Beat the Blues – Week #39 Round-up

Here is a round-up of some of the most interesting content I came across in Week #39 of the year.

What I am currently reading:- 

The Almanack of Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant is the co-founder and CEO of AngelList and is widely accepted as one of the smartest people in the silicon valley – and certainly wouldn’t be an overstatement to call him the modern-day Buddha. 

The Almanack of Naval Ravikant is a wonderful compilation of 10+ years of Naval’s wisdom and is possibly the most important book I’ll have read for years to come.

What I am listening to:-

#218 – Welcome to the Cult Factory

In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Tristan Harris about the ways in which social media is fracturing society. They discuss the rise in teen depression and suicide, political polarization, conspiracy theories, information warfare among important delicate topics.

Having listened to almost all Tristan Harris’ conversations, what I loved the most about this chat  is how Sam Harris plays the devil’s advocate for modern technology, challenging Tristan’s opinions and beliefs which Tristan expounded with poise.

P.S: The conversation is centralized around The Social Dilemma and makes for a thought-provoking listen if you have watched the movie. If not, add that to your watchlist for the week!

What I’ve been upto:- 

Wrapping up The Takeaway Club™ ‘s first season, I took time off recording, switching to some writing (plan to do more of that) – currently I am working on a piece on the craze and the fomo around personal branding and how it is shifting the goalpost of professionals from being learners to experts even on topics we are not qualified to be. 

It is probably the most controversial op-ed I’ve penned and it should be out later this week.

Quote(s) I am pondering:- 

A number that is usually ~25, I highlighted 138 passages from the book (along with a bunch of bookmarks of entire pages).

If this were a paperback, it would be impossible for anyone to make out a line from the book at this point.

Some of my favorite quotes from the book:

On books:

“Books make for great friends, because the best thinkers of the last few thousand years tell you their nuggets of wisdom.”

On finding your calling:

“If it entertains you now but will bore you someday, it’s a distraction. Keep looking.”

“If you’re not 100 percent into it, somebody else who is 100 percent into it will outperform you. And they won’t just outperform you by a little bit—they’ll outperform you by a lot because now we’re operating the domain of ideas, compound interest really applies and leverage really applies.”

“You can only achieve mastery in one or two things. It’s usually things you’re obsessed about.”

On life:

“Don’t take yourself so seriously. You’re just a monkey with a plan.”

Have a great week,

Krishna | The Takeaway Club™

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