A weekly outpour of 5 of the things I consume every week. A coalescence of art, podcasts, articles, essays, newsletters, movies, web series and any other form of media you can imagine.
Hola curious fellas! In this information era what we digest is what we reflect. Here's a flux of information you might find interesting.
1. How to Stop Being Lazy and Get More Done by Eric Barker (Blog)
I am in absolute awe of Eric Barker’s blog. His blog is a kindled art of contemplation and composition, counterbalanced with profundity in terms of research and statistics. Most of his work revolves around productivity but he is the kind of Productivity Guru I admire. He releases his blog every fortnight and it is a long form blog, but you literally can’t stop reading once you begin. I fancy how he uses scientific evidence and real life examples to show you how to improve your life.
2. Personal Branding Ruins Peoples Lives by Ed Zitron (Essay)
The brouhaha over personal branding especially on LinkedIn is not even funny. In this essay Ed Zitron talks about how being true to yourself and to your audience while building your brand is imperative so that you don’t end up impersonating a person who is anyone but you. We need to be mindful of the fact that we are not shaving off bits of our personality and positioning them online just to appease our audience.
3. Young Sheldon S4 (Amazon Prime)
I finished watching S4 this week. Whether you have watched The Big Bang Theory or not, you’ll still fall in love with the adventures of the young genius. The show follows the adventures of nine-year-old Sheldon, growing up in East Texas in the late 1980s/early 1990s. His superior intellect sees him attending high school, where he tries to fit the world around him. Young Sheldon is a well-constructed family sitcom, funny and full of heart.
4. Vir Das on Cancel Culture (Stand-up Comedy)
Vir Das released the 5th episode in his acclaimed #TenOnTen series of topical standup videos. This time, Das reflects on tribalism and cancel culture, addressing the phenomenon candidly with both light-heartedness and conviction. In this episode, he takes a dig on woke culture, being privileged, recognizing pronouns (that got a bit controversial but eh it’s comedy!) and who is Vir Das without his left, right and centrist jokes!
5. Brené Brown Strong Back, Soft Front, Wild Heart- On Being (Podcast)
“Fitting in is when you want to be a part of something. Belonging is when others want you.”
I got acquainted with Brown after reading her book 'Daring Greatly' and it is absolutely sublime to hear when she talks about vulnerability. In this podcast from On Being she talks about fear, belonging and much more. On this note, you should also watch her TED talk- ‘The Power of Vulnerability’.