Unstuck Newsletter #019 (July-01-2020)

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Hello online friends,

It’s me, Ivaylo Durmonski. And this is the 19th edition of Unstuck. A weekly newsletter designed to help people navigate in this disoriented world, make progress, and become more rational. By sharing the lessons I learn from the books I read (and other interesting things), I want to help more people find direction in this directionless world.

Times are hard. Especially these days.

We’re double threatened: Not only our life is at danger, but also our finances.

But there is something else. With startups trying everything in the book to pivot and find the next billion-dollar idea, figure out a new way to increase their market share, worthless jobs that are contributing zero to the advancement of the world are also on the rise.

You probably experienced it before. Hell, you’re probably experiencing it even now. Doing something utterly meaningless only to pay the bills.

And while in the beginning it might feel great to work inside an office with a game room no one uses, eventually the mental toll of checking boxes all day long can become unbearable to handle.

I hope that the recent events didn’t cause any damage to your health or finances. And I also hope your job is, and it fells, worthwhile.

If it’s not, hopefully, these reads can help:

Book Summary:

  • Bullshit Jobs: A Theory by David Graeber: You spend a decade performing tasks you secretly believe are worthless? You’re not alone. Bullshit Jobs: A Theory includes a series of interviews of people who openly share how their jobs feel – and actually are – meaningless which leads to dissatisfaction and purposelessness.

Weekly Finds:

  • How to Pick a Career (That Actually Fits You): This really long, picture-heavy post by Tim Urban is probably what you need if you’re still not sure what to do with your life career wise. Keep in mind that the post is absurdly long. If you’re going to read it I’ll suggest to also take notes.
  • The Riddle of the Well-Paying, Pointless Job: “These are the jobs where you know you could do the work in 1-2 hours each day, yet you have to pretend you’re working for a whole 8-9 hours. You know this, your boss knows this, your boss’ boss knows this. Everyone is aware of this fact, but here’s the most malicious part: everyone has to pretend they don’t.”
  • How Do I Figure Out What I Want in Life When Every Day Feels the Same? That’s a tough one. We wake up. We brush our teeth. We go to work. We eat and we sleep. Every. Single. Day. Somedays is amazingly hard to find motivation when everything you do feels the same.

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Ivaylo Durmonski

P.S. Tell me about your job? Do you feel like the work you do matters?