Recently, I felt the need to do something consistently for mental clarity. In the internet age just like everyone else, I consume a ton of content online – from tweets to articles, videos and podcasts. The question is – Am I really able to incorporate the information I consume into my life. Consumption overload is useless especially when I wasn’t able to put the ideas and inspirations to use.
Tiago Forte, the founder of the Forte Labs has introduced something impactful to my life. It’s the concept of building a Second Brain. It ideally means a place where you compile all your highlights from various places for your future self. A brain outside your body where you store the insights. Here’s how he explains this:
“Building A Second Brain is a methodology for saving and systematically reminding us of the ideas, inspirations, insights, and connections we’ve gained through our experience. It expands our memory and our intellect using the modern tools of technology and networks. This methodology is not only for preserving those ideas but turning them into reality. It provides a clear, actionable path to creating a “second brain” – an external, centralized, digital repository for the things you learn and the resources from which they come.”
This inspired me to start this newsletter. I’m not an expert but I believe in sharing what I know and what’s a better way to do that than a personal newsletter. I decided to call this the “Sunday Clippings” because just like people cut out useful clippings from publications and store them for future references, I’ll be sharing my weekly clippings and insights about various concepts, articles and books in this email.
Another purpose of this newsletter is to make me more consistent with writing online. I want to take writing more seriously, not for anyone else but myself and the best way to do so is to keep writing. Excuse me if some weeks I just decide to share a random quote or a tosh palaver. My goal right now is to stick this habit with discipline and improve over time. Growth is slow but consistency is the key.
The newsletter will ideally start with a letter-style essay letting you know some personal and cool learnings that you might find useful. In this essay, I’ll also be adding the links to any new articles or blog posts I have published during the week.
The second half will be a section is called “This Week’s Clippings” which is a ragbag of thought-provoking things that were worth sharing in my opinion. Here, I’ll be adding some bits and pieces of highlights that resonated with me the most. I’ll try my best to make the newsletter as short and concise as I can so that it is easy for you to skim through.
This issue was just an introduction to the series of emails you’ll be receiving every week since you’ve decided to subscribe (Thank you very much!). I’d love it if you shared this newsletter with a friend who would find it interesting.
Have a great week,
This Week’s Clippings
1 – Short Story – I read a story called The fisherman and the businessman on Paul Coelho’s blog when I was brainstorming ideas about a very similar topic. It’s a great short story that completely changes your perspective about success and happiness.
2 – Blog – I’m currently reading two books by Darius Foroux and I discovered his blog through those books on Kindle. He’s been sharing actionable tips to optimize your life and career every week since 2015.
3 – Newspaper Archives – This week, I read many old newspaper archives. Specifically, I’ve been trying to read the issues from The Sunday Indian Express from 1949. It’s interesting to find events I know from my history books here, in the actual newspaper published during that time.
4 -Quote – “Hunger and pain lengthen the night, and so the beggars and dogs are the last to see the stars; hunger and pain hasten the awakening, and the beggars and dogs are the first to see the sun.” (Source: The Room on the Roof by Ruskin Bond)