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Issue #1 - Personal Growth and Happy New Year!

Issue #1 - Personal Growth and Happy New Year!
By Niall Maher • Issue #1 • View online
“If you wish to improve, be content to appear clueless or stupid.” - Epictetus
Thanks Epictetus, that’s why I am starting a newsletter… 
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This week has a theme, and it is personal growth.

In January, we all usually try to create new healthy habits. So hopefully, this might help. In 2021 I found this (https://tinyhabits.com/join/) free mini-email course that helped me.
They use the general rule to link the new habit you want to something you already do every day. So for me, I added a sticky note to my monitor reminding me to “read a paragraph from a book when I sat down with my morning coffee”, which has been super helpful because I have read more books than ever before.
After I make morning coffee, I will read a paragraph.
After I make morning coffee, I will read a paragraph.
🎯 Blog Picks
A Summary of Growth and Fixed Mindsets
8 minutes | Farnam Street
There are two main mindsets we can navigate life with: growth and fixed. Having a growth mindset is essential for success. In this post, we explore how to develop the right mindset for improving your intelligence.
Your ability to focus may be limited to 4 or 5 hours a day. Here’s how to make the most of them.
7 minutes | The Washington Post
My mind gets a little fuzzy when I concentrate for too long. So, to protect my focused time, I rearranged my life, trading a steady salary as a multimedia journalist covering the tech world for flexibility as a freelance writer focusing on health and wellness. Working less, not more, holds the key to my productivity.
How to know what you really want | A Guide by Psyche
> 20 mins (Full guide) | Psyche
From career choices to new purchases, use René Girard’s mimetic theory to resist the herd and forge your own path in life.
📚 Books I’m loving
I read Inspired by Marty Cagan three times in 2021 (well, technically, the first couple of times was an audiobook, if that’s cheating). If anyone is wondering “how to create a tech product that customers love”, then pick this one up. Marty is a fountain of knowledge. There is no fluff or filler, just page after page of pure gold.
You can see below just how many notes I took while reading the last time. 
Inspired by Marty Cagan stuffed with sticky notes and markers.
Inspired by Marty Cagan stuffed with sticky notes and markers.
👾 Off-topic
I get asked pretty often about the gear I am using, so I have set up a page that you can find here with links to everything. 
That’s all for now, talk to you later and have a great week!
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