The Round Up #30

Hey Everyone, as usual welcome to all the new faces around here! There have been 10 new subscribers since the last Round Up!

If you don’t know me my name is Ross and you’re subscribed to this newsletter because you downloaded my obsidian.md guide or you subscribed on my website. Either way, it’s great to have you and I hope you stick around. This newsletter is a weekly newsletter where I do a round up of the best articles I’ve found on the internet. I also talk about cool videos, podcasts and other ideas that I’ve found on the internet.

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The 3 best articles I’ve read this week:

On the Link Between Great Thinking and Obsessive Walking

  • “Darwin’s best thinking, however, was not done in his study. It was done outside, on a lowercase d–shaped path on the edge of his property. Darwin called it the Sandwalk… It turns out, any walk outdoors has the potential to unlock our brains. The Sandwalk just happened to be where the unlocking of one 19th-century brain helped change the world and our place in it.”

52 Things I Learned in 2021

  • “Privacy seems to be connected to productivity. An experiment in a phone factory showed that putting curtains round workers on a production line increased output by 10–15%”

Why You Should Stop Reading News

  • When you stop reading the news the first thing you notice about people who read the news is how misinformed they are.

I usually do 5 articles, but I haven’t been reading as many articles this week. I am busy reading Hyperfocus by Chris Bailey, I’ll be releasing a rather long summary of that when I am done the book.

Quote

“Don’t aim at success—the more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue…” – Viktor Frankl, Mans Search for Meaning

My Approach to reading in 2022

In 2019 I read 18 books. In 2020 I read 13 and in 2021 I only managed 11. This year I want to focus on more intentional reading. So I’ve made a simple rule for myself: I cannot read the next chapter until I have summarized the previous chapter. So far it’s working, I can already see how I am getting more value out of what I am reading. For what it’s worth here is my book list for the year:

  • January – Hyperfocus
  • February – Win without pitching manifesto
  • March – Knowing God
  • April – Benjamin Franklin
  • May – Playing With Fire
  • June – The eMyth Revisited
  • July – Business for the Glory of God
  • August – Bonhoeffer
  • September – How to take smart notes
  • October – The Psychology of Money
  • November – So Good they can’t ignore you
  • December – The 22 immutable laws of marketing

As you can see there are 3 primary areas that I want to read more into:

  1. Business/Marketing
  2. Theology
  3. Biography and History

David Perell also has a great essay on how our constant need to consume content is probably doing us no good. Perhaps it’s time to slow down.

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