The Meaningful Mail

7 Bullets for a Better Life

Happy Sunday,

it’s me Waldi!

This morning I’ve walked through the woods up to a tower with a great view. I haven’t hit my daily exercise goal of 10 000 steps per day in the last three days. So, this morning I’ve decided to begin anew.

In some way, this is what we can always do when we’ve fallen off the meaningful path: begin anew. Let this be your call to action: if there’s something you wanted to do for a while begin anew.

Here are this week’s bullets for you!


1. Mark Manson on Struggle and Meaning

Happiness requires struggle.

Without struggle, the world would lack meaning and our joys would feel empty.

Be grateful for your struggles, because within them is the constant opportunity for purpose.

Source


2. New Tool I’m Using

LINER.

It’s a great tool for highlighting on webpages. It gathers those highlights automatically in a separate document which allows me to easily copy and paste them into my RoamResearch database. No more copy-pasting while reading an article! Yay!


3. Song On Repeat


4. Book I’m Excited About

Lives of the Stoics: The Art of Living from Zeno to Marcus Aurelius.

Ryan Holiday is known for The Daily Stoic and many books about Stoicism. He’s the main reason that I’ve adopted parts of this philosophy in my own life and I’m very excited to open another chapter (or book) which seems like a compilation of his past works! I don’t usually pre-order. But I’ve pre-ordered this one.


5. Tolstoy’s 10 Rules for Life at the Age of 18

  1. Get up early (five o’clock)

  2. Go to bed early (nine to ten o’clock)

  3. Eat little and avoid sweets

  4. Try to do everything by yourself

  5. Have a goal for your whole life, a goal for one section of your life, a goal for a shorter period and a goal for the year; a goal for every month, a goal for every week, a goal for every day a goal for every hour, and for every minute, and sacrifice the lesser goal to the greater

  6. Keep away from women

  7. Kill desire by work

  8. Be good but try to let no one know it

  9. Always live less expensively than you might

  10. Change nothing in your style of living even if you become ten times richer

Source


6. The Best Advice on Writing I Know

There’s a lot of writing advice out there. Yet, this short post by Scott Adams is among the best - if not the best advice I know on how to write better.


7. Blog I Enjoy Reading

Nat Eliason

I’ve come across Nat when I learned how to use RoamResearch. I was pleasantly surprised that his blog has great content on philosophy, marketing, psychology, health, and more. It’s full of interesting information and wise words.


That’s it for this week! I hope you found something valuable.

Until next week!

- Waldi

PS: The Best Movie Intro


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The Meaningful Mail

7 Bullets for a Better Life

Happy Sunday,

it’s me Waldi!

Last week I’ve watched way too much Rollplay - a fun D&D show, for anyone who is into it. I’ve also realized the power of progressive summarization when I wrote this week’s blog post “11 Short Life Lessons from Extreme Ownership”. I have struggled with a post about the book for weeks because it contained so many valuable lessons. Progressive Summarization helped me pull out the most essential content and publish this post. I’ve recommended Progressive Summarization in the past, but here’s the link again if you’ve missed it.

Over the years I’ve also collected hundreds, if not thousands of valuable tweets and quotes. I spend a bit of time going through them and share a few of the best I’ve found this week in this issue of the Meaningful Mail. Enjoy!

As is the custom, I have published a new blog post this week titled “How to Use the Hidden Power of Serotonin". I recommend you check it out!

Now, let’s have a look at today’s bullets!


1. Steve Magness on Perfectionism

Striving for perfection implies success without failure. That setbacks are a bad thing. It's about a judgment based on the outcome. Striving for mastery implies success, but also failures, dips, and valleys. It's about the process of growing in your craft. Perfectionism often pushes us to perform out of a place of fear. There are very few individuals who can handle and utilize fear as a motivator over the long haul. It's powerful but draining.

Source


2. Tim Urban on Societal Problems

People who want to solve societal problems are obsessed with getting the facts right, coming up with concrete solutions, & appealing to common humanity to change minds & build a broad coalition. When people are doing the opposite, fixing things may not be the deep down motivation.

Source


3. James Clear on Anxiety

Working on a problem reduces the fear of it.

It’s hard to fear a problem when you are making progress on it—even if progress is imperfect and slow.

Action relieves anxiety.

Source


4. Mark Manson on Successs

Confidence is not a belief in success. It's a comfort with failure.

Source


5. Devin McDermott on Habits

What makes a habit good or bad?

A good habit carries you towards your desired life.

A bad habit carries you away.

Source


6. Orange Book on Parenting

Best things a parent can do for their kids:

- being kind and loving to their spouse

- being an intellectually curious role model, encouraging trial and error

- listening and understanding, not lecturing

- teaching them about money, emotions, health, principles

- buying books

Source


7. Ryan Holiday on Progress

Think progress, not perfection.

Source


That’s it for this week! I hope you found something valuable.

Until next week!

- Waldi

PS: and then there is this guy…


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The Meaningful Mail

7 Bullets for a Better Life

Happy Sunday,

it’s me Waldi!

My lower back pain has become much better. I’ve adjusted my daily walks to include a morning walk this week and it really helps with prolonged sitting throughout the day. Yesterday was the first day when I didn’t walk 10 000 steps in weeks and I definitely felt it. Not only are morning walks good for my health, but they also reliably put me in a good mood when the weather is nice as well. I highly recommended them!

As is the custom, I have published a new blog post this week titled “How to Use the Hidden Power of Serotonin". I recommend you check it out!

Now, let’s have a look at today’s bullets!


1. Memento Mori

Earlier this week I wanted to relax to a gaming-livestream on twitch.tv, when I’ve learned that a streamer I liked a lot died last year. He was only 33 years old. His sudden death - he tweeted that he wanted to stream and travel the day he died and the ones that followed it - has stuck in my mind. It’s a reminder that every day is a gift that we should never waste or take for granted.


