Unstuck Newsletter #022 (Aug-05-2020)

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Hello online friends,

It’s me, Ivaylo Durmonski. And this is the 22nd 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.

During the summer, I decided to focus on updating my older content, figure some stuff out related to the site, and finishing my first online course. Don’t worry, I will still publish new summaries but you will also see some older ones in the mix of links below.

Book Summaries:

  • [NEW] How to Read a Book by Charles Van Doren & Mortimer J. Adler: The problem with modern society is that little training has been done in regards extracting wisdom out of text. You were told to read a book, “but how exactly?” is something you need to (hopefully) figure out on your own. Fortunately, classic books like ow to Read a Book exist to shed a light on reading.
  • The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson: An honest self-help book that’s totally different from anything you’ve read before. Mark Manson throws all advice our minds were fed all these years – positive thinking and follow your passion – in the trash and explains in detail what you should really do if you want to be happier and live a fulfilling life.


  • How To Read More Books In A Distracted World: “When you sit on your butt to read books you’re working on your concentration muscles. Every time you’re not playing on your smart device and you’re with a company of a good book, you’re becoming better at focusing.”

Weekly Finds:

  • Surgical Reading: How to Read 12 Books at Once: Yep, it seems that reading more than 1 book at a time is possible thanks to surgical reading. This is “a process I’ve developed called surgical reading and it means that when I’m reading a non-fiction book, I focus on locating and removing the most valuable pieces of information from it quickly as possible.”
  • 5 Steps To Becoming Insanely, Spectacularly, Wildly Successful… Or Whatever: A controversial read about success by the guy who wrote the Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck. “Achieving success in life has a lot more to do with how you define being successful than it does with doing what others tell you to do.”
  • How to explain anything to anyone: 4 steps to clearer communication: “You’re having a chat with someone, and they’re telling you something about a subject they’re very interested in or they know a lot about, and you’re following along. Then, at some stage you realize you kind of lost the thread of what they’re saying … You realize you have absolutely no idea what they’re talking about.”

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My weekly newsletter is sponsored by my dearest members and Patrons. If you want to support my online project and help me produce even more eye-opening content you can become a member yourself. This way, you’ll gain access to all of the book summaries published on my site and give me the strength to continue doing what I do best – convert long books into short practical lessons.

Instead of weekly, I’m also sending my newsletter twice a month during the summer – expect the next on 19.08.2020, after that on 02.09.2020…

I hope you are all healthy wherever you are in the world. 

Enjoy your summer!

Talk to you soon,

Ivaylo Durmonski