Sunday Wisdom No. 47

Writing freezes your thinking, and give you a framework to sharpen it wherever you think it’s blunt. Nothing helps you clarify your thoughts better than writing.

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📝 What I Wrote

In the last two editions of Sunday Wisdom, I wrote on effective learning methods and the stress response cycle. In this week’s essay I write about why everybody should build a habit to write.

If You Are Not Writing, You Are Not Thinking

Few exercises help clarify your thoughts better than writing. Writing is the ultimate test of whether your thoughts make sense, or are merely unstructured feelings. Writing is the best way to question your notions and opinions in order to make them stronger. Writing is thinking.

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💡 Little Bit of Wisdom

All things in life produce success stories and failures. It’s human nature to wish to copy success. However, the ironic truth is this: to accept success at face value without acknowledging the role of luck is a strategy for failure. But it’s also important to note that luck can be influenced. It requires dedication and effort. Apart from courage and conviction to act.

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📑 I Enjoyed Reading

Reflections on Being a Female Founder — “When Tracy wakes up every morning, Tracy doesn’t think, ‘Oh, I am a female.’ When I wake up in the morning I think, ‘Wow, I’ve got a lot of work to do. I better get showered, caffeined up, and get my ass to work.’ Then, when I became pregnant in 2017, my opinion changed. Women have different lived experiences than men, and not acknowledging this would be a disservice to humanity.”

Jia Tolentino on Practicing the Discipline of Hope — “What has this pandemic confirmed or reinforced about your view of society? That capitalist individualism has turned into a death cult; that the internet is a weak substitute for physical presence; that this country criminally undervalues its most important people and its most important forms of labour.”

Our Remote Work Future is Going to Suck — “While the upsides to remote work are true, for many people remote work is a poison pill — one where you are given ‘control’ in the name of productivity in exchange for some pretty nasty long-term effects.”

The list of all the articles I’ve written can be found here. And the past three editions of Sunday Wisdom are here: 4645, and 44.


🤓 What I Did Last Week

This week I finished Arnold Schwarzenegger’s autobiography. It was an easy read. I found it thoroughly interesting. As a kid I was a huge fan of the Terminator movies so I was naturally fanboying when he mentioned how some of his iconic movies came to be. Apart from being a star bodybuilder and an action superstar, Arnold is also a shrewd businessman—very practical and methodical.

I loved the variety in my life. One day I’d be in a meeting about developing an office building or a shopping centre, trying to maximise the space. The next day I’d be talking to the publisher of my latest book about what photos needed to be in it. Next I’d be working with Joe Weider on a cover story. Then I’d be in meetings about a movie. Or I’d be in Austria talking politics with Fredi Gerstl and his friends. Everything I did could have been my hobby. It was my hobby, in a way. I was passionate about all of it. My definition of living is to have excitement always; that’s the difference between living and existing. I seldom saw my life as hectic.

His ambitious mindset, especially in his early days when he moved to America from a small village in Austria, is awe inspiring. If you need a role model for thinking big, look no further.


📹 I Enjoyed Watching

Mathematics is The Sense You Never Knew You Had — “Eddie Woo shares his passion for mathematics, declaring that ‘mathematics is a sense, just like sight and touch’ and one we can all embrace. Using surprising examples of geometry, he encourages everyone to seek out the patterns around us, for ‘a whole new way to see the world.’“

Time: The History & Future of Everything — “Time makes sense in small pieces. But when you look at huge stretches of time, it almost impossible to wrap your head around things.”

DICKS: Do You Need to be One to be a Successful Leader? — “This is a question that has been eating away at me for a long time, so I decided to make a movie about it. This is also the first video in a new series I am doing.”


🤔 Worth Thinking About

Theism is a deep-seated conviction that there’s some hand to hold: if we just do the right things, someone will appreciate us and take care of us. It means thinking there’s always going to be a babysitter available when we need one. We all are inclined to abdicate our responsibilities and delegate our authority to something outside ourselves. Nontheism is relaxing with the ambiguity and uncertainty of the present moment without reaching for anything to protect ourselves.

— Pema Chödrön, When Things Fall Apart


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