The Round Up #29

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  1. Why Peter Thiel Searches for Reality-Bending ‘Secrets’ –
    1. every person has their own map of the way the world works. Everybody’s map is incomplete, either because they lack information or are blinded by dogma
  2. How Will you measure your life?
    1. Think about the metric by which your life will be judged, and make a resolution to live every day so that in the end, your life will be judged a success.
  3. The Document Culture of Amazon
    1. “if there’s no document, it doesn’t get done.” This includes meetings. If there’s no document, we cancel the meeting.
  4. Stoic Investing Why Managing Your Emotions Is the Key to Building Wealth
    1. Stoicism is a philosophy that favors the long-term over the short-term. If we apply that philosophy to investing, it means that Stoic Investing is about putting your money to work today so that you don’t have to work later.
  5. UAE Becomes First Country to Officially Adopt Shorter Work Week
    1. Back in 2019, Microsoft Japan tested out a four-day week for a month and saw a 40 percent jump in productivity… More recently, earlier this year a social experiment in Iceland investigated the pros and cons of working a four-day week. It proved to be an overwhelming success.


“If you’re not working hard, ideas don’t matter. The best idea is worthless without execution.
If you’re already working hard, ideas are crucial. Most effort is wasted on mediocre ideas.” – James Clear

New Year, New Me

We’ve all heard about new year resolutions. I have written about how to set new years resolutions. But, what if there was a better way of improving yourself on an annual basis?

What’s the problem with new years resolutions?

At this point new years resolutions are just a meme. If you’ve been able to set new years resolutions, and stick to them, power to you. You’re probably in the top 1%.

I am not saying that you shouldn’t have new year resolutions. If they work for you, great. But if you have trouble sticking to them, read further.

What’s the alternative?

The annual review. The annual review is something that is becoming increasingly popular over the past few years

What is an annual review?
It’s an yearly exercise where you sit down and evaluate how you have been living your life and how you can make positive changes going forward and how you can cut the negative stuff in your life.

How do you do an annual review?
There is no one size fits all. But what I am going to do is provide you with 3 different templates for annual reviews that I’ve found over time. You can take a look at them, and steal the ideas that make sense to you.

Tim Ferris

Tim Ferris has a simple and effective annual review (He calls it a past year review). Here is how you do it:

  1. Get a pen and paper. Draw two columns. One column is your “positive” column and the other is your “negative column”
  2. Go through your calendar and look for events that filled you with joy, excited you or inspired you. These can be one-on-ones, parties, workshops, courses, seminars or anything really. If you don’t use a calendar you could go through your photos on your phone or your Instagram account. Write down all these positive events, and who they were with in your “positive column”
  3. Do the same with negative experiences. Our brains find it more difficult to recall negative experiences, so having something to jog your memory will be very important.
  4. Once you’ve done this, identify the top 20% positive and negative experiences. You’re doing an 80/20 analysis on your past year’s experiences.
  5. Identify ways you can implement more positive experiences. If your positive experiences were wilderness adventures, schedule more now. If your negative experiences involved certain people, try avoid them.
  6. Additionally create a “Don’t do list” to help you avoid these negative experiences.

Tiago Forte

I am not going to outline Tiago Forte’s entire Annual review process, here is a google doc.

Dr. Anthony Gustin

And here is Dr. Anthony Gustin’s entire Annual review process, here is a google doc.

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