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Life Designed: Sitting in Silence, Data, Mass Travel & People Map

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The other day, one of my readers, Bruce Layman shared a provoking question that makes the decision-making process easier.

Simply ask yourself “Is this (book, movie, TV show, podcast, band, etc.) for me?”

If not, it’s okay. Let other people enjoy it and continue consuming the things that surprise and delight you.

I like how using this approach allows you to say “no” in such a powerful and neutral way. Here’s how Bruce explains it:

It keeps you from being a karma suck about things that people like. I didn’t watch a single episode of Game of Thrones (gasp, I know!) and when people would ask me, “Why don’t you watch the show, it’s the BEST SHOW EVAAAARRRRR!” I could respond that it simply wasn’t for me. I didn’t have to say anything negative about it, not even that I didn’t like it, only that it isn’t for me.

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Welcome to another edition of Life Designed where I share the knowledge and resources to help you live better.

Don’t Just Do Something. Sit There.

“There is more to life than increasing its speed,” said Mahatma Gandhi. In a “more, faster, cheaper, louder, bigger world” we need more of less to experience the bliss of being alive. Jonny Miller shares eight powerful insights from nine days of sitting in silence. Also check out Curious Humans, his newly launched podcast.

Once your brain finally clicks that there is actually nowhere to be, no rush for things to be ‘done’, it calms down a few notches. With time, you separate your sense of self-worth from the perpetual need to be useful.

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Too Many People Want to Travel

After traveling to over 50 countries I can see how tourism is ruining cultural heritage and making the world look, smell, sound and taste the same. I can’t blame anyone for wanting to explore but can you explore without taking 3,000 photos or not eating at a restaurant only based on reviews you find online?

There are just too many people thronging popular destinations — 30 million visitors a year to Barcelona, population 1.6 million; 20 million visitors to Venice, population 50,000. La Rambla and the Piazza San Marco fit only so many people, and the summertime now seems like a test to find out just how many that is.

The Paint Drop Method for Figuring Out What To Do with Your Life (and Becoming the Best in the World At It)

The never ending question what to do with your life has an interesting take by Taylor Pearson. Here’s my take.

No one spends every moment at their work in a state of unperturbed bliss. What the research shows is that a fulfilling career requires three things:

1. Autonomy — The desire to be self-directed.

2. Mastery — The urge to get better skills.

3. Purpose — The desire to do something that has meaning and is important.

Travel Sites

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Sorry for the Delayed Response

I wonder what would happen if I responded using one of the examples in this article?

So sorry that I’m just getting to this now. There were six other people on this e-mail thread and I was hoping that one of them would answer your question and I could just go on living my life.

Oh, my God, so sorry. I’m finally responding to this e-mail that I fully intended to ignore forever because I realized that I need to ask you for a favor and I don’t want you to be holding an e-mail grudge against me.

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E-Commerce Email Marketing 101: 11 Must-Have Emails (2019)

You can learn a lot from e-commerce. These 11 email examples with detailed explanations can help you become a better communicator which is a must-have skill in any job.

A People Map of the US

The map of city names replaced by their most Wikipedia’ed resident: people born in, lived in, or connected to a place. Very cool!

The Road Trip

Food for Thought

“One should respect public opinion insofar as is necessary to avoid starvation and keep out of prison, but anything that goes beyond this is voluntary submission to an unnecessary tyranny.” — Bertrand Russel

“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” — Ernest Hemingway

“I don’t think there is any truth. There are only points of view. ” — Allen Ginsberg

“It is not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old, they grow old because they stop pursuing dreams.” — Gabriel García Márquez

“If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.” — The Dalai Lama

“The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them.” — Ernest Hemingway


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🎧 Listening: Life at Work

📖 Reading: Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari

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Life Designed is a weekly lifestyle design newsletter. It’s curated by me, Tomas Laurinavicius, a lifestyle entrepreneur and blogger.

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Life Designed is a weekly lifestyle design newsletter. It’s curated by me, Tomas Laurinavicius, a lifestyle entrepreneur and blogger.

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