Life Designed: Content Writing Jobs, Audiobooks, History & Success

What if you don't have to learn to code to build your business?

In the last couple of years I was quietly following the whole no code trend but always felt it was for "other" people.

For people who are makers.

People who know how to code and build products.

I was curious if I could become a maker...

🎉 I want to present Content Writing Jobs, the little product I built to connect content writers with companies seeking content producers. (I know, it's called a job board.)

👷‍♂️ Tools I used: Webflow + Airtable + Zapier + ConvertKit.

🙏 Huge thanks for Ben Tossell of Makerpad for his easy-to-follow tutorials.

If you're a writer, I invite you to join the weekly newsletter with new writing opportunities.

If you're not a writer, maybe it's a great opportunity to become one, if not share it with your friends who may find it useful. If you're someone looking for writers, I invite you to post a job (it's free).​

I haven't done a podcast or interview for a long time and it was fun to meet Joshua Galinato and chat about quitting social media, podcasting, learning new skills, managing sleep, and more. Listen here.

To better focus on my current projects, I decided to sell a project I never launched – for $99 (just domain) or $299 (domain + personalized consultation on how to launch and grow it).

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

Best Audiobook Subscriptions to Become Smarter in 2020

Here's my in-depth review of the best audiobook subscription services. Spoiler alert, Audible is not the best.

Who's Still Hiring?

I can't imagine the stress levels of people who lost their jobs. The good news, there are opportunities.

If you know someone who is looking for a new gig, share this list with them.

With the recent wave of layoffs due to Covid-19, we'd like to help people look for jobs. Below is a list of companies still hiring. We're checking regularly with companies directly to keep this live list up-to-date.

The Magic of Doing $10,000 per Hour Work

Khe Hy shares a thought-provoking framework that may help you get better at focusing on high-value work instead of distracting yourself with stuff that may feel productive.

When you break the code of extremely successful people like Ingrid, you realize that they have an unwavering commitment to $10,000/hr work. And it’s not necessarily profit-driven – they’re simply deliberate in playing the long game.

The Perils of Over-Optimization

Growing up with technology and the internet is a blessing and a curse at the same time.

While I have incredible opportunities in life, it also kind of stops me from getting where I want to go.

I'm obsessed with progress and getting better and sometimes catch myself over-optimizing instead of working on other things.

The reality is that the perfect system, the perfect tool, and the perfect day do not exist. They are traps. Anyone who tells you otherwise has a hand in your pocket. You already have everything you need.

Old Business, New Tricks

Elon Musk, recently stated that too many smart people go into finance and law.

This leads to a lack of innovation in other areas and creates enormous opportunities for people willing to take on the challenge and improve services in other fields.

In this short piece, Nat Eliason illustrates how gyms can improve their services.

Instead of having to meet your trainer 3 days a week for a 50 minute time slot, your CA coach prescribes your workouts via an app, and you can go into the gym any time of day to complete them.

Five Lessons from History

This post was written a year ago but is more relevant now than ever.

History doesn't repeat itself but many things that happen look very similar to what happened in the past and there are lessons we can all learn.

Progress happens too slowly for people to notice; setbacks happen too fast for people to ignore.

The End of a 40+ Country Journey of Long-Term Travel

It may sound enviable but after traveling to 50+ countries myself I started to dislike traveling and can highly relate to this piece by Calvin Rosser.

Over time, every new country seems like something you’ve seen before. So does every person. If you travel for long enough, your freedom-filled life starts to feel hollow and meaningless.

Generous Isn’t Always the Same as Free

Seth Godin reminds us all that money can't solve it all. But there's hope in being generous.

In this moment when we’re so disconnected and afraid, the answer might not be a freebie. That might simply push us further apart. The answer might be showing up to do the difficult work of connection, of caring and of extending ourselves where it’s not expected.

How To Be Successful

Here's a beautifully designed page by Jordan Hughes, inspired by Sam Altman's blog post on success.

You don't want to be in a career where people who have been doing it for two years can be as effective as people who have been doing it for twenty—your rate of learning should always be high. As your career progresses, each unit of work you do should generate more and more results. There are many ways to get this leverage, such as capital, technology, brand, network effects, and managing people.

Moz Training

Free training from Moz, one of the top leading companies in the highly competitive SEO industry.

Now through May 31, use the code “wegotthis” at checkout to redeem your training.

Top 100 Shopify Stores

Here's a great resource for anyone looking to scale their e-commerce business or looking for clients in the e-commerce space.

This is the biggest e-commerce database available for free - with 23+ e-commerce datapoints available for each one of the top 100 Shopify stores.

Food for Thought 🧠

“The cost of a thing is the amount of … life which is required to be exchanged for it, immediately or in the long run.” – Henry David Thoreau
“Work is what you do to find out what works.” – Jack Butcher
“You can do anything, but not everything.” – David Allen
“It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.” – Epictetus
“There were many terrible things in my life, but most of them never happened.” – Montaigne
“A professional writer is an amateur who didn't quit.” – Richard Bach
“A writer is a world trapped in a person.” – Victor Hugo
“The degree of one’s emotion varies inversely with one’s knowledge of the facts – the less you know the hotter you get.” – Bertrand Russell

Listening 🎧

Watching 🍿

Dinner for Schmucks

My rating: 8

When he finds out that his work superiors host a dinner celebrating the idiocy of their guests, a rising executive questions it when he's invited, just as he befriends a man who would be the perfect guest.

The Last Dance

My rating: 8.5

Charting the rise of the 1990's Chicago Bulls, led by Michael Jordan, one of the most notable dynasties in sports history.

Money Heist

My rating: 9.5

An unusual group of robbers attempt to carry out the most perfect robbery in Spanish history - stealing 2.4 billion euros from the Royal Mint of Spain.

The Hangover

My rating: 7.5

Three buddies wake up from a bachelor party in Las Vegas, with no memory of the previous night and the bachelor missing. They make their way around the city in order to find their friend before his wedding.

Reading 📖

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First sent on 8 May 2020.
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