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#17: Read better, love better, design better

November 16, 2020

Ponder this quote 💭

“Happiness is the absence of the striving for happiness.” - Chuang-Tzu 

Healthy body 🏋️

B12 - a common deficiency 

Vitamin B12 is an essential vitamin needed for proper bodily function and health. However, in recent years a deficiency of this vitamin has become more common, and it’s not just particular to the vegan diet.  Read on to discover where we used to naturally get B12 from (during those hunter-gatherer days a few millennia ago), what a B12 deficiency actually feels like and why animal meat is a poor food for providing B12.

The actionable takeaway: 10 micrograms a day or 2,000 per week of methylcobalamin B12 will keep you at healthy levels. 

🔖 Read: B12: Why it’s not just a vegan issue - Stephen Coote

Live better 💪

Learning how to love 

This was a powerful, almost meditative piece from Maria exploring the teachings of Zen Buddhist Thich Nhat Hanh. 

The beautiful flow of thoughts reminds that love comes from the desire to ease another’s suffering. Intertwined you will also discover the concept of inter-being - the complex phenomenon by which we exist in a dynamic interdependent relationship with the world around us.

🔖 Read: How to Love: Legendary Zen Buddhist Teacher Thich Nhat Hanh on Mastering the Art of “Interbeing” - Maria Popova

Designing products 💻

Why constraints are the key to creativity

When it comes to creation, you might think that the more freedom available the better the final outcome. That is actually not often true. When one designs, or creates, one seeks a solution to a specific problem. That problem can be practical or it can be artistic.

Constraints can be in the form of the canvas size, the paint, the customer, the budget - they are present in many forms - yet the uniting factor is that they all set the boundaries and hence shape the ultimate solution. 

🔖 Read: Design constraints stoke creativity - Micah Bowers

Work better 💪

Productivity secrets we can all use

Sometimes, the simplest systems and habits are often the most effective. They encourage focus, eliminate distraction and extraneous detail and minimise cognitive load and friction.

Ryan Holiday, an ever practical Stoic, shares some of his best productivity hacks which he picked up from other people. Carry on the tradition and steal these from him. 

🔖 Read: 28 Pieces of Productivity Advice I Stole From People Smarter Than Me - Ryan Holiday

Become better 💪

Time to up your reading game

While we all learnt how to read when we were in primary school or before, most of us haven’t upgraded our reading ability and techniques since then. Yet if we are to survive in this ever growing world of information, we need to become better at consuming, retaining and applying information. The good news is that this is possible, and that it can start with improving the methods by which you read.  The article below, in fact, details out four different methods of reading which you can practice. 

Furthermore, adding a reflective process to your reading can supercharge not only the speed at which you absorb new ideas but also your ability to retain and connect those ideas to the other aspects of your life. 

🔖 Read: How to Read a Book: The Ultimate Guide by Mortimer Adler - Shane Parrish

‍Stay woke 👀​

Billionaires aren’t going to save us

Insightful and delivered with humor, Hasan Minaj explains how billionaires’ altruism is driven, in large part, by finding ways to reduce their tax expenditure and gaining further economic benefits to protect and grow their wealth. 

This show is quite excellent and though I only came across it recently, it’s unfortunately already been cancelled. I guess sometimes the truth can hit a bit too close to home.

🔖 Read: Why Billionaires Won’t Save Us -  Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj

Meme motivation 🥇

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