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🎁 Valentin's Present - creativity, identity, and your meaning of life

Hope you're having a juicy week. My first week of Re Human went well, I wrote a weekly recap here. Le

🎁 Valentin's Present

September 24 · Issue #4 · View online
The best content I've ever found, sent in digestible weekly gifts. Mouthwatering concepts, tempting questions, juicy books, delicious songs, exquisite short films, and other surprises.

Hope you’re having a juicy week.
My first week of Re Human went well, I wrote a weekly recap here. Learned and experienced lots of things :).

Mouthwatering Concepts
Several people have asked me about tips on sticking to habits. The usual advice of “starting small” and “shape your environment” is very very useful, but some other uncommon advice I’ve been sharing and that I think is very powerful is the following (with articles that expand on the concepts):
The most effective way for sticking to habits is to make them a part of your identity.
Article expanding on this concept.

You can re-define your identity by continuously “voting” for the identity you want, in the specific moments where an action would vote for that new identity.
Article expanding on this concept.

Provoking Picture
Sculpture by Ukranian Alexander Milov in Burning Man 2015.
I’m putting the actual title of the sculpture at the end of the newsletter because I think it’s powerful to just observe it without any prior labeling and experience what it evokes in you.

Tempting Question
I’ve found this section to be very powerful. Lots of people have been replying with their personal realizations or thoughts evoked from the previous tempting questions — more often than from other sections.
This time let’s do an experiment. It was suggested by a good friend in this newsletter. Let’s make these questions explicitly interactive.

If you want, reply with your answer and in the next newsletter I’ll share a document with all the different answers. Also let me know if you want your name included with the answer or not, and if you want me to include a link also send that (could be anything — personal website, linkedin, instagram, email, etc.). No need to reply immediately or even by next Sunday (that’s just when I’m going to be sharing what people thought).

What do you think is the meaning of life? or What is the purpose of your life? or What is life about? what is it for? or whatever form you think is best for this timeless tempting question.

Exquisite Short Film
2mins 28seconds.
SpaceX announced they’re sending a group of artists to the moon in 2023.
With what they’ll be able to see and experience, what will they create?

Finger-licking Quote
“The most dangerous thought you can have as a creative person is to think you know what you’re doing. Because once you think you know what you’re doing, you stop looking around for other ways of doing things. You stop being able to see new ways of doing things. You become blind.” — Richard Hamming

Delicious Music
Qualia, where I’ve compiled what I think are the best songs from Hôtel Costes, Buddha Bar, and the likes.
Qualia’s Smoothshake, where I’ve separated some of Qualia’s songs that have less lyrics and thus can be better enjoyed if studying, working, creating.
Gatorade tastes pretty good when working out.

As always, let me know your thoughts. As new, reply with your answer to this week’s tempting question, if you want. Just hit reply.
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