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BLOG POST - Farnam Street: Our Yearning for Immortality: Alan Lightman on one of the most Profound Contradictions of Human Existence by Shane Parrish - Eloquent essays expounding on the multitudinous scientific evidence that argues for the impermanence of everything, despite our longing for permanence.
ARTICLE - MIT Sloan Management Review: With Goals, FAST Beats SMARTby Donald Sull and Charles Sull - "[L]eaders must set ambitious targets, translate them into specific metrics and milestones, make them transparent throughout the organization, and discuss progress frequently."
BOOK - The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron (My full Kindle notes) - Julia's seminal work proffers an incredible blend of emotional inspiration and concrete actions and tools that will add joy to your life, and give you a powerful toolkit to unleash your potential in any realm.
BLOG POST - Mindfulness Hack: How To Use 4th of July Consumer Explosives to Augment Your Meditation Practice by Nikki Campo - "Pause for a moment to recall why you’re meditating with consumer explosives today. Recognize and release any desires, say for safety or well-being, you’ve brought along."
OTHER INTRIGUING CONTENT - 80%+ Self-Reported Efficacy of Marijuana on Pain and Sleep (Research); Exercise Burst Boosts Learning Gene Function (in Mice)(Research); Arthur Brooks on Love Your Enemies (Podcast); Indre Viskontas on Music and the Brain (Podcast); Are we eating too much (or not enough) protein for good health? (Podcast); Healthy Boundaries (Blog Post); Liminality & Change (Blog Post); Hannah Arendt on Thinking vs. Knowing and the Crucial Difference Between Truth and Meaning (Blog Post); How Complex Systems Fail (Article); How Our Expectations Shape Our Reality (Article); When Chomsky met Foucault: how the thinkers debated the ‘ideal society’ (Video)
"The quality of life is in proportion, always, to the capacity for delight. The capacity for delight is the gift of paying attention." ~ Julia Cameron
ARTICLE - Psychology Today: How to Stop Comparing Yourself to Others by Susan Biali Haas - Understanding our envy triggers, and designing gratefulness and appreciation into our days, can help us bolster our contentedness and avoid comparison traps.
ARTICLE - New York Times: You Are Doing Something Important When You Aren’t Doing Anything by Bonnie Tsui - Create space within your work periods, work days, work weeks, and work years for meaningful idle time, to refuel and replenish yourself.
BLOG POST - How to Be Great? Just Be Good, Repeatably by Steph Smith - Leverage the powers of compounding, diligence, and experimentation to boost your odds of greatness in anything you set out to achieve.
ESSAY - Heterodox Academy: All Minus One - John Stuart Mill’s Ideas on Free Speech by Richard Reeves and Jonathan Haidt - "All silencing of discussion is an assumption of infallibility."
OTHER INTRIGUING CONTENT - By the numbers: ratings and utilization of behavioral health mobile applications (Research); Gut Microbiome & Exercise Performance (Research); Coffee & Brown Fat Activation (Research); Caveats for the Health Risks of Chronic Sitting (Research); Negative Emotion Differentiation(Research); Josh Waitzkin on Learning (Podcast); Social Media: “addiction is actually the point.” (Blog Post); What an Education Should Entail (Blog Post); The Science of Stir Crazy (Article); Life ≠ Alive (Article); Finding 'The One' (Article)
"No person is free who is not master of himself." ~ Pythagoras
PODCAST - The Knowledge Project #60: Leading Above the Line: My Interview with Leadership Expert, Jim Dethmer by Shane Parrish - Conscious awareness and acceptance of our body and mind states enable deeper and more impactful interactions, especially within the contexts of leadership and teamwork.
BLOG POST - Brain Pickings: The Shortness of Life: Seneca on Busyness and the Art of Living Wide Rather Than Living Long by Maria Popova (My full Kindle notes from the book) - Making decisions through the lens of our scarcest resource, time, can help us live a more meaningful life.
ARTICLE - The Atlantic: Your Professional Decline Is Coming (Much) Sooner Than You Think by Arthur Brooks - We can learn from common patterns in professional career evolution to better design our lives and careers around our inevitable changes in capabilities.
BLOG POST - Farnam Street: The Munger Operating System: How to Live a Life That Really Works by Shane Parrish - Operating systems of legendary thinkers like Charlie Munger can help us design our own rules for living well.
OTHER INTRIGUING CONTENT - Social Network as a Predictor of Health(Research); Hoarding & Mental Health (Research); Low Carb Diets & Diabetes Risk Reduction (Sans Weight Loss) (Research); Framing Progress & Mental Health (Research); Home-HIIT Exercise Efficacy (Research); Time in Nature & Health (Research); Saunas & Longevity (Research); Desire Infection (Article); The Interoceptive Turn (Article); Friendship & Meaningful Connection (Blog Post)
"Learning how to live takes a whole life, and, which may surprise you more, it takes a whole life to learn how to die." ~ Seneca (the Younger)
BLOG POST - UX Essays: The world needs a tech diet; here is how designers can help by Fabricio Teixeira & Caio Braga - "Designing your life begins with designing the environment around you."
BLOG POST - Lessons from Keith Rabois Essay 3: How to be an Effective Executiveby Delian Asparouhov - Your efficacy as a manager (in all realms of life) is largely dictated by your management operating system, which can be engineered and improved in myriad ways.
BLOG POST - 52 key learnings in 52 weeks of 2016 by Tre Wee - Regularly reflecting on our life creates opportunities to synthesize timeless principles for living.
OTHER INTRIGUING CONTENT - Safely Shifting Sleep Timing (Research); Diets Affect People Differently (Preliminary Research); The State of Global Politics(Podcast); Why I Am a Bad Correspondent (Blog Post); Staying Open-Minded (Blog Post); "One’s work should be a salute to life." (Blog Post); The Information Arms Race (Article); Internet Trends 2019 (Presentation)
"Anything less than a conscious commitment to the important is an unconscious commitment to the unimportant." ~ Stephen Covey
ARTICLE - New York Times: You Accomplished Something Great. So Now What? by A.C. Shilton - Linking our happiness to goal achievement (a.k.a., 'the Arrival fallacy') is a recipe for failure.
