๐Ÿ”— The Only Thing You Need to Get Good At

David Cain:

A tiny article about Stoicism has had a significant influence on my life since I read it. Maybe for the first time in my adult life, I don’t feel like I’m wasting much of my time. I feel unusually prepared to do difficult things.

It was a short personal essay by Elif Batuman, about how reading Epictetus helped her through a strained relationship, political turmoil in her country of residence, and other messy or insoluble worldly concerns.

๐Ÿ”— Think like a bronze medalist, not silver

Derek Sivers on setting things in perspective:

I’ve met a lot of famous musicians.

The miserable ones were upset they weren’t more famous, bitterly comparing themselves to the superstars.

The happiest ones were thrilled to be able to make a living making music.

๐Ÿ”— Making More Outside The App Store

It’s great to hear that Piezo’s and Dash’s sales have stayed roughly the same since leaving the Mac App Store. This is a good reminder that we are less dependent on Apple than we might think. I’m even reconsidering whether I should try selling Timing 2 via the Mac App Store at all.

๐Ÿ”— I Used to Be a Human Being

Has our enslavement to dopamine — to the instant hits of validation that come with a well-crafted tweet or Snapchat streak — made us happier? I suspect it has simply made us less unhappy, or rather less aware of our unhappiness, and that our phones are merely new and powerful antidepressants of a non-pharmaceutical variety.