The hottest Self-help Substack posts right now

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The Pomp Letter • 3714 implied HN points • 27 Dec 23
  1. Reading is a valuable way to learn and gain fresh ideas across different topics.
  2. Books recommended by successful individuals can provide insights and lessons applicable to personal and professional growth.
  3. Investing time in reading can be rewarding and essential for personal development and career advancement.
Day One • 938 implied HN points • 09 Mar 24
  1. Time is the most valuable asset as it cannot be created or bought back. Focus on utilizing your time effectively to reach your goals.
  2. Distractions such as social media, excess entertainment, and procrastination can hinder progress. Identify them and work towards eliminating them to achieve success.
  3. Prioritize learning from helpful resources and taking action. Choose a few key lessons to implement, banishing distractions until they become part of your daily routine.
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Granted • 7906 implied HN points • 28 Jan 23
  1. Tim Urban's book 'What's Our Problem?' offers insightful analysis on societal issues and how to combat polarization and tribalism.
  2. Nedra Glover Tawwab's 'Drama Free' provides valuable advice on handling family relationships, emphasizing the importance of mental health in families.
  3. Bill Hammack's 'The Things We Make' unravels the engineering behind human masterpieces, making engineering concepts accessible even for those who don't love math.
thestoa • 727 implied HN points • 13 Jan 24
  1. Approach the 'coach industrial complex' with cynicism and criticism due to toxic positivity and overpromising.
  2. There is a market demand for 'space holders' like coaches, therapists, and philosophical counselors.
  3. The coach industrial complex has the potential to improve interpersonal skills and lead to widespread positive regard without the need for paid services.
The Flawed Yogi Report • 79 implied HN points • 02 May 24
  1. Quitting is often the best choice. Consider sunk cost fallacy and prioritize future satisfaction over past investment.
  2. Avoid turning your passion into a job. Balancing strength and ease in activities could lead to greater satisfaction and effectiveness.
  3. Find the right balance of difficulty in tasks to enhance pleasure and effectiveness. Don't stress too much about grades, focus on enjoying the work and learning.
The Profile • 668 implied HN points • 06 Dec 23
  1. Graham Weaver credits self-help for his investment success and shares his unique personal growth approach.
  2. Weaver prioritizes health and time management as daily habits with the highest ROI.
  3. He emphasizes the importance of embracing the discomfort of change for personal growth and success.
Resident Contrarian • 1627 implied HN points • 28 Mar 23
  1. Be cautious of using escapism as a way to avoid facing real life challenges or responsibilities.
  2. Escapism, like through video games or fantasy scenarios, can be alluring but may not help with real-world problems.
  3. Ensure that activities like watching sports or playing games serve as a healthy escape, not a constant avoidance of reality.
Boundless by Paul Millerd • 182 implied HN points • 03 Feb 24
  1. Many people get stuck in a place called Shouldlandia, where they talk about what they should do but don't actually do it.
  2. It's important to pay attention to what you actually do rather than what you think you should be doing.
  3. To escape Shouldlandia, focus on taking bold actions, experimenting, and testing your 'shoulds' in reality.
Litverse • 139 implied HN points • 27 Dec 23
  1. Laziness is equated with greed and ugliness by the author, representing a lack of contribution to life
  2. Being idle leads to stagnation and loss of self, portraying idle people as uninteresting swamp creatures
  3. Earn your leisure by balancing work and relaxation, engaging in constructive leisure activities rather than aimless consumption
The Unabashed Observer • 99 implied HN points • 26 Jan 24
  1. Identifying whether you are in a virtuous or destructive cycle is crucial for personal growth. Virtuous cycles lead to positive outcomes, while destructive cycles can be harmful.
  2. Breaking out of destructive cycles requires recognizing the problem and making a conscious effort to change. It can be challenging, but essential for improvement.
  3. Understanding oneself and being open to self-evaluation is key to recognizing and addressing the cycles we are in. Self-awareness is the first step towards breaking out of destructive patterns.
Poczwardowski Notes • 78 implied HN points • 19 Jan 24
  1. The ultimate mark of potential is not the height of the peak you've reached, but the distance you've traveled and helped others travel.
  2. Soft skills are not less important; the book highlights them as vital in exploring our hidden potential.
  3. To assess people's potential, focus on how far they have come, not just where they are now.
Play Permissionless • 79 implied HN points • 10 Nov 23
  1. Travel updates: Belly-to-belly meeting in Lisbon after Bangkok and Barcelona trips. Seeking recommendations.
  2. Book review: Enjoying 'Numbers go Up' by Zeke Faux for intriguing behind-the-scenes crypto stories.
  3. Health insight: Trying nicotine gums after learning about potential benefits. Contrasting the disappointing new book by Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Play Permissionless • 259 implied HN points • 07 Feb 23
  1. Finding a productive work environment with like-minded individuals can significantly boost productivity and focus.
  2. Saying no to certain business opportunities is crucial for maintaining quality and ensuring sustainable growth.
  3. Engaging in deep, long-form writing like book projects can lead to clearer thinking, coherence, and nuanced understanding, even with just a small daily time commitment.
Poczwardowski Notes • 19 implied HN points • 26 Jan 24
  1. Decision making is a skill that we learn through experience and not something we are born with.
  2. The book 'Smart Choices' provides a comprehensive guide to decision-making using the 'PrOACT' framework, covering problem, objectives, alternatives, consequences, and tradeoffs.
  3. The book emphasizes the importance of distinguishing between decisions and their outcomes, as a bad outcome does not always mean a bad decision was made.
Day One • 698 implied HN points • 29 Jun 20
  1. You don't need permission from anyone to build a career on the Internet; make up your mind to learn and your teacher will appear.
  2. On social media, personal branding is important and you can follow people for education, information, and entertainment.
  3. Building a personal brand online requires locating mentors, applying their teachings, and consistently showing up to share your value without waiting for permission.
10x your mind • 99 implied HN points • 03 Nov 22
  1. Writing something that inspires others can lead to unexpected and meaningful connections, like having your name mentioned in a book
  2. Receiving or giving a good pep talk can help in improving confidence and motivation, especially when facing setbacks
  3. Key elements of a good pep talk include purpose, empathy, and providing perspective or direction tailored to the audience