PODCAST - The Tim Ferris Show #373: Jerry Colonna — The Coach With the Spider Tattoo - When we accept our fundamental goodness, and open ourselves up to candidly question our patterns, feelings, and commitments, we afford ourselves the opportunity to make radical changes in the service of simply living lives that we can be happy with.
MUSIC - She's Always a Woman by Billy Joel - Robust relationships include appreciating the vicissitudes of our loved ones, as well as the unexpected and nontraditional parts of their being.
OTHER INTRIGUING CONTENT - Personalized Digital Meditation Proven Effective(Research); 15 Minutes of Meditation Feels Like a Day Off (Research); Language & Romantic Attachment (Research); Attitude & Longevity (Research); Strength Training & Body Image Fears (Research); Hot Takes on Consciousness (Podcast); The Costs and Benefits of Attacking Climate Change (Podcast); Distinguishing Truth & Knowledge (Article); Technology & Hiking (Article); Beauty & Virtue (Article); Spreadsheets Empowering Relationships (Op-Ed); The Rise of Audio & Voice (Blog Post); The Kelly Criterion (Blog Post); Five Lessons from History (Blog Post)
"I believe that I am a fundamentally good person, and that I accept the fact that I often fail to act in accordance with that. But that feels, to this guilt-ridden, anxious-ridden, angry child from Brooklyn, that feels radically transformative." ~ Jerry Colonna
SPEECH - You and Your Research by Richard Hamming - The recipe for doing great work is relatively simple, yet incredibly hard to execute well (Note: But not impossible ;D).
PODCAST - Where Should We Begin? by Esther Perel - A relationships podcast featuring wonderful, vulnerable couples counseling with one of the greats.
MOVIE - Baby Driver by Edgar Wright - An incredible and unique action movie with witty writing and a killer soundtrack.
OTHER INTRIGUING CONTENT - Sugar Tax Efficacy (Research); Napping & Performance (Research); MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy (Research); Joe Rogan Experience #1309 - Naval Ravikant (Podcast); There is Too Much Stuff (Article); Flaws of Cultural Heritage (Article); Filth & Philosophy (Article); Friends & Health Choices (Article); Mental Health & Executive Function (Tweet Storm); Nature & Health (Blog Post)
"If you do not work on an important problem, it's unlikely you'll do important work. It's perfectly obvious." ~ Richard Hamming
PODCAST - Reboot #105: Reboot Your Definition of Success – with Alex Rethore by Jerry Colonna - As we go through 'resets' in life (which are always available to us :D), we have the opportunity to bring our lives into internal and external alignment, and to push back on that nagging inner voice asking "Is this enough?".
BLOG POST - Reasoning From First Principles: The Dumbest Thing Smart People Do by Byrne Hobart - Knowing which principles you are aligned with and against can be tremendously valuable, even if you cannot reasonably live by them most of the time.
BLOG POST - 88 Important Truths I’ve Learned About Life by David Cain - Seeing and evaluating others' core beliefs and principles can help you better understand and hone your own.
BOOK - Every Day is Game Day by Mark Verstegen (My full Kindle notes) (Thank you Paul for sharing!) - Defining what pillars of living are most important to us, and our operating principles and rituals within each pillar, enables better living in the service of what we uniquely define as most important.
OTHER INTRIGUING CONTENT - Burn-out is officially a disease (News); Understanding Humans in the Wild (Podcast); Probiotics as an anxiety intervention (Research); Exercise as a mental health intervention (Research); Curiosity & Learning (Research); High-Intensity Exercise & Heart Function (Research); What Game of Thrones' final season reveals about storytelling styles (Article); Happiness & Success (Article); Relationships & Trust (Blog Post); Relationships & Resonance (Blog Post); Embracing Our Mortality (Blog Post)
"We spend so much time inculcating and internalizing those expectations. You have so much potential, that the whispery fear behind that is, and so you better not blow it... Whereas the message is not necessarily, congratulations, you are enough. The message is, congratulations, someday you may be enough." ~ Jerry Colonna
ARTICLE - The New Yorker: Can We Live Longer But Stay Younger? by Adam Gopnik - As aging research evolves and expected longevity improves, lengthening our lives, there is still the important and deeply personal question of purpose and meaning in our final act.
ARTICLE - The Economist: Death of the Calorie by Peter Wilson - Nutrition science continues to illuminate the nuanced incompleteness of the simple, but insufficient, mental model of caloric balance for weight control.
BOOK - Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging by Sebastian Junger (My full Kindle notes) - Battling through hardship with others can ultimately be more rewarding than living more affluently but individualistically, as the experience of struggling together taps into core human virtues and needs.
OTHER INTRIGUING CONTENT - On Being Certain (Podcast); Popping the Filter Bubble (Podcast); Mueller Report Debrief (Podcast); Human Satisfaction and Traditional Economic Theory (Podcast); Detoxes (Research Summary); Life Purpose Linkage to Healthy Decisions (Research); Social Class and Ability Perception(Research); Mental Health Stigma in Elite Athletes (Research); Soda Tax(Research); Internet Privacy Essentials (Tools); Empathy and Engineering (Blog Post); Life Strategy (Blog Post); Breaking Up Facebook (Article); Phone Usage and Relationships (Article)
"Whatever the technological advances of modern society—and they’re nearly miraculous—the individualized lifestyles that those technologies spawn seem to be deeply brutalizing to the human spirit." ~ Sebastian Junger
BOOK - Amusing Ourselves to Death by Neil Postman (My full Kindle notes) - Our communication tools, and their framing of informing vs. entertaining, fundamentally alter the volume, type, and nature of discourse, with semi-predictable repercussions.
VISUAL ESSAY - The Pudding: The Structure of Stand-Up Comedy by Russell Goldenberg & Matt Daniels - A delightful and ingenious visual experience sharing the structural brilliance of Ali Wong's stand-up comedy.
BOOK - Radical Honesty by Brad Blanton (My Summary) - The lying we do to ourselves and others, of any scale and variety, takes meaningful energy and effort, and often robs us of experiencing life for what it really is.
OTHER INTRIGUING CONTENT - Ethical Considerations of Human Genetic Modification (Podcast); The Evolution of Culture (Podcast); Sunscreen & Vitamin D Synthesis (Research); Unpleasant Experiences with Meditation (Research); Sleep & Longevity (Research); Envy & Timing (Research); Optimal Protein Intake (Article); Complexities of Identity (Blog Post)
"The clearest way to see through a culture is to attend to its tools for conversation." ~ Neil Postman
RESEARCH - ScienceDaily: Patterns of compulsive smartphone use suggest how to kick the habit - Our smartphone compulsions are primarily triggered by escapism and anticipation, and can be mitigated by having better alternatives in real life, and finding comfort with discomfort and silence.
