Futurism


Niks free ebook summaries newsletter


Hey! It’s Nik with your weekly dose of 3 awesome book summaries!

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Thank you, now let’s hit the books!

The Courage Habit by Kate Swoboda

1-Sentence-Summary: The Courage Habit helps you unearth your hidden desires for a better life, shows you how fear buried them in the first place, and outlines the path toward overcoming the paralysis that being afraid brings so that you can have everything you’ve ever dreamed of.

Top 3 Lessons:

You have permission to explore your deepest desires, and doing so will make you more courageous.
Fear is inevitable, but you will gain confidence by discovering your habitual patterns of succumbing to it.
The stories you tell yourself about why you can’t be and do what you love are holding you back, but you can reframe them to extinguish their influence.

If you want the courage to reach your full potential so you can live the life of your dreams, this book is for you.

Upheaval by Jared Diamond

1-Sentence-Summary: Upheaval enlightens you by telling the stories of seven countries that fell into crises, including how they got there and what they did to get out, and identifies the common threads between all of them.

Top 3 Lessons:

Personal, as well as national crises, need selective change and there are 12 factors to examine to come up with a solution.
Japan and post-war Germany are good examples of how to adapt and solve crises.
The world needs to come together to face the new threats we have today.

If you want to get better at handling personal crises, this book is for you.

The Four Steps To The Epiphany by Steve Blank
1-Sentence-Summary: The Four Steps To The Epiphany shows startups how to plan for and achieve success by giving examples of companies that failed and outlining the path they need to take to flourish.

Top 3 Lessons:

Don’t fall into the trap of treating your startup like you would a big business.
Find your market type first, then base your strategy around it.
Early adopters are more important to consider when designing your product than the mainstream market.
If you want to learn how to make sure your startup succeeds, this book is for you.

That’s all for this week, have a wonderful weekend!

Happy reading,
-Nik

Jai Meher


The truth of action is that every action, significant or insignificant, voluntary or involuntary, is at once impressed in turn upon your mind. Like a non-greasy stain, a light impression can be easily wiped out, but impressions caused by actions conceived in anger, lust or greed are hard to remove.

In short, actions produce impressions, and impressions produce thoughts. Thoughts in turn tend to precipitate further action.

For the purification of your heart, leave your thoughts alone, but maintain a constant vigil over your actions.

When you have thoughts of anger, lust or greed, do not worry about them, and do not try to check them. Let all such thoughts come and go without putting them into action.

Try to think counter-thoughts in order to discern, to discriminate, to learn, and above all to unlearn the actions which are prompted by your own impressions.

——-AVATAR MEHER BABA

[LISTEN, HUMANITY. By Meher Baba. NARRATED AND EDITED By D.E. Stevens. An Avatar Meher Baba Trust eBook June 2011. Copyright © 1957 by Sufism Reoriented, Inc.Copyright © 1982 Avatar Meher Baba Trust]

Meher baba


The truth of action is that every action, significant or insignificant, voluntary or involuntary, is at once impressed in turn upon your mind. Like a non-greasy stain, a light impression can be easily wiped out, but impressions caused by actions conceived in anger, lust or greed are hard to remove.

In short, actions produce impressions, and impressions produce thoughts. Thoughts in turn tend to precipitate further action.

For the purification of your heart, leave your thoughts alone, but maintain a constant vigil over your actions.

When you have thoughts of anger, lust or greed, do not worry about them, and do not try to check them. Let all such thoughts come and go without putting them into action.

Try to think counter-thoughts in order to discern, to discriminate, to learn, and above all to unlearn the actions which are prompted by your own impressions.

——-AVATAR MEHER BABA

[LISTEN, HUMANITY. By Meher Baba. NARRATED AND EDITED By D.E. Stevens. An Avatar Meher Baba Trust eBook June 2011. Copyright © 1957 by Sufism Reoriented, Inc.Copyright © 1982 Avatar Meher Baba Trust]

We like what we choose


Not the other way around.

It feels safer to say that we’re born with talents and gifts, that we have a true calling, that we’re looking for what connects with our passion.

That’s not useful (because it means you spend a lot of time shopping around) but it’s also not true.

New research confirms that random choices lead to preferences, and then it follows that preferences lead to habits and habits lead us to become the person we somehow decide we were born to be.

If you had grown up somewhere else or some time else, there’s little doubt that you’d prefer something else. The things we think we need are simply the things we’re used to.

And if you like what you like simply because you have a pattern, that means that you might be able to like something else if you could develop new patterns.

In short: If we commit to loving what we do, we’re more likely to find engagement and satisfaction. And if what we do changes, we can choose to love that too.

courtesy: Seth Godin’s Newsletter

word of the day


WORD OF THE DAY
InculcateIN-kəl-katePart of speech: verbOrigin: Latin, mid 16th century
1Instill (an attitude, idea, or habit) by persistent instruction.2Teach (someone) an attitude, idea, or habit by persistent instruction.
 
Examples of Inculcate in a sentence “She finally managed to inculcate a better sense of responsibility in her roommates.” “The new lecturer was eager to inculcate principles of Asian philosophies to his students.”

I read and write a Shloka with meaning daily in my Diary. It is indeed my weblog!


Bhagavad Gita: Chapter 1, Verse 43

दोषैरेतै: कुलघ्नानां वर्णसङ्करकारकै: |
उत्साद्यन्ते जातिधर्मा: कुलधर्माश्च शाश्वता: || 43||

doṣhair etaiḥ kula-ghnānāṁ varṇa-saṅkara-kārakaiḥ
utsādyante jāti-dharmāḥ kula-dharmāśh cha śhāśhvatāḥdoṣhaiḥ—through evil deeds; etaiḥ—these; kula-ghnānām—of those who destroy the family; varṇa-saṅkara—unwanted progeny; kārakaiḥ—causing; utsādyante—are ruined; jāti-dharmāḥ—social and family welfare activities; kula-dharmāḥ—family traditions; cha—and; śhāśhvatāḥ—eternal

Translation

BG 1.43: Through the evil deeds of those who destroy the family tradition and thus give rise to unwanted progeny, a variety of social and family welfare activities are ruined.

Wisdom Quotes


Just like time keeps moving forward so must you.
Don’t watch the clock; do what it does. Keep going. (Sam Levenson)
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Don’t trust those who speak without showing their intentions.
Never trust anything that can think for itself if you can’t see where it keeps its brain. (J. K. Rowling)

Marcus Aurelius


“Everything is only for a day, both that which remembers and that which is remembered.
“Observe constantly that all things take place by change, and accustom thyself to consider that the nature of the universe loves nothing so much as to change things which are and to make new things like them. For everything that exists is in a manner the seed of that which will be.”
— Marcus Aurelius (Meditations)

Motivation


“As for what it’s against – the story is against those who pervert and misuse religion, or any other kind of doctrine with a holy book and a priesthood and an apparatus of power that wields unchallengeable authority, in order to dominate and suppress human freedoms.”
– Philip Pullman, His Dark Materials

13. International Day for the Eradication of Poverty –17th October


13. International Day for the Eradication of Poverty 17th October

Eradication of Poverty

This was instituted by the United Nations to promote awareness and the need to eradicate poverty and destitution worldwide, particularly in developing countries.

Content marketing ideas:

  • Listicle idea: X Ways to budget based on your income
  • Infographic idea: Are you really as poor as you think you are?
  • Video idea: X Famous people who can inspire us with a rags-to-riches story
  • Podcast idea: How can you make sure that what you’re giving is actually reaching the right people?