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The magic loop for rapid career growth.

Hello, my friends. J.D. here for another week of Apex Money.

Does it feel like fall where you are? Here in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, it is almost stereotypically autumnal. I like it. Mornings are cool. Afternoons are warm. The light is golden and angular. Leaves are beginning to turn. Apples and pumpkins and other harvest goodies are everywhere.

There’s a reason that October is one of my favorite months.

But enough of that. Let’s look at the links I’ve gathered for you today.

The magic loop: A framework for rapid career growth. [Lenny’s Newsletter] — “The heart of the Magic Loop consists of five steps. Some of these steps will require substantial time and effort, but they lead to not just rapid career growth but also a great relationship with your manager. The Loop is used to grow both your personal skills and abilities as well as your career, responsibilities, and compensation.”

Can grocery stores curb food waste with dynamic pricing? [Eater] — “Can [dynamic pricing] also work at grocery stores, where an estimated 119 billion pounds of food gets wasted each year? A recent study from U.C. San Diego’s Rady School of Management suggests that it might. Robert Sanders, the study’s author, used economic models to show that if grocery retailers used dynamic pricing to adjust prices for perishable foods based on how long they’ve been on the shelves, retailers would likely dramatically curb food waste.”

The new phone call etiquette: Text first and never leave a voicemail. [The Washington Post gift article] — “We spoke to an etiquette expert and people of all ages about their own phone pet peeves to come up with the following guidance to help everyone navigate phone calls in 2023. These will vary depending on your relationship, your age and the context of the call. The closer you are to someone, the less the rules apply. Go ahead, FaceTime your mom with no warning while brushing your teeth.”

Lastly, there’s something that has nothing to do with money. It’s a 25-minute video from the 1 Coin Only channel on YouTube that looks at the top 10 arcade games from every year between 1980 and 1989.

I loved video arcades when I was a kid. If I’d had more money or lived nearer to one, I would have been obsessed. But I was poor and far from the nearest arcade, so they held an especially magical appeal. This video is a fun nostalgia trip for me.

And that’s all for this Monday. Come back tomorrow for more!