MUSIC - Worlds by Porter Robinson - Porter's music can feel like an infusion of happiness.
OTHER INTRIGUING CONTENT - Cannabis & Exercise (Research); Happiness & Connection to your Future Self (Research); Gossip (Research); Health Support Groups on Facebook (Article); Ethics & Confirmation Bias in Scientific Worldview (Article); Against Cheerfulness (Article); Inflammation's Effects on Health (Article); PPP-Adjusted Salary Quotes (Blog Post)
"We only hate the results of people. But people, Henry, aren’t just results. They’re a process. And to really give them a break we have to judge the process through which they became the result we see when we say So-and-so is a heel." ~ Budd Schulberg
TOPIC OF INTEREST - HIP FLEXIBILITY
BOOK - Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values by Robert M. Pirsig (My full Kindle notes) - In the work of our lives, we have the opportunity to embrace choice in how we perceive the world, our guiding values in riding towards our goals, and the baggage we bring along for the ride.
MOVIE - Battle Royale by Kinji Fukasaku - The Japanese precursor to The Hunger Games and other movies in the 'dystopian society forces kids to fight to the death' genre.
OTHER INTRIGUING CONTENT - Difficult Conversations (Podcast); Feelings (Podcast); Mental Models (Podcast); Empathy (Research); Empathy(Article); Idiosyncrasy Credits (Blog Post); Internet Regulation (Blog Post)
"Gumption is the psychic gasoline that keeps the whole thing going. If you haven’t got it there’s no way the motorcycle can possibly be fixed. But if you have got it and know how to keep it there’s absolutely no way in this whole world that motorcycle can keep from getting fixed." ~ Robert Pirsig
BOOK - Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future by Peter Thiel (My full Kindle notes) - Contrarian thinking and the dedicated search for truth proffer compelling opportunities to create new forms of abundance for the world.
ARTICLE - First Round Review: Our 6 Must Reads for Honing Focus and Managing Your Time - The key areas within our locus of control that we can manage for effectiveness gains are our energy, priorities, focus, and environment.
ARTICLE - Aeon: In defence of disorder by Alan Lightman - There is tremendous opportunity available in both order and disorder; eschewing disorder removes many beautiful aspects of life.
PODCAST - Reboot: #90 – The Fear of Being You with Leonie Akhidenor by Jerry Colonna - We can learn from, challenge, and show compassion to our inner voice; the voice that can drive us to success and achievement, but simultaneously lead to us question our self-worth, and sense of love, safety, and belonging.
"The prospect of being lonely but right—dedicating your life to something that no one else believes in—is already hard. The prospect of being lonely and wrong can be unbearable." ~ Peter Thiel
TOPIC OF INTEREST - CANNABIDIOL (CBD) - CBD is a nonpsychoactive derivative of cannabis that is safe, legal, and clinically proven to be effective for treating epilepsy, with initial research suggesting efficacy for anxiety, insomnia, and pain, too.
BOOK - Good to Go: What the Athlete in All of Us Can Learn from the Strange Science of Recovery by Christie Aschwanden (My full Kindle notes) - "Insofar as there exists any magical secret for recovery, sleep is it. The benefits of sleep cannot be overstated. It’s hands-down the most powerful recovery tool known to science."
ARTICLE - The New York Times: The Moral Peril of Meritocracy by David Brooks - In our life's journey, we each have the opportunity to transcend the self and our pursuit of success to instead focus on building loving connections and doing meaningful work.
"If the first mountain is about building up the ego and defining the self, the second is about shedding the ego and dissolving the self. If the first mountain is about acquisition, the second mountain is about contribution." ~ David Brooks
ARTICLE - The New York Times: Why You Procrastinate (It Has Nothing to Do With Self-Control) by Charlotte Lieberman - Procrastination is an emotional coping response that can be resolved with compassion, curiosity, and thoughtful design.
ARTICLE - Aeon: Sailing into the storm by Joseph Trunzo - Acceptance and Commitment Therapy [ACT] develops mindfulness and psychological flexibility to enable thoughtful action in alignment with your values and in pursuit of your goals.
BOOK - The Happiness Trap: How to Stop Struggling and Start Living: A Guide to ACT by Russ Harris (My full Kindle notes) - Russ Harris' primer on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy provides a wonderful framework for realizing a more realistic version of happiness.
"You have to let go of the need to have it all figured out in order to just actually live your life." ~ Jerry Colonna
KILL MY CONFIRMATION BIAS - CHEAT DAY
ARTICLE - Quartz: What’s that next dollar worth to you, and what are you giving up to get it? by Khe Hy - More (money) is not always better, as it often comes with difficult-to-measure trade-offs.
BLOG POST - The Acceleration of Addictiveness by Paul Graham - In most consumption categories, social norms are usually a poor indicator of your unique, optimal level of consumption.
"You can probably take it as a rule of thumb from now on that if people don't think you're weird, you're living badly" ~ Paul Graham
BLOG POST - Remains of the Day: Status as a Service (StaaS) by Eugene Wei - Social media platforms often directly serve our human desire for status by leveraging proof of work and scarcity dynamics.
ARTICLE - Vulture: How Podcasts Learned to Speak by Adam Sternbergh - Podcasting offers a sense of companionship that is neatly packaged in a recurring audio format.
BLOG POST - The Players' Tribune: Letter to My Younger Self by Ray Allen - Our path to success is unique, unsexy, and rife with failure, yet proudly and dutifully walking that path, not just reaching the end, contributes meaningfully to a life well lived.
"Every day for the rest of your life, you’ll have to choose. Do you want to fit in, or do you want to embark on the lonely pursuit of greatness?" ~ Ray Allen
BOOK - The Happiness Hypothesis by Jonathan Haidt (My full Kindle Notes) - There are a handful of simple, validated, proactive means for all of us to improve our perception of happiness, both in the moment and ongoing.
BOOK (SNIPPET) - Model Business Plan from Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson - Business plans can actually be hilarious. Really!