2. The Power of To-do-lists Done Right

On a positive note, I’ve also had the most productive week in months.

At the start of the week, I made a braindump, writing down everything on my mind in a note. Afterward, I prioritized my thoughts and scheduled everything throughout the week.

I must have hit a good balance between the volume and difficulty of tasks because I complete them all so far. I’ll work on a blog post about why this worked and how you can use it in your life over the course of this month. Until then, you can try it out tomorrow!


3. The Stoic Attitude of Astronaut Chris Hadfield

“Ultimately, I don’t determine whether I arrive at the desired professional destination. Too many variables are out of my control. There’s really just one thing I can control: my attitude during the journey, which is what keeps me feeling steady and stable, and what keeps me headed in the right direction. So I consciously monitor and correct, if necessary, because losing attitude would be far worse than not achieving my goal.”

Source: Chris Hadfield in “An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth”, p. 41-42.


4. JRE #1375 Edward Norton

After listening to Robert Downey Jr. on the JRE last week, I’ve listened to Edward Norton this week. Somehow it’s really impressive to see super successful people, especially actors, live very considerate and thoughtful lives.


5. Three Paths

I tweeted about the three paths you can take through life.


6. Meaningful Activities

“Meaningful activities aren't necessarily those we do most often. They are those we value most highly and will, from the perspective of our deaths, miss most deeply.”

Source: The School of Life in “The Meaning of Life”, p. 9.


7. New Podcast I Listen to

I asked about your favorite podcasts a while back and began to listen to one of them: Modern Wisdom. It’s great! Listen to it.


That’s it for this week! I hope you found something valuable.

Until next week!

- Waldi


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The Meaningful Mail

7 Bullets for a Better Mail

Happy Sunday,

it’s me Waldi!

After last week’s e-mail, I’ve been to a nuclear magnetic resonance imaging because of my lower back pain. Disc prolapse is causing the pain. Since then, it got a bit better, but it still varies day by day. Overall, I’m good though, and I get better overall.

I’ve given a workshop on how to work scientifically this weekend which is why today’s newsletter is a bit late. I had a blast and the students liked it as well.

As always, I’ve also published a new blog post which is a tad bit more personal than I normally do. Let me know how you like it!

Now, let’s have a look at today’s bullets!


1. Five Lessons from History

I’ve begun to dig into my vast library of content and found this gem. It’s a very well written article that explains five timeless lessons using historical events. It covers topics like suffering, pushing too far, and why we don’t often notice progress but recognize setbacks almost immediately. It’s a great read!


2. There Will be Pain

I’ve finished this episode of the Jocko Podcast an hour ago and it’s one of the few who I’ve favorite immediately. Jocko’s guest, Mike Day, was horribly abused as a child, hit by 27 bullets in a matter of minutes during one of his deployments, survived but later almost killed himself. Now, he tries to help people live better lives. It’s an amazing, dark, but real story. Listen to it.


3. Mindset for the COVID-Crisis

I’ve enjoyed this article by Ryan Holiday about what we can learn from John D. Rockefeller’s mindset.


4. JRE #1411 Robert Downey Jr.

I really enjoyed Ironman talking to Joe Rogan… erm… I mean Robert Downey Jr.


5. A Guide by an Astronaut

Over the last few years, I’ve had this weird idea to read a book about astronauts. A few weeks ago I finally ordered one. It’s great.


6. Tiago Forte on Notes

I took a few insights away from this short interview with Tiago Forte on Note-Taking.


7. Daily Walks

Finally, I’ve begun walking 10 000 steps every day since my lower back pain worsened. It helps tremendously. I highly recommend it.


That’s it for this week! I hope you found something valuable.

Until next week!

- Waldi


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The Meaningful Mail

7 Bullets for a Better Life

Happy Sunday,

it’s me Waldi!

This week I’ve struggled with lower back pain that just won’t go away.

To combat it I’ve also begun to walk at least 10 000 steps each day. Views such as this one definitely make walking enjoyable:

Besides that, I’ve published a new blog post and dug into everything related to Personal Knowledge Management. Especially PARA.

Enjoy this week’s bullets and have a good start to your week!


1. Tiago Forte on Which Note-Taking App to Use

If you can’t decide which note-taking app to use, this video is for you.


2. Habit is a Seed

Many liked my reply to James Clear’s tweet about the connection between habit and compound interest.


3. Can We Pull Back From the Brink?

I’ve wanted to listen to this episode of the Sam Harris Podcast for a while. I’m about halfway through and it’s getting more interesting continuously.


4. Tim Ferriss and Caroline Paul on Overcoming Fear

I really enjoyed this episode of the Tim Ferriss Podcast with Caroline Paul on how she became one of the first female firefighters in the US and repeatedly overcame her many fears.


5. A Meaningful Quote from the Dalai Lama

This quote made me stop and think about my priorities.


6. 10 Books to Read

I was surprised to find three books on Ryan Holiday’s list of recommended books that I’ve never heard of before. Namely, “How to Live: Or A Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer” by Sarah Bakewell, “What Makes Sammy Run?” by Budd Schulberg and “Average Is Over: Powering America Beyond the Age of the Great Stagnation” by Tyler Cowen. 

The other books on his list are also great. Check them out if you like to read.


7. The Daily Stoic on Resilience

Marcus Aurelius defined flexibility and resilience as the ability to look a situation in the face and say, “You’re just what I was looking for.” The Stoics knew that the formula for greatness was the ability to turn obstacles into fuel, to see everything as an opportunity to do something.

- The Daily Stoic, What Else Can You do?


That’s it for this week. I hope you’ve found something useful!

Until next week!

- Waldi


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