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11 Life-Changing Questions, Incremental Learning, and AI-Powered Research Tool

Shu Omi
Shu Omi
Hi friends! How are you doing today?
Welcome to Issue 37🙌
Personal Update
I’ve been taking a 1-month break from YouTube and been working on a project. It’s something I wanted to make since the beginning of 2021, and that is a new online course about how I edit my videos and a private community for creators (and those who’re interested in becoming a creator).
This is the first product I genuinely put my heart into, so I’m feeling nervous to see if people like it. But if you’re interested in building an audience, creating content or YouTube in general, I’d love for you to join me!
On a side note, I realised how useful Notion can be for project planning while making this course!

It’s probably the simplest Gantt chart you’ve ever seen, but being able to plan out your steps and visualise them like this was a game-changer. I don’t see myself using Notion as a day-to-day task management tool, but it’s a truly fantastic app for planning big-picture stuff.
Anyway, back to the new community and the course. Since you’re a subscriber of this newsletter, you can get them with a 25% off discount for the next 3 days.
Let me know if you have any questions!
What I've Been Reading & Watching
Growing on Twitter challenge
Twitter is a thing of magic. It allows you to interact with people you admire, meet like-minded people, make new friends, build an audience and find new opportunities for FREE! You can receive most of these benefits just by being helpful and active on the platform. But it can be hard since it requires a certain level of commitment. That’s why taking a challenge like this is extremely helpful. If you want to get serious about Twitter, this might be a perfect place to get started.
Research tool for students/academics/creators
I’ve discovered this tool recently, been using it for a few weeks. Essentially, it makes your research process much faster with the help of AI. Initially, it was developed for students and academics, but I find it helpful as a creator too since writing blog posts and making videos require lots of research. If you’re interested, you can try it for free for 2 weeks.
Twitter thread
A great thread by Sahil Bloom. It’s a list of principles for your career, relationships and life, all of which are things I wish I knew earlier in my life! One that resonated with me the most is:
Fail smart and fast.
For my whole life, I’ve been so scared of failures that I didn’t take action on what I truly wanted to do if it sounded even a tiny bit risky. But I realised taking action and then failing is a much better, if not the best, way to learn and grow than thinking and “starting with why”.
If you have something you’ve always wanted to do, just get started and fail fast because that teaches you x100 more things than planning or thinking about strategies.
How to grow: say yes to things you cannot do.
Twitter thread
Something I learned over the past few years is when you get stuck, asking the right questions always helps you get unstuck.
For example, when I feel I’m in stagnation, I like to go back to this simple question: what is my dream life in 5 years?
It’s similar to this exercise by Khe Hy:
Khe Hy
Try this:

1. Imagine your dream life/biz in 5 yrs
2. Map a few paths that get u there
3. Work backwards + list activities that would get u there from Y5 to today
4. Take today's activity, estimate highest success probability
5. Do that for 20 mins
6. Repeat every day for 5 yr
Questions are a powerful device you can use to untangle the complexity of life, which is why I like to keep a list of them in my knowledge base. Maybe you can start collecting your favourite questions from this thread.
Free resources to learn the psychology of marketing
One of the amazing people I discovered this week is Nick Kolenda. He teaches marketing and psychology and has a ton of useful materials for free on his website such as “Copywriting Psychology”, “Viral Marketing” and “Visual Attention”. Most of them are incredibly useful for creators.
PKM method
SuperMemo Guru is a gold mine for PKM nerds like me. Like I talked about it in my last video, I’ve been using Logseq for incremental learning. In a nutshell, incremental reading is a process of deconstructing information into smaller pieces and turning them into atomic flashcards. Whereas incremental writing is a process of constructing a note/article using the flashcards. I use this method because it helps me remember what I learned more. But there’s more to this method than this simple explanation. So check out the website if you’re interested!
How I Use Logseq to Take Notes and Organize My Life
How I Use Logseq to Take Notes and Organize My Life
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