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Simon Huckk

With big-time investors like Andreessen-Horowitz and Sequoia Capital, will the product live up to the hype?

Have you ever wanted to bet on a person? You meet someone, through school or university, and you just think to yourself; Man, whatever that guy does, he’s going to knock it out the park.

You just know that whatever they are working on is going to be a success. Maybe they’ve got a special Midas-touch, or maybe it’s a specific work-ethic. BitClout gives you a way to bet on that person’s success (reputation, actually), without their permission.

You meet a young guy straight out of college — Max — who has it all going for him. He’s smart, good-looking…

A view of Lion’s Head from Kloof Corner, Table Mountain. Robben Island in the background. 17/03/2021, 7:03PM.

It was pouring with rain this morning. The cold, wintery, soaking kind of rain.

I stepped outside, was instantly drenched, and my mind reverted to my warm duvet and comfortable bed.

Not today. I took a deep breath, put my headphones in, and committed to 500 meters. If I got to that mark and decided this really wasn’t worth it, I’d turn around, cut my losses and go back to bed for an extra 45 minutes of zzz’s.

As it always goes, once I was out there, I had fun. …

It’s taken me over three years to build layers of resilience and fitness into my body. My aerobic “engine” is well developed, and I can run at a relatively fast pace (6.4 min/mile) at a very comfortable aerobic-level heart rate (<140bpm).

That comes from layers and layers of consistent training built upon each other. It certainly was not the result of two or three big workouts, sparsely distributed.

Too often, we think the next big thing is just “one massive push” around the corner. In reality, nothing worth achieving is.

Consistency is a massive barrier to entry. Most people aren’t…

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One of the most common misconceptions of becoming a good runner is that the only way to get better is to spend every single minute of training at your limits — huffing and puffing, legs burning.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

The 80/20 principle applies: 80% of your training should be at or below your aerobic limit. For me, that’s less than 145bpm (I’m 25). I describe it as my ‘run all day’ pace.*

The other 20% of total time is used for extremely focused, high-quality workouts, disbursed throughout a typical training week so that there is enough…

With industry trend forecasts and unique ideas for taking advantage of this blockchain tech

Just a few hundred thousand dollars worth of art, right here 🤯

At the time of writing, a piece of art titled Everydays — The First 5000 Days has just sold for $69.3 Million USD through the popular auction house, Christie’s. That places artist, Beeple, in the top 3 highest-value artists alive today.

Here it is (well, the unofficial version):

A strategy for success

One of the most valuable things I’ve adopted in the last few years has been a journaling habit. It’s not fancy. It’s not complicated. I don’t always do it, some days I don’t get around to it. Almost every day, though, I scribble something down in my (now digital) diary.

Along with a daily habit, I have a reminder set in my calendar for a quarterly review. It’s just a quick touch in to see how the last three months have been. …

What you can learn from the 5-minute long YouTube ad that has landed Mannkitchen nearly $1 million in pre-orders for a pepper grinder

A still from the MannKitchen ad.
A still from the MannKitchen ad.
Original image from Mannkitchen YouTube advert

I was sitting at my desk yesterday watching a Figma tutorial on YouTube when another annoying YouTube ad popped up. My mouse was hovering over the ‘Skip Ads’ button as the counter ticked down from the mandatory watch period. You know the feeling — c’mon, hurry up!

Side note: YouTube needs a disruptor that will force them to reconsider their current plan to frustrate users into the paid version of their product. Rant over.

Simon Huckk

B.Eng. Serial entrepreneur. Current CEO of a Fintech. I write about all things business, product design and original thinking:

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