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Life Designed: Causality, Travel Tips, UV, Siri & Google Domination

Buenos días! How can you ensure that things are happening to you and not you are causing them? From o
Life Designed: Causality, Travel Tips, UV, Siri & Google Domination
By Tomas Laurinavicius • Issue #36 • View online
Buenos días!
How can you ensure that things are happening to you and not you are causing them?
From our self-centric perspective, it may be easy to assume that things happen to us because we are the cause, but why if the opposite is true?
What if you’re just a spectator?
You don’t come up with an idea, it comes to you. You don’t write the book, it enters the world through you. You don’t build a business, the problem finds the way to monetization through you and your skills.
But then, who takes the credit? Sometimes you, sometimes no one. Sometimes it’s for the good of the world.
It can be liberating to detach yourself from ideas, work, results, titles, and achievements. These things weigh a lot and automatically carry expectations, and…
Expectations create drama.
That’s friction by default.
Once any of your expectation isn’t met, you feel bad and suffer more than necessary. Your ego takes over and forces you to blindly look for ways to prove yourself. As you already know, it rarely ends up being a good use of time. You feed the ego by burning bridges and acting as there’s no tomorrow.
But then, do we just sit and do nothing because we have no power over the things that happen to us? I don’t think so. There are certain things that you can influence and most of the time it happens when you’re aware.
Human nature is inherently flawed and destructive. It helped our ancestors survive but if we want to build a better future we need to be smarter in ways that we observe ourselves and act in the best interest of the whole, not just the short term personal gain. If we act for the whole, everyone wins and we’ll enjoy more prosperity, more opportunities, more respect, and less chaos.
The next time you’re about to do something, observe yourself, where does it come from? The idea, the feeling, the craving, desire…
If it’s there just to materialize and waste your time feeding your ego, just wait. It will pass. It always does.
Now your job becomes actively filtering what happens through you. Is it causality? It is, partly. You’re now the gatekeeper of what happens through you.
How do you know if something serves only you and not the whole?
Think about it this way, exclude yourself from the whole and see how it feels, if it feels like losing, it might be the right thing to do as your ego is scared to death to be excluded.
To sum up, the idea is not to become an altruist and never think of yourself, the idea is to think of yourself in terms as a whole that exists because there is no other way you exist other than the whole. So instead of depriving the system, do your part so the system flourishes and as a result, you, a small part of the whole will gain more than you would by only serving yourself.
Welcome to another edition of Life Designed where I share the knowledge and resources to help you live better.

Since my first flight, I traveled to over 50 countries and easily taken over 100 international flights. Here are my top air travel tips to reduce the hassle on your next flight.
Don’t get burnt. Here’s your UV forecast for the day, see when it’s safe to be outside and when to avoid the sun.
A great solution for quick prototyping and creating simple custom CMS. With Stein, you can use Google Sheets as your no-setup data store. Build fast and get a familiar interface for managing the data.
If you want convenience and technological progress you have to trust big companies and you should be comfortable giving away your private data (with limited use and access, of course).
Apple told the Guardian: “A small portion of Siri requests are analysed to improve Siri and dictation. User requests are not associated with the user’s Apple ID. Siri responses are analysed in secure facilities and all reviewers are under the obligation to adhere to Apple’s strict confidentiality requirements.” The company added that a very small random subset, less than 1% of daily Siri activations, are used for grading, and those used are typically only a few seconds long.
6nomads is a remote-focused job platform for tech talent. Create a profile and let companies apply to you. Targeted at designers, frontend & backend developers, and data scientists.
If you’re new to online business you may get discouraged by the success and influence of all the big players. But there’s another way to get into online business, to buy one. Here’s a very detailed guide on what to look for.
Before purchasing a site, study its business model and see if it’s in line with your interests and preferences.
If your aim is to grow and flip a website for a profit in a few months, instead of running it full-time, you still need to select wisely.
You’ll put the same amount of effort into growing a $20,000 website as you will a $200,000 one (if not more).
What you see online is a manipulated picture of the internet. Marketers (like myself, just better) do their best to get to the top of the Google rankings and most of the time, the rich become richer. Here’s an investigative piece showing how only 16 companies are dominating what you see on Google.
At the time of acquisition iCrossing were also the biggest search agency in the world based on revenue numbers. In other words, the staff at Hearst Media comprises of a large number of people who know a lot about SEO.
Absolutely love this idea. With exorbitant rent prices in the Valley, it should work.
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Explore your favorite “based on a true story” films scene-by-scene, beat-by-beat and test their veracity on a data level. Also, check some other mind-blowing visualizations.
The web’s best, and most attractive, curated collection of over 4,000 emails, showing off both design and code.
When Winter Meets Summer
Photo by Jan Erik Waider.
Photo by Jan Erik Waider.
Food for Thought
“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.” – Lao Tzu
“When it came to the home-for-dinner dilemma, I installed new boundaries, ones that worked better for me and the girls. We made our schedule and stuck to it. …It went back to my wishes for them to grow up strong and centered and also unaccommodating to any form of old-school patriarchy: I didn’t want them ever to believe that life began when the man of the house arrived home. We didn’t wait for Dad. It was his job now to catch up with us.” – Michelle Obama
“If you’ve got an extra minute left, send someone—anyone—a thank-you e-mail.” – Daniel H. Pink
“Planning a few anchor events for a weekend guarantees you pleasure because—even if all goes wrong in the moment—you still will have derived some pleasure from the anticipation.” – Laura Vanderkam
“In everything you do, refine your skills and knowledge about fundamental concepts and simple cases. Once is never enough. As you revisit fundamentals, you will find new insights. It may appear that returning to basics is a step backward and requires additional time and effort; however, by building on firm foundations you will soon see your true abilities soar higher and faster.” – Edward B. Burger and Michael Starbird
⏰ Time: 08:29
📖 Reading: The Great Work of Your Life by Stephen Cope
🍿 Watching: Aladdin
🇪🇸 Location: Valencia, Spain
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