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🎁 Valentin's Present - Topics Forest, Horse in next life, short story of a moment


🎁 Valentin's Present

March 25 · Issue #30 · View online

The best content I've ever found. Mouthwatering concepts, tempting questions, juicy books, delicious songs, exquisite short films, and other surprises.

Last week I discovered it’s possible to love a product so much that the company invites you to give a talk about how you use it.
Valentin Perez
1) My Digital Brain System

Last week I gave a talk at @NotionHQ about how I use Notion as my Digital Brain to create my best year.
I Tweeted about my “digital brain system” in Notion (what I talked about) and people were really into it. Shared pictures of my Topics Forest — where I store the best ideas I’ve found for many topics in “Trees of Knowledge”, across various sources (articles, books, conversations, videos).
And a couple other things like my “Begin and End of Day 3-minute journal”:
People seem to resonate with these — and I have lots of templates/digital spaces like these, so I’m thinking of making some videos going over how I use them, tips, and explaining the thinking behind them. Let me know if there’s something specific from the Tweet you’d love for me to focus on.
Mouthwatering Concepts
One of my all-time favorite short stories:
The Descent of Species by David Eagleman. It’s about someone who chooses to be a horse in their next life.
If you’re into short stories like that one, check out his book Sum: 40 Tales from the afterlives — it’s one of the stories there.
Some cool, random stuff I learned this week:
(from Awaken the Giant Within book):
Every moment, we’re taking 3 decisions:
  • What to pay attention to/focus on
  • What does it mean (interpretation)
  • What to do now
(from Curious: the desire to know and why your future depends on it book):
Mystery is the most consistent predictor of preference in landscape pictures.
Tempting Question
What are 3 things you personally wouldn’t do that sound fun?
Exquisite Video
The reason I added “short story of a moment today” in my night journal. Amazing TED Talk, highly recommend:
Homework for Life | Matthew Dicks | TEDxBerkshires
Finger-licking Quote
“Thoroughly conscious ignorance is the prelude to every advance in science” - Maxwell
Delicious Music
Ascent - Day 1 by Ludovico Einaudi, released 9 days ago. Ludovico is one of my favorite pianists, and he doesn’t release often, so this was a treat. In my Pianolax playlist.
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