#48: a great conversation

👋 Welcome to the 48th volume of Out of Curiosity, a weekly newsletter promoting ideas to help get 1% better everyday.

Every week, I go through nearly 100 pieces of content (from books and podcasts to newsletters and tweets), and bring you the best in this newsletter together with what I publish on my blog and podcast.

🌟 This is a special edition as it marks the the 1-year point for Out of Curiosity!

To celebrate this milestone with you all, I pulled together all the resources shared over the last year in a handy Notion database.

Check out the 🔖 Link Library to access the nearly 200 podcasts, articles, videos and books curated here over the last year ⬇️


In this issue:

🎙 Our 12 favourite apps

🛤 A forty-year career

🕹 The great online game

✍️ The day you became a better writer

🎙 Our 12 favourite apps

On this episode, Nate and I each share 6 apps that we love and use on a daily basis. Here's a breakdown:

I've been using Matter a lot more actively since the recording of this conversation, and really enjoying it!

It's currently in beta. If you'd like to check it out, reply to this email and I'll send over an invite.


🛤 A forty-year career

As you invest into your pace, the people you know, the prestige you build, the profits to fuel financial security, and your deep and broad learning, something magical starts to happen: each of these makes the others easier.

This to me is the joy of a forty year career:

Things that seem hard early on become easy a decade in, and I can only imagine what it will look like two or three decades in.

{11-min read}

🕹 The great online game

Anyone can play the Great Online Game. All you need is some knowledge and curiosity.

The Meta Game here is your life and your career. The more you evolve and level up, the more opportunities you’ll have. If you build up a following, meet the right people, and get involved with the right projects, you’ll have put yourself on an entirely new trajectory.

{18-min read}

✍️ The day you became a better writer

  • Your first sentence needs to grab the reader.

  • Write short sentences. Avoid putting multiple thoughts in one sentence.

  • Learn how brains organize ideas.

  • Focus on clarity and persuasion.

{2-min read}

When was the last time you had a great conversation?

A conversation that wasn’t just two intersecting monologues, but when you overheard yourself saying things you never knew you knew,

that you heard yourself receiving from somebody words that found places within you that you thought you had lost,

and the sense of an “eventive" conversation that brought the two of you into a different plain and then forthly,

a conversation that continued to sing afterwards for weeks in your mind?

Conversations like that are food and drink for the soul.

John O’Donahue

As this newsletter is heading into its second year, I'll be taking a short break over the next couple of weeks to make some improvements. If you have any feedback to do with the content, design or frequency, I'd love to hear from you! 👋

Talk soon,




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