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Life Designed: The Arena, Kindle Books, Peter Thiel & Free Data

Hello warrior! Today, I'd like to encourage you and share an excerpt from the speech by Theodore Roos
Life Designed: The Arena, Kindle Books, Peter Thiel & Free Data
By Tomas Laurinavicius • Issue #37 • View online
Hello warrior!
Today, I’d like to encourage you and share an excerpt from the speech by Theodore Roosevelt delivered at the Sorbonne, in Paris, France on 23 April, 1910.
It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.
Dare greatly and focus on your thing because there’s no substitution for being in the arena (and we all are in the arena of our own life’s work).
If you’re interested, here’s the complete speech and some of my favorite Teddy Roosevelt quotes.
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 August Kindle monthly deals. You’ll find books by Cal Newport, Chris Anderson, Tony Hsieh, Benny Lewis, and Jocelyn K. Glei.
The Freelancer’s Journey is a free, comprehensive course that teaches you how to succeed as a freelance web designer – from getting clients to designing, building, and launching their sites in Webflow.
Design, collaborate and present. With Artboard Studio you can showcase your design with an ever-growing library of mockup items, easily in your browser.
David Perell recently published an in-depth essay on Peter Thiel. It’s a long read (~1 hour) that will certainly make you think.
Rather than focusing on Thiel’s actions, I’ve chosen to focus on his ideas. First, we’ll explore the principles of Peter Thiel’s worldview. We’ll begin by explaining Thiel’s connection to a French philosopher named Rene Girard. We’ll return to old books like The Bible, old ideas like sacrifice, and old writers like Shakespeare, and see why this ancient wisdom holds clues for modern life. Then, we’ll return to the tenets of the Christian story. We’ll cover the shift from cyclical time to linear time, which was spurred by technological development and human progress. We’ll see why the last book in The Bible, The Book of Revelation, is a core pillar of Thiel’s philosophy. Then, we’ll close with Thiel’s advice and wisdom almost as old as Cain and Abel: the Ten Commandments.
The Submarine Cable Map is a free and regularly updated resource from TeleGeography. Showing how the world’s internet is interconnected. There’s nothing in the clouds (as far as I know).
For the last 6 years, I spent most of my time outside of Europe, meaning I spent my money elsewhere. I’m happy to see initiatives like this and expect many other European countries to follow.
From August 1, 2019, Polish citizens under the age of 26 who earn less than 85,528 zloty ($22,207) a year will no longer have to pay income tax.
This is how a 3 day fast looks like. Also, check out some other posts by Kim & Chris, they have very interesting things going on.
Normally I wake up around 7:15 a.m. Today? At 5 a.m I was up and ready to go. My sleep tracking ring told me I had 90% sleep quality.
I still wasn’t hungry and mind felt sharp. So too did my hearing and sense of smell, which felt strangely super-powered. My body, though, felt lethargic.
We all like free things right? The web is practically swimming in free (and sometimes incorrect or misleading) information. But these 20 sources of free data are widely considered to be quite reputable.
WePark shows that in cities like San Francisco, coworking is unaffordable to many, and the sheer volume of free space allocated to parked cars could be put to much better use.
Some early learnings from the first day: Set up in range of a strong public Wi-Fi signal, near restrooms and water fountains, and with some means for people to charge their laptops and devices. Organizers could easily see WeParks growing in collaboration with local businesses like coffee shops, which could provide bathrooms, caffeine, and Wi-Fi in exchange for steady business.
The Godfather
Artwork by Grzegorz Domaradzki.
Artwork by Grzegorz Domaradzki.
Food for Thought
“Every man has a vocation to be someone: but he must understand clearly that in order to fulfill this vocation he can only be one person: himself.” – Stephen Cope
“The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.” – Leo Tolstoy
“We wanted flying cars, instead we got 140 characters.” – Peter Thiel
“Workaholics aren’t heroes. They don’t save the day, they just use it up. The real hero is home because she figured out a faster way.” – Jason Fried
“If you bring forth what is within you it will save you. If you do not, it will destroy you.” – Stephen Cope
Now
⏰ Time: 14:29
🎧 Listening: P.A.C.O. @ JUICY BEATS
📖 Reading: The Great Work of Your Life by Stephen Cope
🍿 Watching: The Great Hack
🇪🇸 Location: Valencia, Spain
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