BLOG POST - Brain Pickings: These Truths: Jill Lepore on How the Shift from Mythology to Science Shaped the Early Dream of Democracy by Maria Popova - The lessons of history, despite the inherent biases in any individual account and the flaws of the decisions made over time, will have so much to teach us if we can observe objectively and inquire with an open mind.
ARTICLE - Aeon: The growth mindset problem by Carl Hendrick - Translating exciting academic findings into the real world is incredibly hard and faces a few difficult hurdles.
"[This trend], which everyone knows about, and [that trend], which is so incredibly arcane that you probably didn't know about it until just now, and [this other trend over here] which might seem, at first blush, to be completely unrelated, when all taken together, lead us to the (proprietary, secret, heavily patented, trademarked, and NDAed) insight that we could increase shareholder value by [doing stuff]. We will need $ [a large number] and after [not too long] we will be able to realize an increase in value to $ [an even larger number], unless [hell freezes over in midsummer]." ~ Neal Stephenson
FRIEND PLUGS - TWINE IS RECRUITING (NYC)
ARTICLE - Outside: Is Sunscreen the New Margarine? by Rowan Jacobsen - A mix of complexity and myopic incentives may be biasing U.S. sun exposure recommendations, which could mean that many people can improve their overall health by using less sunscreen and getting more direct sun exposure.
BLOG POST - Optimal Stopping: How to Find the Perfect Apartment, Partner, and Parking Spot by Brian Christian - Mathematical shortcuts provide helpful heuristics for figuring out when to stop searching and make a choice.
ARTICLE - ProPublica: I’m a Journalist. Apparently, I’m Also One of America’s “Top Doctors.” by Marshall Allen - All credibility signals are human created fictions, and ought to be subject to personal due diligence.
MUSIC - R.A.P. Music by Killer Mike - Find an hour to fill your life with perspective and lyrical bliss from Killer Mike.
"[O]ptimal stopping’s most fundamental yet most unbelievable assumption — its strict seriality, its inexorable one-way march — is revealed to be the nature of time itself." ~ Brian Christian
BLOG POST - If Self-Discipline Feels Difficult, Then You're Doing It Wrong by Mark Manson - When it comes to behavior change, self-acceptance and re-wiring rewards can take you much further than an approach focused on self-discipline or willpower.
BLOG POST - Medium Health: Why Your Brain Needs Idle Time by Markham Heid - Idle time promotes learning and productivity.
BLOG POST - Examine.com: The top 19 nutrition myths of 2019 by Michael Hull - The depth and nuance of nutrition research means that the current "truth" does not fully align with conventional wisdom, creating an opportunity for us to correct common mistakes.
MOVIE - Ace Ventura: Pet Detective by Tom Shadyac - Jim Carrey + early 1990's + ridiculous story = hilarity ensues.
"Ultimately, self-discipline is not based on willpower or self-denial, but it’s actually based on the opposite: self-acceptance." ~ Mark Manson
BLOG POST - Cognitive Journaling: A Systematic Method to Overcome Negative Beliefs by Richard Ragnarson - CBT-based journaling enables us to understand and upgrade our beliefs about the world.
VIDEOS - The Art of Manliness: Barbell Training with Mark Rippetoe by Brett McKay - For best results and lowest risk of injury in weight lifting (which can be part of everyone's exercise routine), make sure you nail your form.
ARTICLE - NY Times Magazine: America's Professional Elite: Wealthy, Successful and Miserable by Charles Duhigg - In our professional lives, our individual sense of meaning, autonomy, and team respect matter way more than salary and prestige.
TWEET STORM - You can tell what is constraining someone in life by who they judge by Tiago Forte - Behind our judgment lies opportunities and avenues for growth.
"When you sit down and write about your experiences and feelings, you choose to dedicate a special time window to reflecting on your own life." ~ Richard Ragnarson
EXPERIMENT OF THE WEEK - JIM COLLINS METRICS - Adding two simple metrics to my Life CEO Dashboard, incremental to the current rituals tracked there, can help me stay focused on the right things and enable me to better understand key drivers of my daily happiness.
TOPIC OF INTEREST - AMYGDALA HIJACKING - Amygdala hijacking is our "fight or flight" response, but often kicks in unconsciously in non-life-threatening situations. Improved mental hygiene and awareness via therapy and meditation is thought to reduce the frequency and intensity of amygdala hijackings.
BOOK - Hiking with Nietzsche: On Becoming Who You Are by John Kaag (My full Kindle notes) - Discovering and becoming ourselves is an active, ongoing process that occurs as we diligently pursue our highest goals.
RESEARCH - Annals of Internal Medicine: Insufficient sleep undermines dietary efforts to reduce adiposity by Nedeltcheva AV et al. (The University of Chicago) - Insufficient sleep can negatively impact body composition and weight-loss efforts.
RESOURCE - Thou Shalt Not Commit Logical Fallacies by The School of Thought - Understanding how to identify the many flavors of faulty logic will help improve your reasoning and conclusions.
"No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself" ~ Friedrich Nietzsche
TOPIC OF INTEREST - DRUG HARM, ADDICTIVENESS, AND CONTROL - Social norms and laws for drugs are not well correlated with their actual harm and addictiveness.
ARTICLE - Vox: Intellectual humility: the importance of knowing you might be wrong by Brian Resnick - We all have cognitive blind spots and make mental mistakes, so we ought to caveat our convictions with appropriate curiosity and humility, and reward others who do the same.
ARTICLE - New York Magazine: America’s New Religions by Andrew Sullivan - Our core human desire for meaning leads everyone to adopt some form of 'religion', whether that is traditional monotheism, a political party, a philosophical framework, or something else entirely.
BLOG POST - The Most Important Skill Nobody Taught You by Zat Rana - We have an opportunity to face the fear of boredom and silence, to embrace our solitude and enjoy every single scarce moment that life gives us.
BLOG POST - The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck by Mark Manson - 'Not giving a fuck' is the opposite of indifference, it is actually caring a lot about a very small number of things, so much so that you do the work necessary despite adversity, risk of failure, and feelings of pride and ego.
"...we need to be thoughtful in choosing our convictions, be open to adjusting them, seek out their flaws, and never stop being curious about why we believe what we believe." ~ Brian Resnick
EXPERIMENT OF THE WEEK - HIGH ENERGY + LOW EFFORT
PODCAST - The Tim Ferriss Show #355: How to Master Essentialism with Greg McKeown by Tim Ferriss - We can learn to choose choice in every area of our lives, so that we can focus on our highest point(s) of contribution.
