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🔖 The Barbell Method of Reading // Practicing receptiveness to argue better

Shu Omi
Shu Omi
Hi friends! How are you doing today?
Welcome to Issue #36 :)
I’ve recently decided to take an online course about building a digital community. It’s a cohort based course that costs $1500. It’s a lot of money, but the reason why I took it is because I’m planning to launch a community for creators (or anyone who want to start creating content online) with few followers/subscribers to help them build an online audience so they can make a living doing what they love or build online income streams. It will be a paid, private community unlike my public community on Discord Mindvillage which I kind of launched without any launching strategy😅
If you’re interested in joining, please feel free to reply to this email or DM me on Twitter! It will be perfect if you’ve been thinking of starting a blog or Youtube channel but haven’t taken the first step yet.

What I've been reading and watching
why being receptive matters and a guide to practice receptiveness
One of the most useful articles I’ve read this week. Disagreements happen all the time, but sometimes it will turn into conflict which can severely damage your relationships. An effective way to avoid this is to be receptive. Receptiveness is a skill you can learn. For example, you can actively acknowledge the other’s perspective by using terms like “I see your point”, and “what I think you’re saying is that…”.
There are a few other elements in the article that will make you more receptive if you’re interested!
The Printer Method vs The Pixel Method
A great mini article by David Perell. You can read it in 1 minute, so I won’t go into detail. But if you’re struggling with perfectionism or writer’s block, this will help.
what on earth is Web 3 and why is it important?!
I’ve been seeing lots of tweets about Web3 recently, which I actually had no idea about. But if you’re a blockchain noob like me, this Twitter thread is a great starting point to understand what it is and why it matters in just 1 minute.
how to use AI to write more
This morning, I came across this article and found out about an AI writing assistant called Jarvis. I was so intrigued by the product, I decided to give it a try for 1 month.
But holy smokes! It’s expensive… The basic plan is about $30 and the pro plan is $100 a month. The author of this article argues it’s worth the price because it helped her publish more content on Medium, thereby helped her earn more than $100 a month. But let’s see if it works for me too. If you’re interested, you can give the article a read and try Jarvis from there.
The connection between thinking and walking
Since I spend the majority of my workdays sitting in front of computer, I started going for a walk more often just to move my body. But walking has many incredible benefits:
We may have heard by now how walking makes us feel good by releasing endorphins, lowers risk our of depression; increases cognitive functioning; strengthens memory; enhances creativity; and produces a protein essential for neuronal development and survival, synaptic plasticity, and cognitive function. 
But how are all of these related? This article dives deeper than just a simple list of benefits of walking.
Case against speed reading
Another article that resonated with me a lot. In my whole life, I’ve been trying to figure out how to read books as fast as possible. I even made a video about it. But slowly I realised that the faster I read, the less I learn from the book, which sounds obvious when I say it out loud. But to truly understand and apply what’s in books, you have to engage with them by thinking and writing about what you read.
Only the three parts combined, reading, thinking, and writing, produce a true change in your brain and make you a better thinker. To write about what you read is important even if you don’t aim to write books on something. Still, you have to write if you want to think properly. Still, you have to write to process information properly.
Some people are impressed if someone reads three or four books a week. They think “Wow, he surely knows a lot.” I don’t share this opinion. To me, it is just a testimony of their shallowness in processing. This is fine if you don’t care. If you read for fun, go ahead and do it. But don’t try to impress anyone with things you don’t have invested energy into.
My Favourite Tweets of the Week
One quote to all the content creators:

“Everything that needs to be said has already been said. But since no one was listening, everything must be said again.” ― André Gide 🔑
Marie Poulin
You want to succeed as a creator online?
Get your work out there. Now. Today.
Not next week, not later, not "when you're ready."
Videos of the Week
7 Things I Learned from Tracking My Time for 1 Month | ft. Rize Time-Tracking App
7 Things I Learned from Tracking My Time for 1 Month | ft. Rize Time-Tracking App
Matter: the Best Reading App for Note-Takers | Better than Pocket or Instapaper?
Matter: the Best Reading App for Note-Takers | Better than Pocket or Instapaper?
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