Fifth driver spotlight now on Badger GP, this time on the bigamist, jockey, bobsleigher and F1 driver Alfonso de Portago, who makes a great story. Read it here.
In response to Medium’s What’s the Best Writing Advice You‘ve Ever Received?
Writing advice: You’re the best writer
This advice, from a YouTube video from Chiron Holwijn, goes beyond the obvious writing advice that’s out there. It’s simple advice, arrogant even, but believing that you’re the best writer in the world’ is liberating.
This belief tackles the bad habit some writers have, trying to copy others in order to be great. Instead, now you can write on wherever your interests lie. This belief also enhances your confidence, which is great to see. Never hold back. I’m reading you, for you.
“Vittorio couldn’t hear any engine noise, so he sent out a mechanic with a jerrycan. Tino had indeed run out of fuel, and with the jerrycan emptied in the car, he continued, giving the mechanic a ride back to the pitlane. Tino soon forgot he was carrying someone, going flat-out after just two corners. Upon arriving back in the pits after his stint, everyone wondered where the mechanic was. He was found, an hour later, in Parabolica’s gravel.”
The evening before the Italian Grand Prix of 1961, Wolfgang von Trips, speaking on the dangers of racing, replied to a journalist: “It could happen tomorrow. That’s the thing about this business, you never know.”
There’s a mantra for writers that says one can only be a good writer if he or she writes lots, but reads even more. Some Japanse painters observe for hours, only to paint the object in mere minutes. Others, argue you can only become good by doing, whatever the skill.
Whatever the balance, or theory, you believe in, it helps to be conscious about how much you consume, and how much you create.
Ask yourself: Are you the kind of person who says ‘I can’t wait until this is released’, or ‘I want more of this’, or, are you the kind of person who goes and makes it in the first place?
On my first day at Vandebron — or Republiq, as it was then called — I had to construct a password that contained numbers, for which part I picked the date, ’10_2’, which is today.
Working here, as a writer, blogger, brand journalist — or whatever you would could call what I do — is useful, yet as a person, it’s much more.
Today signals one lap around the sun — and here’s to making a damn difference.
When the clutch of his Ferrari 250 GT failed, Ferruccio Lamborghini had enough. The Italian, rich from building tractors, had already returned four times that same year to the factory in Maranello. With his fifth return, he stepped to the office of the twenty year older Enzo Ferrari, to tell about the woes of the 250 GT and give a few tips on how to improve the clutch. Enzo Ferrari laughed it away, and told Ferruccio to stick with building tractors.
Insulted Ferruccio left, but instead of moaning, he decided to build his own sport cars, yielding a threatening bull on the front, instead of the prancing horse. The creations of Lamborghini where quickly admired, with the fine Miura as pinnacle.
The story of the Italian car-manufacturer is iconic for finding possibilities in displeasure. It’s what Thomas Edison once said: “Discontent is the first necessity of progress.”
There’s plenty of other examples. Daniel Ek began Spotify to counter the illegal downloading of music: “Better than piracy”, said the original slogan. Blendle hated paywalls, Kanishk Parashar and Karthik Balakrishnan were tired to carry multiple cards in their wallets, and thus promptly invented ‘Coin’. The team behind Peerby didn’t want to buy several products which they would only use sporadically. And Bitcoin is a form of protest as well, against the might of banks.
Vandebron, where I fondly work, started from discontent, too. The interest of big energy corporations were simply not aligned with customers, producers, or the climate. They answered the rising demand for green energy, not by creating more generating capacity, but simply by buying foreign certificates, thus officially greenwashing grey energy.
Utilities are fundamentally unsuited to providing renewable energy because they have legacy investments in fossil fuels, which they need to recover. They also have an interest in selling more units, which isn’t good from an efficiency point of view.
It’s typical for established companies to conform in maintaining the status quo, whether it’s the energy-market, music- or car-industry. Yet, luckily, there’s plenty of innovations who break that status quo and disrupt multinationals.
Pivotally, to put something in motion, you’ve to make choices,
whether it’s a Ferrari, or green energy.