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#10 How Curious! July 2018 - Memory Palace, Revisiting Resolutions and the Pursuit of Happiness

Happy July and welcome to the 10th issue of ‘How Curious!’ ✌️ The London summer has been incredibly k

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July 3 · Issue #10 · View online
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Happy July and welcome to the 10th issue of ‘How Curious!’ ✌️
The London summer has been incredibly kind so far, with endless parks, markets, and mini-festivals to explore in the current heatwave! 🌞🏞️
My focus on Fintechs and everything London related has meant I’ve been consuming a lot less content of interest to a wider audience. Whilst this is the case I will be sending this newsletter once a month to ensure each issue has a decent amount of relevant content! 🗓️💌

Quotes I'm pondering
The traffic lights of life are rarely all green at the same time - Tim Ferriss
If a man empties his purse into his head, no one can take it from him. An investment in knowledge always pays the highest return - Benjamin Franklin
The palest ink is clearer than the fondest memory - Chinese Proverb
Cool Tech
Apple AirPods - Wireless headphones (9/10)
Book Recommendations
Human memory is limited and unreliable, the number of jackets I’ve lost in the past 6 months is a testament to this! I use numerous digital tools to overcome these limitations and decided to read Moonwalking with Einstein (8/10) in an effort to improve my brain’s natural abilities.
The book follows the author’s quest to compete in the world memory championships and explores proven techniques used by ‘mental athletes’ in their attempts to memorise the order of up to 10 decks of cards and long strings of random digits. 
Of all the techniques, the Memory PalaceMajor System appear to be amongst the easiest to apply. Most memory frameworks involve the conversion of generic information to vivid imagery which is more easily retained.
I’ll keep you posted on my attempts to master these!
Convert items to vivid images and store in your memory palace.
Convert items to vivid images and store in your memory palace.
Revisit New Years Resolutions, monthly!
The vast majority of New Years Resolutions fail in the first 2 weeks. With this in mind, I created a long list at the start of the year and assess which ones I’d like to work on at the start of each month.
Rather than waiting until 1st January 2019 to revisit resolutions, use each month as a reset. If you fail you get to try again every 4-weeks, rather than waiting until New Years!
I break my list into relationships, mind, body, finances, and learning. View my 2018 longlist.
The Pursuit of Happiness
Can consumerism buy you happiness? This superb 4-minute video of a rodent’s unrelenting quest for happiness and fulfillment is a must watch!
The rat race...
Best of Twitter
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- Peter Duffy
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