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📚 Productivity

Systems vs Goals: Why You Need Systems, Not Goals

Ivaylo Durmonski | Durmonski

'A system will help you improve daily. It will focus you on who you want to be as a person every day. Not who you want to become some future day'

Goals are merely a representation of the results you want to achieve. Systems are about the processes, the daily habits, that will lead to those results. (12 minute read)

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How Coffee Shops Make You More Creative

Jack Close | jackclose.com

'You see, effort is contagious. We’re more likely to invest in ourselves and our work when we see others making similar investments and earning dividends from them'

Coffee shops are often full of people focusing on their own projects. (3 minute read)

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Planning a Vacation Is Practice for a Great Life

Nir Eyal | Nir and Far

'Timeboxing is just as necessary on vacation as in everyday life. And if you’ve never used this time management technique, then on vacation is an excellent time to start'

Personal regret and interpersonal friction—both on vacation and throughout life—can be solved with just a little planning. (4 minute read)

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How to break a bad habit

Steve Calechman | The Harvard Gazette

'Breaking an unhealthy habit can be done. It takes intent, a little white-knuckling, and some effective behavior modification techniques'

Good or bad habits are routines, and routines, like showering or driving to work, are automatic and make our lives easier. (4 minute read)

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Our Areas of Expertise

Seth Godin | Seth's Blog

'Most of all, we’re experts in our own narrative, our feelings, our lived experience. No one has had that but us'

It’s never been easier to learn what we need to learn. And it’s never been more urgent that we do so. (1 minute read)

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💡 Wisdom

Different Kinds of BS

Morgan Housel | Collaborative Fund

'There are three important facts about BS: It’s everywhere, it’s influential, and it’s dangerous'

False modesty, projecting, double standards, hypocrisy, tugging at heartstrings – these aren’t lies; they’re subtle forms of BS, which is why they’re so prevalent. (6 minute read)

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Are You Smart?

Seth Godin | Seth's Blog

'Smart is no longer memorization. It’s not worth much. Smart is no longer access to information. Everyone has that'

The good news is that smart is a choice, and smart is a skill. (1 minute read)

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The Art of Listening

M M Owen | Aeon

'To listen well is not only a kindness to others but also, as the psychologist Carl Rogers made clear, a gift to ourselves'

Bad listening can signal to the people around you that you don’t care about them. (12 minute read)

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Why Isn’t Common Sense More Common?

Brett McKay | AOM

'Every time you turn around, you see decisions being made by individuals and institutions that seem head-scratchingly hard to comprehend'

In light of the facts on the ground, the wisest course seems obvious, and yet the very opposite path is chosen. (2 minute read)

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Aging Gratefully: Will You Be Happier In Old Age?

Elizabeth Gilbert | Big Think

'Despite the challenges older age brings, life satisfaction and emotional stability begin to increase around the age of 55'

Is it a matter of setting priorities? Is it because of cognitive decline? Recent research sought to find out why older people are better at being happy. (5 minute read)

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🧠 Smarter Living

Alexa and Her Friends Know You All Too Well

Tom Hartsfield | Big Think

'Regardless of whether Amazon sells recordings from your home, they do use what you say to build a profile of your interests. Exactly how far this practice goes is unclear'

But does Amazon know when you're tired or hungry? (4 minute read)

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How Change Happens

Stephen T Asma | Aeon

'Cultural change always happens relatively slowly. Person by person, conversation by conversation. Expectations are established, roles are defined, systems are built'

If you care, keep talking. Keep acting. Stay focused. And don’t get bored. (2 minute read)

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How to Eat the Future

Cameron Kunzelman | Real Life

'We do not have a shortage of future-thinking, but of thinking about how different ideological futures compete with one another'

The consultancy-futurism Jane McGonigal offers in Imaginable is part of the problem it is meant to fix. (12 minute read)

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Digital Inequality: Why Can I Enter Your Building – But Your Website Shows Me The Door?

Scott Hollier | The Conversation

'Digital accessibility refers to the way people with a lived experience of disability interact with the cyber world'

Efforts to create an inclusive physical world aren’t being translated into designing the digital world. (5 minute read)

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The ‘Digital Town Square’?

Jean Burgess | The Conversation

'Some critics think we should get rid of the idea of the “digital town square” altogether, or at least think more deeply about how it might reinforce existing divisions and hierarchies'

What does it mean when billionaires own the online spaces where we gather? (5 minute read)

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💭 Well-being

It’s High Time We Understand That Confidence Isn’t a Personality Trait

Rachel Wright | Well + Good

'Confidence is a fluid, ever-changing state of being impacted by internal and external factors'

Put simply, confidence is not something you either have or don’t, and it's important we stop understanding—and glorifying—its existence as a constant. (4 minute read)

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The Rut Principle

David Cain | Raptitude

'A loss of momentum so thorough that simply resuming what you were doing, as you might have after a single bad day, no longer seems like an option'

