Hope you and your family are safe.

It's hard to cope with what's going on in the world right now and significantly harder to find the inner peace that we long even in calm times.

I have good and bad days.

But overall all is good.

I'm so lucky to still have a job and be able to be at least 50% productive. Years of living on the road prepared me for a lot of uncertainty and my tolerance for ambiguity is a lot higher than people who never before freelanced or traveled while working.

I don't try to find more work and I can imagine how hard it is to sell anything right now.

I'm not trying to publish too much or try to sell anything as people's minds are elsewhere.

Even though I want to experiment more with membership-only content and more frequent newsletter, I'm putting it all on hold until things get better and people recover peace of mind.

However, I think great content and solutions are in high demand right now and there are people like myself looking for opportunities to get ahead while everyone is busy worrying or watching TikTok videos.

There are lots of people you can help.

I'm not talking about exploiting the situation, I'm talking about acquiring new skills, talking with potential customers, and partners, starting or improving your business.

Learning

Here are some of the things I'm learning right now.

Some of the links below are affiliate, meaning I may get a commission when you click at no additional cost to you.

Now you have more free time than ever and it depends on you how you'll come out on the other side when it's all said and done.

Crisis teaches you to be resourceful and responsible. You learn to hack things yourself. You save your precious resources such as time and capital. All of that helps you to become more antifragile that will serve you in good and bad times to come.

If you're not into actively learning or building stuff, it's a great time to take care of yourself and your loved ones.

Start a daily journal.

Read a book.

Stretch.

Breathe.

Call someone you lost touch with.

Check-in with your friends and colleagues, they might be going through hardships and need someone to listen.

Welcome to another edition of Life Designed, where I share resources, insights, and notes on lifestyle design, future of work, and creative fulfillment.


How Creators Make a Living: Matt Rudnitsky, Author, Ghostwriter and Coach

I'm starting the “How Creators Make a Living” series featuring creators building unconventional careers.

Here's a story of Matt Rudnitsky going from a struggling writer to a thriving entrepreneur charging $30k+ for ghostwriting.

A high-ticket version of that would be starting, maintaining, optimizing and scaling a daily newsletter for a longstanding, 7-figure e-commerce brand, who might pay $10k per month. You know this because their Facebook ads are all over your feed (meaning: they spend big money), but they don’t seem to re-engage subscribers.

Yuval Noah Harari: The World After Coronavirus

You may think you read everything about COVID-19 but this piece may nourish you with some food for thought.

What’s happening now will pass but what will remain? One of my all-time favorite authors shares his insights on the future world after the pandemic ends.

Hitherto, when your finger touched the screen of your smartphone and clicked on a link, the government wanted to know what exactly your finger was clicking on. But with coronavirus, the focus of interest shifts. Now the government wants to know the temperature of your finger and the blood-pressure under its skin.

Reading List for Leaders in Uncertain Times

Andreessen Horowitz published a list of some of their best pieces on leadership, grit, and managing a startup in times of uncertainty.

Write Down Your F*ck It List to Avoid Regrets in Life

I republished this piece which may help you reduce suffering in life.

After a near-death experience, Scott Jones realized life doesn’t need a long list of wishful events but rather more simplicity. Never do things you don’t want to do, ever.

Reflection

Journaling is proven to have a positive impact on your mental health. Reflection app encourages you to start a meaningful reflection practice with an online journal that guides your personal growth each month.

Through reflection, we get the chance to appreciate, learn from, and find peace with our past as we take steps toward the future ahead.

Remove Video Background

Unscreen is a cool tool that lets you easily remove background from videos and GIFs.

Coding is for Losers

There's a lot you can outsource to software and carve out extra hours in your day. Potentially the #1 user of Google Sheets in the world, David Krevitt, shows how to automate your marketing data analysis in Sheets, BigQuery and Data Studio.

We believe laziness is a virtue. As a marketer, you have a million things to get done everyday. Audits, reports, emails – it’s doesn’t end. But…what if it did?

Copywriting Examples and Case Studies: Companies Doing Copywriting Right

Copywriting is a superpower that allows you to convert words into dollars. Here are some practical copywriting tips you can apply to your business.

Copywriting is often the fastest way to get the most results for the least amount of effort. Simply changing the copy on a product can completely change the outcome!

Painland

If enough people struggle with the same problem there's a huge opportunity to build a business and solve it. if you're looking for viable business ideas, Painland has plenty of them.

The Free Sales Enablement Toolkit

Close is one of the best learning resources for sales. I'm grateful for their strategies and learning material for my consulting business success.

Sales enablement isn’t just another trend that’s here today and gone tomorrow—it’s a real strategy that today's best sales teams are putting into practice.

Simple: Intermittent Fasting App

I find it easier not to eat for an extended period of time rather than count calories and think about what to eat.

While it's not the best strategy when you have to interact with people (I get especially grumpy) but it's a great way to lose weight and focus on work. I haven't tried Simple as I use Zero but it looks quite promising.

Why Bottled Water Is One of the Biggest Scams of the Century

Water. The essential element to life and a huge opportunity to scam people. Here's why bottled water might be the biggest scam of our time.

But research suggests that for most Americans, the stuff in a bottle is not better for you than the stuff in your tap. In fact, a recent report found that almost half of all bottled water is actually derived from the tap, but may be further processed or tested for safety. In 2007, Pepsi (Aquafina) and Nestle (Pure Life) had to change their labels to more accurately reflect this.

Improve Your Focus With a Distraction Journal

When things come to your mind what do you do?

I start to pay attention and distract myself.

What if you just write it down so your mind can mark it as done?

The challenge, I find, is not to be distraction-free, but to be able to detach any emotions from that distraction and just let it pass, as it always does.

My distraction journal is essentially a table where I keep a running tally on my urges to check my phone. I make a list with columns, and at the top of each column, I write down all the reasons that I could possibly be distracted. For me, it’s social media, emails/texts, personal finance/blogging updates, and fidgeting.

Open Peeps

Here's a lovely collection of free hand-drawn illustrations for your projects. The best part? CC0 license, meaning it's free for commercial and personal use.

No-Code Coffee

A great daily newsletter to help you get into the no-code space. Also, check out this setup video showing exactly how this newsletter is built and operated with minimum manual input.

Passbolt

I recently switched from LastPass to 1Password to manage my passwords and if you're still relying on weak reusable passwords, now, it's a great time to tighten your digital security.

Passbolt is a free open-source password manager you can use personally or with your team.


Food for Thought 🧠

“You never know what worse luck your bad luck has saved you from.” – Cormac McCarthy
“The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.” – Alan Watts
“It takes a tribe to raise a human.” – Yuval Noah Harari
“The most dangerous world views are the world views of those who have never viewed the world.” – Alexander von Humboldt
“A good book is more intelligent than its author.” – Umberto Eco
“The quieter you become, the more you can hear.” – Ram Dass
“All of humanity's problems stem from man's inability to sit quietly in a room alone.” – Blaise Pascal

Listening 🎧

Watching 🍿

Ad Astra

My rating: 8

Astronaut Roy McBride undertakes a mission across an unforgiving solar system to uncover the truth about his missing father and his doomed expedition that now, 30 years later, threatens the universe.

Dirty Money

My rating: 9

A Netflix Original Series documenting various stories about exposing the greed, corruption, and crime spreading through the global economy.

Reading 📖

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