FF 025 - Remember What You Read, Adopt A Scout Mindset, and Find Meaningful Work


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Welcome to the 25th Edition of FRIDAY FAVORITES!

Check out this week's list of things I've learned, how I've implemented them, and what I'm enjoying or pondering.

If you're also on the adventurous pursuit of smart passive income it'll come in handy 😉.

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Farnam Street Blog by Shane Parish

Farnam Street Blog by Shane Parish

One of my team members recently asked me how I learn from content.  I felt that this post would do a good job answering the question for you as well. 

Shane Parish is my go-to guy for anything relating to mental models. If you haven't already, I would definitely read his post on Mental Models: The Best Way to Make Intelligent Decisions, I will be re-reading it myself in the coming week.

As for the article above, reading it is probably one of the better time-investments you'll ever make.  The way I see it is, if you're going to physically read something, you better make sure you remember the knowledge that's supposed to stem from that time-investment because it also requires a lot of effort.

For any book, if possible, I listen to the audiobook version first because I can increase the speed of playback, and ingest the content more frequently than if I had to read from a physical book.  I can listen while cooking, walking, driving, etc. It's tougher to do those things while reading a book.

I make sure the book's content will be relevant or actionable while "reading" it, and if the content of the audiobook strikes a chord, or I need to see graphics/images I look for detailed summaries online (mainly https://sivers.org/book). 

If there isn't a good summary, I'll buy the eBook version and take notes while reading it.

Is this redundant? Yes. Is it more effective? Yes. Two reasons:

  1. I'm really internalizing the lessons of the book by absorbing it twice in two different mediums. 
  2. I get to devour more books than people who exclusively read because of the increased reading speed and frequency of listening.

2. What I Am Doing: Relaxxxing. I'm taking a vacation from my vacation.

I still "work" during my travels, which most people would call a vacation, but this week has been dedicated to:

  • a lower amount of "work" and a higher amount of relaxing
  • learning (through audiobooks, podcasts, and eBooks)
  • meditating
  • swimming
  • and playing soccer on the beach with some locals

It's the kind of vacation where you're totally sapped of energy in the best way possible at the end of each day and you soberly pass-out at 9pm like a senior citizen or a baby.

3. What I Am Enjoying: A slew of good TED Talks

4. What I Have Learned / Applied: Doing meaningful or fulfilling work makes everything "easy"

I know it must be hard to listen to this if you haven't found meaningful or fulfilling work yet, but take this as a motivator to push yourself to keep searching.  (Sincerely not trying to plug my new online course on finding a profitable idea you'd be interested in, but it literally covers exactly how to do that.)

What I'd like to discuss here is the underestimation and overcomplication of doing work you find fulfilling or meaningful.

I was guilty of this before starting Echo Studio because I thought, "if it's not a good idea, I don't want to pursue it."  

What the hell does that mean?

What is a "good" idea? I thought "good" needed to mean revolutionary, new, unique, and realistic, but NEWSFLASH: there are tons and TONS of problems in this world that need solving, and every single one of those can be a business. Of all of those, you just need to find one you're interested in solving.

It's only after becoming an entrepreneur that I realized that everything can be perceived as a problem that can be solved.

  • Art creation is solving the problem of not expressing oneself.
  • Traveling is solving the problem of feeling a lack of exploration

For this week, I'd like to encourage those of you that haven't found interesting work yet, to think about all the different problems you're solving for yourself or all the problems you see in your surroundings because, when you do find fulfilling work, it really doesn't feel like work, which means you're constantly doing what you want to be doing. 

5. Thought(s) I Am Pondering:

How can we effectively spread creative and interested problem-solving?

Thanks for reading, have an awesome weekend! 😁

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