Stoicism, Notion, Compounding, and Acceptance

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A few interesting things to check out this week during your cozy time

#1 Stoicism - The Daily Stoic (Ryan Holiday)

Personal takeaways:

The heart of stoic philosophy is having the ability to recognize what we can control and learn to accept what we cannot.

“ If we can focus on making clear what parts of our day are within our control and what parts are not, we will not only be happier, we will have a distinct advantage over other people who fail to realize they are fighting an unwinnable battle.”


Filtering the content that I absorb every day. Random Instagram quotes and social media posts reinforcing our thoughts or showing sensitive content should not control our minds.

“Instinctively, we protect our physical selves. We don’t let people touch us, push us around, control where we go. But when it comes to the mind, we’re less disciplined. We hand it over willingly to social media, to television, to what other people are doing, thinking, or saying. We sit down to work and the next thing you know, we’re browsing the Internet. We sit down with our families, but within minutes we have our phones out. We sit down peacefully in a park, but instead of looking inward, we’re judging people as they pass by. We don’t even know that we’re doing this. We don’t realize how much waste is in it, how inefficient and distracted it makes us. And what’s worse—no one is making this happen. It’s totally self-inflicted. To the Stoics, this is an abomination. They know that the world can control our bodies—we can be thrown in jail or be tossed about by the weather. But the mind? That’s ours. We must protect it. Maintain control over your mind and perceptions, they’d say. It’s your most prized possession.”

For the less assertive people out there like me— learn how to say no!

“Do you ever wonder how you can get some of your time back, how you can feel less busy? Start by learning the power of “No!”—as in “No, thank you,” and “No, I’m not going to get caught up in that,” and “No, I just can’t right now.” It may hurt some feelings. It may turn people off. It may take some hard work. But the more you say no to the things that don’t matter, the more you can say yes to the things that do. This will let you live and enjoy your life—the life that you want.”


#2 Check out Notion - Notion Review/Overview

As someone who is constantly looking for a digital second brain to store everything from studying material to personal life to work, I’m currently exploring the Notion app. Would absolutely 100% recommend it:

1. You can import literally anything directly and make it an "all-in-one" second brain - including book highlights, google docs, notes from other applications (study & work), podcast quotes, to-do lists, travel plans, journal writings, and health & workout stuff.

2. Custom templates to ensure that the application becomes whatever you want it to become. No two people have the same notion.

3. If nothing else would really recommend you watch this amazingly honest overview/review that made me try it out in the first place: Notion Review/Overview

My motivation: I love to document and note ideas, tasks, insights, and my experience as much as I can, so I can have a central space to look back to!

#3  Books & Twitter

The Almanack of Naval Ravikant — if there was a title for the book of the year, this would be it! Naval has an interesting take on getting rich without getting lucky in the modern world and how happiness is a skill that we can actually work on — it's different because it's a no-bullshit book that gives you actionable tips on both fronts.

If you’re on Twitter, he’s the guy you follow: @Naval

#4 If you think about cryptocurrency

Shouldn't people talk more about what they get wrong so it's easier to eliminate what doesn't work out?  Bitcoin - Honest Take

#5 General advice

Compounding is real. If you’re young and earn, save your money or invest in index funds. Form habits that will stick with you for life — even if it’s something you do for 10 minutes a day.

#6 Something I'm struggling with

Longevity in exercise routine - trying to figure out an exercise routine that works for you for a very long time that you don’t get bored of.

When was the last time you actually stuck by an exercise routine/ sport for more than a year? (non-athletes)

P.S. I’m struggling with the same thing, if something really worked for you, I’d really love to know.

#7 Nobody is Crazy - Learn how to develop everyday acceptance

More often than not, all of us have the tendency to strongly disagree with something someone thinks, feels, or does — particularly when it impacts us. That’s the time to practice acceptance.

“ People from different generations, raised by different parents who earned different incomes and held different values, in different parts of the world, born into different economies, experiencing different job markets with different incentives and different degrees of luck, learn very different lessons.” - Morgan Housel (The Psychology of Money)

#9 Why do you need to get vaccinated even if you don’t want to go ahead with it?

The simple fact is, people around you are getting vaccinated — arming themselves with the latest technology against COVID. Therefore, no matter what you do, the virus will also eventually mutate and learn to survive despite vaccines a.k.a defensive technology. Fighting harder enemies (vaccines) will make the virus stronger. And if you’re not vaccinated, you will fight a stronger virus without any defensive technology.



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Aryan Khanna

Aryan Khanna