ᴅᴀᴠɪᴅ ᴘᴇʀᴇʟʟ ✌ @david_perell "The Writing Guy" | Host of the North Star Podcast: perell.com/podcast | Writing at perell.com/ | Teaching at writeofpassage.school/ Dec. 11, 2019 1 min read

My annual tradition 🎊

Here’s a list of all the coolest things I learned this year.

WARNING: I didn’t hold back. There’s so much stuff in here.



Here’s my favorite quote from the 2018 edition.

“If you want to know what a given society believes in, look at what its largest buildings are devoted to.”

— Joseph Campbell


My favorite learnings from 2019.

1) Cars and top-hats

2) You can raise somebody’s ambitions.

From @tylercowen

3) Most of America is very sparse.

4) Find your tribe

From @johnolilly

5) Japanese artist Kumi Yamashita winds a single black thread around a grid of nails on a wooden board to create intricate portraits.

6) The video game industry is exploding.

It's already much bigger than music or movies.

7) Pokémon and Hello Kitty are surprisingly popular.

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