Big week on the content front.
Some pieces of content you may enjoy:
- Podcast: #027: Jack Butcher – The Magic of the Internet – This was such a great conversation because we dived into some topics Jack hadn’t previously talked about. Stuff like his childhood, the magic of the internet, and mistakes he’s made along his journey.
- Book Notes: The Winners Manual by Jim Tressel – This book is an absolute beauty. The biggest takeaway: when combining love and discipline… anything is possible.
- Blog Post: Questions About 75 HARD – A Tuesday Treasure family member asked some great questions about the challenge. I write this to you on Day 68 so these answers are fresh.
Onto the treasure…
1. Think in verbs, not nouns
For those of you who are in the process of trying to figure out what you want to do with your life…
Austin Kleon provides some great advice:
1. Think back to what you were doing when you were a child.
2. Think in verbs, not nouns. What does this mean? Well, if you enjoy reading, writing, and arguing, maybe lawyer is the career for you. But if you want to be a lawyer for the prestige or you thought that’s what you were “supposed to do” …it probably won’t work out. Start with what you enjoy doing, let the actual profession figure itself out.
2. Talking to strangers
This quote comes from a study (via the wise and brilliant Rob Henderson):
“People on a public bus had a more positive experience when they talked to a stranger than when they sat in isolation and yet predicted precisely the opposite.”
Although this may be more difficult to do in the world of COVID, talking to strangers brings me joy.
Because our initial inclination might be to think strangers are more-often-than-not rude.
In truth, strangers are more-often-than-not kind.
When we connect with others, we connect with ourselves.
3. Morgan Housel’s writing is a gift
It’s pretty simple: when Morgan Housel writes, I read. I always learn something new from his stuff. You probably will as well.
His latest piece is about big lessons from history.
4. Two notes on enthusiasm
- Being enthusiastic is worth 25 IQ points. (via Kevin Kelly’s 68 Bits of Unsolicited Advice)
- “Enthusiasm” comes from the Greek word “entheos.” “Entheos” means “full of spirit, full of God.” (via The Winners Manual)
5. A look into the creative process
If you’re a creator, it’s worth checking out: Making Ideas Visible: David Perell + Jack Butcher.
Recently got turned onto synthwave. According to Wikipedia, synthwave is “electronic music microgenre that is based predominately on the music associated with action, science-fiction, and horror film soundtracks of the 1980s.”
I’m currently writing this newsletter to this playlist.
Flow state unlocked.
7. Quote of the week
“We don’t make movies to make movies to make money, we make money to make more movies.”
That’s all for today folks!
Let me know what resonated in particular as well as anything going on in your life.
I send these newsletters out so interesting people (like you!) will respond, so I’d love to hear from you.
To your success,