FTWW #2: Life audit, why you will not be successful and anti-intellectualism

To all my intellectually curious friends, here are a few things that I’ve come across that I think you will enjoy immensely. A little bit of something for everyone.

So for those who wonder, here goes.

[PRODUCTIVITY] How and Why to do a Life Audit

I do a “life audit” about once every 6 months — although I don’t call it that, but it was cool to find out that others out there have a similar concept. The article is extremely pragmatic and teaches you how to do a life audit in a quick Sunday afternoon.

Life audits for couples is called “pair designing”. And in a similar vein: Make Time. What you do outside of work matters.

[SUCCESS] Will I become a billionaire if I am determined to be one and put in the necessary work required?

No. Read the entire insightful Quora answer by Justine Musk.

[POLITICS] Rage Against Anti-Intellectualism

I went on a bit of a tangent this week learning about anti-intellectualism, which I feel is one of the biggest ills of modern society. Feel free to check out my blog post.

One of the inspirations was this great video from Pap Attack on how Anti-Intellectualism Is Destroying Democracy in America and the fact that the New York Public Library no longer accepts book donations. Further reading: Anti-Intellectualism: The New Elitism

Common Sense — Sitting Down with Sam — Dan Carlin has an in-depth discussion with author, neuroscientist, philosopher and podcaster Sam Harris about terrorism, violence, Islam, morality in foreign policy and a whole lot of other things.

[LIFE ADVICE] Hunter S. Thompson on Finding Your Purpose and Living a Meaningful Life

Thompson’s letter, found in Letters of Note, offers some of the most thoughtful and profound advice I’ve ever come across. It would probably make a really great commencement speech.

To complement thoughts on the meaning of life, watch Christopher Hitchens and Sam Harris debate against Rabbi David Wolpe and Rabbi Bradley Artson on Is There an Afterlife?

“Recommend yourself and create your own brand.” — advice from a 30yo to his 20yo self

“Older people are not smarter than you, they are just more experienced.” — JF

FOMO and the art of not caring — “Read more books and fewer articles. Read more history and fewer forecasts.” — Morgan Housel

[HEALTH] 11 Charts That Show Everything Wrong with Our Modern Diet

The website looks spammy, but it’s actually pretty darn good.

[HAPPINESS] What if no one in the world complained?

Hard to imagine, but let’s it: 21 Day No Complaint Experiment.

We believe that we should work to be happy, but could that be backwards? In this fast-moving and entertaining TED talk, psychologist Shawn Achor argues that actually happiness inspires productivity.

And to wrap up happiness, this Italian teacher’s summer assignment went viral: “Read as much as you possibly can. But not because you have to. Read because summers inspire adventures and dreams, and when you read you’ll feel like swallows in flight. Read because it’s the best form of rebellion you have.”

[APPS] A few interesting “apps” I picked up:

Spreeder — We don’t always have the time to read everything so copy-paste your text into Spreeder and it will allow you to speed read with minimal subvocalization, thereby increasing reading efficiency (note: not always comprehension, but that is the magic of skimming).

Duolingo — Awesome app that allows you to learn languages (for free) in a style that improves comprehension and retention. I don’t think I’m particularly good at learning new languages, but this has been pretty effective.


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