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Life Designed: Self-Awareness, Drugs & Early Retirement

Knowing yourself opens your eyes, it shows the way things, the world, and people are. Whether it’s ug
Life Designed: Self-Awareness, Drugs & Early Retirement
By Tomas Laurinavicius • Issue #27 • View online
Knowing yourself opens your eyes, it shows the way things, the world, and people are. Whether it’s ugly, beautiful, challenging or enlightening.
Self-awareness is the best thing that can happen to you. It allows you to become who you really are, not what your family or society wants. You are unchained of biases and preconceptions that come from your childhood, parents, school, and life. You can unchain your mind and come to peace with the fact that everything around is created by other people.
One of the most influential ideas in my life is the concept of unlimited life by Steve Jobs. When you grow up you tend to get told the world is the way it is and your job is just to live your life inside the world. Try not to bash into the walls too much. Try to have a nice family, have fun, save a little money. That’s a very limited life. Life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact: Everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you and you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use. Once you learn that, you’ll never be the same again.
I read this quote over and over again and after a number of the events in my life, I realized what Jobs was trying to say.
He’s generally speaking about awareness and awakening to the real truth. People created everything to simplify their lives. Years after years there are new things added and accepted without questioning because it’s easier to live like that. Imagine that you had to understand how the microwave works every time you use it.
Awareness allows you to constantly monitor what is going on outside but most important inside of your mind.
“Your own self-realization is the greatest service you can render the world.” ― Ramana Maharshi
You can catch yourself in anger, when the coffee shop’s Wifi is too slow, for example.
You can catch yourself in jealousy when your best friend buys a new car.
You can catch yourself making excuses not to go to the gym because it’s raining and your favorite TV show is on.
As Roman philosopher Seneca puts it, there are more things, that frighten us than injure us, and we suffer more in imagination than in reality.
You can change things if you want to. Start noticing.
Welcome to another edition of Life Designed where I share the knowledge and resources to help you live better.

Kindle Monthly Deals is a monthly Amazon promotion program. You can save up to 80% off on month’s selection of top-rated Kindle books. Here are my top picks.
It’s an interesting experiment providing an in-depth insight into the reality and sensory overload. What if the world is completely different than you know it? What if your brain filters out the most of the information to simplify it?
A new study shows evidence that the brain’s ability to filter out sensory stimuli is reduced when it’s on LSD.
Early retirement is easier than ever before. If you work online, whether, for a company or freelance, you can move to pretty much any place in the world to cut down your costs, save more and start a business to retire early.
1. Radically reduce your spending.
2. Become debt-free. Aggressively pay off your loans. Ideally, no mortgage.
3. Save as much as you can, and invest those savings safely.
4. Become an entrepreneur, start or buy a small business.
5. Retire early, often, or not at all. Up to you.
Personal care for men. Wells curate men’s products made with high standards.
Sebastian McKenzie claims that Grammarly is a keylogger. The comments are even more interesting than the concerning claim.
Grammarly admit to saving all processed text, giving themselves a license to do with it literally whatever they want, are unclear about deletion, and by storing your text they have to disclose it to law enforcement if requested.
Honeyminer claims to be the world’s most advanced crypto mining community. Sign up to get 1000 free Satoshis.
Naval Ravikant is one of my favorite modern thinkers. If you’re not familiar, here’s a curated collection by Noah Madden. Pure gold.
“Forty hour workweeks are a relic of the Industrial Age. Knowledge workers function like athletes — train and sprint, then rest and reassess.”
“The first rule of handling conflict is don’t hang around people who are constantly engaging in conflict.”
“If you try to micromanage yourself all you’re going to do is make yourself miserable.”
There is more to life than getting more done. You and I are dying and that’s non-negotiable. This lengthy piece touches many interesting concepts, movements, and flawed human nature.
“It is either impossible, or at least usually feels impossible, to cut down on work in exchange for more time.”
Mark Manson talks about eating shit sandwiches, the importance of hope and how to peel away the layers of your values and identity.
Lazy Things
Lazy Things by Guodong Zhao.
Lazy Things by Guodong Zhao.
Food for Thought
“Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.” – Pablo Picasso
“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.” – Viktor E. Frankl
“The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.” – Alan Wilson Watts
“It’s so hard to forget pain, but it’s even harder to remember sweetness. We have no scar to show for happiness. We learn so little from peace.” – Chuck Palahniuk
“This is the real secret of life – to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realize it is play.” – Alan Watts
⏰ Time: 07:20
📖 Reading: Zero to One by Peter Thiel
🍿 Watching: The Pianist
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