My Weekly Learnings #5 (25.04 – 01.05)

My Weekly Learnings #5 (25.04 – 01.05)

Amidst all the content I consume every week, through this weekly series of ‘My Weekly Learnings’, sharing highlights of content pieces that caught my eye and provided more value than I could imagine.

(P.S. Every Sunday, I share a list of what to read, listen, and watch, in my weekly series, The Last 7 Days. You can check out the editions here).

1. No sense in being a puppet, especially if you can’t be sure who is pulling the strings or why. [Seth Godin]

(Read more here)

2. Writer Alice Walker on the discomfort of growth:

“Some periods of our growth are so confusing that we don’t even recognize that growth is happening. We may feel hostile or angry or weepy and hysterical, or we may feel depressed. It would never occur to us, unless we stumbled on a book or a person who explained to us, that we were in fact in the process of change, of actually becoming larger than we were before.

Whenever we grow, we tend to feel it, as a young seed must feel the weight and inertia of the earth as it seeks to break out of its shell on its way to becoming a plant. Often the feeling is anything but pleasant.

But what is most unpleasant is not knowing what is happening. Those long periods when something inside ourselves seems to be waiting, holding its breath, unsure about what the next step should be… for it is in those periods that we realize that we are being prepared for the next phase of our life and that, in all probability, a new level of the personality is about to be revealed.”

Source: Living by the Word: Essays

3. If you are going to be jealous of someone, you must be willing to swap your *entire* life for theirs. You can’t cherry-pick the aspect of their life you want.
You must give up *everything* you have and know. [Summarized for context; Naval on The Knowledge Project podcast]

4. Demonstration of success creates trust, which unlocks opportunities for further demonstration of success. The loop goes on, and that’s just the way it is. Hating people and complaining doesn’t do you any favours. [Kunal Shah on Paras Chopra’s Bold Conjectures podcast]

5. Fragmented attention is an enemy of engagement and excellence. [Adam Grant]

My Weekly Learnings #1 (28.03 – 03.04)

My Weekly Learnings #1 (28.03 – 03.04)

All of us consume a ton of content every single day, on various platforms and through different mediums. Said that, speaking for myself, more than a year ago, I decided to share weekly recommendations of what to read, listen, and watch titled The Last Days (50+ weekly editions posted here).

But now, I wanted to take that a step further and deep-dive into specific learnings from the week, which will help you, the reader learn specific information from a piece of content and also help me keep a track of everything that I learnt.

Although it’s difficult to keep a track of everything that you learn, every single day, or to note it down at that very moment, here’s me experimenting with this concept…

1. Over the last few decades, the intriguing and pervasive links between neuroscience and the immune system have slowly been uncovered. What might seem, at first, like an uneasy marriage between the brain and immunity has steadily grown into a fully-fledged interdisciplinary area of study.
This field is known as psychoneuroimmunology (PNI).

It is well established, in the minds of most people, that stress can induce illness and that, conversely, a fun-filled occasion with loved ones can soothe aches and pains and stave off the very same illness.

Read more here –

2. People experience materialistic joy and think that’s all the joy they can experience, without also experiencing other joys of life such as intellectual joy or spiritual joy. (Gita for the Young and Restless Podcast on Spotify)

3. “Something that I call the pseudonymous economy. So the thing is that real names weren’t built for the internet. Real names are actually a technology. In fact, real names are a stolen base in many ways, even the term real name is a stolen base. It’s better called a state name or a social security name because it’s a global identifier. It’s an identifier that anybody can type into a database and pull up all kinds of information on you. And this is something where historically past cultures understood that giving out someone’s real name was actually very bad, or knowing you had power over that person. So the point is that the alternative to real names, or a single global identifier and everything, is pseudonyms, search-resistant identities, which people are already using at large-scale. There are 400 million pseudonyms or pseudonymous users on Reddit. And by the way, there’s a distinction between anonymous, pseudonymous, and real names. Anonymous is totally disposable identifier, that’s like the culture of 4chan. Pseudonymous, like Reddit, is a persistent pseudonym that accumulates reputation, but that is at a distance from your global identifier.” [Balaji Srinivasan on The Tim Ferriss Show]

4. Everyone wants to get rich, few take risks.
Everyone wants to get smart, few push themselves mentally.
Everyone wants to get fit, few push themselves physically.
Everyone wants an attractive spouse, few question their own attractiveness.
Everyone wants peace, few meditate. [Orange Book on Twitter]

5. Know your ABZs:

A: Where you are
B: Your next step
Z: Your end goal

(Shaan Puri on Twitter)