RadReads​ - John Mayer's beef with Elon Musk

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Hi friend,

Wishing the entire Rad Family a very Happy New Year. Our team is so grateful for your support over the years.

This week, I somehow found myself in a John Mayer (aka Your Body is a Wonderland) rabbit hole. And Mayer had some choice words for Elon Musk.

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John Mayer's beef with Elon Musk

John Mayer, a philosopher?

Say it ain't so.

With Mayer's bevy of famous exes, "lothario" seems more appropriate for the Your Body is a Wonderland singer.

Maybe you know him for his crooning. Or songwriting prowess.

Or his ridiculously gi-normous tattoo sleeve.

But wisdom?

In a recent episode of the Call Her Daddy podcast, Mayer demonstrated some RadReads-level of existential inquiry.

And along the way, he needled the world's richest man.

When hostess Alex Cooper asked him about setting the record straight on his reputation as a "manhole," here's Mayer's response:

You're trying to eat the monster, who's trying to eat you.

He continues:

I've never heard a more true thing said to me. And I look at other people right now and say: 'Elon Musk,' you're trying to eat the monster, that's trying to eat you.

Finally, Mayer highlights the high cost of eating this monster:

I don't know where this idea of stubborn fight until death came from. You lose everything.

All week, I couldn't help wonder: What monster am I trying to eat?


Here are this week's top reads:

// one

Defining "enough"

4 minutes | Young Money

Lots of assets went to the moon in 2022. And then came crashing back down into a fiery inferno. Did people actually take those gains? Anecdotally, I've found the answer to be no. (I for sure did not - but HODL, ya know?) Why is it so hard to take chips off the table? In Jack's words:

But the euphoria from having your conviction proven right? That's priceless. And this same conviction that minted so many rags-to-riches stories keeps these investors from selling, sending them back to their rags.

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// two

When mindfulness does — and doesn't —help at work

6 minutes | Harvard Business Review

Mindfulness certainly matters - it helps reduce stress and improve overall well-being. But are employee “wellness” mindfulness programs all paying off? That’s less clear - sometimes breath-based mindfulness can be counterproductive, making people less helpful in scenarios which require accountability. I’m a big fan of loving-kindness meditation, which deepens my gratitude and overall life satisfaction.

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// three

Why you should stop squeezing in new projects

4 minutes | Quartz

When we want to squeeze in a new task we quickly turn to our tools (ahem, Shiny New Toys). But do this ensure a job well done — or simply that the job gets done? Instead of asking “can I squeeze this in?” We should be asking, “do I have what I need to do this well?”

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// four

How to reflect, set direction and make progress in the year ahead

6 minutes | Ashley Janssen

There’s nothing wrong with OKRs (we love them at RadReads), but they’re mostly outcome-focused, measuring success based on metrics which can sometimes be arbitrary. An alternative (or even simultaneous) approach? One that is process-focused. Ask yourself: what can you learn from the past year? What’s the target’s general direction? What processes will you put in place to move you in the right direction?

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// five

Your career is just one-eighth of your life

5 minutes | The Atlantic

Much of modern career advice is actually anti-career advice. Some useful, non-generic advice? First, your career is not your life. Explore, then exploit. Do the job you want to do (not the job you want to tell other people you do). Flow comes from voluntary, difficult and worthwhile work.

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Khe

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