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3 Things I Learned Last Week #61 – Learn Like Aurelius, Write Like Zinsser, and Win Without Worrying

Welcome to the 61st edition of “3 Things I Learned Last Week”! 🌟

Hop aboard my weekly wonder-wagon as we embark on a journey through the labyrinth of learning. Every week, I plunge into the depths of knowledge oceans and emerge with pearls of wisdom just for you. Feel like sharing the wisdom wealth? Go ahead and forward this newsletter to your pals—especially that friend who always shares random trivia during dinner.

Here’s this week’s treasure trove:

  1. When Life Gives You Lemons, Marcus Aurelius Says Make Philosophy
  2. The Best LEARNING Book Ever—It’s Like the Tesla of Textbooks
  3. Winning Isn’t Everything—Except in Monopoly

Ready to dive in? Let’s go!

📜 When Life Gives You Lemons, Marcus Aurelius Says Make Philosophy

Ever feel like the universe is a SIM card and you’ve got no signal?

This compelling video unpacks the stoic coolness of Marcus Aurelius, teaching us how to chill out and focus on what we can actually change (hint: it’s not the weather or your cat’s attitude). His advice isn’t just ancient Greek babble; it’s a legit toolkit for tackling today’s tempests.

🔑 Key Takeaways:

  • Identify what you can control (like your Netflix queue) and forget the rest (like getting Hamilton tickets).
  • Live in the now—yesterday’s coffee is stale, and tomorrow’s coffee is just a dream.
  • Turn obstacles into opportunities (every traffic jam is a chance to practice your carpool karaoke).

🎥 Get your philosophical fix with Marcus here!

📘 The Best LEARNING Book Ever—It’s Like the Tesla of Textbooks

Imagine if your pen was as smart as your phone.

William Zinsser’s “On Writing Well” is not your average dusty shelf-hugger. It teaches that writing is more than a method of communication—it’s a brain-building, discovery-making machine. Dive into Zinsser’s world where every sentence is a step towards self-improvement.

🔑 Key Takeaways:

  • Writing is the ultimate gym for your brain (and less sweaty than a Peloton).
  • Embrace both explanatory and exploratory writing—like having a map and wandering off the path.
  • Check out platforms like to take your brain for a joyride.

🎥 Discover how to turbocharge your writing with Zinsser’s masterclass here.

🏆 Winning Isn’t Everything—Except in Monopoly

What if I told you obsessing over the scoreboard is like watching water boil?

This enlightening video urges us to ditch the scoreboard and focus on playing the game. It’s about learning, growing, and maybe even enjoying the process. Turns out, you can improve your game and your gains, whether you’re lifting trophies or not.

🔑 Key Takeaways:

  • Focus on the game, not just the gold (nobody likes a sore winner).
  • Cherish the intrinsic rewards like self-improvement and new skills (trophy shelves can only hold so much).
  • Keep a balanced approach—like eating cake and having it too.

🎥 Find out why less focus on winning could mean more victories here.

That wraps up this week’s edition of “3 Things I Learned Last Week.” Hope these nuggets of knowledge add some sparkle to your everyday grind. Keep that curiosity alight and continue conquering new peaks of learning!

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Here’s to a week teeming with learning, laughter, and maybe a little bit of lemonade.


~ Nathan

The author partially generated this content with GPT-4 & ChatGPT, Claude 3, OpenAI’s large-scale language-generation models. Upon developing the draft, the author reviewed, edited, and revised the content to their liking and took ultimate responsibility for the content of this publication.






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