These bite-sized, weekly posts are designed to give you a quick hit of interesting learnings and articles I came across this week. It’s a motley assortment of tips, resources, and links that will hopefully give you a bit of inspiration for the upcoming week. Enjoy!

What I’m reading —

This is the “growth hack” that got my whole company started by Julien Smith

A really cool story about how Breather was able to get their business off the ground. You’ll be surprised at how simple and how well their “growth hack” strategy worked.

A book that I’m enjoying —

Sapiens: A Brief History of Mankind by Yuval Noah Harrari

If you’ve read Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond and loved it, you’ll love this one too. Harrari takes us on a journey to explore the evolution and history of Homo Sapiens.

A quote that’s inspiring me —

A healthy pair of eyes should see everything that can be seen and not say, “No! Too bright!”…So too a healthy mind should be prepared for anything. The one that keeps saying, “Are my children all right?” or “Everyone must approve of me” is like eyes that can only stand pale colours, or teeth that can handle only mush.

— Marcus Aurelius

Productivity tip of the week —

If you’re like me and own a laptop that you use both for work and entertainment, consider creating separate user profiles for business and personal use. It’ll prevent you from being distracted by entertainment and maintain some level of separation between the two areas. I’m in testing mode of this at the moment and the early productivity returns are good.

Program I’m loving —

You Need a Budget (YNAB)

This is the personal finance and budgeting app that I’ve been using over the better part of the last 3 years. Hands down, it’s the best tool that I’ve used; yes, it’s better than Mint. And it’s not because of their software – it’s their methodology.

As always, thanks for checking out this Weekly Learnings Roundup. Be sure to follow me on Twitter – @peternakamura – to see the full list of interesting articles that I share on a daily basis.

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