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This page contains all my favourite links. One of my guilty pleasures is to just get lost on the internet and find interesting rabbit holes to go down. Here, you'll see all my favourite blog posts, videos, podcasts, and some must-check-out tools. I hope this helps you learn something new every day. 🙂
 
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Are you a writer (or know someone who is a writer) who thinks that you need to have 20 years of experience in writing to make decent money? It doesn't have to be like that. You don't have to starve to be a writer. You can make a living writing.
Jeff Goins has put together a guide of 12 actionable steps to start making money by writing. I myself have started using this guide and it is wonderful! I cannot wait to unleash my creativity and also make money off it.
 
SOME PEOPLE ARE TOXIC. AVOID THEM. Have you ever been in someone's company and at the end of the day you felt like they sucked the life out of you? And there are also few people who make you feel more energized than you were feeling before meeting them.
I have recently found out that Picasso falls under the first type. These are the 'vampires' who make off with other people's energy and use it to make themselves feel better. I wish I knew about The Vampire Test earlier. Do not try to help toxic people with your loyal love.
 
These apply to products and brands, but feel free to apply this to people too. These work for job interviews, selling yourself as a consultant, etc.
 
Mental models are frameworks for thinking. They simplify complex situations so you can reason through them easily. They help you make good, long-term decisions without needing to know everything about a situation.
 
Around 3,500+ ideas for you to get inspired by.
 
This book helped me come up with this small framework on how to get the most out of your ideas 💡
  • Do not dismiss simple ideas. More often than not, simple ideas might lead to bigger projects.
  • Lower the threshold to capture ideas. Have a book & pen or an app handy. Yes, even while you're taking a shower.
  • Review the captured ideas & elaborate on them at the end of the day. There's no point in taking fleeting notes or ideas if you can't reflect and make them more permanent.
  • Tag them under "contexts" rather than "topics" or "subtopics". Here's an example of what I mean by a context.
 
The Internet is magic. Let’s not forget that just 15 years ago, in order to reach an audience, you had to go through a hyper-selective process where one person had the power to decide if you’d be allowed to speak to the general public. Then the internet came along (for real), and suddenly anyone could put anything online. Today, curation isn’t done by any one person, but by the public who votes with their attention. This new democracy has seen a new class of citizens emerge: The Creators.
 
You spend years trying to learn new stuff but then look back and realize that maybe like 10 big ideas truly changed how you think and drive most of what you believe.
 
If you take the face value of the three words, you know that it is about building something valuable and sharing the journey along the way.
The thing is ... a lot of creators focus purely on the sharing part, treating the Internet like their daily journals. They're missing out on the huge opportunity to leverage this strategy to tell their stories.
This guide consists of 9 chapters that are designed to help you get started today.
 
Collection of thinking tools and frameworks to help you solve problems, make decisions and understand systems.
 
“A real conversation always contains an invitation. You are inviting another person to reveal herself or himself to you, to tell you who they are or what they want.” –David Whyte
Let’s have real conversations.
Here are 100+ questions to ask your friends, family and dinner companions.
 
This 137-page ebook features 256 proven strategies from the world's most successful creators you can use to produce, promote, and profit from your creations.
 
Humphrey Bogart used to keep a $100 bill in his dresser drawer at all times—a decent chunk of change in the 1920s. He referred to it as his ‘fuck-you money’, because it meant he’d never be forced to take a crappy part. According to Bogie, the only good reason for making money was “so you can tell any son-of-a-bitch in the world to go to hell”.
 
Whether you’re a student, a teacher, or a parent, I think you’ll appreciate this story of how one teacher can completely and permanently change someone’s life in only a few lessons.
 
The Business Model of Good Taste. We’re experiencing a content overload. There are an average of 550 new social media users each minute, and over 40,000 search queries on Google every second. The Facebook like button has been pressed 13 trillion times, and each new day welcomes another 682 million tweets. It seems that every time we blink there’s a new podcast published, or blog post to read, or a book recommendation to order on Amazon. To make a long story short, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to disaggregate signal from noise.
 
"This led me to think further about what greatness truly means. I’ve come to learn that it’s not about overnight successes or flashes of excellence, but periods of repeatable habits."
What exactly does being 'great' mean? Steph convinced me that it's just being 'good' but only by being good repeatedly.
You might have heard that being consistent has benefits. And I would also imagine it was hard for you to be consistent at times in the past. Here's a post that helps you with that. One of the most inspiring posts I've read recently.
 
How to master the #1 job skill that will never be obsolete.
 
``. . . anyone can do any amount of work, provided it isn't the work he is supposed to be doing at that moment." -- Robert Benchley, in Chips off the Old Benchley, 1949
 
Become the best in the world at what you do
 
Asking useful questions is a skill, and it requires practice.
Inexperienced or naive questions sound like this:
"Hello! [Insert life story.] What should I do?"
Or this:
"I'm thinking about [action]. What do you think?"
 
Long-term thinking is easier to believe in than accomplish. Most people know it’s the right strategy in investing, careers, relationships – anything that compounds. But saying “I’m in it for the long run” is a bit like standing at the base of Mt. Everest, pointing to the top, and saying, “That’s where I’m heading.” Well, that’s nice. Now comes the test.
 
I went from being a bad writer to a good writer after taking a one-day course in “business writing.” I couldn’t believe how simple it was. I’ll tell you the main tricks here so you don’t have to waste a day in class.
 
How freelancers can thrive professionally by diversifying the ways through which they offer their unique expertise.
 
A lesson in “print capitalism”
 

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