Needles from the Haystack #28 – 02/2020

Needles from the Haystack 28

People really liked that last edition of this newsletter!

Or did the subscriber number spike because more people are interested in self-development once the New Year comes around?

I don’t know. But I know that every day is as good a day to embark on a self-improvement journey.

This month, I have 2 fine podcasts and 3 articles for you.

They cover productivity, planning, skill acquisition, focus & idea generation and how to deal with the worst people you’ll ever meet.

Enjoy the month of February!



The Man Who Does Everything – Adam Grant @ Tim Ferriss – Show

Professor Adam Grant is able to drive a lot of projects at the same time.

His level of organization and clever use of productivity tools and techniques allows him to do that.

This interview with Tim Ferriss goes to the bottom of this productivity – barrel and provides lots of things you can adopt to perform better right away.

Fragile Plan vs Robust Plan – Derek Sivers

A good plan works as long as everything goes as expected.

A great plan stays intact when the inevitable obstacles are met.

This article shows you what a robust plan looks like and how to make one.

We all make plans all the time. That’s why this article is required reading.

The Beginner’s Guide to Deliberate Practice – James Clear

If you want to become great at something, deliberate practise is what you need to engage in.

Deliberate practise is different from mere repetition in a couple of ways.

This article points the differences out and teaches you how to do it right.

How to Focus on the One Important Thing – Gary Keller @ Tim Ferriss – Show

This is a wide-ranging interview between Tim Ferriss and Gary Keller on business, strategy and life.

I particularly enjoyed the discussion of the focusing question and all its applications.

I shall ask that one a lot more often!

And so you should probably do as well. See what it is and you will see why.

How to Deal With Crappy People – James Altucher

Although most people you’ll ever come across are good people, there are some pretty crappy ones out there as well.

And sometimes you can’t ignore them.

So you need to learn how to deal with them properly.

This article will give you plenty of methods to adopt.

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