To venerate (VEN-uh-rate) is to revere; to regard with great respect. As I used it today: “With respect to your career, what’s more important: being admired for your character… or venerated for your success?
If you like visiting art museums, you should know about Google Arts & Culture, a surprisingly little-known website that, among other things, offers digital tours of many of the greatest art museums of the world.
Several years ago, K and I spent some time in Holland – and one of the highlights for me was looking at the masterpieces at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. It was an immensely enjoyable and edifying afternoon.
Imagine seeing the major works of Rembrandt, Vermeer, Hieronymus Bosch, Pieter Bruegel, Frans Hals. Not to mention the modernists: Vincent van Gogh, Karel Appel, Willem de Kooning, and Piet Mondrian.
You don’t have to travel to Amsterdam to visit the Rijksmuseum. Nor do you have to travel to Madrid to visit the Prado. Or to NYC to visit the Met.
When you are in the mood, go to Google Arts & Culture.
“Uber Is Going to Zero and Their VC Backers Know It”
In a previous post, I wrote about the possible demise of Uber. In this essay on Medium.com, Matt Ward presents a similar view, comparing the deep “moat” AirBnB has against its competition with the shallow “puddle” that surrounds Uber.
The important lesson here is the idea I mentioned in my essay: User-built networks – like AirBnB – get more valuable (and less vulnerable to competition) as they grow because they provide customers with more of what they want: reach. But company-built networks like Uber have no advantage over upstarts because, as Ward points out, they are essentially in a marketplace of local commerce catering to customers that have no loyalty.
I’m writing today to thank you again for your continuing and far-reaching impact on my life. Your guidance has proven invaluable time and again in more ways than I ever could have imagined….
Running a business is perhaps old hat to you, but not all of it has come naturally to me…. The principles you laid out in Ready, Fire, Aim [LINKTO BOOK] helped me get started doing things that scared me before I felt ready – which is a good thing because I started two and a half years ago and I still don’t feel ready! And thanks to your advice in Seven Years to Seven Figures, [LINK TO BOOK] I’m looking at launching a totally different product to create another source of income for myself.
Even though I’m not quite at $100 million, or really even in the ballpark yet, there is no question that I am much further along thanks to you…. And for that I will be forever grateful…. But more than anything, I just wanted to say thank you for doing more for me than you probably realized to help me follow slowly but surely in your footsteps.