PODCAST - Making Sense #146: Digital Capitalism with Douglas Rushkoff by Sam Harris - Our digital technology ecosystem has some pernicious incentives which lead to bad practices in innovation and growth.
PODCAST - The Knowledge Project #50: Inventing the Future with Josh Wolfe by Shane Parrish - Intellectual humility and curiosity enables better questions and, ultimately, a more refined and accurate map of what the future may hold.
RESOURCE - Slumber Bear by Kieran Parker - You have options for designing your best sleep routine.
PODCAST - Making Sense #4: The Path and The Goal with Joseph Goldstein by Sam Harris - Meditation is ultimately an exercise in greater awareness of the impermanence of all phenomena, which creates a path towards freedom from our monkey minds.
"It's not being unhelpful to the world for you to say No to something that is less important... Your obligation is to the highest point of contribution that you can make." ~ Greg McKeown
EXPERIMENT OF THE WEEK - TEA TIME (TAKE TWO)
TOPIC OF INTEREST - BIRTHRIGHT TRIP TO ISRAEL
BOOK - Dune by Frank Herbert (My full Kindle notes) - Even in the harshest of environments, we can paint a compelling vision of the future that inspires everyone to work together towards a common goal.
TOOL - Habit Tracker Template by Kelsey Whelan - Chunking opaque goals down into concrete steps, and tracking progress, can enable significant forward momentum.
BLOG POST - Farnam Street: How to Do Great Things by Shane Parrish - Preparing for success is as important, if not more important, than simply investing time and energy.
PODCAST - The Knowledge Project #18: Naval Ravikant: The Angel Philosopher on Investing, Making Decisions, Happiness and the Meaning of Life by Shane Parrish (Complete transcript) (My complete highlights) - There are tremendous opportunities to update our core mental models for realizing happiness and living our lives, primarily through dissolving our ego and seeing the world with clarity and equanimity.
"Happiness is really a default state. It’s what’s there when you remove the sense that something is missing in your life." ~ Naval Ravikant
SPEECH - This is Water by David Foster Wallace - The subjectivity of society is ubiquitous; and if we learn to pay attention to the nuance, we can see other options and choose choice throughout our lives.
"...if you really learn how to pay attention, then you will know there are other options." ~ David Foster Wallace
QUOTES OF THE WEEK - TD DIGESTS #41-65
EXPERIMENT OF THE WEEK - TEA TIME
ARTICLE - The New Yorker: The Philosopher Redefining Equality by Nathan Heller - The requirements for securing equality and freedom vary significantly based on context, so embracing intellectual flexibility over rigid ideology can lead to greater success more often.
BLOG POST - Medium: Connection Is a Core Human Need, But We Are Terrible at It by Brianna Wiest - We must both show up for others and show up authentically to realize our core human need for connection.
VIDEO - Wireless Philosophy: The Problem of Free Will by Richard Holton - Free will is still heavily debated among philosophers, with many fun nuances to explore.
MUSIC - Bad Religion - If you create twenty-plus albums over forty years, you'll inevitably bring something awesome into the world.
"I love my computer | For all you give to me | Predictable errors and no identity | And it's never been quite so easy | I've never been quite so happy | All I need to do is click on you | And we'll be joined | In the most soul-less way | And we'll never | Ever ruin each other's day | 'cause when I'm through I just click | And you just go away" ~ Bad Religion
EXPERIMENT OF THE WEEK - SILENCE (PART 2)
DOCUMENTARY - Wild Wild Country by Chapman and Maclain Way - When groups with different fundamental values come into conflict, the ridiculousness of human dynamics can unfold in unbelievable ways.
MOVIE - The End of the Tour by James Ponsoldt - No one is too "smart" or "brilliant" or "aware" to suffer from mental health issues. Embrace a mental health toolkit and do the work, the world is better with you in it and fully alive.
ARTICLE - TechCrunch: We finally started taking screen time seriously in 2018 by Catherine Shu - As evidence stacks up against screen time, we have opportunities to leverage existing tools and perform self-experiments to optimize our usage for our individual goals and context.
BOOK - Man's Search for Meaning by Dr. Viktor Frankl (My revised Kindle notes) - Finding meaning, embracing our freedom to choose, and forgetting ourselves are important keys to a happy life, regardless of external circumstances.
"The greatest task for any person is to find meaning in his or her life." ~ Dr. Viktor Frankl
EXPERIMENT OF THE WEEK - SILENCE (PART 1)
BLOG POST - Medium: The Unifying Theory of Alcohol by Dan Kieran - All of our consumption choices, regardless of rituals and social norms, can add positively to our lives with thoughtful experimentation and re-framing.
MUSIC - Christmas in Hollis by Run-D.M.C. - Christmas makes me long for quality 80's hip-hop juxtaposed with egregiously dorky video production.
"The essential ingredients for creativity remain exactly the same for everybody: courage, enchantment, permission, persistence, trust—and those elements are universally accessible." ~ Elizabeth Gilbert
MORNING MANTRA OF THE WEEK - MAINTAIN MY SOVEREIGNTY OVER THE MOMENT
KILL MY CONFIRMATION BIAS - ALTERNATIVE PERSPECTIVES TO CONSUME
BLOG POST - Farnam Street: Love, Happiness, and Time by Shane Parrish - When we shift our perception of the world from solid to liquid, from perpetual states to moments in time, we can unlock an appreciation for each moment, as well as an acceptance of the inevitable vicissitudes of life.
ARTICLE - Washington Post: Liberalism is Loneliness by Christine Emba - Liberalism's myopic focus on individual freedom affords tremendous benefits, but also leaves a gaping void when it comes to living outside ourselves.
ARTICLE - The Atlantic: The Reason Many Ultrarich People Aren’t Satisfied With Their Wealth by Joe Pinsker - Material wealth does not buy happiness, as our human tendency is to adjust both the rules of the game and the hurdle rate as our performance improves.
BLOG POST - Brain Pickings: Against Common Sense: Vladimir Nabokov on the Wellspring of Wonder and Why the Belief in Goodness Is a Moral Obligation by Maria Popova - Commonsense is fundamentally subjective, fickle, myopic, and blinding to our internal truths.
