The Journal no. 4 – January 14, ​2018

Welcome to the third issue of The Journal. My goal with The Journal is to post once a week a list of everything that I found interesting. Here is what I found interesting this week:


The Year Climate Change Began to Spin Out of Control By James Temple – MIT Technology Review

Wealthfront raises $75 million to help millennials invest By  – TechCrunch

The humble genius who built the first synthetic gene By Karen Hao – Quartz

Invest Like Bill Gates With These 2 Canadian Dividend-Growth Kings By Joey Frenette – The Motley Fool Canada

The business of improving global health By Bill Gates – Gates Notes

10 Things Investors Can Expect in 2018 By  – A Wealth of Common Sense 

David Gardner on Why We Invest – The Motley Fool

Lessons from the 1980s for disruption. – 13D Research

Annual Letter from Planet Earth By

Cool sh*t

Villa Vingt – Uncrate

Lichen House – Uncrate

911 LoveRS – Amazon

Take a Tour Of This Perfectly Minimal Canadian Villa – The Ultralinx

Ford Bronco Dallas – blessthisstuff

Type 2 – Ressence Watches


Ethereum Co-Founder Charles Hoskinson Video | ICOs and the Future of Investing – 32 min

The Ultimate Paper Airplane | WIRED – 8 min

Ford electric scooter first ride – 4 min


49 – Charge!: The Bull Case for Tesla by Adventures in Finance: A Real Vision Podcast

Small Studio

Since about two years ago, I have been fascinated by Garden room / Studio. In fact, I am thinking about building one in our backyard. A couple of months ago, I found 30X40 Design Workshop and, this week, I watched the 14 part video playlist from the sketches to the construction of a Small Studio.

The ONE Thing

I finished reading The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results by Gary W. Keller and Jay Papasan this week on audible. It was a five and a half hours listen. The book was good, but it was extremely long. I think it could be recused to a shorter book. The one-sentence summary of the book is to dream big in life and to focus on one thing in life. There is one idea of Jerry Seinfeld that I will certainly be using in the future. In the book, a person asked Jerry Seinfeld what he does in order to be so good. Jerry Seinfeld said that he has a calendar and, every time he writes jokes, he marks a red X on the calendar. His goal is not to bread the chain. This is the second time I heard about Jerry Seinfeld calendar method. The first time was in last week’s book Millennial Money: How Young Investors Can Build a Fortune by Patrick O’Shaughnessy.

“After a few days you’ll have a chain. Just keep at it and the chain will grow longer every day. You’ll like seeing that chain, especially when you get a few weeks under your belt. Your only job next is to not break the chain.” -Jerry Seinfeld

The Acquirer’s Multiple

I finished reading The Acquirer’s Multiple: How the Billionaire Contrarians of Deep Value Beat the Market by Tobias E. Carlisle. I have listened to Tobias on a couple of investing podcast. For example, I listened to him on The Investor Podcast by Stig and Preston and a couple of others. I found the book really good and learned a lot from the book. The Acquirer’s Multiple is a continuation of the work of The Little Book That Beats the Market by Joel Greenblatt. I enjoyed reading about the early career of Warrant Buffet and Carl Icon. I really loved the book, and I am planning to reread the book in the future.

The 4 Best Books I Read in 2017

Last year, I read 21 books which was a big accomplishment since the year prior I only read one book. I recently wrote a post on The 4 Best Books I Read in 2017. If you did not read it, please check it out here and let me know what was your best read last year.

Thanks for reading, see you next week!

Balal Rasool


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