The Great Hunger and the Little Hunger

“The Bushmen in the Kalahari Desert talk about the two “hungers”. There is the Great Hunger and there is the Little Hunger. The Little Hunger wants food for the belly; but the Great Hunger, the greatest hunger of all, is the hunger for meaning…
There is ultimately only one thing that makes human beings deeply and profoundly bitter, and that is to have thrust upon them a life without meaning.
There is nothing wrong in searching for happiness. But of far more comfort to the soul is something greater than happiness or unhappiness, and that is meaning. Because meaning transfigures all. Once what you are doing has for you meaning, it is irrelevant whether you’re happy or unhappy. You are content – you are not alone in your Spirit – you belong.”
― Laurens van der Post

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Authenticity scarcity

I’m long on this trend. Will see this in writing, business and politics. People are craving authentic and real interactions. A handwritten note, admitting to screw-ups, compassion and vulnerability. Run your business with authenticity as a goal. Show up in your writing, in your relationships, and with customers. Being authentic takes courage, but it’s what people will crave in the digital decade.

11 Top Reading Recs

Shoe Dog by Phil Knight. My take: Entrepreneurial spirit and grit

Hatching Twitter – Nick Bilton. My take: Timing, execution, brilliance, luck intertwined with a living and breathing community of users who love the product.

Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage – Alfred Lansing. My take: The only team and leadership book you should read.

My First Summer in the Sierra – John Muir. My take: Captures the raw beauty of the Sierras, Yosemite and California.

The Painted Veil – W. Somerset Maugham. My take: A beautiful love story

The Razor’s Edge – W. Somerset Maugham. My take: About the search for enlightenment. Very zen, before zen was cool.

The Elephant Whisperer – Lawrence Anthony. My take: About a mans love for the bush and it’s animals. You’ll never look at elephants the same way again.
The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas. My take: Love, vengeance and forgiveness. A wonderful adventure novel.
Dune – Frank Herbert. My take: The best sci-fi novel out there.
Watership Down – Richard Adams. My take:  Game of Thrones, but with rabbits. Deep and mystical.
Kill Your Friends – John Niven. My take: Dark humor and something completely different. If you’ve ever lived in London it will be even funnier.