I'll square with you. It's a pretty nice to finally be able to assign a word to that blah feeing most of us experienced during our lockdowns.
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Welcome to issue #047

Decided to change things up a little with an updated header. let me know what you guys think!

I really like the idea of this newsletter being a magazine, but only in your inbox.....well at least that's what I'm hoping for.

In other news...

I learnt a new word this week. It's called languishing. 

Adam Grant wrote a great New York Times article on this. "It wasn’t burnout — we still had energy. It wasn’t depression — we didn’t feel hopeless. We just felt somewhat joyless and aimless. It turns out there’s a name for that: languishing."

I'll square with you. It's a pretty nice to finally be able to assign a word to that blah feeing most of us experienced during our lockdowns because it makes us able to manage it better.

This is where the concept of flow can be an antidote to the feeling of languish. For a recap, when in flow people are wholly focused on the present moment, they experience a strong sense of control, they lose their self-consciousness and their ego, their experience of time changes so that time can fly by or a moment can seem to slow down, and the joy of performing the activity becomes an end in itself.

A great way I attained a sense of flow was when I had just started off writing this newsletter. It had my utmost undivided attention that literally got me lost in the moment. I was not focused on the past, nor was I focused on the future, but rather the present. 

Jogging also somehow managed to hit that flow spot for me. Apparently this shit is what they call "runners high". 10/10 would throw up on the side of the road again 😂

Now for this week issue 
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This weeks catches 🎣
Here are some dope tools that I discovered this week.

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Alternative Assets
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Newsletters 🚀

My picks of dope newsletters for this week.
This weeks featured newsletter is Jason Fried's personal newsletter. For those that are in the startup/remote working space you will have probably heard of Jason Fried or Basecamp at some point.

Say what you will about the recent controversy at Basecamp, but his newsletter is still top notch and I've been enjoying it ever since he made his first post on Hey World.

Interesting reads  📚

There's a lot of crap on the internet, here's a gem or two.
Why everyone wants to work in the gig economy now.
It took a pandemic, but the side hustle finally got promoted…into the C-suite. 

Even before COVID, independent workers were a growing part of the U.S. labor force; by one pre-pandemic estimate, more than a third of workers were involved in the gig economy. In 2020, their wages and participation grew 33%. Read More

John Swartzwelder, Sage of “The Simpsons”.
This is a really great interview into the mind of John Swartzwelder, who was one of the original writers on "The Simpsons", and the most prolific — he wrote 59 episodes. When you read the interview, you can see why the show was such a marvel. The story about his application to write for Letterman is also just great. I also loved his thoughts on self-publishing. Read more

The clock out cure.
My quitting fantasies became most vivid in December. It was the stretch between Thanksgiving and Christmas, a time when, historically, little work gets accomplished anyway. Here’s how I imagined my resignation: I would wait for that familiar feeling to set in, the one in which I’d sooner be swallowed into the Earth’s core than complete one more routine work task. Then, instead of doing it, I’d simply … not. Read more 
Learnings 💡
Just Use Email 
Just Use Email is a site dedicated to the various ways people and small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) should just use email to manage their digital life, their business, and their productivity, Check it out

The Most Toxic Person In The Workplace – Simon Sinek 
While doing some work for the US Navy SEAL, Simon Sinek, author and speaker, was curious to know how the Navy selected who gets to join the elite SEAL Team 6. To answer that question, they drew him a graph of Trust vs Performance. Check it out
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