What You Need to Know Today: March 2

Good afternoon, Early Risers!

Here’s what you need to know


The future of real estate investing — Part 2. When Google announced  its reorganization as Alphabet in October, the news was delivered in a letter from Alphabet CEO Larry Page and published on Alphabet’s new website abc.xyz. While most of us saw the new domain as Google ‘just being Google,’ the truth is the company was faced with a common problem — overcrowded Internet domain space. New research from the University of Cambridge suggests that a lack of remaining domain names with easy to remember — and consequently valuable — word combinations is restricting Internet growth, with an untapped demand of as much as 25% of all current domains being held back. They’re predicting what we’re already seeing with Alphabet — a boom in ‘not-com’ domains. Savvy investors have already started to buy and sell what they’re predicting to be popular ‘not-com’ domains. Full story.

An easy way to understand modern education. You’ve probably asked this question before when you were in school without realizing its implications. “Will this be on the test?” illustrates everything wrong with modern education. Seth Godin explains.


The future of work will look a lot like Hollywood. Hollywood is pretty progressive… said no one ever. But as you’ll soon find out that’s not entirely true. Sure, there are major race issues in Hollywood, but in terms of progression in how things are run, I’d say Hollywood is at the forefront. The gig economy we’re progressing toward now has been in place in Hollywood since the ‘50s! Read this.

Two unbreakable laws of public speaking. “Two years ago, I sat captivated in an audience listening to one of the best speakers on the circuit. He almost hypnotized us with his cadence of style and charisma. Leaning toward the stage, I began to study his methods in order to learn and apply some of his techniques. He seemed to possess every tool of a top presenter. Halfway through his message, however, uneasiness began to bleed over me. A couple of his illustrations were familiar. He told them in first person, but I knew the individuals to whom these accounts actually occurred. Changing few of the details, he plagiarized a story in front of over 2,000 attendees.” Unbreakable law #1 — The Law of Character.


Disney is introducing ‘seasonal pricing.’ Read: surge pricing. 

Why you should write an attention charter. “In the war to reclaim your attention, some battles have clearer fronts than others. It has become clear to me that these differences matter. Social media, for example, is digital nicotine. It’s engineered to hook you so you can be sliced and diced into advertising fodder. It’s not worth losing your cognitive autonomy over — unless your job depends on it, you should probably quit. But the real issues seem to arise not from the obvious whimsies, but instead from the commitments that are less obviously harmful, and in fact, in the right dose, might actually be vital. Consider, for example…” Cal Newport’s latest article reminds us why more structure = more freedom.


What’s the point of moral outrage?

You know those social-justice heroes you see on Facebook, posting essay-long statuses about anything and everything that’s wrong with the world? Before you unfollow them, know that they’re only doing it to survive.

New research published in the journal Nature reveals that moral outrage, as selfless as it may seem, is really self-serving.

“Expressing moral outrage can serve as a form of personal advertisement: People who invest time and effort in condemning those who behave badly are trusted more.”

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