Unstuck Newsletter #006 (April-01-2020)

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Hello online friends,

Welcome to Unstuck. The only newsletter than won’t try to convince you to share it with your online friends, pets, or long forgotten co-workers. Yep, don’t share it. Because if you do share it, you’ll end up wasting at least an hour in the black hole of social media.

This week, before attempting to get you to click on some links and inspire you to do things you don’t really want to do – i.e. things outside of your comfort zone – I want to divert for a moment…

I want to be honest, I used to hate Wednesdays. And if you come to think about it, Wednesday is a really nasty day of the week. You have 3 more days till the weekend starts and you’re kind of tired of the previous two days. But that’s no more. At least for me. Now, I’m super excited about every Wednesday because I get a chance to connect with you.

But don’t let me do all the talking…

See, I’ve been punching my keys for a while and I’d love to hear from you. I will be really grateful if you can consider the following questions and hit reply:

  • Firstly, how are you? Hope you’re all safe and well.
  • Secondly, what kind of book summaries you’d love to see published? (More on the topic of human psychology, or probably productivity?)
  • What kind of content you’d love to see on my blog?
  • Are you interested in online courses? Would you be interested in a course created by me? (Example topics: How to be stoic; How to properly read books; How to start an online business; How to write kick-ass content…)
  • Anything else you’d like to share?

OK, enough with me asking questions.

Let me show you what I’ve prepared for you this week:

Book Summary:

  • The book Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin is exactly what the titles suggest: Taking ownership of your actions and the actions of the people around you without complaining. A great book if you’re managing a team or if you’re always complaining about stuff.


  • Cognitive Dissonance: A Theory That Can Help You Stop Destructive Behavior: What’s cognitive dissonance? This strange-sounding psychological condition can be defined as inner tension. A feeling of discomfort triggered when new facts are presented to us that clash with what we already believe about ourselves and about the world. Or in other words, a lack of correlation between your beliefs, values, opinion, and someone else’s view (or evidence). Understanding this theory will help you accept feedback.

Weekly Finds:

“Which book should I read next” winner:

Once a month, I ask readers (you) what book to read and summarize in the coming weeks. The winner of last week’s poll is: Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion by Sam Harris.

The summary will be ready probably at the end of April.

Thanks for making it till the end!

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

Stay safe!

Ivaylo Durmonski

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