Ladies, liquor, and leverage

Published almost 2 years ago • 1 min read

Hi nerds -

I salute you from Panama, where there are more species of birds and plants than there are in all of Canada and the United States combined.

Growing up, I would see blue butterflies and funky birds everywhere and always assumed this was normal. It wasn't until I moved abroad that I realized how special this was.

Thing is, it’s hard to value things for what they are when we’re immersed in the same (head)space for a long time. A lil break and a step back is often the only way to see life’s beauty.


🌊 Stable fluidity: Stable fluidity is the sweet spot in which we’re flexible enough to allow constant innovation, while being stable enough to withstand constantly changing circumstances.

  • Big bureaucratic institutions: like governments or large organizations, tend to prioritize stability over innovation for longer-term survival.
  • Smaller organizations: like startups, tend to be more iterative and fluid, but if they listen to every new trend, they’re unable to reach a sustainable stage.

Big tech companies have found an interesting middle ground here. By implementing organizational models like Agile, they’ve been able to iterate and adapt only when the user research has validated it’s the right approach.

Lemon eyes

🔀 Dual-track life: Whether we’re building a product or figuring out our life, it seems like we’re always moving between discovery and delivery cycles.


  • Problems turn into potential solutions, goals into ideas.
  • We test those out with a team - be it our customers or close support circles.
  • We throw assumptions out, validate, and prototype.


  • We turn those validations into backlog task items.
  • We build and execute initiatives.
  • Test whether we’re delivering value to our stakeholders and our life objectives.

And the cycle starts again. Forever.

Dual Track Agile

✍🏼 Writing culture: A daily writing routine is the best tool for accelerated growth - both for individuals as well as organizations.

At first, it seems counter intuitive: time spent writing is time not spent building.

But that is short-term thinking. Clarity, purpose, structure, and format are key to building right and sustainably.

If we want more impactful, long-term output, there's no better tool for detangling ideas, keeping consistent documentation, and providing powerful feedback.


“There are only three ways a smart person can go broke: liquor, ladies, and leverage.”

~ Charlie Munger, investor.

Ladies and liquor

“What you have today is something you used to dream about.”

~ Anonymous.


How do we empower financial freedom for women around the world? How do we attract women to industries that have been traditionally male-dominated, like finance and technology?

Surge is our attempt at doing that 🚀. Hear more about the project in this juicy interview.

Web3 Revolution - Surge podcast

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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