The Value of Creative Breaks

Plus: Crypto trading volume at $9.1T, How to build strong cofounder relationships, Why CEOs are masters of paradox and much more...

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IDEAS
The Value of Creative Breaks

Bill Gates has pioneered the idea of taking “Think Weeks.”

Each year, he escapes to a remote cabin in the woods for seven days, bringing only his mind, a problem to think through and a pile of books.

No phone. No laptop. No iPad. No technology.

Gates’ Think Week practice may be out of reach for the average human like you and me, but “creative breaks” like this are incredibly valuable.

  • They remove you from the day-to-day details, gaining a fresh perspective on your life and work.

  • They allow your mind to decompress without the constant stimulus of technology.

  • And they allow space for you to solve whatever problems you’re working through—personal or professional.

And they don’t have to be for an entire week. The principle could be applied to your weekly Sunday routine or a few days on a holiday.

The bottom line is that we should all make an effort to take time away from the daily grind and allow our minds to wander.

After all, our best ideas typically arrive not when we’re at our desks but in the shower or on a walk.

So prioritise that. Prioritise taking regular Creative Breaks.

RESOURCES
What I consumed this week…

…From around the web

This is a fascinating and unexpected development in the AI arms race.

With Microsoft being tied at the hip with OpenAI and now having the expertise of Mustafa Suleyman, former co-founder of DeepMind, and access to Inflection’s technology, it seems they could be running away with it.

However, Google and Anthropic are close behind and will surely not give up without a fight.

This level of consolidation at such an early stage in AI’s life cycle shows how ruthless and unforgiving the space is for any new entrant.

It’s been described as “materially better” than GPT-4 from a CEO who saw an early demo.

This will undoubtedly be the biggest release of the year and blow our collective socks off like GPT-4 did last March.

However, it’s interesting to think about how we will view GPT-5 this time next year. We’ll probably be complaining about how it’s “dumb” and be waiting for the next model release.

I find this incredible about OpenAI’s release strategy, which releases its products slowly and iteratively rather than all at once.

The path to AGI is clear, but it will probably take longer than we think.

Crypto is well and truly back.

And while Bitcoin, Ethereum and Solana (the assets that have real-world potential behind them) have rallied to all-time high prices, there’s been a return to memecoin degeneracy and irresponsible trading.

This saddens me because of the potential that crypto could have provided to the real world. It seems these cycles are destined to repeat forever.

I just hope the space can move from a bunch of traders trying to make a quick buck to people who create innovative solutions that improve humanity.

…From X

…From YouTube

TOOLS
The No-Code x AI Bootcamp

If you're a regular here, you’ll know I’ve been through the Bootcamp myself. I'm not big on courses, and I recommend even fewer.

That speaks volumes about this one. It was a game-changer.

I’ve always been 'almost there.’ Full of ideas, yet stuck at the starting line, watching others on Twitter launch their products and succeed.

Then, I joined the Bootcamp. It completely changed my perspective.

I discovered the true power of building with No-Code and launched my MVP in a weekend.

I’m no longer hampered by analysis paralysis and have a roadmap of ideas and products I plan to build.

If you’re feeling stuck like I was, this Bootcamp is the way to break free.

THOUGHTS
Quote I’m Pondering

“Man plans, and God laughs.”

— Woody Allen

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