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Circle of Competence Issue #111


"The heights by great men reached and kept were not attained in sudden flight but, they while their companions slept, they were toiling upwards in the night." - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


Industry Primers Needed

This week I was fortunate that a subscriber reached out and provided a few industry primers on the software and healthcare (pharma, biotech, and medtech) industries (big hat tip to Drew Frailey). I'm still looking for solid primers on the following industries, so please reach out if you'd like to contribute to the growing Business Vault:

- Aviation/Aerospace

- Energy

- Natural Resources

- Media

- Transportation

Why I write (George Orwell)

I've been reading David Brooks' The Second Mountain recently. The book is his attempt to explain the archetypal rise, fall, and rise again of career-oriented people who either fail to achieve their first (often career oriented) set of goals but find a more fulfilling purpose instead OR who achieve everything they ever dreamed of, but find emptiness at the top of the 'first mountain' and begin to look for a more noble, 'second mountain' instead. The beauty of this book is that it is applicable to the new grads out there who's career tracks are looking vastly different than they were 3 months ago, as well as the 30 year industry veteran who is feeling a sense of longing for a bigger purpose.

Anyways, in this book, he mentions an essay by George Orwell titled "Why I Write" and I have linked to it above. He describes his d