"Commonsense at its worst is sense made common, and so everything is comfortably cheapened by its touch." ~ Vladimir Nabokov
BOOK - Against Everything: Essays by Mark Greif (My full Kindle Notes) - There are plenty of other perspectives from which to view the world, enabling expanding comprehension and increasingly accurate mental maps.
NEWS - Bloomberg: Beijing to Judge Every Resident Based on Behavior by End of 2020 - The age of governments rating and controlling their citizens is nigh upon us.
COMEDY - Live at the Met by Robin Williams - Our work can continue to inspire others long after we are gone.
"Beautiful nature is beautiful for men and women because it strips our life to essentials, reflects us, dismisses us, and smashes our idols and objets d’art." ~ Mark Greif
BOOK - 21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari (My full Kindle notes) - Accepting the fallibility and limitations of the human animal will enable us to improve our individual and group processes to solve the key challenges of the 21st century.
PODCAST - On Being: The Difference Between Fixing and Healing with Rachel Naomi Remen by Krista Tippett - Our imperfect, wounded, authentic self is more than enough to heal the world immediately around us.
BLOG POST - Reboot: The Gifts of Relationship by Ali Schultz - Our intimate relationships offer tremendous opportunities for growth.
MOVIE - Groundhog Day by Harold Ramis - Serving others is one of the easiest (and counter-intuitive) paths to deep joy and meaning.
"Yet if you want to go deeply into any subject, you need a lot of time, and in particular you need the privilege of wasting time. You need to experiment with unproductive paths, explore dead ends, make space for doubts and boredom, and allow little seeds of insight to slowly grow and blossom. If you cannot afford to waste time, you will never find the truth." ~ Yuval Noah Harari
DOCUMENTARY - Free Solo by Alex Honnold & Jimmy Chin - Human potential is beyond imagination; nature is awe inspiring; and climbing still scares the shit out of me.
MEDITATION APP - Waking Up by Sam Harris - Sam Harris created a new meditation app that offers a more intellectual and analytical entry point into meditation practice.
ARTICLE - Aeon: Can relationship anarchy create a world without heartbreak? by Sophie Hemery - There are myriad ways to construct meaningful relationships, and your personal choices ought to reflect your (and their) needs and goals.
"You will always feel fear, but over time you will realize the only way to truly manage your fear is to broaden your comfort zone.'' ~ Alex Honnold
TOPIC OF INTEREST - FEEDBACK
VIDEO - Wired: How Humans Get Hacked: Yuval Noah Harari & Tristan Harris Talk by Nicholas Thompson
BLOG POST - Brain Pickings: Against Self-Criticism: Adam Phillips on How Our Internal Critics Enslave Us, the Stockholm Syndrome of the Superego, and the Power of Multiple Interpretations by Maria Popova
BLOG POST - Farnam Street: What’s Staying the Same by Shane Parrish
COURSE - Harvard: Positive Psychology 1504 by Tal Ben-Shahar
TOPIC OF INTEREST - PHYSICAL HEALTH INFORMATION BLACKOUT
MUSIC - Emotionless by Drake
PODCAST - The Tim Ferriss Show: 10 Strategies to Be Happier Through Gratitude by A.J. Jacobs
ARTICLE - The Atlantic: Relationships Are More Important Than Ambition by Emily Esfahani Smith
ARTICLE - NY Times: The Ambition Explosion by David Brooks
MUSIC - Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana
TOPIC OF INTEREST - ATTACHMENT THEORY
ARTICLE - Quillette: The Incentives for Groupthink by Neema Parvini
BLOG POST - Breaking Smart: Self-Interest and Seized Initiatives by Venkatesh Rao
ARTICLE - NY Times: A Dark Consensus About Screens and Kids Begins to Emerge in Silicon Valley by Nellie Bowles
MUSIC - Build Me Up Buttercup by The Foundations
BLATANT SELF-PROMOTION - GLOBAL WELLNESS INDUSTRY OUTLOOK 2019
ARTICLE - Aeon: There is no middle ground for deep disagreements about facts by Klemens Kappel
RESOURCE - The Ultimate Learning Guide via Shane Parrish by Ryan Reeves
KILL MY CONFIRMATION BIAS - DETERMINISM
BLOG POST - NY Times Opinion: In Praise of Mediocrity by Tim Wu
ARTICLE - The Guardian: Net worth v self worth: do we all need inequality therapy? by Maia Szalavitz
BLOG POST - The BPP Blog: Solution Aversion by Tony Hockley
ARTICLE - Nature: The biggest pandemic risk? Viral misinformation by Heidi Larson
BLOG POST - Wait But Why: Why Generation Y Yuppies Are Unhappy by Tim Urban
TOPIC OF INTEREST - NYC APARTMENT SEARCH
ARTICLE - The Atlantic: Why Kids Want Things by Joe Pinsker
BLOG POST - Thoughts on Relationships by Tynan
ARTICLE - Aeon: Religion is about emotion regulation, and it’s very good at it by Stephen Asma
BLOG POST - The Best Way To Add Yield To Your Portfolio by Meb Faber
BOOK - Principles by Ray Dalio
TOPIC OF INTEREST - MENTAL HEALTH OF YOUTUBE INFLUENCERS
PODCASTS - Nutrition Debate Double Feature - Joe Rogan Experience #1175 - Chris Kresser & Dr. Joel Kahn & Joe Rogan Experience #1176 - Dom D'Agostino & Layne Norton by Joe Rogan
ARTICLE - New Yorker: The Deliberate Awfulness of Social Media by Mark O'Connell
PODCAST - Reboot: #90 – The Fear of Being You – with Leonie Akhidenor by Jerry Colonna
ARTICLE - The Guardian: Nick Littlehales: the man who showed Cristiano Ronaldo how to sleep by Russell Jackson
