Top Resources #25 – 11/2019

Hey There,

Who else wishes to be 25 again? I do, but only this newsletter actually is.

This month all pieces are more like me though. Not too old, but slightly older. And yet still in great shape.

If you only have time for one thing, I’d go for either of the podcasts.

Naval Ravikant is brilliant, but so are James Altucher and Derek Sivers. Both podcasts are absolutely worth your time. Fight me if they aren’t 🙂

I wish you Happy Halloween and a great month of November.

 Cheers,

Stefan


Naval Ravikant: The Angel Philosopher on Investing, Making Decisions, Happiness and the Meaning of Life – The Knowledge Project

This podcast episode goes deep into a couple of topics: reading, habits, core values, education, mental models and then some.

Naval Ravikant is a person that just has interesting thoughts on a lot of topics and Shane Parrish does a great job of bringing that out with his questions.

It’s a great episode to get inspired to action in a couple of areas.


The Zen Master Of Entrepreneurship – Derek Sivers @ James Altucher – Show

Inspiring discussion between two not-so-common types of entrepreneurs on how to make a living using two new currencies: ideas and favors.

This is a truly inspiring and fun conversation between two exceptional characters.


Focus as an Antidote for Wanting to Do Everything – Leo Babauta

Most of us share a common problem: we want to do more things than we actually can.

We feel like we miss out on stuff and suffer from that.

This article guides you through a process to re-gain focus and avoid the suffering.


How Quickly We Adapt – Tynan

If I can only name one thing that is total turn-off to making change, it’s the outlook of having to unlearn your old way in order to learn the new one.

It’s seriously disheartening. However, often this is just more of an imaginary, then an actual problem.

This is a lot about practical changes, but can be applied to more conceptual endeavors as well.


10 Steps To Phone Freedom – Gavin McInnes

Out of all addictive things, phones have gotten way up there.

That’s why we struggle to restrict ourselves from using them all day.

Here are some ideas if you dare to try fighting that.

Top Resources #24 – 10/2019

Hi There,

Sober October starts tomorrow. But you can still get drunk on delicious wisdom to improve your life.

And that’s what this edition serves once again.

Some productivity tips, ideas to improve your relationships, insights on how your mind actually works in the background and some parenting sprinkled in…I call that a balanced diet for your brain.

Enjoy October!

Cheers,

Stefan


Relax For The Same Result – Derek Sivers

This is a very brief tale that shows you how saving energy and resources doesn’t necessarily imply getting worse results.

I enjoy to re-read it from time to time when I feel like I’m running over capacity.

It’s so calming, relaxing and best of all: true.


121 Strategies To Get Work Done Fast – Comtify.com

A great way to have more time to relax is to get more done beforehand.

This is a great list to get an overview on effective ways to increase your productivity.

Try the ones that make most sense to you.

Most come at no cost other than trying a different way of doing things.


These Battles Just Aren’t Worth Fighting, According To Real Parents – Angel Soft

I think fighting battles with your kids is inevitable. It’s a part of the deal and that’s ok.

As an adult, you should make sure that you don’t start unnecessary ones. Otherwise you’ll stress your kids and yourself out more than you need to. And your kids might even lose faith in your judgement.

These are some practical thoughts on where to draw the line between fighting with your kids and just letting them be.


Relationships – The Minimalists-Podcast

What I really like about the Minimalists and their philosophies is, that most of them transfer very well to areas outside of material possessions.

Relationships are a great example and what this podcast episode is about.

They talk about a lot of things to do (or not to do) in a relationship. And all come from an open heart.

There’s a lot of stuff in there that you can use right away.


Fighting Skynet and Firewalling Attention – Tristan Harris @ Tim Ferriss – Show

This whole episode is interesting, but the first hour or so is highly relevant for self-improvement.

It’s about the power of words, directing attention and explaining the whole machinery that is running in the back of our minds without us even noticing.

You can use that to your advantage, as all marketers and social media companies use it to theirs.

TopResources #23 – 09/2019

Hi There,

I’ve been busy with other things lately and didn’t get to read as much as I normally do.

That’s why this month’s newsletter features older pieces only.

