Sunday Wisdom No. 12

Happy Sunday!

Trust you had a good weekend.

It brings me great joy to present this week’s edition of Sunday Wisdom—a newsletter on the principles of life, strategy, and antifragility.


My Latest Article

How to Think About Your Life’s Work — “Don’t give up on your dreams” is bad advice because it implies you’re supposed to be bound by some plan you made early on after watching a movie or hearing a story. It’s hard to get an accurate picture of most jobs from stories and narratives. Rather than passion, your life’s work should be driven by curiosity.

The past three editions of Sunday Wisdom: 1110, and 09.


An Idea For You

If you posses self-discipline, you have the ability to determine what you do with your life. If you lack self-discipline, the path you are taking through life is determined by someone or something else.

Self-discipline is worth possessing.


InstaPoetry

I built a simple app to compose aphorisms I share on Twitter. I had initially built it for my personal use. It makes it extremely easy to compose a 10-12 line poem or prose, add a nice background to it, and post on Instagram, Twitter, etc. Yesterday I released it on the App Store. If you have an iPhone, do give it a try.


Articles Worth Reading

The Myth and Magic of Generating New Ideas (New Yorker) — “All problem solvers and problem inventors have had the experience of thinking, and then overthinking, themselves into a dead end. The question we’ve all encountered—and, inevitably, will encounter again—is how to get things moving and keep them moving. That is, how to get unstuck.”

It’s Not Enough to Be Right—You Also Have to Be Kind (Ryan Holiday) — “We care a lot less about the people who think differently than us and put little effort into persuading them. That’s because persuasion is no longer the goal—it’s signalling.” 

5-Hour Workdays? 4-Day Workweeks? Yes, Please (Cal Newport) — “Because everyone can talk to everyone at any time through email and instant messages, we just let work flow along as an unstructured conversation made up of missives flying back and forth through the electronic ether. This scales up the way we’ve always naturally collaborated in small groups.”


A Question For You

Of all the things in life you might pursue, which is the one thing you believe to be most valuable?


Worth Thinking About

“If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.” — Haruki Murakami (Japanese Writer)


As always, please give me feedback. Do you have any comments, questions, or tips that you wish to share? Anything that you liked in today’s edition? Let me know. Just send me a note!

Until next Sunday!

Best,
Abhishek


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