Weekly Pulse by William Meller | Week 06, 2024

The Weekly Pulse is my content curation and my highlights from readings, books, podcasts, insights, and everything I discovered during the week.
The Weekly Pulse is my content curation and my highlights from readings, books, podcasts, insights, and everything I discovered during the week.

So, let’s go with some discoveries from the week!

  • Millions of Profitable Niches – 1,000 True Fans 2.0?
  • The Ultimate Guide on How to Improve Focus and Concentration
  • Make the Overwhelming Feel Routine
  • Living in the Now: How a Visit to the Louvre Changed My Perspective
  • Book Notes: Deep Work by Cal Newport

Millions of Profitable Niches – 1,000 True Fans 2.0?

Source: Tim Ferriss Blog
Author: Chris Dixon
 
Very interesting topic, so I decided to bring also for this Weekly Pulse. In this guest post at Tim Ferriss blog, Chris Dixon discusses the potential for decentralized social networks to revolutionize the way people connect and create online. Dixon argues that corporate social networks have dominated due to their ease of use, but decentralized networks could offer better economics for users, creators, and developers.

In his classic 2008 essay, “1,000 True Fans,” Kevin Kelly predicted the internet would transform the economics of creative activities. He saw the internet as the ultimate matchmaker, enabling twenty-first-century patronage. No matter how niche, creators could discover their true fans, who would, in turn, support them. The reality is, creators do, generally, need millions of fans, or at least hundreds of thousands, to support themselves today.

He highlights the value of blockchain technology in creating decentralized networks and suggests that starting in niche communities could help new social networks gain traction. Dixon envisions a future where millions of profitable niches thrive, allowing for greater creativity and authenticity on the internet.
 

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The Ultimate Guide on How to Improve Focus and Concentration

Source: James Clear Website
Author: James Clear

A common topic in the Weekly Pulse, Focus and concentration can be challenging, especially in a noisy and distracting world. This guide provides insights and research on improving focus and staying attentive. It emphasizes the importance of eliminating distractions and choosing one thing to focus on at a time.

Choose an anchor task. One of the major improvements I’ve made recently is to assign one (and only one) priority to each work day. Although I plan to complete other tasks during the day, my priority task is the one non-negotiable thing that must get done. I call this my “anchor task” because it is the mainstay that holds the rest of my day in place. The power of choosing one priority is that it naturally guides your behaviour by forcing you to organize your life around that responsibility.

The article discusses the myth of multitasking and highlights the negative impact it has on productivity. It also offers practical tips, such as Warren Buffett’s “2 List” strategy for prioritizing tasks and measuring progress. The guide concludes by suggesting focusing on processes rather than outcomes, and provides mind-hacks to improve concentration, such as assigning an anchor task and managing energy effectively.

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Make the Overwhelming Feel Routine

Source: The Growth Equation
Author: Steve Magness

Very good moment to an article mentioning parents sleep appear on the Weekly Pulse. The author shares personal experiences of adapting to new routines and challenges with brain and body. He discusses how their sleep patterns changed with the arrival of a newborn baby and how their body adapted to getting less sleep.

The author emphasizes the importance of patience and giving oneself a chance to adapt to new situations, as what may initially be overwhelming can eventually become routine. Again: our bodies and minds are remarkably adaptable. What once made us miserable can become routine.

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book notes OF THE WEEK
Deep Work by Cal Newport

In the world of job advice, Cal Newport’s (same author from Deep Work) book “So Good They Can’t Ignore You” stands out.

It says things about careers that are different from what most people believe. Instead of preaching the typical “follow your passion” mantra, Newport takes a different approach.

He argues that passion doesn’t necessarily lead to career success; instead, it’s the result of becoming really good at something valuable.


ARTICLE OF THE WEEK
Living in the Now: How a Visit to the Louvre Changed My Perspective

During a visit to the Louvre, I observed how most people were more focused on taking photos of the famous Mona Lisa than actually experiencing the artwork. However, I noticed an elderly woman who stood in line without any electronic devices and simply looked at the painting. The woman spent several minutes truly experiencing the artwork before quickly taking one photo. This experience reminded me of the importance of living in the present moment and creating meaningful memories, reflecting on the tendency to get caught up in the past or worry about the future.


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