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🎁 Valentin's Present

September 1 · Issue #1 · View online
Weekly gift. Mouthwatering concepts, tempting questions, juicy books, delicious songs, exquisite short films, and other surprises.

I believe attention is our most valuable asset, so I’m incredibly thankful you think this newsletter could be worth your attention. I was impressed by all the interest — it quickly turned into a list of hundreds of people I care a lot about.
So I’ll try my best to make it extremely high quality. A present worth opening. I’m going to be focusing on quality over recency, but still taking recency into account — at varying levels of degree per section.
Hope you enjoy your present.

Mouthwatering Concepts
Breakthrough Knowledge
There’s incremental knowledge then there’s knowledge that changes your life. Mastering the ability to find breakthrough knowledge in our era of information overload is one of the most important skills we can develop. My hope with this newsletter is to serve you breakthrough knowledge.
Here’s an article that goes deeper into this concept — includes some tips.
Consciousness Staircase
This is one of my all-time favorite articles in the Internet.
“Declaring ourselves “conscious” allows us to call it a day and stop thinking about it. I like to think of it as a consciousness staircase: An ant is more conscious than a bacterium, a chicken more than an ant, a monkey more than a chicken, and a human more than a monkey. But what’s above us?”
How can we step up within our human consciousness step?
A reminder to see the bigger picture.

Tempting Question
If you had 5 extra hours each week, what would you do? Can you find a way to do that in your current week?

Juicy Books
Link This is one of my favorite books and it’s not super well known. He wanted to be an astronaut since he was a kid, but there wasn’t a path he could follow to be one. So for any action or decision that would come up in his life, he would imagine that in the future he would certainly be an astronaut and think: what would I be doing in the past, in this moment? He based his decisions on what he would have chosen if in the future he were an astronaut. I think this is an awesome thought exercise.

Link One of the most incredible books, loved so much for a reason.
“[She] who has a why can bear almost any how”

Exquisite Short Film
Validation - YouTube
Love this short film. 16mins. Will evoke a wide smile.

Finger-licking Quote
“Grant me the serenity to accept the things that I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference” — Niebuhr

Spicy Habit
Making your bed. Here’s why in an awesome 6min video:
Inspiring: Change the World by Making Your Bed - by Admiral William McRaven - YouTube

Melt-in-your-mouth Podcast
Breaker: The Knowledge Project with Shane Parrish - Naval Ravikant on Reading, Happiness, Systems for Decision Making, Habits, Radical Honesty
If you love learning or thinking you’ll love this podcast.

Delicious Songs
Last but not least, here’s the dessert.
I like naming my Spotify playlists as foods, so if you like a song, you can keep tasting their flavor in the playlist linked next to it.

Eastside by benny blanco, Khalid, and Halsey, which has some Kale flavor.
Epa Wei by Danny Ocean, which tastes like Aguacate.
Ice by Pablo Nouvelle, which tastes like Apricot.

Hope you enjoyed this. I’m trying to figure out what’s a good number of sections — are there too many things and causing you a food coma? Or things you didn’t have the time to taste? Let me know.
Also let me know which sections I should not remove or which new sections you’d like to see — just hit reply.
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