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Life Designed: Freedom, Rules, Writing & Sobriety

Happy Wednesday! 🎉 Your freedom is independent of my freedom. If I’m free and you’re not, is it freed
Life Designed: Freedom, Rules, Writing & Sobriety
By Tomas Laurinavicius • Issue #26 • View online
Happy Wednesday! 🎉
Your freedom is independent of my freedom. If I’m free and you’re not, is it freedom? I don’t think it’s a sum game.
However, we’re still thinking that we can’t have the freedom to do what we want by not harming others.
Is it true? If everyone wants to be an entrepreneur, a writer, a scientist, then who’s going to do all the work? Who’s going to prepare the food, build houses, drive buses and collect taxes?
Turns out there are people who are passionate about things you are not.
Thanks to people who spent their lifetimes researching antibiotics we’re not dying from just about any infection. Thanks to people who dedicated themselves to the soap we’re able to kill most of the germs before they enter our food and poison us. Thanks to all the people who spent their limited time on developing products and services we use every day and don’t ever think about.
We’re living on freedom.
Not many people get to choose to do exactly what they want but I don’t believe it. We always have options and always have a way.
Today, you have the freedom to choose your actions, you’re free to make decisions that will affect your future self. Even if you’re in a very limited position, you’re free to choose how you view it. As Viktor Frankl, a Nazi camp survivor and author of Man’s Search for Meaning, wrote, “Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”
We all can be free. Without affecting each other’s freedom, because if you’re free and I’m not, is it really freedom? It can co-exist, and it should if we want to be better off and allow human progress.
Support everyone doing what they love regardless of your beliefs.
Welcome to another edition of Life Designed where I share the knowledge and resources to help you live better.

Here’s my interview with Calvin Rosser where he shares his most influential habits, thought-provoking questions, and life philosophy.
The second principle is always to ask, “What can I learn from this person?” When you adopt this principle, no matter who you meet – big shot CEOs, recovering drug addicts, irritated Uber drivers, etc. – you approach the conversation from a place of curiosity. And when you’re curious, you judge less, listen more deeply, ask better questions, and learn a lot about how people and the world work.
I don’t like to obey but rules are important. Having a system with rules can save you from making stupid mistakes when you can’t think clearly.
Financially effective people tend to hold themselves to certain rules about money. I don’t borrow money for anything smaller than a house. I ledger every dollar in or out. I live on 80% of my income and invest the difference.
You might be aware that the cattle industry contributes directly to greenhouse gas emissions but simply not eating steak won’t save the planet. Here’s an interesting calculator and facts about your lifestyle’s carbon footprint.
If you fly regularly, replacing flying with other forms of transport may have a bigger impact on your carbon footprint than changing your diet. A passenger’s carbon footprint from a one-way flight from London to New York is just under half a tonne of greenhouse gases. Switching from a regular petrol vehicle to an electric car could save more than double that over a year.
I always had mixed feelings about alcohol. It’s exciting to see an exciting trend of staying sober and exploring what life can be without alcohol.
“People are more conscious about what they’re putting in their body,” said Ashleigh Phelps, brand manager for Heineken in the US. “We wanted to create a [zero-proof] beer where people felt comfortable waking up the next day and going to yoga or a spin class or parenting their kids. The insight is really health and well-being.”
Writing online changed my life. It will change yours. David Perell just released one of the best guides you can find. Read it many times.
A lot of writing advice you find online says that you should focus on many distribution channels: Reddit, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Quora, Medium, LinkedIn, Tumblr. The more, the merrier. But you can’t “focus” on many things at once. That’s not how focus works.
Self-development space can get very repetitive and superficial. One of the redditors summarized tons of subreddits into a digestible cheatsheet. I found some solid advice.
Adaptation is the key to survival. You cannot run over a jungle, but with the right small, frequent adjustments, you can run through a jungle.
If 10 people in a row reject you as a friend, that’s only .000000015 percent of the world’s population. You’ve got a whole lot more to choose from.
Go to sleep and wake up at the same time every day.
The best marketing is word of mouth. Talk to the loudest birds and get noticed effortlessly.
Self-explanatory. With remove.bg for Adobe Photoshop you can now remove the background from any photo directly within Photoshop with a single click.
Former Gmail’s lead designer, Michael Leggett built a Chrome extension that simplifies Gmail experience. Creator reminds that you should always be super careful what extensions or apps you use with your email and assures that his extension has no trackers, no data is sent or shared and no ads ever.
Stop lying. Give back marketing its good name. Honest Marketer is a growing collection of practical how-to guides that teaches marketers to be honest in their campaigns.
Photography Phenomenon
Photo by Michael Bradley used for his portrait project Puaki.
Photo by Michael Bradley used for his portrait project Puaki.
Food for Thought
“Make sure you tell the people you love that you love them. Loudly and often. You never know when it might be too late.” – Tom Hiddleston
“We don’t have to waste our time learning how to make pastry when we can use grandma’s recipes.” – Orson De Witt
“Without conflict, there can be no trust. Conflict exists to show us who is there for us unconditionally and who is just there for the benefits.” – Mark Manson
“Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.” – Albert Einstein
Now
⏰ Time: 08:46
🎧 Listening: Cafe Mambo Ibiza
📖 Reading: Zero to One by Peter Thiel
🍿 Watching: Mirage
🇱🇹 Location: Panevezys, Lithuania
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