Clock paradox, information assets, and lovely hikes

Published over 2 years ago • 2 min read

Hi nerds -

I salute you from Panama City, Panama - aka my motherland.

Going back to 10PM curfews will be hard, but seeing family, spending time with friends, and the hike I have planned for this weekend I’m sure will make it worth it.

El Valle de Antón, Panamá

3 brain farts

💫 Doubt and transformation: The best types of courses are the ones that make us question our identity.

Good transfer of knowledge can get us near there, but only your genuine curiosity and ambition can finish the job.

This usually takes three forms:

  • Reflection: when you first start noticing the contrast between your current knowledge and the new information you’re receiving.
  • Deconstruction: when you break down your previous knowledge and are forced to understand what your “fundamental truths” are.
  • Reconstruct: when you patch together the new insight with the old one and form new assumptions and conclusions. This is where the new identity gains form.

Transformation tube

👩🏻‍💻 Information assets: As I grow professionally, I have become increasingly interested in investment assets that produce a future value - usually bonds, stocks, crypto or land.

However, a new class of asset has gained relevance in the digital age: the information asset. This is an asset who’s main value is the information it holds - be it an article, a website, content portfolio, a NFT, a vlogs, or even a newsletter.

With the Internet’s user count growing globally at ~10% a year, these assets increase their ROI (return of investment) as they gain attention, reputation, and trust - the currencies of the digital world.

The way I see it, information class assets are like bots, spreading your thoughts around the internet for whomever is interested in them. You post it once, and from then on, it works while you’re asleep - exponentially speeding up your career and building an aligned network of cyber friends for you.

The clock paradox: Our perception of reality is entirely based on how we perceive time. Paradoxically enough, the more we synchronize ourselves with the clocks, the more we fall out of sync with ourselves.

That’s why when we’re feeling regretful, humiliated, and insecure, it usually means we’re too focused on the past. When we feel anxious, scared, and stressed, we’re usually too focused on the future.

This is aggravated by the never-ending-now newsfeed feature all social networks have today. They’re so addictive because they’re playing with our perception of time: we’re scrolling through the past thinking it is the present and wishing it was the future.

The best way to avoid this is being grateful and present - of course, this is easier said than done. Here's one of my favorite meditations to help out.

2 intellectual goodies

“The clock does not measure time, it produces it”

~ Jeremy Rifkin, 1987

Game over clock

“Truly transformational learning occurs only when people are striving to accomplish something that matters deeply to them.”

~ Peter Senge

1 funky audio

My mom has always been a groupie of live acoustic music. Growing up, this meant I always knew what to put in the CDs I gifted her.

Today, they look more like this Spotify playlist. For those of us who often need slower vibes, enjoy the crisp guitar sounds and melodic voices.

acoustics playlist - Juliette Chevalier

Thanks for reading.

As always, feel free to connect by hitting reply and sharing a juicy thought 💡.

We all help the curious community grow 🧠.


Jules 🤸🏻‍♂️


Learning to code is 21st century super-power. I work as a Software Engineer and teacher around the world. My purpose is to empower others by showing them what we can do with our brain, a computer and wifi.

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