The hottest Personal Development Substack posts right now

And their main takeaways
Top Health & Wellness Topics
The Honest Broker β€’ 23072 implied HN points β€’ 02 Feb 24
  1. The rule of the 6 spheres focuses on balancing six key aspects of life like vocation, community, family, mind, body, and spirit.
  2. Balancing these spheres is crucial for a fulfilling life, and neglecting any one of them can lead to feelings of imbalance and quiet desperation.
  3. Constructing a personal worldview based on your own values and virtues is important for guiding your daily life and decision-making.
The Art of Enchantment, with Dr Sharon Blackie β€’ 2855 implied HN points β€’ 06 Mar 24
  1. The concept of the Heroine's Journey offers a new perspective that differs from the traditional Hero's Journey, focusing on women's experiences and acknowledging their diverse roles beyond stereotypes.
  2. Exploring narrative psychology through fairy tales provides a more relatable and inclusive framework for personal growth, as fairy tales represent the tales of ordinary people and offer a wide range of characters and situations.
  3. The Heroine's Journey encourages individuals to delve deeper into their own journey through life, reflecting on women's archetypes, personal mythmaking, and other narrative processes for self-discovery and understanding.
The Ruffian β€’ 460 implied HN points β€’ 16 Mar 24
  1. Slow learners can develop valuable adaptive strategies to keep up with faster peers, sometimes surpassing them in the long run.
  2. Fast learners may be less incentivized to develop their 'software' intelligence traits, leading them to become gradually less effective over time.
  3. Choosing the slow route in learning can lead to better understanding, improved intelligence, and enhanced judgment in the long term.
Get a weekly roundup of the best Substack posts, by hacker news affinity:
Pen, Paper & Pizza β€’ 2 HN points β€’ 18 Apr 24
  1. Many founders face serious mental health challenges, with studies revealing 70-80% struggling with issues like anxiety, burnout, and depression.
  2. To excel as founders, it's crucial to invest in mental resilience, navigating uncertainties, staying mindful, and seeking support.
  3. Key strategies for building mental resilience include stress management, fostering connections, monitoring thoughts, setting healthy boundaries, establishing routines, finding gratitude, focusing on purpose, and embracing inner peace.
Lenny's Newsletter β€’ 4559 implied HN points β€’ 19 Sep 23
  1. The Magic Loop is a framework for rapid career growth with five basic steps.
  2. The core Loop consists of doing your job well, asking your manager how you can help, doing what they ask, asking for work that aligns with your career goals, and repeating the cycle.
  3. Building a cooperative relationship with your manager through the Magic Loop can lead to career advancement and mutual benefits.
Airplane Mode with Liz Plank β€’ 884 implied HN points β€’ 23 Jan 24
  1. Sometimes, you need to lose something to eventually win something better.
  2. Our brains tend to focus on loss instead of success, so it's important to consciously celebrate our wins.
  3. Reflecting on past accomplishments and comparing them to current achievements can help you appreciate your progress and feel content.
Elevate β€’ 1153 implied HN points β€’ 24 Dec 23
  1. Just start somewhere - Begin with a simple step to kick off the journey towards success
  2. The Power of Starting - Taking the first step energizes and motivates us, leading to progress and eventual success
  3. First, Do It, Do It Right, Do It Better - Embrace the MVP mindset, refine and correct, and strive for continuous improvement on your journey
Sasha's 'Newsletter' β€’ 3146 implied HN points β€’ 27 Sep 23
  1. Erectile dysfunction can feel stupid and frustrating, despite effort put into attraction.
  2. Sexual problems can stem from physical health, mental state, and relationship dynamics.
  3. Open communication, seeking solutions like medications, and supportive partners can help overcome sexual concerns.
Sasha's 'Newsletter' β€’ 1996 implied HN points β€’ 23 Oct 23
  1. There are two tracks of meditation - one for enhancing performance and another for deconstructing your mind.
  2. The deconstructive track can lead to profound, life-changing experiences and personal growth, but it's not for everyone.