I think you’ll forgive me, if the content is still great. I think it is!

I really liked the summary of cognitive biases. It’s a wide topic and I wouldn’t have dared to condense it like this. And I would have never been able to do it that well!

Have a great month of september!

Cheers,

Stefan


8 Things Every Person Should Do Before 8 AM – Benjamin P. Hardy

The way you spent the first 1-2 hours after waking up set the tone for the day. That time has a big influence on the probability of you having a good or great day.

It took me a while to find the perfect routine. But it was totally worth it.

Here are eight ideas on how you could make your every day better.


How To Entertain A Toddler Without A Smartphone – Brett and Kate McKay

There’s alot to say about letting toddlers play with smartphones. Harsh things actually. Let me put it as neutral as I can:

Relying on technology to entertain little children is just lazy.

Read this and you won’t have an excuse anymore.


Cognitive Bias Cheat Sheet: Because Thinking Is Hard – Buster Benson

Basically everybody carries cognitive biases in one form or another. And there’s quite a variety of those around!

Someone took the time and effort to condense this immense list into 20 items across 4 categories.

Pretty useful knowledge right there!


7 Secrets Of Mastery – Dr. Anders Ericsson @ James Altucher – Show

Mastering any subject is less about natural talent then deliberate practice.

Lots of it.

Anders Ericsson talks about what this means and how to become not good but great in what you set out to do.


Learning How To Learn – Dr. Barbara Oakley @ The Knowledge Project – Podcast

If you want to learn, learning how to learn must sound like a worthwile investment.

It surely is.

I took the coursera course by Barbara Oakley a couple of years back and it changed the way I learn. Chunking and spaced repetition are the big keywords here.

This interview gives you a good overview on what you can expect from that course, some methods you can immediately start using and a lot more.

TopResources #22 – 08/2019

I hope you’re enjoying this beautiful summer to its fullest potential!

If you spend some of it outside, sitting or lying comfortably with a cold drink nearby, you might enjoy the pieces I picked for the July – edition of my newsletter.

Let me know what you think!

I enjoyed the 1st and 4th article in particular. And I found the Marginal Revolution blog recently. Some articles are a bit over my head, but how do you get smarter if you only read thinks you understand easily?

Enjoy July!

Cheers,

Stefan


These 10 Biases Impact Who & What Influence You Gabriel Weinberg @ James Altucher – Show

The thing about our brain is, that it is somewhere between hard and impossible to figure out how it works and to use that to your advantage.

Knowledge on cognitive biases creates awareness for the dangers and opportunities that lie within them.

I’d bet that you’ll take at least one thing from this podcast that you haven’t really thought about before.


How I Practice What I Do – Tyler Cowen

Tyler Cohen is a prolific witer on his blog marginalrevolution.com.

The amount of content he produces and the diversity of topics he wrestles with is impressive. Besides being more gifted than most of us, he is also deliberate about improving his skills.

He laid out how he does that in this post. Great read for all knowledge workers out there.


Knowing When You’re Boring and Avoiding it – Tynan

Here’s something one can easily work on in order to be more interesting: notice when you’re boring and shift gears, topics or whatever needs to be shifted. This one is concise and useful.


Advice to My Kids – Leo Babauta

Life lesson: If someone puts together a bunch of things and names it „Advice to my kids“, there’s probably good stuff in there for you as well.


Where to Start When It Feels Like Nothing Is Going Right in Your Life – Patrick Allan

Once your down is the right time to get up again. All you need is some impetus to get moving. This article gives lots of ideas on where to start and explains them well.

TopResources #21 – 07/2019

Hey There,

This is the summer edition of my newsletter. It comes with icecream. And dopamine. And some great tips on how to live longer, better and more fulfilled.

The “how to get rich” podcast is not a scam at all, although the title is like one gigantic red flag. It’s a compilation of unconventional thoughts on (self-)employment and business from an unconventional thinker that you’ll enjoy greatly, if you have any interest in those topics.

It was my favorite discovery of June, for sure!

Have a great month of July!