Am I digging when I could be climbing? If so, good, because it means this rut isn’t half as deep as it looks. (6 minute read)

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How to Overcome Self-Doubt

Tchiki Davis | Psychology Today

'Self-doubt is a state of uncertainty about the truth of anything about ourselves. It could be about our thoughts, beliefs, emotions, opinions, decisions, self-views, or any "truth" we hold in our minds'

How might you maintain confidence in yourself even when you make mistakes or experience failure? (3 minute read)

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10 Healthy Ways to Deal with Negative Thinking

Nick Wignall | nickwignall.com

'Unfortunately, the way most people try to deal with their negative thinking is completely unhealthy and only makes the problem worse in the long-term'

Here are 10 ways to deal with negative thinking in a healthy and productive way. (14 minute read)

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The False Compromise Fallacy: Why The Middle Ground Is Not Always The Best

Hannah England | Ness Labs

'A false compromise occurs when a resolution cannot be found between two opposing views, and so the middle ground is accepted as the “best of both worlds” instead'

A false compromise only provides the illusion of a resolution. (6 minute read)

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⛅ Environment

Digital Technology Can Cut Global Emissions By 15%. Here’s How.

Johan Rockström | Freethink

'Greenhouse gas emissions needed to peak by 2020 and then fall dramatically – approximately by half every decade. We call this the Carbon Law'

5G and driverless cars to the rescue? (4 minute read)

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What Would a Flying-Free World Look Like?

Jocelyn Timperley | BBC Future Planet

'A world of no flights would present some serious logistical challenges, but could also open up the door to huge changes to other, lower-carbon forms of transport'

Aeroplanes are incredibly polluting, but could we ever live completely without them? (14 minute read)

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Garbology: How to spot patterns in people's waste

Chris Baraniuk | BBC Future

'Garbage, be it flushed, discarded or recycled, carries a wealth of information about people's decisions and behaviours, which you often can't get anywhere else'

Whether it's indulgent food choices, sexual habits or North Korean secrets, the stuff that people throw away can reveal all. (9 minute read)

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The Science Everyone Needs To Know About Climate Change, In 6 Charts

Betsy Weatherhead | Ted-Ed

'In order to better understand the policies and impacts of global warming, it’s useful to understand the science behind it'

November’s UN climate conference, COP26, turned a spotlight on the climate crisis. (6 minute read)

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How Long-Haul Travel Will Change Post-Covid

Ashley Nunes | BBC Future

'Aeroplanes are – despite the best mechanical innovations – cramped, noisy flying chunks of metal'

Airlines are rethinking long-haul travel as passengers cautiously return to flying. What’s likely to change? (7 minute read)

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💸 Money

On The Deadly Pursuit of Money

Darius Foroux | dariusforoux.com

'If you can make money remaining honest, trustworthy, and dignified, by all means do it'

The rich person can’t get enough, the poor person doesn’t have enough. (3 minute read)

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Why Do Young People Trust Financial Influencers?

Dana Raer | Mouthy Money

'One of the biggest reasons why financial influencers have been successful is because we meet people where they are, on social media'

Social media has given a rise to a new type of influencers – also known as financial influencers, or ‘finfluencers.’ (3 minute read)

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Why Free Stuff Makes Us Irrational

Mark Dent | The Hustle

'In short, free stuff makes us do very strange, irrational things'

When something is free, people feel a positive glow — and standard cost-benefit analyses go out the window. (6 minute read)

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How to Stop Stressing Over Money

Darius Foroux | dariusforoux.com

'75% to 90% of all doctor’s office visits are for stress-related ailments and complaints including chest pain, headaches, high blood pressure, insomnia, and depression'

It all starts with awareness. If we know exactly what causes our money stress, we can address it. (5 minute read)

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The Crypto Industry Is Getting Too Honest

Gilad Edelman | Wired

'As with gambling, you can avoid the risk by not putting money into the pot. But it’s getting harder to truly opt out of the crypto economy'

What if no one cares whether it’s a Ponzi scheme? (7 minute read)

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💻 Work Life

Unlimited Vacation Is Not The Benefit You Think It Is

Meg Morrone | Protocol

'If employees are going to be suspicious of whatever perks you offer, why offer any perks at all?'

We know there’s no such thing as a free lunch. Still, the idea that many corporate benefits aren’t always a benefit recently touched a nerve. (6 minute read)

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Why Being Passionate About Your Job Isn’t Always a Good Thing

Taha Yasseri | Greater Good Magazine

'So how do you make sure you end up filled with the right kind of passion? If you have obsessive work passion, is it you or the job?'