  3. Meditation can enhance mental flexibility, allowing you to embrace criticism and change with ease.
ASK MOLLY β€’ 373 implied HN points β€’ 01 Feb 24
  1. The post is titled 'Lush' and it's about wishing good luck.
  2. The content includes a descriptive excerpt about a tropical island.
  3. The post is for paid subscribers only with an option to subscribe or sign in.
Trevor Klee’s Newsletter β€’ 3208 implied HN points β€’ 30 Jul 23
  1. The author found a deep passion in breakdancing that was different from other activities.
  2. Memories from early experiences, like learning to swim competitively, can resurface unexpectedly and evoke strong emotions.
  3. Parents may not realize how their seemingly small decisions can have lasting impacts on their children.
In the Flash β€’ 786 implied HN points β€’ 20 Dec 23
  1. The author is thankful for the support and growth of their newsletter in 2023, especially from paid subscribers.
  2. Some of the most popular posts in 2023 focused on topics like viral fashion images, AI photography, and photography do's and don'ts.
  3. Personal stories and reflections on topics like vulnerability in photography and feminist representation also resonated with readers.
Common Sense with Bari Weiss β€’ 5383 implied HN points β€’ 08 Apr 23
  1. Purpose is declining in society, with traditional values like faith, family, and community involvement losing importance.
  2. True purpose involves a deep belief in something greater than oneself, motivating action and giving a reason to build.
  3. Focusing solely on self-care and self-love may not bring fulfillment; finding a purpose outside oneself is key to combatting modern malaise.
Elena's Growth Scoop β€’ 1474 implied HN points β€’ 17 Oct 23
  1. Career blues are real and can leave you feeling tired, unfulfilled, and restless.
  2. Regularly reevaluate your job and career options to ensure you're in the best possible position.
  3. Explore different avenues like public speaking, newsletters, contracting work, and advising to complement your full-time job and avoid career stagnation.
Untangled with Charley Johnson β€’ 412 implied HN points β€’ 09 Jan 24
  1. The author's interests include exploring emotional lives, relationships, attention, and big life questions.
  2. The author is compiling essays about vulnerability, curiosity, and other life topics for their nephew.
  3. Readers are invited to engage by filling out a poll, clicking a heart symbol, and sharing advice for their younger selves.
moontower: a stoner dad explains options trading to his kids β€’ 216 implied HN points β€’ 07 Feb 24
  1. Long-term investors should consider buying and holding equities, especially in the US, as they tend to outperform most other forms of investing.
  2. Minimize risks in investments to avoid significant losses that could take you out of the game altogether.
  3. Encourage independent thinking and questioning of information, rather than blindly following popular opinion, for better decision-making and personal growth.
BAD AT KEEPING SECRETS β€’ 1533 implied HN points β€’ 11 Sep 23
  1. Knowing when to give up can be a difficult decision, even when you love what you're doing.
  2. The pandemic has brought forth challenges of disconnection and lack of control, leading to uncertainty about the future.
  3. Around 40% of our happiness is theoretically within our control, so focus on doing your best amidst uncertainties.
Classical Wisdom β€’ 2555 implied HN points β€’ 29 May 23
  1. Listening well is an important skill in any interaction, whether with family, friends, or strangers.
  2. Plutarch highlighted the different types of listeners, including selective listeners, disapproving listeners, and over-confident listeners.
  3. Plutarch emphasized that learning is a collaborative process between the speaker and the listener, requiring active participation and critical thinking from both parties.
Creative Destruction β€’ 55 implied HN points β€’ 08 Mar 24
  1. Reconsidering the scales we use in society can lead to more sustainable practices and healthier relationships with ourselves and nature.
  2. Applying a human/nature scale to businesses, cities, and work schedules can prioritize well-being over profitability and efficiency.
  3. Shifting to a human/nature scale approach in areas like internet communities and democracy can foster closer connections, better decision-making, and a more inclusive society.
Elevate β€’ 477 implied HN points β€’ 29 Nov 23
  1. Effectiveness in software engineering is about focusing on what matters most and delivering value to users, the business, and career with the available time.
  2. Traits that help software engineers be effective include caring about user needs, being a good problem solver, and keeping things simple while prioritizing quality.
  3. To excel as an exceptional software engineer, embrace change, balance technical debt and innovation, and emphasize continuous learning and teamwork.