Cheers,

Stefan


How to Get Rich – Naval Ravikant

This podcast is a compilation of a Naval Ravikant’s tweetstorm on „How to Get Rich Without Being Lucky“ enhanced with additional commentary.

Naval claims that following these principles, he’ll get rich in 99 out of 100 universes he’s dropped in. Quite a confidence level!

As his strategies emphasize long-term cooperation, compounding benefits of skill & knowledge acquisition and acting in accordance with highest moral standards, I’m certain that his ideas are not a scam.

Hard work is a must, but it has to be put into the right things. This podcast will give you great advice on what your focus should (and shouldn’t) be.


Making Big Decisions Good Decisions – Tynan

The big decisions we have to make might be less important than we think they are.

Whether a big decision was right or wrong depends on all the small decisions that we made afterwards.

Tynan makes a great case for this way of thinking that should serve you well when dwelling on a big decision doesn’t let you sleep at night.


A Guide to Habit Resilience – Leo Babauta

Creating good habits and following up on them is hard work.

It’s definitely worth it, but still tough. It’s even tougher to get back on track, once you broke a habit.

This article details some great strategies to prepare yourself for the inevitable.


How to Slow Down Time and Live Longer – Mr. Money Mustache

Humans are creatures of habit.

And that helps us tremendously in some areas and nearly destroys us in others. Routines also influence the way we perceive time.

So in order to feel like you’ve lived a long life, it might be necessary to switch it up every now and then.


Naval Ravikant – The Joe Rogan Experience

There’s a reason some call Naval Ravikant a modern day philosopher.

You’ll find out in this great 2-hour conversation with Joe Rogan. They discuss a lot of big ideas in this podcast: wealth, happiness, focus, peak performance, AI, jobs of the future, UBI & more.

You’ll feel just a tad smarter after listening to this.

TopResources #20 – 06/2019

Hello There,

Let’s officially welcome the summer with a fresh breeze of fatherhood, time-management, financial prudence, simplicity and life strategies. And cupcakes.

If you’re a father, don’t miss the interview with Craig Wilkinson and possibly the book. They both helped me a lot in being a better father and I’m glad I came across them when I was just starting out!

Have a great month of June,

Stefan


Masculinity And What It Means To Be a Good Dad – Craig Wilkinson @ TheArtofCharm – Podcast

I listened to this when I was a young father and liked the interview so much, that I bought the book they talked about. That was a great purchase!

I learned some really good techniques from it and still revisit it once or twice a year. The kids grow and things become relevant that weren’t before.

Speaking to my kids in terms of their identity was the most influential thing I took from the book. It’s a game changer if you want your kids to make better choices on their own.

It worked so well in different aspects that I can’t recommend it enough.


100 Blocks A Day  – Tim Urban

Everybody’s days are full and busy.

So we need to make the most out of the time we have and spend it purposely. Thinking of your day in blocks can be eye-opening. And Tim Urban is just a magnificent writer.

Try it for yourself and enjoy more quality time in the fixed quantity you have.


Living Beautifully on 25k – 2k Per Year – Mr. Money Mustache @ Tim Ferriss – Show

Mr. Money Mustache is all about early retirement, wise consumption and smart financial decisions.

It takes surprisingly less to escape the cubicle than I thought.

See for yourself and pick up a lot of useful tips from this podcast.


8 Key Lessons for Living a Simple Life – Leo Babauta

I’m much happier when my life is simple, then when it’s complicated. I notice that when I’m not as happy as I want to be.

Often I let a part of my life become more complex than it was before and it’s time to cut back. But there are other sources of unhappiness that can be drained by keeping life simple.

This article gives you strategies to cope with them.


What is Self-Improvement? – Scott Hyoung

Self-improvement is hard to define.

But a proper definition helps to achieve the outcome one would like, as it already shows a part of the way.

Here’s a helpful effort to define the term and how that should translate to your choice of strategies.

TopResources #19 – 05/2019

May is my favorite month. It’s just beautiful to see all the plants & trees wearing their full green costumes again.

It makes me want to grow as well. It’s like a reminder to switch gears in my personal development again.

After the Easter holidays and several birthdays around that time, I’ll focus on shredding some superfluous parts of my body.

