued.
That’s what Noma is about as a business serving food.
An earlier version of this article misspelled the name of the Copenhagen area where the new Noma has opened.

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