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#62 How Curious! One Simple Job, Time Management for Mortals, Coolguides

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How Curious!

August 2 · Issue #62 · View online

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


Happy August, and welcome to the 62nd issue of ‘How Curious!’ ✌️
I kicked off last month with a visit to Ireland for a wedding and joining a family holiday in the west of Ireland. My visits to Ireland are relatively limited, so catching up with friends and family was extra special. 🇮🇪
Running training is going well, and I managed to clock my longest ever run with ease. I still have heaps of work to do to hit my target pace, and keeping injury free remains the priority! 🏃‍♂️

Running views in Mayo, Ireland 🇮🇪
Running views in Mayo, Ireland 🇮🇪
Quotes
Life is not measured by length but by depth. Birthdays tell us how long we have been on the road, not how far we have traveled. — Ralph Waldo Emerson
A dream written down with a date becomes a goal. A goal broken down into steps becomes a plan. A plan backed by action makes your dreams come true. — Greg Reid
Independence, to me, doesn’t mean you’ll stop working. It means you only do the work you like with people you like at the times you want for as long as you want. — Morgan Housel
Podcast
Pieter Levels - Thinking and doing for yourself
#143 Andrew Wilkinson: Entrepreneurial Insights
Books
After abandoning two books last month, I finally found one that resonated. Life is short, and there are more books than I’ll ever have time to read, so if I do not enjoy a book, I’ve zero guilt about putting it down. 
Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals
Check out my digital bookshelf for a ranked list of all books I’ve read.
Best of the Web
24 Powerful Razors - Simplify Decision Making
43 life lessons at age 43 | Life, money and happiness
Coolguides
Two Training Thoughts 🏃‍♂️
A lovely bonus of running longer distances is the extra thinking time it forces upon me. Two thoughts have stuck with me:
1) Everyone is running their race. 
Running loops of a park, I often lap people but also get overtaken by others. It’s reassuring to remind myself that comparison to others is pointless here because I don’t know:
  • How far have they already run?
  • How far do they intend to run?
  • How long have they been training?
  • What pace are they targeting? Are they even timing themselves? This could be on a recovery run, or they could be aiming for a PB.
In running and many other areas of life, it’s nice to remember that everyone is running their own race.
2) One simple job.
I have one job when running. Keep my watch showing a certain pace for a set distance. Too slow or too fast, and I get a warning. I need to keep it within the allowable range. That’s it.
There is something incredibly humbling and beautiful in accepting that my job is so simple. 
PS - Please let me know if you have any good Spotify running playlist recommendations. Thanks in advance! 🙏
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- Peter Duffy
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