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#30 How Curious! Happy Habits, Better Emails & The Four Burners Theory


How Curious!

January 1 · Issue #30 · View online

A short monthly newsletter packed with awesome new discoveries and personal recommendations! #Books #Podcasts #Tech #Humour #Psychology #BestOfTheWeb

Happy January, and welcome to the 30th issue of ‘How Curious!’ ✌️
I had a great Christmas catching up with family and friends in Cork + Galway.
I fly back to London this weekend and look forward to easing into New Year’s resolutions over the coming weeks. Starting on 1st January matters little when long term consistency is the aim!2️⃣0️⃣2️⃣0️⃣🎊

Top 3 Quotes
It is useless for the sheep to pass resolutions in favour of vegetarianism, while the wolf remains of a different opinion. - William Ralph Inge
The happiness of your life depends on the quality of your thoughts. - Marcus Aurelius
Amateurs practice until they get it wrong. Professionals practice until they can’t get it wrong.
The Doorstep Mile: Live More Adventurously Every Day (7/10)
Avoiding Extinction: Reimagining Legal Services for the 21st Century (8/10)
READING - Born to Run: The Hidden Tribe, the Ultra-Runners, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen (TBC/10)
View my digital bookshelf here & full reading list here.
#70 Scott Adams: Avoiding Loserthink - The Knowledge Project with Shane Parrish
Buried by the Wall Street Crash - Cautionary Tales
#72 Neil Pasricha: Happy Habits - The Knowledge Project with Shane Parrish
Best of the web
Read - How to write better emails (4 mins)
Watch - Tiny Apartment Design (3 mins)
The Four Burners Theory: The Downside of Work-Life Balance (6 mins)
Coolest Things I Learned in 2019 — David Perell (10+ mins)
2020 Resolutions
Later this month I’ll formalise my plans and resolutions for 2020, and document my 2019 reflections. Starting on 1st January isn’t important. This newsletter was a 2018 resolution that started on 1st February!
Themes which will steer my thinking include:
  • Consume less. Produce more.
  • Focus on the best, rather than the latest.
  • Be mindful of my time. Will I reflect on this hour as being well spent?
  • What exciting challenges can I take?
I’ll build on my 2019 Resolutions and share in next month’s newsletter!
Best of Twitter
Aaron Levie
Always fun to look at App Store rankings during Christmas to see what technology was most gifted. Sadly, this marks another year where it seems very few people got enterprise software licenses.
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- Peter Duffy
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