BLOG POST - First Round: The Imperative Practice of Relaxing Constraints by Howard Morgan
BLOG POST - Brain Pickings: The Difficult Art of Giving Space in Love by Maria Popova
COMEDY - The Top Part by John Mulaney
TOPIC OF INTEREST - MENTAL MODELS THAT I AM WORKING ON
DOCUMENTARY - HBO: The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling by Judd Apatow
ARTICLE - Aeon: Against Mourning by Brian Earp
BLOG POST - Brain Pickings: How to Love: Legendary Zen Buddhist Teacher Thich Nhat Hanh on Mastering the Art of “Interbeing” by Maria Popova
MUSIC - Bush
PODCAST - Joe Rogan Experience: #1158 - Chuck Palahniuk by Joe Rogan
ARTICLE - Aeon: Hume the humane by Julian Baggini
BOOK - Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk
TWEET STORM - Some heuristics to make decisions by Shane Parrish
ARTICLE - National Geographic: This Is Your Brain on Nature by Florence Williams
ARTICLE - Scientific American: Why the Most Important Idea in Behavioral Decision-Making Is a Fallacy by David Gal
ARTICLE - Aeon: The respect deficit by Richard Reeves
MOVIE - Pulp Fiction by Quentin Tarantino
TOPIC OF INTEREST - MY MENTAL HEALTH REMINDERS
BLOG POST - Brain Pickings: David Whyte on the True Meaning of Friendship, Love, and Heartbreak by Maria Popova
BLOG POST - The Story of My Life by Russ Roberts
ARTICLE - Aeon: Loneliness is the common ground of terror and extremism by Nabeelah Jaffer
BLOG POST - Solutions Journalism: Complicating the Narratives by Amanda Ripley
BLOG POST - Above the Market: Proof Negative by Robert Seawright
MUSIC - Torn by Natalie Imbruglia
TOPIC OF INTEREST - WE SHALL SEE
PODCAST - The Knowledge Project: Getting Better by Being Wrong with Annie Dukeby Shane Parrish
ARTICLE - Aeon: Can meditation really make the world a better place? by Ute Kreplin
ARTICLE - NY Times: Why You Should Stop Being So Hard on Yourself by Charlotte Lieberman
BLOG POST - RibbonFarm: Hedonic Audit by Sarah Perry
BLOG POST - Brain Pickings: 10 Learnings from 10 Years of Brain Pickings by Maria Popova
RESOURCE - BRICK
ARTICLE - Aeon: Life on the slippery Earth by Sebastian Purcell
BOOK - Bad Blood by John Carreyrou
BLOG POST - Wait But Why: The Cook and the Chef: Musk’s Secret Sauce by Tim Urban
MORNING MANTRA OF THE WEEK - ALL MATTER, SO FAR AS WE KNOW IT, IS A MENTAL CONDITION
BOOK - The Decision Checklist: A Practical Guide to Avoiding Problems by Sam Kyle (My full Kindle notes)
BLOG POST - RibbonFarm: Near-Deathness by Matthew Sweet
BLOG POST - Farnam Street: Smarter, Not Harder: How to Succeed at Work by Shane Parrish
MUSIC - Pennybridge Pioneers by Millencolin
QUOTES OF THE WEEK - TD DIGESTS #15-40
BLATANT SELF-PROMOTION - LAUNCHING MY COACHING PROGRAMS
BLOG POST - Farnam Street: Pain Plus Reflection Equals Progress by Shane Parrish
BLOG POST - Medium: How is your conflict affinity? by Amar Singh
MORNING MANTRA OF THE WEEK - ASPIRE TO "SUBWAY ZEN"
TOPIC OF INTEREST - MEAT CLEANSE (I.E., PLANT-FREE DIET)
BLOG POST - Ribbon Farm: Jonathan Livingston Corporation by Venkatesh Rao
ARTICLE - The Guardian: How a corporate cult captures and destroys our best graduates by George Monbiot (Thank you Anthony for sharing!)
ARTICLE - Aeon: You’re simply not that big a deal: now isn’t that a relief? by Melissa Dahl
BLOG POST - Fuck Yes or No by Mark Manson
MORNING MANTRA OF THE WEEK - I AM THE CEO OF MY LIFE. ACCEPT THAT RESPONSIBILITY.
BOOK - Seeking Wisdom by Peter Bevelin
BOOK - Mindwise: Why We Misunderstand What Others Think, Believe, Feel, and Want by Nicholas Epley (My full Kindle notes)
TWEET STORM - How to Get Rich (without getting lucky) by Naval Ravikant
ARTICLE - Aeon: What can Aristotle teach us about the routes to happiness? by Edith Hall
MORNING MANTRA OF THE WEEK - WHERE MY CONTROL ENDS, THE REST OF THE WORLD BEGINS
KILL MY CONFIRMATION BIAS - ENDURANCE CARDIO EXERCISE
BOOK - Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life by Dr. Martin Seligman (My full Kindle notes)
ARTICLE - Aeon: Teleological behaviourism or what it means to imagine a lion by Howard Rachlin
MORNING MANTRA OF THE WEEK - GET RID OF SELF-SERVING BIAS, RESENTMENT, ENVY, AND SELF-PITY
ARTICLE - Vox: 100 million Americans have chronic pain. Very few use one of the best tools to treat it. by Brian Resnick
BLOG POST - Medium: How to be Polite by Paul Ford
MORNING MANTRA OF THE WEEK - AUT INVENIAM VIAM AUT FACIAM
RESOURCE - Coinbase Decision Making Framework
BOOK - The Path: What Chinese Philosophers Can Teach Us About the Good Life by Michael Puett (My full Kindle highlights)
TOPIC OF INTEREST - APPLYING PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT PRINCIPLES TO OUR LIVES
BLOG POST- The Weekend Reader: Cultivating Your Imagination by Maxwell Anderson
BLOG POST - OkDork: My Personal Organization System for Productivity & Time Management by Noah Kagan
ARTICLE - HBR: What Self-Awareness Really Is (and How to Cultivate It) by Tasha Eurich
BLOG POST - Brain Pickings: Theodore Roosevelt on the Cowardice of Cynicism and the Courage to Create Rather Than Criticize by Maria Popova
BLOG POST - The Art of Manliness: Be a Time Wizard: How to Slow Down and Speed Up Time by Brett & Kate McKay
PODCAST - Joe Rogan Experience #1109: Matthew Walker by Joe Rogan
BLOG POST - First Round Review: Hack Back Distractions with Tactics from This Behavioral Designer with Nir Eyal
MUSIC - Caravan by Van Morrison
BLATANT FRIEND-PROMOTION - THE SOUNDS OF L.A.
