Bit of a late post today — usually, I do it first thing in the morning on Sunday, but today I was up late and had to watch Sergio Aguero’s final game at the Etihad. So I have a good excuse.
Nonetheless, here we go!
✏️ My 12 Rules for Life
Measure passion, not progress.
Gratitude, love and forgiveness are the foundation of a joyful, well-lived life.
Have the courage to be disliked.
Re-read books at different stages of your life. The right book at the wrong time won't have an optimal effect, but the right book at the right time can change your life.
Money spent building relationships is money well spent.
Reframe your trauma: things don't happen to you, they happen for you.
10 minutes early is 5 minutes late.
If you can't buy it three times you can't afford it.
Life is a game of choices. Choose wisely.
Take care that luxury does not turn into necessity.
Be intentional with your time and your words.
PS. I know I said I would continue my 2nd Punic War series. My apologies — I have admittedly not done the necessary research and don’t want to put out a paraphrasing of the Wikipedia page. Next week!
📸 Photo of the Week
Gracias Sergio, thanks for the memories!
📖 Book of the Week — Hitler by Ian Kershaw
This comprehensive biography of Adolf Hitler, the leader of Nazi Germany in the 1930s and during the 2nd World War, is my current non-fiction read. The 2nd World War was one of my earliest fascinations with history — having read both Winston Churchill’s biography and The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, I was interested in learning more about how a sophisticated and developed country such as Germany falls under the spell of a tyrant such as Hitler. It has greatly expanded my understanding of the interwar period of the 20s and 30s, which was so hard on the German people. Hitler in many ways was able to capitalize on a perfect storm of economic hardship, nationalist sentiments, and declining faith in democratic government.
One should study the past in order to not repeat it, and the story of Adolf Hitler is proof of the terrifying possibilities in politics.
💭 Quote of the Week
Only a fool is interested in other people’s guilt, since he cannot alter it. The wise man learns only from his own guilt.
~ Carl Jung
🔭 Sunday Best
Anyone can reinvent themselves in 5 years — Lex Fridman and John Danaher
Storm Warning — Are there meaningful parallels between America today and late Imperial Rome, and will they suffer a similar fate?
Tchaikovsky - 1812 Overture — with cannons!
Thanks for tuning in,