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Exploring how to get better at the game of life and sharing my learnings so you can do the same.
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Aug 6 14 tweets 7 min read
Apple Mac apps are the most powerful productivity tools on earth.

Use them properly and they'll save you hours, days, even weeks.

Here are 11 Mac apps that you shouldn't live without... #1: Raycast

Raycast is “Ctrl + F” for your whole computer.

Simply press command + space, and you can open any file, app, or link in seconds.

You can also add a whole-suite of extensions built by community to take your productivity to new levels.

raycast.com Raycast
Aug 5 28 tweets 38 min read
25 freakishly effective mental models that will save you hundreds of hours of your life: Decomplication

We’ve been led to believe that our everyday problems—weight loss, productivity, saving money—require complex solutions.

This is called ‘artificial complexity.’

Decomplication is the process of boiling problems down to their simplest form.

h/t @nateliason Decomplication
Aug 4 13 tweets 7 min read
10 incredible free websites that will make you more intelligent (if you let them): #1: Information is beautiful

Information is beautiful distills data, information, and knowledge into beautiful, useful graphics & diagrams.

The site is dedicated to helping you make clearer, more informed decisions about the world.

informationisbeautiful.net Information is beautiful
Aug 3 13 tweets 3 min read
10 mental concepts that will make you way smarter: Russell Conjugation

When someone chooses different words to describe something, depending on how favourable they want to be to what they’re describing.

When reading or listening to others, ask:

“Am I forming my opinion based on facts, or the opinion of the writer/speaker?” Russell Conjugation
Jul 30 13 tweets 8 min read
10 insanely useful free websites you needed but didn't know existed (instant bookmarks): #1: Blankslate.io

Ever need somewhere fast to write something when you’re on your computer? Me too.

Type “Blankslate.io” into a new tab and you’ll have a notepad in your browser.

You can then:
• Save your note
• Export as a PDF
• Save as a Google Doc
Jul 28 13 tweets 6 min read
10 incredible free Chrome extensions that will give you hundreds of hours of your life back: (1) Summari:

Summari helps you read more in less time—it captures insights from virtually any text in seconds.

Includes:
• News & Articles
• Newsletters & Blogs
• Magazines
• and more

You can even make one-minute summaries when sharing a link to reading materials! Summari
Jul 27 13 tweets 9 min read
10 mental models that will make you way smarter: The 10:10:10 Strategy

Before making a decision, ask:

How will I feel 10 minutes from now?

10 hours from now?

10 days from now?

This will force you to think about the longer-term impact of what's facing you.

Don’t make decisions based on immediate gratification.
Jul 23 28 tweets 5 min read
Charlie Munger spent a lifetime studying why humans make horrible decisions so you don't have to.

If you want to avoid bad decisions, here are 25 of the most powerful psychological tendencies known to man 🧵 Curiosity

We like to call other species curious, but we are the most curious of all.

Without the human curiosity instinct, science and technology would not be present.

Even before there were direct incentives to innovate (capitalism), humans innovated out of curiosity.
Jul 20 19 tweets 4 min read
If you want to win an argument, don't make these mistakes: First things first: The best way to win an argument is to not enter one in the first place.

However, we don't always have that luxury and can sometimes find ourselves needing to defend a point of view.

If this happens, here are 15 logical fallacies to avoid:
Jul 16 14 tweets 10 min read
10 of the most useful websites on the internet that you’ve likely never heard of: tldv.io

Record any call in Google Meet or Zoom with the click of a button.

Key features:
• Access the recording immediately after the call
• Timestamp key moments during meetings
• Transcribe in 20+ languages
• Clip parts of calls for sharing
Jul 13 12 tweets 5 min read
10 of the most useful mental models that will make you smarter (that you've probably never heard of): Antifragility

Antifragility is benefitting from disorder, change, or unexpected events.

The things that have survived the longest in the universe have an antifragile system in place—the things that haven’t, don’t.

To succeed long-term, we should strive to be antifragile. Antifragility
Jul 10 13 tweets 3 min read
10 mental concepts that will make you way smarter: Systems vs. Goals

To achieve more, focus on the process first—the system—that will get you to the goal.

Doing something every day is a system—like writing for 1 hour.

Writing a book is a goal.

"Goals determine your direction. Systems determine your progress.”
—James Clear Systems vs. Goals
Jul 9 14 tweets 7 min read
10 of the most useful products you can buy for under $100 (that make life a breeze): Happy Ears

The first earplug that doesn’t hurt your ears AND blocks all sound when you sleep.

I’ve never slept better than when I’m wearing Happy Ears.

happyearsearplugs.com
Jul 6 26 tweets 28 min read
23 of the world’s most useful mental models (that you can actually use to improve your life): Good and Bad Procrastination

Good procrastination is avoiding work with 0 chance of being mentioned in your obituary—like errands.

”Unless you're working on the biggest things you could be, you're type-B procrastinating, no matter how much you're getting done.”

h/t @paulg
Jul 3 23 tweets 10 min read
Charlie Munger is a modern-day polymath and one of the most respected investors of all time.

He credits reading 500 pages/day with much of his success—his children even call him a book with legs.

Here are 20 of the most transformative books he recommends (to read first): 1/

In the Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives by Stephen Levy.

"I hate to admit this because I’ve ignored high-tech all my life, but I read that book In the Plex about Google, and I found it a very interesting book.”
–Charlie Munger

amazon.com/Plex-Google-Th…
Jul 2 13 tweets 5 min read
Most companies suck at setting goals.

But Google, Amazon, and Microsoft figured it out ages ago.

Here’s their simple but powerful goal-setting framework (that you can use personally too): In 1983, Objectives and Key Results (OKRs) were introduced to the world by Andy Grove—former CEO of Intel.

But, it was only in 1999 when John Doerr—who worked for Andy Grove—introduced the framework to Larry Page and Sergey Brin (Founders of Google) that it really took off.
Jul 1 17 tweets 4 min read
If you want to learn quicker, here is a powerful learning framework: 1/ Learning Selection

Have you ever started learning something only to stop a few days or weeks later?

This can happen for lots of reasons, but often it's bad learning selection.

Selecting what you learn and when you learn it is crucial to maintaining motivation to finish it.
Jun 30 10 tweets 4 min read
If you want to remember more when you read, use these 6 simple techniques: First, some general principles that underlie the techniques and aid memory:

1) We don't remember all types of information equally (visual and spatial are best)

2) Attach new memories to old memories

3) Make information vivid and exciting

4) Engage as many senses as possible
Jun 29 11 tweets 3 min read
If you want to sleep better, here is a simple but powerful recipe: When it comes to sleep, "failure to prepare is preparing to fail."

We have a personal responsibility in achieving regular high-quality sleep—unless you've got a disorder.

The more seriously you take this responsibility, the better you'll sleep.
Jun 26 15 tweets 10 min read
12 ideas that will make you smarter (that you probably haven't heard of): Jootsing

An extreme version of thinking outside the box that involves:

1) First gaining deep knowledge of the system and its rules

2) Then stepping outside to find something that subverts its rules

3) And finally, using your findings to make something new and creative Jootsing
Jun 25 13 tweets 10 min read
10 of the most useful websites on the internet (that you’ve probably never heard of): 12ft.io

Sick of paywalls?

Meet 12ft ladder. It lets you bypass any paywall.

The idea is simple: news sites don’t show the Google crawler a paywall so they can appear in search results.

12ft grabs this cached, un-paywalled version of the page and shows you.