Needles from the Haystack #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!



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!