Life Designed: Zettelkasten, World 2.0 & How to Say No

How to travel the world and build a business while doing it? I have some ideas for you.

A while ago I connected with Louis and Kyle and shared what I learned traveling the world for over 5 years. You can listen to the interview on most major players including Apple, Simplecast, Spotify, and YouTube.

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

Reads 📝

I Tried to Build a Zettelkasten Following Andy Matuschak’s Notes and Now I Have This Weird Thing

Creating evergreen notes is the most important part of zettelkasten. This is where thinking happens. Here are its key principles: 1) Evergreen notes should be atomic. 2) Evergreen notes should be concept-based. 3) Evergreen notes should be connected, synthesized and distilled as a result of grappling with ideas. 4) Evergreen notes should have titles that function like APIs.

World 2.0 Startups

The first TV shows were cameras pointed at radio shows. The first mobile phones looked like miniature desktops. When new paradigms come online, we have a tendency to first clone the old before making something transformative, like Westworld or the iPhone.

How Today's Fastest Growing B2B Businesses Found Their First Ten Customers

Learn how twenty other hyper-growth B2B businesses found their earliest customers — including stories from Shopify, Stripe, Airtable, Plaid, Gusto, Salesforce, Slack and many more.

Tools 🛠

How to Say No

Rejecting people is hard. Here are some templates to help you say no in any situation.

Free Online Resources for Product Managers

Find the best books, courses, podcasts, and other useful resources to help you become a better product manager.

UI Sources

UI Sources helps you save time by benchmarking against some of the world's best apps. Save product development time and compare against the industry standard.

Newsletters 📩

Monday Musings

David Perell sends a weekly newsletter called Monday Musings where he shares all the coolest things he learns every week.

The Interesting Times Newsletter

The Interesting Times is a short digest of the most interesting things Taylor Pearson finds on the internet, typically centered around finance, tech, bitcoin, complex systems and decision making under opacity.

Dense Discovery

A weekly newsletter helping you be productive, feel inspired, and think critically.

Book of the Week 📖

Freakonomics by Steven Levitt, Stephen Dubner

Which is more dangerous, a gun or a swimming pool? What do schoolteachers and sumo wrestlers have in common? Why do drug dealers still live with their moms? How much do parents really matter? How did the legalization of abortion affect the rate of violent crime? These may not sound like typical questions for an economist to ask. But Steven D. Levitt is not a typical economist. He is a much-heralded scholar who studies the riddles of everyday life—from cheating and crime to sports and child-rearing—and whose conclusions turn conventional wisdom on its head.

Food for Thought 🧠

“Tell me what you pay attention to and I will tell you who you are.” – José Ortega y Gasset
“The best lack all conviction while the worst are full of passionate intensity.” – William Butler Yeat
“You should be far more concerned with your current trajectory than with your current results.” – James Clear
“A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, coon a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.” – Robert A. Heinlein
“We both (Charlie Munger and Warren Buffett) insist on a lot of time being available almost every day to just sit and think. That is very uncommon in American business. We read and think.” – Charlie Munger

Playlist 🎧

Watchlist 🍿

Speaking 5+ Languages with my Polyglot Grandma

My rating: 8

Nathaniel Drew had a conversation with his Grandma that included English, French, Spanish, Italian, Hebrew, (and they also touched on Arabic and Greek).

In the File: What’s Next After Product-Market Fit?

My rating: 8

You have a product that is loved, and your customers are bombarding you with feature requests. How should you prioritize? Drawing from his experiences at Uber, YouTube, and Figma, Yuhki shares some helpful ideas for how you might approach this phase.

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Sent on 6 August 2020.
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