Sloww hit 300 posts! This is a “short” summary of posts 201-300 on my journey.
I’ve been creating 100-post recaps since the beginning—they have become one of the most useful ways I reflect on the natural evolution of my journey. Just browsing these topics gives you a sense of where I’ve been, and where I may be headed.
Note: Premium posts are shown with a lock icon next to the links (🔒)
The posts 1-100 summary focused on:
- Busyness, Slow Living, Decluttering, Minimalism, & Simple Living
- Life Purpose
- Perspective & Future
The posts 101-200 summary focused on:
- Sloww’s Evolution, New Newsletter, & New Premium Membership
- Slow Living, Simple Living, Voluntary Simplicity, & Minimalism
- Life Purpose, Self-Actualization, & Transcendence
- The Art of Living & Spiritual Growth
- Society, Work, & Money
Posts 201-300 focused on the following topics: Click a link to jump to a section below
- Sloww’s Evolution, New eBooks, & Newsletter Issues
- Life Purpose, My Purpose, & Monetizing Purpose
- Better Thinking & Human Development
- The Art of Living & Spiritual Growth
- Health, Society, Culture, & History
A “Short” Summary of Everything I Learned from Sloww’s Posts 201-300
Sloww’s Evolution, New eBooks, & Newsletter Issues
- I continue to reflect on where Sloww has been (and where it may be headed). Here’s my latest thinking: What is Sloww?
- I launched a free eBook that you receive when you sign up for email: The Hierarchy of Happiness: 100+ Powerful Perspectives on How to be Happy
- As well as my first paid eBook: Ikigai 2.0: A Step-by-Step Guidebook to Finding Life Purpose & Making Money Meaningfully (+ Bonus Workbook)
Sloww Sunday Newsletter:
- The newsletter is now a consistent weekly habit (only skipping a few weeks here and there). Click some of these as a random “choose your own adventure”—I guarantee you’ll learn something new: 012, 013, 014, 015, 016, 017, 018, 019, 020, 021, 022, 023, 024, 025, 026, 027, 028, 029, 030, 031, 032, 033, 034, 035, 036, 037, 038, 039, 040, 041, 042, 043, 044, 045, 046, 047
Life Purpose, My Purpose, & Monetizing Purpose
- Life purpose is still critical for me. I continue to read and reflect on some of the top books about purpose including:
- I organized 10 deep thoughts on purpose, and asked myself some deep questions including:
- If you can stack three or more of your talents and skills together, you can become top 25% in the world at what you do.
- All of my learning about purpose led to some big aha moments about my own purpose that I finally started to articulate.
- I describe myself as a “synthesizer.” If you think you may also be a synthesizer, you may like this introduction to synthesis, knowledge integration, and more.
- I’ve experienced quite the evolving relationship with money over the last few years toward the 🔒“money middle way.”
- Now that I’ve overcome the aversion to monetizing Sloww, I’m actively thinking about how 🔒making money can be a natural byproduct of your life purpose.
- I deeply explored Naval Ravikant, read the new almanack about him, checked out his top books, incorporated some key learnings from his biggest tweetstorm, and compiled my 🔒ultimate synthesis of Naval.
- I also threw in one last book at the end of the year: “The Psychology of Money” by Morgan Housel
Better Thinking & Human Development
- I’ve been actively increasing the books I read each year. Here were the top 10 life-changing books I read in 2020.
- One book I already know that will be on my top books of 2021 list is “Thinking in Systems” by Donella Meadows.
- I’m also learning more about bias and mental models and read “Seeking Wisdom” by Peter Bevelin.
- Everything I’ve learned has really made me think about our 🔒unconscious default setting and 🔒whether or not free thinking is even possible.
- Just for fun, I created this communication cheat sheet and infographic about the differences between aphorisms, heuristics, platitudes, deepities, and more.
- And, if you’re planning on doing more listening than reading, check out out these 10 intellectual podcasts.
Human Development & Potential:
- Human development is quickly becoming a top focus area for me. I started with Maslow’s original writings, read the new book “Transcend” by Scott Barry Kaufman which proposes that Maslow’s hierarchy of needs pyramid should be a sailboat, and then I redesigned the pyramid myself into a holarchy. My study of Maslow culminated with an ultimate synthesis of 🔒self-actualization and 🔒transcendence.
- Maslow is just one of many human development frameworks. One of the most impactful I’ve come across recently is “ego development theory” by Susanne Cook-Greuter.
- And, I eventually realized that all human development theories seem to converge on Ken Wilber’s Integral Theory.
The Art of Living & Spiritual Growth
The Art of Living (& Dying):
- Similar to human development, there’s little I’m more excited about than the art of living in general. When it comes to living, there’s a lot to learn: balance, optimal living, lifestyle design (and 🔒how I do it), and more.
- My favorite book on the art of living was “A Calendar of Wisdom” by Leo Tolstoy (Book Summary | Premium Summary).
- I also had some fun learning more about Alan Watts who seems to be having a massive resurgence.
- Our 19-year-old dog passed away and it sent me down a rabbit hole learning about death. I had some amazing aha moments about death and wonder if 🔒death is the best invention of life. You see the beauty of humanity even in the face of death.
- I enjoyed this short story about how a lifetime breaks down by the numbers from “Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives” by David Eagleman.
- I’ve started to take spirituality to a new level. “The Four Agreements” by Don Miguel Ruiz (Book Summary) felt too introductory for me at this point.
- While I loved “The Untethered Soul” by Michael Singer (🔒Premium Summary) and “The Power of Now” by Eckhart Tolle (Book Summary | Premium Synthesis), I really dove into deprogramming with “The Way to Love” by Anthony de Mello (Book Summary) and “Spiritual Enlightenment” by Jed McKenna (Book Summary | 🔒Premium Summary).
- If you want to start with some short stories, check out:
Health, Society, Culture, & History
- I’ve covered the Blue Zones in the past, but I learned specifically about the Blue Zones diet and wonder if 🔒a timeless diet exists.
Society, Culture, & History:
- Daniel Schmachtenberger is one of the most interesting humans I’ve discovered lately. I researched him extensively for this summary and 🔒synthesis on thinking holistically about civilization.
- Daniel also has ties to the Game B and Sensemaking communities—here are some podcasts about them.
- And, last but certainly not least, I compiled a 🔒premium summary of “The Lessons of History” by Will & Ariel Durant.
If you made it this far, thank you! Want me to explore more in a certain area or topic? Please let me know in the comments.
Here’s to the next 100 posts!
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