This month’s selection has a wider range of topics. I hope you’ll find value in at least one of the following pieces!

Have a great month of May!

Cheers,

Stefan


The Starting Out Blueprint – Tynan

What are the things one should focus on when entering adulthood? This article mentions three principles that will generate compounding benefit over time. And if entering adulthood is something you barely remember, don’t forget that you still can start over with most things. And then these principles will serve you as well.


Your Smartphone Is Chopping Your Life into Tiny, Less Meaningful Pieces – Chris Bailey

Smartphones are obviously great devices. Why would we use them so much, if they weren’t? But the constant use comes at a cost. Our ability to pay attention drops. And that has many downsides. You’re probably not aware of all of them. But they’re worth considering.


When to Quit – Lessons from World Class Entrepreneurs, Investors, Authors and More – Tim Ferriss-Show

Outstanding podcast on the question we all ask ourselves from time to time: should I quit or should I persevere. In this podcast known commodities from various backgrounds give their individual take on the topic. Persevering at all costs isn’t always right. But neither is quitting as soon as things don’t go your way. It’s a fine line and this podcast will make you see it more clearly in the future.


New Neuroscience Reveals 3 Secrets That Will Make You Emotionally Intelligent – Eric Barker

Understanding emotions is as important, as it is difficult. This article gives an interesting perspective on the nature of our emotions and shares ways to use this knowledge to become better at letting our emotions work for us, instead of against us.


A Case Against Optimizing Your Life – Leo Babauta

Optimizing one’s life can’t be all there is. Because it takes a lot of time and energy that you can’t spend on the things you’re actually living for. This is a great case against over-optimization and shows practical ways to fight this tendency. It’s like procrastinating while pretending to do something useful. Great read!

TopResources #18 – 04/2019

March is almost over and let me get this out before April 1st has started.

Doesn’t seem like a good date to publish anything to be honest. Especially if you’re serious about something. Like improving yourself.

I really enjoyed these 5 blog posts last month.

Writing things down is a really good habit to have, see Eric Barker and Derek Sivers. But the other pieces are awesome as well!

I wish you a great April of 2019

Cheers,

Stefan


The 3-Step Evening Ritual That Will Make You Happy – Eric Barker

I find most rituals that are supposed to improve how you feel between your ears worth trying. Because that requires only a lil‘ time and a lil‘ discipline for a couple of days or weeks, but if it works, it pays off greatly. I picked up writing my thoughts down in a journal every evening not too long ago and I find a lot of value in it. This article is about expressive writing, which is not the same, but not too different either. And it explains the benefits well.


Too Lazy to Work Out, Eat Well, or Save Money? Bribe yourself with Habit Points – Chris Bailey

I have my problems with following up on habits for a variety of reasons. But for the most part, I’m doing well. My personal method does not involve rewards for following up on habits other than the benefits of the habits itself. But you might be different. You might be motivated to keep up with your habits in anticipation of a reward. And that’s fine as well. It’s the result that counts. This method might give you better results with less of a struggle.


What’s Going to be Different Tomorrow? – Tynan

Tynan often amazes me with his unconventional approaches to life’s problems. We all know the days where you don’t get much done. I seem to write those days off to quickly and just believe that tomorrow will be different. But will it? Why do I believe that without doing much to make that happen? Tynan takes a more active approach that gets better results. I adopted his method and I love it.


Benefits of a Daily Diary and Topic Journals – Derek Sivers

Derek Sivers keeps a daily diary for more than 20 years and felt it was time to share the benefits. I greatly enjoyed the read and tried it myself. I don’t want to miss it already. It feels good to get things of your mind in the evening. And I like how I think more clearly about stuff, once I write it down. It’s a great habit!


The Best Things I Learned About Raising Kids – Leo Babauta

This article is full of great tips on parenting. 2), 4), 7), 11) are absolutely worth reading AND doing. My kids are too young for some of those, but I definitely consider not giving my kids an allowance and letting them earn their money instead. Seems like a good thing to learn early on.

TopResources #17 – 03/2019

Hello Friends,

I had a great month of February and I hope you did as well.

