Sunday Wisdom No. 50
We are reminded by society and culture to assume that more money equals more success, and hence more happiness. How true is that?
This is the 50th edition of Sunday Wisdom. Having published it for 50 consecutive weeks, I’m pretty psyched! Thanks for being a reader. I couldn’t have done it without you guys. Because then I would be writing and talking to myself every week, which would be kind of creepy. Here’s to the next 50 editions! 🥂
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📝 What I Wrote
You Don’t Need More If You Have Enough
We are brainwashed by society and culture to assume that more money equals more success, and hence more happiness. How true is that? Is it okay to be content with just enough? How much is just enough? Is the threshold same for everybody? In this article I address all these questions that plague all of us, and some more.
🤞 Unpopular Opinion
Are you working on your best idea?
Many would say that ideas don’t have any value. What matters is execution. That is partly true. Execution does matter, but you cannot discount the value of an idea.
If you’ve got two ideas, you would be more enthused to work on the idea you personally prefer. If one is something to do with gardening, which you are passionate about, and the other is about teaching guitar online, which you are okay with, the first idea is a better choice. If executed well, it much more likely to be a better success than the second idea.
So let me go back to my original question. Are you working on your best idea?
📑 I Enjoyed Reading
Why Walking Helps Us Think — “When we go for a walk, the heart pumps faster, circulating more blood and oxygen not just to the muscles but to all the organs—including the brain. Walking on a regular basis also promotes new connections between brain cells, staves off the usual withering of brain tissue that comes with age, increases the volume of the hippocampus (a brain region crucial for memory), and elevates levels of molecules that both stimulate the growth of new neurons and transmit messages between them.”
Why Beginners Should Teach — “Beginners acutely feel the struggles of other beginners: confused with the onslaught of tools, terminology, and where to begin. The initial hurdle is the hardest. It's the place where quitting seems most appealing because there's an endless supply of things to learn.”
The Truth Is Paywalled But The Lies Are Free — “This doesn’t mean the paywall shouldn’t be there. But it does mean that it costs time and money to access a lot of true and important information, while a lot of bullshit is completely free.”
🤓 What I Did Last Week
Last Sunday, my (childhood) friend Chinmoy and I recorded a podcast for fun. We usually exchange ideas every Sunday over Zoom calls, and this time I thought, why not record it, it might be fun. It was!
It was supposed to be a 30-40 minute episode, but none of us, in our naivety, had any idea that this would become 1.5 hour long. To make it easy to listen, I’ve broken down the whole episode into several topics time stamps in the YouTube description.
Even though it doesn’t have the best sound quality, and at times I spoke way too fast too comprehend, we had a tonne of fun recording it. We discussed new things we are trying, exchanged book reviews, and talked about our struggles with regular workout and staying productive during the pandemic.
📹 I Enjoyed Watching
Michael Holding Breaks Down Discussing Racism in The UK — “The ex-West Indies cricketer and Sky Sports commentator was discussing the racism experienced by his parents when he was overcome by emotion.”
Your Brain Gets Smart, But Your Head Gets Dumb — “There’s lots in here that I don’t explain fully, but one thing I wanted to talk about more is why I think that online school is definitionally less valuable than in-person school.”
HULK - “I’m Always Angry” Flipbook — “It took me more than 3 months to complete this video. It means I spent more than 60 days on 1,093 Hulk drawings.”
🤔 Worth Thinking About
Out of every hundred new ideas ninety-nine or more will probably be inferior to the traditional responses which they propose to replace. These are the wisdom of generations after centuries of experiment in the laboratory of history. So the conservative who resists change is as valuable as the radical who proposes it — perhaps as much more valuable as roots are more vital than grafts. It is good that new ideas should be heard, for the sake of the few that can be used. But it is also good that new ideas should be compelled to go through the mill of objection.
— Will and Ariel Durant, The Lessons of History
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