Tuesday Treasure #7: new experiment, resilience, higher education

Hey family!

First things first, I need your help.

Two things:

1. If you enjoy this newsletter, it would mean the world to me if you share it with a smart friend of yours. 🙂

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2. I’m going to start interviewing people who are in pursuit of their highest version and write stories about them. So, if you have anyone in mind – whether you know them or don’t know them doesn’t really matter – who inspires you to become the greatest version of yourself… I’d probably love to write about them (and/or talk to them). Respond back with a suggestion. [I was inspired to do this after I heard about Tuesday Treasure subscriber Hunter Weiss running 50 miles straight one afternoon. I look forward to sharing that story with you soon.]

On to the treasure.

The Next Experiment

I am in the home stretch of my 60-day, 60-minute meditation challenge! It’s gone really well. This is a habit I’m confident will stick after the 60 days are up. I plan on writing a full post recapping everything I’ve learned. So stay tuned for that.

Because the 60 days will be up soon, I’ve been thinking a lot about my next experiment. Yesterday, I figured out what it is.

For 30 days, I will use my phone for less than one hour per day (measured by Screen Time).

Why just the phone? I find that I use my computer more for writing/producing while I use my phone more for social media/consuming. If you’d like to join me, hit the reply button and let me know. (I’ll be starting next week, but you can start whenever you want!).

Scott Young’s Biggest Change

Recently, I came across Scott Young’s blog. He’s been writing about self-improvement and learning for 14 years on the Internet (even though he’s only 31!).

Someone who has spent this amount of time writing, learning, and reflecting certainly has some wisdom to offer.

What I found particularly fascinating was how his views have changed over the years. Here’s what he posted when he turned 29:

The biggest change in my outlook is simply that many things which seemed crystal clear to me when I was younger, no longer do today. Ironically, this isn’t because I’ve learned less, but because I’ve learned more. When you’ve heard a few good arguments in a single direction, you can become convinced in them strongly. When you’ve heard many good arguments in many directions, including many that you never would have considered before, it becomes clear how difficult it is to know things, and how many possible explanations or ideas there are to fit the patterns of life and reality.

The Brilliance of Resilience

Previously mentioned Hunter Weiss recently suggested a book from Navy SEAL Eric Reitens called Resilience: Hard-Won Wisdom for Living a Better Life (not an affiliate link).

(A little background on Reitens: in addition to being a Navy SEAL, he was a Rhodes Scholar, boxing champion, and, most recently, Governor of Missouri. Pretty brilliant guy.)

The book is a collection of letters from Reitens to one of his friends – a former Navy SEAL – who was having a difficult time adjusting back to life at home.

Reitens is one of those writers who is able to capture the essence of evil and the beauty of life. His examples from both his own experience and history (dating back thousands of years) make me want to pick up some classics.

While I will write an entire post about the book as well as put up notes, I highly recommend checking out the book for yourself.

Why I Don’t Do Affiliate Links

A lot of people on the Internet make money from affiliate links. How this works: Someone directs you to a link, you buy something on that page, the person who directs you to the page receives a commission for the sale.

Amazon, online courses, and products typically have affiliate programs in place.

Just to be clear… I have nothing against people who promote affiliate links.

But there are a few main reasons I don’t do them:

  1. People promote affiliate links for stuff they don’t use or wouldn’t recommend. I don’t want to be associated with these people.
  2. People do not disclose they are getting a percentage of the sale for getting you to click the link. I don’t want to be associated with these people.
  3. Would you expect your friends or family to pay you if they bought something you recommended to them? I wouldn’t.

Will The Higher Education System Collapse?

Yesterday, Harvard and Princeton announced they will be bringing students back to campus in a limited capacity for the 2020-21 school year.

Will the higher education system survive?

I don’t doubt that the Harvards will survive. It’s the most luxurious brand of education you can get in the United States.

But the system as a whole?

I’m not so sure.

Nassim Taleb recently made the point that the education system doesn’t have any external stressors, so it hasn’t gotten stronger.

Yet, at the same time, higher education is so ingrained in American culture. The horse-and-buggy was at one point in history as well though. The norm can change quickly. Better alternatives are often found.

I can’t help but think… aren’t there better options online for the majority of people who want to learn?

Time will tell.

As always, thank you for reading. Respond back with what’s been on your mind recently. I look forward to hearing from you!

To your success,


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