As promised, here's a fresh new edition of Life Designed featuring some cool reads, tools, newsletters, and more.
As always the general theme here is designing a better lifestyle for yourself. You define what is good and bad, for you. While I don't always agree with the ideas and resources I share, I respect people for putting them out.
I feel it's important to expose yourself to alternative paths people take and carefully weigh your “what-ifs.”
Welcome to another edition of Life Designed, where I share resources, insights, and notes on lifestyle design, future of work, and creative fulfillment.
We already see a lot of this in terms of where the physical world bleeds into the digital (dark kitchens, private digital retailers, or even just the online site of a family-owned service), but now a full transition can be made.
What lessons do you need to learn to go from odd jobs around the neighborhood to owning a real estate empire? From working as a freelancer to selling your own digital products? What about from working at Wendy’s to owning a SaaS company earning over $1 million per month?
This would explain why “fake it till you make it” works in a wide variety of situations. By taking some action, however superficial or insecure, you “prime the pump” of your emotions by generating unexpected rewards (a public speech going better than expected, for example). These emotions put you in the mood to be more sensitive to any further rewards, which prompts more action to seek them out. Action primes emotion, and then emotion primes further action.
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One of the greatest myths about remote work is that there aren’t phenomenal companies that are hiring remotely. To dispel this myth, here's a list of the fastest-growing companies that are hiring remote workers.
The weekly journal of creative leadership. Insightful and personal reflections by Jim Antonopoulos sharing everything he's learned from a career in tech, design, and creativity. Jim is generously offering a special discount for courses, coaching, and memberships. Use the code LIFEDESIGNED, or this link to access 15% off sitewide.
Follow Benas as he documents his journey to creating a business that generates $300,000/year. His newsletter is for people who want to build their own projects or businesses. For indie hackers, for young entrepreneurs looking to get inspiration and knowledge about what actually works.
Reading List 📖
- Finish Big: How Great Entrepreneurs Exit Their Companies on Top by Bo Burlingham
- The Way to Love by Anthony de Mello
- The Lessons of History by Will & Ariel Durant
Food for Thought 🧠
“Trying to define yourself is like trying to bite your own teeth.” – Alan Watts
“You aren’t wealthy until you have something that money can’t buy.” – Garth Brooks
“All thinkers are regional thinkers.” – Tyler Cowen
“A man is about as big as the things that make him angry.” – Winston Churchill
“If you’re more susceptible to interruption, you do more out of the box thinking.” – Don Norman
My rating: 8
Sam Parr is the co-founder and CEO at The Hustle. When he started the company, he didn't have any experience in media or publishing or even writing professionally. But he's managed to grow The Hustle's audience to over 500,000 active monthly readers in less than 3 years.
My rating: 8.5
Due to a political conspiracy, an innocent man is sent to death row and his only hope is his brother, who makes it his mission to deliberately get himself sent to the same prison in order to break the both of them out, from the inside.
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