#37: optimize less

👋 Welcome to the 37th 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.


In this issue:

🎙 The tension between being a founder and an artist

💭 Life isn't about constant optimization

📚 Read 20 pages to start the day

💬 How to be clear


🎙 The tension between being a founder and an artist

This week, we had Max Nussenbaum on the show as our first ever guest! Max currently runs the Writer Fellowship over at On Deck and writes a weekly newsletter called My Super Secret Diary.

As an ex startup founder, we also got Max's takes on the tension (and similarities) that exist between being a founder and an artist. We also talked about writing, creativity, and career choices.

Tune In


💭 Life isn't about constant optimization

It is not wrong to start a book, enjoy a certain amount, and decide not to finish it.

It is not wrong to take longer to do literally everything.

It is not wrong to be tired and sleep.

{2-min read}


📚 Read 20 pages to start the day

The problem:

Reading books is relatively easy. You simply have to make time to read. Easier said than done, of course.

The task:

I had to figure out a strategy that would allow me to read more books without letting typical distractions get in the way.

The solution:

Read 20 pages to start the day.

{2-min read}


💬 How to be clear

  • Don't make any assumptions about your audience

  • Write shorter sentences, with simpler words

  • Tailor your communication to a specific audience segment

  • Communicate with purpose

{4-min read}

I found this article in the Creativerly newsletter, which I highly recommend checking out.


People suffer far more from parking their dreams than chasing them.

What's your biggest regret?


Until next week,

Reza

reza.so


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