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We're all faking it

Hey All,

Here are a few things I've been reading and pondering lately. Enjoy this week's issue and if you're feeling inspired, pass it on.

1. 11 Sh*tty Things We All Do But Never Admit

Mark Manson is back and better than ever. I love his writing and I think you will too.

4) You assume that everybody else knows what they’re doing while you have no clue

When we feel insecure, we tend to develop this irrational belief that we must somehow be the only person who doesn’t know what the f*ck they’re doing with themselves. This could be feeling like the odd person out at a party, the new person at work, the black sheep of the family.

This simply isn’t true. Chances are, if you feel as though you’re awkward and clueless, the other people around you are feeling the same way — they’re just faking their way through it the same way you are.

2. The Risk of Discovery

A short gem from the one and only Paul Graham.

Because biographies of famous scientists tend to edit out their mistakes, we underestimate the degree of risk they were willing to take. And because anything a famous scientist did that wasn't a mistake has probably now become the conventional wisdom, those choices don't seem risky either.

3. If you want to earn more, work less

There's more to it of course, but this article is actually based on a study. It's science guys.

“We actually find that people who take more time off — 11 days or more — are more likely to get a raise or bonus than people who take 10 or fewer days,” says Katie Denis, lead researcher at Project: Time Off. “So if you’re not getting ahead — and we find no correlation between hours worked and getting ahead — then what are you doing it for?”

4. How to Design a Life

This is an excerpt from Tim Ferriss' podcast with designer Debbie Millman. Here she is talking about an exercise she has her students do called "Your Ten-Year Plan for a Remarkable Life."

It is Winter 2027. What does your life look like?

What are you doing? Where are you living? Who are you living with? Do you have pets? What kind of house are you in? Is it an apartment are you in the city are you in the country? What does your furniture look like? What is your bed like? What are your sheets like? What kind of clothes do you wear? What kind of hair do you have?

Write this one day ten years from now. So one day in the winter of 2027, what does your whole day look like? Start from the minute you wake up, brush your teeth, have your coffee or tea, all the way through until minute you tuck yourself in at night. What is that day like for you?

Dream big, dream without any fear. Write it all down. You don’t have to share it with anyone other than yourself. Put your whole heart into it. Write like there is no tomorrow; write like your life depends on it because it does. And then read it, once a year, and see what happens.

Have a great week!

Jimmy