Unstuck Newsletter #023 (Aug-19-2020)

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Hello online friends,

It’s me, Ivaylo Durmonski. And this is the 23rd 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 old content, figure some stuff out related to the site, and complete my first online course – it will be out in September. 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] Ultralearning by Scott H. Young: Think that writing a best-seller or learning a new language is a monstrous task requiring months, even years to accomplish? Not if you have a playbook. The framework in this book will show you how to become a learning champion. Ultralearning by Scott H. Young will set you up on a path of self-actualization and mastery.
  • Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari: Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari explains how our hunger for more is our biggest advantage and at the same time our biggest curse. The book illustrates how we evolved from hunter-gatherers – savages who have used only stone and fire – to modern citizens of the world who settle for social media browsing and a 9 to 5 job.


  • Lack of Feedback: The Main Reason You Quit: For quite some time I wanted to write about how receiving outside feedback (or not!) is influencing our decisions. Though I feel much better now after sharing this idea on my site, I have a lot more to say on the subject. Probably part 2 will out be soon, I guess.

Weekly Finds:

  • Principles of Effective Research: Personal, quite long, essay about conducting research. I love this part: “The fundamental principles of effective research are extremely similar to those for effectiveness in any other part of life. Although the principles are common sense, that doesn’t mean they’re common practice, nor does it mean that they’re easy to internalize.”
  • The human skills we need in an unpredictable world: “The more we rely on technology to make us efficient, the fewer skills we have to confront the unexpected,” says writer and entrepreneur Margaret Heffernan. Interesting TED talk about handling uncertainty. This was published in 2019 but I believe it’s even more relevant right now.
  • Video Games are the Future of Education: “The fundamental principle of education is to give students an environment, and tools, where they can make discoveries themselves. This requires space, and time, and autonomy. Students also need to be able to choose what they learn and how they learn it, something that modern rigid curriculums and prison-like school environments do not permit.”

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Instead of weekly, I’m sending my newsletter twice a month during the summer – expect the next email on 02.09.2020, after that on 16.09.2020…

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

Enjoy your summer!

Talk to you soon,

Ivaylo Durmonski