Life Designed: Teaching Online, $169K Blog Post & Ikigai

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Reads 📝

How I Turned an Idea into $7K by Teaching Online

Writing online is difficult. Clearly explaining technical content is twice as hard. You have to understand the subject deep enough that you can explain it at an entry-level. Many fail at this.

Why Figma Wins

Companies are a sequencing of loops. While it’s possible to stumble into an initial core loop that works, the companies that are successful in the long term are the ones that can repeatedly find the next loop.

A Blog Post Worth $169K (+Template)

If someone is searching for information about products, odds are they are going to have questions. You can find frequently asked questions about your topic in the "People Also Ask" box in your keywords SERP results.

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Book of the Week 📖

Ikigai by Héctor García and Francesc Miralles

According to the Japanese, everyone has an ikigai—a reason for living. And according to the residents of the Japanese village with the world’s longest-living people, finding it is the key to a happier and longer life. Having a strong sense of ikigai—the place where passion, mission, vocation, and profession intersect—means that each day is infused with meaning. It’s the reason we get up in the morning. It’s also the reason many Japanese never really retire (in fact there’s no word in Japanese that means retire in the sense it does in English): They remain active and work at what they enjoy, because they’ve found a real purpose in life—the happiness of always being busy.

Food for Thought 🧠

“Technological progress has merely provided us with more efficient means for going backwards.” – Aldous Huxley
“I am amazed by how many individuals mess up every new day with yesterday.” – Gary Chapman
“In order to change skins, evolve into new cycles, I feel one has to learn to discard. If one changes internally, one should not continue to live with the same objects. They reflect one’s mind and psyche of yesterday. I throw away what has no dynamic, living use.” – Anaïs Nin
“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” – Albert Einstein
“Without courage we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can't be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.” – Maya Angelou

Playlist 🎧

Watchlist 🍿

Best Marketing Strategy Ever: Steve Jobs Presents "Think Different"

My rating: 10

Legendary Steve Jobs explains why Apple is winning at the marketing game.

How to Find Interesting Ideas

My rating: 9

Thought-provoking writer David Perell shares his process for finding interesting ideas. It starts on Amazon, moves to Wikipedia, and ends on YouTube.

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