☝️ Upwarding #13: 2880 calorie pizza, Platinum Rule, Head Injuries, A Class Act.

Welcome to this week's Upwarding newsletter. Issue #13. My blog, with more in-depth content, can be found here.


This “cheeseburger-stuffed pizza” from pizza hut is 2,880 calories. Calorically equal to 28 pounds of spinach. Yes, caloric density matters. Eat your vegetables!


Inclusiveness expert Kamron Hack recently exposed me to the Platinum Rule. The Golden Rule: “Treat others how you wish to be treated”. The Platinum Rule: “Treat others how they wish to be treated”. I like it better, don’t you?


My calm friend Thomas got a concussion in a car crash and came out punching at the air before collapsing unconscious. The excellent Netflix series Last Chance U documents Markiese King’s concussion that results in him trying to fight several other players a couple of hours later. Aaron Hernandez, an NFL player with a long history of repeated head trauma, became a convicted killer. Seems pretty obvious to me that head trauma = violent outbursts.

Let’s not forget: padded helmets make people more willing to smash heads. Maybe instead of making football helmets “safer” we should, counterintuitively, remove them altogether


Investing in affordable single family home rentals is a well-established entry point into residential real estate investing. I’ve tried to get into this business several times; and every effort has been a disaster. Please don’t repeat my mistakes, detailed in this blog post, subtitled “A terrible, horrible, very bad idea”.

Random Thought

Bong Joon Ho’s Oscar acceptance speech brings new clarity to the term “class act”. Just watch from 1:23 to 3:23 if you are limited on time, to see the utter graciousness this man displays.


“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work…rather, teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery.

I’m trying to incorporate this more into my parenting.

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