Needles from the Haystack – 4/2018

Needles from the Haystack

Hi There,

If my children will be as lucky tomorrow searching easter eggs as I was picking up content to share with you in March, they are going to need additional baskets.

It was hard to pick just 5! But someone had to do it.

This month is have for you…

…helpful thoughts on how to live and earn well as an artist (and we’re all artists in one way or the other)
…ways to utilize your subconscious mind consciously for your benefit
5 mental traps people seem to like falling into (but which YOU should stop doing)
…how a set of rules can help you improve your life (and what those could be)
…a different take on the “too much to do, not enough time” – spiel

I enjoyed the article on the time-scarcity demon the most last month. I did feel slightly overwhelmed and it gave me a new perspective which calmed me down immediately.

But the podcast with Adam Robinson was equally good. On top of being useful, I also like to get those practical insights from people who are far above and beyond me in terms of capabilities.

If you think I did a good job in selecting the content, please share this with everyone you will ever meet in the next few years. And message all of your sweethearts you ever had starting from Kindergarten as well: spring is coming, hormones are working overtime and it might be good for something!

I’d love to send more people useful stuff!



Real Artists Don’t Starve – Jeff Goins @ James Altucher – Show

This is for content creators of all sorts. Or those that wish to be. Jeff Goins and James Altucher discuss the may ways to make art and what separates those that live of it from those who starve trying. I think there are good lessons to be learned with regard to mindset and business in general – not only for artists in the traditional sense.

The Power of the Unconscious Mind – Adam Robinson @ Tribe of Mentors – Podcast

You can be consciously unproductive, but you can also be unconsciously productive and even creative. It’s all a question of nurturing that part of you that is hidden from everyone – including you. Adam Robinson excels or excelled in a variety of areas and he attributes a good portion of his success on how he treats his unconscious mind. That makes it worth listening to!

5 Common Mental Errors That Sway You From Making Good Decisions – James Clear

Cognitive biases are focused on more and more. And for good reason: because we are unaware of how they work, we are unaware of when they are at work. As useful as they are for the most part, they sometimes cost us. Becoming aware of cognitive biases is how you can stop yourself when it matters. Here’s a neat article on 5 important ones.

12 Rules For Life – Jordan Peterson @ Art of Manliness Podcast

Many people struggle in life because they lack structure. And it’s easy to be short on structure when the whole world screams for your attention at every turn. Because it’s hard to keep your head straight when you bounce from one thing to the other all day, every day. Jordan Peterson’s rules for life come in handy here. It’s good to have a sound basis to fall back on when life gets tough.

Becoming a Master of the Time-Scarcity Demon – Leo Babauta

When you feel like you have too much on your plate, your productivity suffers. There are lots of techniques to get stuff off your plate. But how about looking at the plate differently? You don’t get stuff done by merely looking, but you might gain more focus and improve your productivity that way. And that gets stuff done. Maybe a mindset shift is all you need.

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