Research suggests that there are two types of passion we can have about work—and one may be harmful for you. (3 minute read)

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Research Concludes: We Waste Our Time At Work

Pim de Morree | Corporate Rebels

'We found that employee productivity was 71% higher when meetings were reduced by 40%'

Apparently, we continue to increase the time we waste on the very meetings that clearly lower productivity, crush engagement, and cause stress levels to skyrocket. (3 minute read)

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Want To Quit Your Job? 3 Things To Consider Before You Do

Adam Grant | TED-Ed

'Whatever job or industry you’re in, evidence suggests that before you quit, it’s worth considering three factors: Voice, Loyalty, and Alternatives'

Organizational psychologist Adam Grant learns what we all should consider first before we quit our jobs. (3 minute read)

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Going Back To The Office? 6 Tips To Help You Adjust

Lucy Goodchild | TED-Ed

'This shift back to the office gives you the chance to set your boundaries in terms of availability, communication, and when and where you work.'

Here are 6 tips for returning... (8 minute read)

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🚮 Minimalism

So What if Everybody Else is Doing It?

Joshua Becker | Becoming Minimalist

'77% of us admit spending time and resources on less important pursuits at the expense of things that matter most to us'

The age-old parenting wisdom goes something like this, “If all of your friends jumped off a bridge, would you jump too?” (3 minute read)

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It’s Not All Nomadland: How #vanlife Made Mobile Living A Middle-Class Aspiration

Bronwyn Eager | The Conversation

'Technology and changing workplace norms have helped make the option of trading an office cubicle for a rotating vista of beachfront and desert sunsets an attractive option for the affluent'

Not everyone choosing to live in a van is doing so out of desperation. (4 minute read)

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Want To Make Your Wardrobe More Sustainable?

Samantha Sharpe | Ideas.Ted | 🤍

'Let’s work towards wardrobes that are good for people and the planet — rather than let a tidal wave of wasted clothing soak up resources, energy and our very limited carbon budget'

You might think this is too hard, but the status quo of constant growth cannot last. (4 minute read)

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Taking a Break from Social Media Makes you Happier and Less Anxious

Cal Newport | calnewport.com

'Researchers found that they could obtain smaller, but still significant improvements in depression and anxiety by having users simply reduce the time they spend on Twitter and TikTok'

The biggest effects, however, came from full abstention. (2 minute read)

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You Don’t Need to be on Social Media to Make a Difference in the World

Joshua Becker | Becoming Minimalist

'There are countless ways to make a positive difference in the world—and social media is rarely required for any of them'

The distraction of social media may actually keep us from making our biggest difference in the world. (3 minute read)

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📺 Video

Why You Actually Should Do Something Scary Every Day | Daily Stoic | 7 Min

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How do elite performers automate their habits? | Big Think | 4 Min

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The Psychology of Narcissism | TED-Ed | 5 Min

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How almost dying kills the person that you used to be | Bruce Greyson | 6 Min

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5 Things You Probably Need To Hear | Better Ideas | 12 Min

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🎙 Podcasts

Tim Kennedy - Lessons Learned Through Pain | Modern Wisdom | 48 Min

Tim has spent most of his life fighting. Whether that's been against kids in kindergarten, Special Forces selection officers, UFC champions, enemy combatants, ISIS, or his own compulsion to make a mess of his life. He's seen his fair share of pain and discovered a lot of insights through it.

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Why Emotions Matter More Than You Think | Feel Better, Live More | 15 Min

Our emotions affect our creativity, learning and problem solving, but also our physical health and our mental health.

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Has Woke Taken Over Everything? | Modern Wisdom | 1Hr 16Min

The last few years has seen progressive ideas capture institutions, academics and headlines. But how much has this ideology actually trickled down to making a real impact in the world?

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What Wikipedia Teaches Us About Balancing Truth and Beliefs | TED Talks Daily | 16 Min

Even with public trust at an all-time low, Wikipedia continues to maintain people's confidence. How do they do it?

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FBI’s Top Hostage Negotiator: The Art Of Negotiating To Get Whatever You Want | The Diary Of A CEO | 1Hr 2Min

Chris Voss is the former lead negotiator for the FBI, and the author of Never Split the Difference. He has handled practically every high stakes crisis management scenario imaginable.

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💬 Quotes / Insights

'Growth happens when you start doing the things you're not qualified to do' - Steven Bartlett

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'We spend too much time trying to reach other people's standards, and too little time defining our own' - Adam Grant

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'It never ceases to amaze me: we all love ourselves more than other people, but care more about their opinion than our own' - Marcus Aurelius

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'Just because something is broken doesn't mean you have to fix it. Sometimes imperfection is optimal' - Mark Manson

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'Someone else living a good life does not prevent you from living a good life. There are many ways to win and plenty of space' - James Clear

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'Pick a starting point so ridiculously small you have no excuse not to do it' - Josh Spector

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'You don't have to stay where you are. Your past doesn't have to define you. Your story isn't written yet because it's NOT over' - Greg Mckeown

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'A critical quality for success is the ability to change your mind' - Shane Parrish

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'It's never too late to be what you might've been' - George Eliot

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'Fear is your friend. Fear is an indicator. Sometimes it shows you what you shouldn't do. More often than not it shows you exactly what you should do' - Tim Ferriss