DeveloPassion's Newsletter - What is life anyway?

Edition 73 of my newsletter, discussing Knowledge Management, Knowledge Work, Zen Productivity, Personal Organization, and more!

DeveloPassion's Newsletter - What is life anyway?
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Welcome to the 73rd edition
Another week, another newsletter! I hope that you all had a great one 🤩
This will be a short edition as I’m writing this piece at 3 AM. This is definitely not the best time to be creative 😂
Reality has just sunk in. My glass is half full, but the house is half empty. Everything feels weird. This is quite violent and difficult for me to write about, but there’s no shame, just humanity, honesty, and vulnerability.
You might not know this, but I care a lot about bringing my whole self wherever I go (even if I don’t always manage to). This virtual stage is no exception. Right now, you and I share a very private space. You’re together with me somewhere deep down in my brain, where my thoughts emerge and come out (almost) unfiltered. I hope you don’t mind me bringing you here ;-)
These are challenging days. But they’re just part of life. You’ve got to wonder… What is life anyway? To me, life is the sum of our experiences, good and bad ones, highs and lows. One day you discover that you’re going to become a parent, and you feel ecstatic. Another you see the face of your newborn for the first time and experience the most intense happiness ever. Yet another, you feel happy because a risk you took was worth it. Yet another, you feel sad and depressed because the stars just won’t align in your favor. Yet another, you go through horrendous pain as you lose loved ones and feel nostalgic. Yet another, you feel proud because your children evolve. Joy, pain, sorrow, fear, happiness, sadness, anger, rage, passion, surprise, disgust, hopelessness, enjoyment, disappointment, peace, relief, love, satisfaction, stress, etc. The number of life experiences we have the opportunity to explore is endless. It’s just mind-blowing.
Recent days were very sad for me, but those were just bad days, not a bad life! Better ones will come!

The Lab 🧪
The lab is closed this week!
Ideas I've explored this week
Some of the things I've learned this week
Among those, here are a few cool ideas I’ve explored:
  • Many interesting quotes by Honoré de Balzac
  • Work-life fit
  • Friendship paradox
  • The idea that no information is superior to any other and that the power lies in the connections
  • Feynman’s advice
  • Foucault’s Pendulum
  • Relentless curiosity
  • The fact that simple and wrong beats complicated and right
  • The idea that the constraints we impose to ourselves are in our imagination and are rooted in fear
  • The idea that observed talent is the tip of the iceberg, the result of consistent hard work
  • The concept of attention momentum and its dynamics
  • How company culture impacts the way work gets done
  • … and many more!
Recent articles
No new articles this week.
Quotes of the week
  • There is no such thing as a great talent without great willpower — Honoré de Balzac
  • Sometimes, when you’re different, you feel like a mistake. While in reality, difference is a gift, an advantage, real wealth
Book of the week
Tips of the week
How cool is that?!
Life Stats
Thinking and learning links of the week
Organise Your Life - Building a Second Brain book summary
Tech links of the week
Indie Hacking and bootstrapping
100 users 100 days
The Network State: How To Start a New Country
Remote Work: is it a generational divide? 👶⚡️🧑‍🦳