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Life Designed: Kindle Books, Hard Work, Ownership & Design

This week I'm reading It Doesn't Have to Be Crazy at Work. A smart business book by the co-founders o
Life Designed: Kindle Books, Hard Work, Ownership & Design
By Tomas Laurinavicius • Issue #29 • View online
This week I’m reading It Doesn’t Have to Be Crazy at Work. A smart business book by the co-founders of a remote software company Basecamp.
Oh boy, what a good and awakening read in an ocean full of 24/7 hustlers.
The authors start with the following:
What’s worse is that long hours, excessive busyness, and lack of sleep have become a badge of honor for many people these days. Sustained exhaustion is not a badge of honor, it’s a mark of stupidity.
The never-ending sacrifice and hustle are glamorized by media, entrepreneurs and bloggers (like me). But what for?
To ruin your health as one of the Facebook co-founders (story below), or raise hundreds of millions lose sleep and ignore family life in the name of changing the world while your bullshit startup doesn’t do more than just sell a useless product for privileged people?
As I wrote earlier, work can wait. The family can’t. We like to think that life can be designed (at least I do) but most of it is just random events that we’re trying to make sense of.
Do short bursts of intense work, evaluate your goals (maybe you don’t need them at all) and spend time with your loved ones doing what you love.
Work can, and it should, wait.
Welcome to another edition of Life Designed where I share the knowledge and resources to help you live better.

Here are my top recommended books from available Kindle monthly deals ($0.99-$2.99) this month. You’ll find books by Ryan Holiday, Steve Pavlina, Randy Pausch, Jocelyn K. Glei, Michael Bungay Stanier, Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus.
Here’s a Twitter thread documenting the weirdest startup failures that will make you think the world is crazy. It is crazier than you think. How do you raise hundreds of millions for a bullshit product?
Founded: 2013
Known for: Selling a $400 juicer, that worked with bags, that could be squeezed by hand, making the machine useless.
Raised: $100 million +
Status: Deceased
Tom Bilyeu talks with Sadhguru. It really resonated with me as an ego-driven individual wanting to leave a dent in the universe. In this interview, Sadhguru explains why looking inward is the only way to achieve the potential of a peaceful, joyful, and balanced life.
A child is not a legacy, it’s a life. It’s a child’s life.
The web-wide search engine for design inspiration. Search by color, keyword, or even just style. Perfect for creating moodboards and researching best design practices.
Dustin Moskovitz, the co-founder of Facebook and Asana, explains why 2006 was one of the best years for Facebook and one of the worst years for him as a human. Busyness and never-ending hustle aren’t sustainable and proven to be inefficient. It’s time to stop.
Many people believe that weekends and the 40-hour workweek are some sort of great compromise between capitalism and hedonism, but that’s not historically accurate.
Sharing economy and venture-backed startups make owning anything harder and less sexy. Paul Jarvis shares a way to resist what corporations and governments want and don’t want us to do. Being mindful about consumption is step number one.
Writer and crypto-nerd Richard Bensberg posits: “If you are paying for everything monthly… you own nothing.”
This looks promising but I’m not convinced yet. Pico creates modern tools for audience relationship management. Intelligent pop-ups and landing pages to grow your audience business.
I’m not into fashion but I’ve heard about Supreme. It’s ridiculous how their products that sell for $30 are being resold for $1,000. Sumo breaks down their marketing strategies.
While many businesses are trying to use “Limited Edition” as a selling point, with Supreme if you don’t get it you may never have the chance to get it again.
Discover hundreds of beautiful web app design screenshots. It’s a useful resource you can use when designing new products or improving existing app or website.
Here’s a useful Chrome hack to help you prototype and make live changes to websites. Can be used to prank your friends as well. Here’s how it works.
Beautiful Sketches
Sketchbook 36, uncut and unedited by Mattias Adolfsson.
Sketchbook 36, uncut and unedited by Mattias Adolfsson.
Food for Thought
“Through experience she’s come to learn that life is random. As it turns out, so is death.” – Sif Sigmarsdóttir
“Set out to do good work. Set out to be fair in your dealings with customers, employees, and reality. Leave a lasting impression with the people you touch and worry less (or not at all!) about changing the world. Chances are, you won’t, and if you do, it’s not going to be because you said you would.” – Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson
“All great literature is one of two stories; a man goes on a journey or a stranger comes to town.” – Leo Tolstoy
“Machines can work 24/7, humans can’t. When people focus on productivity, they end up focusing on being busy. Filling every moment with something to do. And there’s always more to do!” – Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson
“If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.” – Haruki Murakami
⏰ Time: 18:42
📖 Reading: It Doesn’t Have to Be Crazy at Work by Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson
🍿 Watching: The Invisible Guest
🇱🇹 Location: Panevezys, Lithuania
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