Newsletter: Do what you’re best at

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‘Lady of the Lake’ by Horace Pippin (1936) via The MET

Below is this week’s collection of interesting links. Catch my favorite tunes from last year plus check the latest video from Harvard research on seven things to do to be happy.

How to Write a Blog Post. The writing process is messy one that includes not only different formats but also different places. Sometimes it starts on paper; other times it starts on your smartphone. Just be ready to view it a few times before you hit publish. Writes Michael Lopp, “Repeat until it starts to feel done in your head. If it’s handwritten, type it into a computing device. When you are close to done, print it out on paper. Sit somewhere else with your favorite pen and edit your work harshly. If this piece is important, let someone else edit harshly.”

They Are Watching You—and Everything Else on the Planet. The maw of Orwellian watchability is here, in our pockets and from above. Says director Gus Hosein of Privacy International: “if the police wanted to know what was in your head in the 1800s, they would have to torture you. Now they can just find it out from your devices.” The invasion of privacy explains the rise of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin which as Nassim Taleb writes “gives us, the crowd, an insurance policy against an Orwellian future.”

Self-Awareness Can Help Leaders More Than an MBA Can. The work isn’t going anywhere so you might as well take it in stride. There is one thing you can do to avoid burnout: take a break. “Taking regular short breaks, of even just one minute, gets you out of habitual thinking and behavior. It provides you space for awareness to arise and to see things clearer.”

Best of 2017 🎶. I finally stopped procrastinating and put together a ten-track list of my favorite songs from 2017. Mount Kimbie and King Krule kick the playlist off with ‘Blue Train Lines’ in what’s one of the best tunes I’ve heard in years.


Book I’m reading

The Attention Merchants by Tim Wu“As William James observed, we must reflect that, when we reach the end of our days, our life experience will equal what we have paid attention to, whether by choice or default. We are at risk, without quite fully realizing it, of living lives that are less our own than we imagine. ”

Video I’m watching

7 actions that could make you happier:

1 — Meditate
2 — Be kind
3 — Buy experiences rather than things
4 — Make your surroundings positive
5 — Find something to look forward to
6 — Physical activity
7 — Do what you’re best at

Thought of the week

“I hate television. I hate it as much as peanuts. But I can’t stop eating peanuts.”

Orson Welles (1956)


Thanks for reading. Have a great weekend!
Wells Baum (@bombtune)

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