After an intense month of traveling around Asia and Europe, I finally touched base in Amsterdam. In 3 weeks I left Bali visited Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok, visited a friend in Dublin, went to Lowlands Festival and finally had a retreat with my master in Belgium.
After so much moving around, I am happy to stay in one place in Amsterdam for the next year. The master program in Digital Design will surely keep me busy but I hope to continue delivering this newsletter every month!
📝 I need a system for my curiosities
A good friend of mine poked me with an interesting question:
“What is your strategy for picking books?”
I thought about the question for a while and had to conclude; I don’t read and learn with a predefined plan.
Apart from following other people and reading some reviews, I don’t have a strategy for what to read first other than following my energy. When I first started to read more I picked up advice from Naval: “Read what you love, until you love to read”. But now that I have developed a reliable reading habit, I feel that there is a need to make some adjustments.
The way I currently learn is built around curiosity. I don’t say that this is a bad strategy. There should always be room for serendipity and surprise. The surprise is well built in my systems already. I know that surprise won’t disappoint me, because I am a curious learner.
But that voracious appetite for new concepts comes at a downside: lack of focus. And it’s this lack of focus that holds me back to go deeper into topics.
To tackle this quest, I have started to learn with a plan. Every 90 days I choose 1 to 3 topics to focus on for that period. For 90 days I will deep dive in those topics. Currently, I am focused on personal finance, Webflow development, and a better review system.
To determine what to read I have done some research to find the best articles, podcasts, books, and courses on these topics. By making a schedule I prosper my focus in the right direction. I keep track of the hours invested and make detailed notes along the way.
Let me know if you learn with a plan because surely this new approach still needs some adjustments.
Coolest things I Learned This Month
💺 Airlines are finally fixing the middle seat
A third of passengers on planes get stuck with a middle seat, getting smushed for hours at a time in a chair that costs exactly the same ticket price as a window or aisle. But what if we could rethink the middle seat to be more comfortable?
Molon Labe Seating thinks it has found the solution by moving the middle seat a few inches lower and back from, the aisle and window seat. It also widens the seat by about three inches. This allows your arms, shoulders, thighs, and elbows to spread just a bit more than they otherwise could, without giving the seat more legroom or reducing a plane’s seating capacity
🌏 The Story of Us
My favorite blog Wait But Why is back with a new series. Over the next few weeks, Tim Urban will post new articles upon two years of research and writing. I’m excited to see where it will go. The first two posts certainly look promising.
📖 Sapiens (as a blogpost)
Sapiens the book I have probably gifted the most has been rewritten into a long blogpost. It’s massive for a blog post, just under 30 minutes, but it’s condensing 9 hours worth of material with the original text.
This gives you no more excuses to not read it. Learn about where we come from as a species and how concepts such as money, religion, and science have developed. if you already read (and liked) it, it’s going to be a great way to refresh your memory on the book.
🏄♂️ World Surf Championships
This summer I (kinda) learned to surf. That’s why these pictures from the World Surf Championships in Tahiti dazzle me. I have been rolled over in a dozen of small waves and I can tell you that it is not the nicest experience. When seeing the pictures of these enormous waves in Tahiti, I can’t imagine what it has to feel like to wipe out on such a wave. Click here to see all the pictures.
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Until next month!