Declutter Your Life. Declutter Your Mind.

Get Rid Of Shit You Don’t Use

Over the past three years, I’ve moved house close to a dozen times. Most people experience moving house as a stressful event. Initially, I was no different. But I’ve learned to love it for one reason: It forced me to think about my possessions.

Too much stuff makes moving and living complex. And I like the opposite.

When I moved to London from The Netherlands in 2014, it was the first time I took the time to get rid of almost everything I owned.

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Stop Wasting Your Hard-Earned Free Time

One of the biggest mysteries in modern day life is something that we’re all guilty of.

Please answer me this: Why do we work 8–9 hours a day so that we can earn free time, while we endlessly waste that hard-earned free time?

Have you ever looked at it this way? It’s an absurd way of living. And yet, everyone with a traditional job lives that way.

I remember the moment I realized that vividly. It was about three years ago. At the time, I worked at an IT Research firm in London while working on my own business in the evenings and weekends.

I was sitting on the train to home after a day at the office. And I was reading On The Shortness Of Life by Seneca . That book is famous for causing a shift in thinking for a lot of people.

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A Practical Way To Overcome Imposter Syndrome

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Do you ever think, “who cares about anything that I have to say?”

Every time you have a similar thought like that, you’re developing imposter syndrome. There are many ways imposter syndrome expresses itself in your mind:

  • “If I fail this, I will lose everything.”
  • “What if people call me out?”
    “I feel like a fake. I’m not the right person to talk about this.”

After these type of thoughts, we often try to downplay the effects:

  • “It’s not a big deal.”
  • “No one cares anyway.”
  • “It’s a matter of luck, anyway.”

Those secondary thoughts are just a defense mechanism. We try to convince ourselves that our work isn’t important and that no one cares. We experience imposter syndrome when we have to lead people, share our ideas, give advice, etc.

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How To Improve Your Mindset, Build Strength, And Make A Living Doing What You Love

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What’s your definition of a good life? Ask 100 different people, and you’ll probably get 100 different answers.

However, there are also a few universal pieces to a good life. Take happiness and health. We all want it. That’s why we collectively spend billions of dollars a year on gym memberships, supplements, training programs, gear, you name it.

I’m not surprised. Health is everything. Mahatma Gandhi famously said:

“It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.”

To me, health is not only a physical thing. Your mental health is more important than your body because it’s easy to get injured or sick. It can happen to all of us. But as long as your brain functions, you’re still in control of your life.

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How To Create Products That Sell For Decades

Every single book that I’ve voluntarily read in my life is because someone else recommended it.

That’s true for most of us. Think about it. What’s the last book you finished? Why did you read it? Most of us read books because others told us about them.

It’s a great way to learn about good books. Because no one goes out to recommend a bad book or product.

When I think about how I found out about classic non-fiction books like How To Win Friends and Influence People, The Intelligent Investor, Man’s Search For Meaning, I must say that I read these books because others told me about them.

These books still sell well, decades later.

Any creator that hopes for that type of lasting success must accept that it starts with creating something that’s worth it. Why is not everyone making great products? The honest answer is that it’s hard.

Ryan Holiday, the author of Perennial Seller, and who has written six books, put it best:

“To be great, one must make great work, and making great work is incredibly hard.”

But it’s also not impossible, as I’ve learned from Ryan. In his latest book, Perennial Seller, he outlines his system for creating books and products that stand the test of time.

Because who doesn’t want to create something that people love? Or write a book that thousands of people read? And more importantly, who doesn’t want to make something that sells for years to come?

Ryan’s process for making a perennial seller goes like this:

  1. Adopt the mindset of a creator that makes classics
  2. Create a great product that stands the test of time
  3. Perfect, package, and position into a compelling offering
  4. Promote it through different marketing channels
  5. Capture an audience and build a platform that stands the test of time

To learn more about the above framework, listen to my interview with Ryan Holiday:

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I was impressed with Ryan’s mindset. And he inspired me to set even higher standards for my own work. I truly enjoyed this interview and learned many useful things about entrepreneurship, marketing, and the act of creating.

Ryan is excellent at simplifying what it takes to be successful. And I think this interview is a must-listen for every entrepreneur, creator, and marketer out there.

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Claude Shannon: Why Curiosity Is Critical To Your Success

Claude Shannon, considered as the Einstein of the Information Age, made many contributions to science and society during his lifetime.

That thing you’re holding in your hand or that’s sitting on your lap, reading these very words, are made possible by Claude Shannon.

Shannon was an American mathematician and electrical engineer known as “the father of information theory”. He is also known for inventing digital circuit design theory in 1937, when he was only 21 years old. He’s considered as one of the greatest inventors in modern history.

I often wonder, “what drives these great minds?” Is it the recognition, money, contribution, praise?

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