PODCAST - On Being: The World Is Our Field of Practice with Angel Kyodo Williams by Krista Tippett
PODCAST - EconTalk: The Suicide of the West with Jonah Goldberg by Russ Roberts
RESOURCE - PsyberGuide
ARTICLE - Quilette: The Scientific Importance of Free Speech by Adam Perkins
PODCAST - Reboot #60: The Work of Your Life with Khe Hy by Jerry Colonna
TOPIC OF INTEREST - THE POWER OF ACCOUNTABILITY
PODCAST - Reboot #81: The Identities That Rule Us with Semil Shah by Jerry Colonna
BLOG POST - Productivity by Sam Altman
BLOG POST - Farnam Street: First Principles: The Building Blocks of True Knowledge by Shane Parrish
ARTICLE - NY Times: A Brain Implant Improves Memory, Scientists Report by Benedict Carey
BLOG POST - Wait But Why: How to Pick a Career (That Actually Fits You) by Tim Urban
TOPIC OF INTEREST - REVIEWING RITUALS FROM Q1
BLOG POST - Farnam Street: Break the Chain, Stop Being a Slave by Shane Parrish
BLOG POST - Ribbon Farm: Deep Laziness by Sarah Perry
COMPANY - Alacrity (Beta)
VIDEO - TED: Listening to Shame by Brene Brown
RIDICULOUS HEALTH & WELLNESS CLICKBAIT OF THE WEEK
TOPIC OF INTEREST - BATCH PROCESSING E-MAILS: A 'FAILED' EXPERIMENT THAT REVEALED A BETTER WAY (SO... SUCCESS!)
BLOG POST - Rad Reads: Don’t confuse optionality and safety nets by Khe Hy
COMPANY - Shine
MUSIC - Duran Duran: Ordinary World
(MINDFUL) ANDROID LAUNCHER - Siempo
PODCAST - Rad Awakenings #40: Mihir Desai, The Problem with Optionality by Khe Hy
EXPRESSIONS OF SELF-LOVE
PODCAST - Reboot #51 – The Love that Heals: Welcoming in our Shadow – with James Hollis by Jerry Colonna
BOOK - The Dark Side of the Light Chasers by Debbie Ford
BLOG POST - Paul Graham: Keep Your Identity Small
TELEVISION - HBO: Crashing
PODCAST - Waking Up #119: Hidden Motives by Sam Harris
KEY HEALTH & WELLNESS BEHAVIORS FOR PRODUCTIVITY - My Summary Recommendation
BLOG POST- Brain Pickings: A Burst of Light: Audre Lorde on Turning Fear Into Fire by Maria Popova
BLOG POST - Farnam Street: The Law of Unintended Consequences: Shakespeare, Cobra Breeding, and a Tower in Pisa by Shane Parrish
MY COACHING PILOT
CHARLES MOORE'S TWO CENTS FOR CHARITY
BLOG POST - Raptitude: You Never Have Time, Only Intentions
ARTICLE - The Tyranny of Convenience
BLOG POST - Addition by Subtraction
CLINICAL RESEARCH - Low-fat vs low-carb? Major study concludes: it doesn’t matter for weight loss
BLOG POST - Ribbon Farm: Justice Fantasies
PODCAST - Rad Awakenings #34: Frank Ostaseski: Have a plan, hold it lightly by Khe Hy
BLOG POST - The wealth of Sapiens
MUSIC - Beastie Boys: Paul Revere
COMPANY - asapbnb
KILL MY CONFIRMATION BIAS - PALEO (HIGH FAT + VERY LOW CARB) DIET
ARTICLE - Snoozers Are, In Fact, Losers
PODCAST - Waking Up #114: Politics and Sanity
MUSIC VIDEO - Royal Blood - Out Of The Black
RESEARCH - Perfectionism Is Increasing Over Time
PODCAST - On Being: The Inner Landscape of Beauty
BLOG POST - The Most Important Things To Think About
TOPIC OF INTEREST - SETTING FITNESS GOALS
BLOG POST - I Can’t Be Your Hero, I’m Too Busy Being Super
POEM - Leisure
BLOG POST - Mental Models I Find Repeatedly Useful
BLOG POST - E Pur Si Muove
PODCAST - The Reboot Podcast: Chasing Purpose
WEBSITE - Buffett FAQ
ARTICLE - The Fragile Generation
ARTICLE - Why Trying New Things Is So Hard to Do
TOPIC OF INTEREST - MEAL FREQUENCY
DOCUMENTARY - Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond
BLOG POST - Life is Short
BLOG POST - Cities and Ambition
TOPIC OF INTEREST - AROMATHERAPY
INFOGRAPHIC - Here’s the cost of getting lean
BLOG POST - How to Minimize Fat Gain During the Holidays
RANDOM TOOL - Index Ventures OptionPlan
BLOG POST - The Power of Anti-Goals
TOPIC OF INTEREST - FLOSSING
BLOG POST - We're All Innocently Out of Touch
RANDOM TOOL - Icebox
BLOG POST - Learning vs. Doing
BLOG POST - In defence of epistemic modesty
PODCAST - Waking Up #104, The Lessons of Death
TOPIC OF INTEREST - SILENCE EXPERIMENT
BLOG POST- Who is Charlie Munger?
ARTICLE - The Costs of Being a Millenial
BLOG POST - Something is wrong on the internet
BOOK - Sick in the Head (My full Kindle notes)
BOOK - The Wise Heart (My full Kindle notes)
BOOK - The Story of Philosophy (My full Kindle notes)
BOOK - The History of Western Philosophy (My full Kindle notes)
BLOG POST - Financial Freedom: The Missing Link
BLOG POST - Clever Hans
TOPIC OF INTEREST - Prevalence of Health & Wellness Deficiency
BLOG POST - The False Prophecy of Hyperconnection
BLOG POST - Fuck Yes or No
TOPIC OF INTEREST - Innovation in Health & Wellness
BLOG POST - The Destructive Switch from Search to Social
VIDEO - *ck That, A Meditation
TOPIC OF INTEREST - Every Day is My Day (now Sensible Living)
BLOG POST - The Disease of Being Busy
TOPIC OF INTEREST - Facebook's impact on our health
BLOG POST - (I'm revising the click-bait headline) Listening Tours: What, When, and How
COMPANY - ChoiceMap
BOOK - Invisible Cities
BLOG POST - The Acceleration of Addictiveness