Unstuck Newsletter #001 (February-26-2020)

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Welcome to Unstuck.

Hey there subscribers. I have an announcement to make. From this day forward, my weekly newsletter that I send out every Wednesday will be called Unstuck.

It’s still me behind the scenes, Ivaylo Durmonski, but with more info that will help you become more than you think you are.

For more than a year I’ve been sharing key lessons from the books I read with people on my email list. But besides writing book summaries, I’m also publishing action-oriented articles that explore various topics. Stuff like habits, productivity, well-being, goal setting and more. On top of that, I’m regularly finding interesting articles and videos from people way smarter than me. So, I thought, “why not package it all and give subscribes more variety in my weekly email?”

See, my main goal on my site is not just to share book summaries. I want to even things out. While the Internet gives us access to more information than before, paradoxically, we are becoming dummier and more superficial as a people because most of what’s shared online is designed to turn us all into digital zombie consumers – click here, watch this, share that, buy more… spend more time doing the just-mentioned. So, to save some souls from the tyranny of clickbait content that’s designed to waste our precious time, to inspire more people to keep working on their dream goals, I’m going to share every week a curated list of content to help people become more rational.

You’re probably thinking, “not another newsletter…”

I totally get you. But to make progress, I believe that we need more sources of quality information. This newsletter aims to be such a source. A weekly dose of inspiration that will help you find clarity in this world full of noise. If you’re seeking an online accountability partner, if you feel stuck, and if you’re finding it difficult to stay motivated on your long-term ambitions, I’m sure you’ll love what I’ll be sharing because I often feel stuck myself and only through the content I read I’m able to keep working on this project.

Before we proceed, I just want to say one more thing: Let me know what you think by replying to this email – Hate it? Love it? Also, if you have some recommendations for articles, videos, opinions, that you believe more people should read/watch, let me know. I’ll rely heavily on you, the people reading this, to find quality sources of information to share in my upcoming editions.

And lastly, if you’re not into this type of emails, you can easily unsubscribe below.

Here’s the first edition of Unstuck:

Book summary:

  • Built to Last by James Collins and Jerry Porras: Not a business book, but a book about building long-lasting human-centric institutions with soul and purpose. Built to Last provides an in-depth overview of the best practices used by exceptional companies, most of them established more than 100 years ago – some of these are P&G, Sony, and Disney. The award-winning authors discuss the core values of these organizations and how they’ve managed to survive and thrive for so long.


  • Create a Business With Fewer Moving Parts: When people start dreaming about conquering the world with their new fancy product, app, site, they tend to overcomplicate stuff. But there’s something you can do to increase your success ratio. Something really simple, yet, often overlooked. You can create a business with fewer moving parts.

Which book should I read next?

Once per month, I’ll ask readers which book I should read and summarize in the upcoming weeks. Here are this month’s picks:

  1. The Happiness Equation: Want Nothing + Do Anything = Have Everything by Neil Pasricha – LINK
  2.  Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win by Jocko Willink – LINK
  3. The Second Mountain by David Brooks – LINK

Simply reply with 1, 2 or 3 to vote for one of the books above. This Friday, I’ll count the votes and start reading the winner book.

Weekly Finds:

  • Good businesses have marginIn design, “margin” allows your design to breathe. In business, this same function gives you room for growth, get better at what you do and enough time to keep your sanity. Having a good business margin is essential for your project.
  • How to make $40,000 in 16 Days with your first book: Interview with Daniel Vassallo. A software developer who worked at Amazon AWS for more than 8 and suddenly decided to do his own thing. Check how he managed to make $40,000 in sales for only 16 days of his first book.
  • Steve Jobs on values: Crash course by Steve Jobs on making values. Old but gold.

Thanks for reading the whole thing!


Ivaylo Durmonski

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