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Here is a list of the 50 coolest things I read and watched in 2019.
“To be in the top 1% takes a combination of luck and magical talent. But to be in the top 5%, one in twenty, is mostly about choices.”
“When we are obsessed with travel, we are intently focused on changing and revising our external venue while neglecting the one constant we all travel with: our minds.”
“Writing is the most scalable professional networking activity – stay home, don’t go to events/conferences, and just put ideas down.”
A neat interactive visualization that displays the size of objects in space relative to each other.
An analysis that uses advanced NBA stats to rank player performance relative to their salary, in an effort to identify the worst, highest-paid NBA player, ever.
Seven hypotheses about why we are all so busy in modern life.
It’s easier to reduce lifestyle expenses than it is to increase investment returns.
“One of the notable aspects of compound growth is that the furthest out years are the most important. In a world where almost no one takes a truly long-term view, the market richly rewards those who do.”
A librarian in Idaho decided to turn a 110-year-old tree stump on her property into a miniature library.
A neat visual that displays the wealthiest and poorest county in each state.
Brendan Leonard, the author of one of my favorite blogs Semi-Rad, shares lessons he has learned from eight years of writing an adventure blog.
A fascinating visual that shows median income by age and sex in the U.S.
“How many great TV shows have you discovered in season 3 or later?”
A visually-pleasing analysis that looks at how popular movie character names are relative to real-life names.
Why complete freedom can be paralyzing and why self-imposed constraints can actually improve your quality of life.
Rickey Gates decided to run every single street in San Francisco to get to know a very small area of America, as well as its people, intimately. He documented his process.
Avoiding an unpleasant experience can be just as satisfying as enjoying a pleasant one.
A cool interactive visual that shows how the way couples meet each other has changed over the past six decades.
“People think focus means saying yes to the thing you’ve got to focus on. But that’s not what it means at all. It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas that there are. You have to pick carefully.”
Why the whole “retirement number” concept may be a pursuit of the wrong thing.
“We only think we’re eating Twix bars because they are “good.” But it may be the case that they are only good because we eat them.
The implication of this idea transcends diets. It bears meaning toward our habits, the people in our lives, and the content we absorb every day on our computers, subway cars, billboards, and televisions.
You are what you eat. You enjoy what you consume.”
27. The death-defying climb for honey.
Twice a year, villagers in Nepal hang from rope ladders and endure countless bee stings to gather delicious honey hanging from mountainsides.
A significant chunk of Americans spend more than half their incomes on rent or home mortgage payments. Here’s the data that shows where housing costs hit budgets hardest across the U.S.
“While short walks can invigorate or move a stagnant mind, long walks nourish and regenerate.”
Various “cheat codes” you can use to reach financial independence quicker.
Meb Faber’s tweetstorm on why you should invest internationally.
Jenny Odell share practical advice on “how to do nothing” in a modern world that praises busyness.
“Friendship gives flavor to life. Rather than treating friendship as a nice-to-have luxury, reserved for people who have their lives in perfect order, we should cultivate friendship intentionally and treat it as the necessity it is. We need to be intentional in our pursuit of it, especially as we age.”
Personal finance “hacks” that pretty much anyone can implement.
“Don’t write, “He was very happy” when you can write “He was happy.” You think the word “very” adds something. It doesn’t. Prune your sentences.”
There are many dimensions to a job negotiation:
- signing bonuses
- year-end or performance bonuses
- commuter benefits
- relocation expenses
- an educational stipend
- a childcare stipend
- extra vacation time
- a later start date
- getting a dedicated hour a day to work out or study or meditate or play solitaire.
One Reddit user shares the most useful lessons he has learned from reading over 200 business and self-help books. There are some gems in here.
47. Feeling good.
Justin Kan shares some techniques he has used to find sustained happiness.
48. How to be great.
The way to be great is to be good, repeatably.
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