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61 – Cockroach Theory, Tricking Yourself & Helicopter Money



One Trick: For being nice to yourself

It’s actually surprisingly hard to be kind to ourselves, specially when we are talking about our future selves. “Whenever you can, do something kind for Future You.” Try think of the future you as a close friend whom you care about. What advice would you give that close friend? Would you tell them to skip the gym and eat more junk food?

One must read speech: The cockroach Theory

Before reading about this speech, I had no idea on the differences between “Responding” vs “Reacting” to life. This is so incredibly elegant story reminding us we shouldn’t let life happen to us, but instead we should be responding purposefully to what’s around us. Please read it, I don’t think my explanation can do it any justice.

One Kickstarter Campaign: Smart Running with STEPP

Running is easy, running efficiently and injury free is pretty hard (believe me, I’ve had my fair share of knee and ankle injuries) These tiny device currently on Kickstarter for just 12 more days could be the best running coach you could hope for. It promises real time feedback on your running, tracking and giving you feedback on your form and fatigue level. I so want one, but I don’t run enough to justify the $129 USD price tag.

One New Concept: Helicopter Money

Free money is surely a good thing right? How about free money for everyone but you? And what about free money for absolutely everyone? The term “Helicopter Money” is kinda like Quantitive Easing to the extreme. It could be a good thing for the short term, but it’s effect for the long term is pretty unclear. Also big thumbs up to The Memo‘s newsletter for their “What the Heck…” section

One Website for Illustrators: Society 6

If you are an illustrator and is interested in selling your designs, this is a fantastic website. You upload your artwork (preferably vector) and it allows you to sell it as t-shirts, phone cases, cushion covers or even hats. Some amazingly beautiful designs


My Week

What an eventful week! So much happening I’ve also started to look my internally at the problems I have been facing. Asking myself why I do certain things or why do I fear certain things (my greatest fear is that I am not smart and/or incapable, that I don’t deserve success).
[The Good] Finally got myself back into some muay thai training, I almost fainted half way in the class but it felt so good when I realised I actually survived (shocking how much my fitness level has dropped)
[The Good] Side project is moving along, no idea if it’s worth the time at this point
[The Bad] There’s some stress financially at the moment, which adds to the pressure for the side project to move quickly
[The Bad]  The 3.5 hours of commuting is pretty annoying and huge waste of time, trying to be more productive with podcasts and writing this email
P.S. Thanks Jay for reminding me how shocking my first ever newsletter was.

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Weekly Top 5 #54 – Being poor is expensive, Bored and Self Reflection


One thing we are missing: Self Reflection

Once upon a time we used to get bored, and what’s more shocking is that we were pretty ok with being bored. Constant connection to the internet and Facebook meant we no longer spend any time just gazing into space and reflect upon ourselves.

One Concept: Its expensive to be poor

This concept makes me sick, this frustrating constant is unfortunately a way of our society, basically the poorer you are the more money works against you. Bills are higher even if you use the same amount, you have to spend more on repairing cheap cars and you can take advantages of bulk buys. it’s pretty shitty. Another article on this crappy problem.

One Designer to follow: Mike Monteiro

If you are designer, watch as many talks by Mike as you can, then read all his books, I’m only about 1/5 of the way through his stuff, but can already tell he is fantastic. Here’s a good one to start one How Designers Destroyed the World.

One Slides: Death & Future of Apps

A neat little presentation about how “apps” has evolved from tiny tools on our mobile phones to giant smart systems. Some are incredibly helpful but invisible.

One Tool: How much for does a website cost

If you ask me “How much is it to make a website”, I’ll answer  with “How much is it to buy a car”, the answer is the same: depends what you are after! A 10 year old Ford is going to be very different from the latest Aston Martin. This site asks you a bunch of questions and gives you a rough idea of the cost, not perfect, but it’s a helpful indicator.

My Week
Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, I seriously need a break
[The Good] Unfortunately, I really can’t think of much
[The Bad] Missed all my goals last week. No meditations and no job offer in HK
[The Bad] Superbly stressed at the moment, so many things happening left, right & centre