Spring brought out the best of me. I ate well, read a lot and put time into learning new skills instead of wasting it away.

Here’s the 5 pieces of content I found most useful. There should be some stuff in there to make March a brilliant month for you.

Cheers,

Stefan


10 Reasons Why We Don’t Stick to Things – Leo Babauta

There are a lot of reasons why we don’t stick to changes we want to make.

This article lists 10 common struggles we are facing when trying to establish new behaviors. And it continues with 10 ways to deal with them.

Very useful indeed!


It or Nothing – Tynan

There are a lot of ways to tackle procrastination.

This is one of the more extreme methods I know. But I tried it a couple of times and it worked out well.

Alternatives frame decisions…there seems to be some truth to that.


Sasha Cohen: On Olympian Sacrifices and Life Changes – Big Questions-Podcast

Professional sports careers are bound to end far earlier than life.The transition can be abrupt and will always be tough.

Sasha Cohen gives deep insights on what it takes to perform at an olympic level and how to transition from there to a ’normal‘ life.

Spoiler: it wasn’t easy.

But she learned things everybody in need of making changes can benefit from.


3 Simple Rituals That Will Make You A Fantastic Parent – Eric Barker

It’s easy to be a good parent if things run smoothly and everything is well. But if you’re thrown off your mental balance by the imponderables of life, parenting becomes much harder. Especially if your children add to the troubles you’re already dealing with.

But if you want to be an effective parent, these are the most important occasions.

It’s too easy to lose composure and treat them unfairly because adult things are occupying your mental space.

This article gives you a protocol to follow when talking to your kids about the problems they cause.

And I believe this protocol is worth keeping in mind at all times.


Four Words That Will Give You Ultimate Freedom – AJ Jacobs @ James Altucher – Show

AJ Jacobs has done hundreds of smaller and bigger experiments in his life and writes about them.

In this podcast, he talks about some of them – what he learned and how it affected him later on in life.

Watch out: might make you want to try experimenting a little more in your own life as well. For sure you’re going to be entertained.

TopResources #16 – 02/2019

TopResources #16 – 02/2019

Hey There,

It’s already been a month into 2019.

Writing it out makes it feel kinda fast. How does it feel reading it?

This month, it’s all readables.

I read more when it’s cold outside. Plus there was a lot of good stuff!

I really dig the standard diagnostics approach by Tynan when not feeling to well with how and what I’m doing. It applies more often, than I would have thought. Give it a go, it won’t harm nor cost you.

Cheers,

Stefan


Standard Diagnostics – Tynan

Whenever we don’t feel at our best, we tend to come up with complex reasons for why that is.

But maybe the problem is much more basic.

Here’s a standard set of diagnostic to run through before you get into all those reasons you’re probably just making up in your own head.

You’ll be surprised how simply „complex“ problems can be solved this way.


Habitual Complaining – The Minimalists

Habitual complaining is a bad habit.

Like smoking. Only without fire.

And it’s not only bad for your lungs but for your overall quality of life. Here’s some nice perspective on that topic.

Awareness is key!


How to Choose Your Purpose Filled Career – Leo Babauta

Your job…

a) …is fun
b) …pays a lot
c) …is legal.

Pick two!

If you think a job with purpose is the secret ingredient you’re missing, this post has some interesting thoughts and suggestions for you.


How I Manage Money – Tynan

This is a two – part post.

Part 1 is about Tynan’s general mindset about money and covers investing and spending.

Part 2 is specifically on spending money, which makes sense to get deeper into, as our spending is the thing we have most control over.

I really like Tynan’s approach towards money.

It might not be suited for everyone, but I got a lot out of it. Spending more in utility is a great thing to consider.


23 Things Artificially Intelligent Computers Can Do Better/Faster/Cheaper Than You Can – Seth Godin

The job landscape is already changing. In case you haven’t noticed it yet, you will soon.

Your job could become obsolete.

Just because you think „No way!“ doesn’t mean, that it won’t happen. Jobs are a lot less complex at you look at them from 20.000 feet above instead from actually doing them!

Here’s a brief summary of what AI can already do and how you should prepare for the inevitable.

This is serious, if you’re younger than 40!