Unstuck Newsletter #005 (March-25-2020)

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Hello online friends,

Welcome to another edition of Unstuck.

The only newsletter that will tell you that social media sucks and that subscribing to Netflix will ruin your life.

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Last week, I shared resources related to the pandemic. This week, we’re going to talk about something more cheerful. The main focus of today’s newsletter is to encourage you.

But not only by sharing corny quotes, articles, and you-can-do-it videos. The main piece aims to scare you (yet, with the intention to inspire you).

Since these days we’re all bound to stay at home, it is of great importance to use the time we have in our hands wisely. Yes, you can binge-watch your favorite Netflix shows, sleep till noon, steal your son’s PlayStation and play for hours with your elderly friends, but after this is all over, what’s left?

Another 5 pounds on top of the other 10 that already pilled up and a collection of video games? These things won’t help you in the long run. They will additionally slow you down.

So, here’s a couple of resources that will help you gain your control and inspire you to do something meaningful. (Oh yes, if you really stole your son’s PS, please return it).

Book Summary:

  • The Little Book of Stoicism by Jonas Salzgeber: The Little Book of Stoicism is a Stoic book for the modern men and women. Jonas Salzgeber analyzes the most famous teachings of Stoic gurus and presents us with 55 practical implementations of these timeless principles.


  • Life is pain: I really long (monstrous big) article where I rant about the importance of facing struggles. Yep, it’s not about traveling the world and about visiting fancy restaurants. To live a meaningful life and to really enjoy your stay, you need to embrace, welcome pain in your life.

Which book should I read next?

Once a month, I ask readers (you) what book to read and summarize in the coming weeks. Here are the choices for this month:

  1. When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times by Pema ChödrönLINK
  2. Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion by Sam HarrisLINK
  3. The Slight Edge by Jeff OlsonLINK

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.

Note: Next week I’ll share the summary of the book that was chosen by readers last month (Extreme Ownership). Hang in there.

Weekly Finds:

  • Finding it hard to track your time while under quarantine? Check this daily timesheet template and this pie chart template. They will help you keep track of your day and make sure important tasks are getting done.
  • Snare by MailChimp: Still afraid to pursue your dreams? Please, watch this video. I’m personally afraid of becoming like the father figure in this short movie.
  • Don’t aim to build a billion-dollar business: The story of Sahil Lavingia, the founder of Gumroad. Here’s a teaser: “Instead of pretending to be some sort of product visionary, trying to build a billion-dollar company, I’m just focused on making Gumroad better and better for our existing creators. Because they are the ones that have kept us alive…Wealth can be a measure of being able to improve the well-being of those around you…”

That’s it from me this week.

Hope you’re all healthy and safely reading this from the comfort of your homes!

Stay safe!

Ivaylo Durmonski

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