Thanks for checking out the Weekly Learning Roundup. 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 —
Great post by the late Bruce Lee’s daughter, Shannon. There’s a lot to learn from the man who transformed the Hollywood landscape for Asian actors. Not only that, his philosophies on life (e.g. “be like water” and “walk on”) inspire many of us to realize our inner strengths and become the best we can be. The article mentions a new podcast that Shannon has created – the Bruce Lee podcast – which I’m excited to check out!
Books, documentaries, or podcast episodes I’m enjoying —
The 4-Hour Chef by Tim Ferriss
If you follow this blog, you’re probably aware of my fanboy-ness for everything Tim Ferriss-related. Ferriss does a great job breaking down the habits, tactics, and strategies of world-class performers and he helps break down the world of cooking in The 4-Hour Chef. As a novice cook, I’m finding this book as a great resource for the basics around cooking. Ferriss has designed a great step-by-step program on how you can learn to use flavour combinations, knife skills, and so much more. Highly recommended if you’re just starting to learn how to cook or if you want to take your skills to the next level.
A quote that’s inspiring me —
Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless like water. Now you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup, you put water into a bottle, it becomes the bottle, you put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.
— Bruce Lee
Productivity tip of the week —
Use a melatonin supplement to help get to sleep.
Melatonin is a hormone secreted by your brain that helps regulate your sleep. It’s a natural substance and you can take it through supplements to help you get to bed on nights that you’re feeling restless. If you’re interested in trying it out, the recommendation is to start with 500mcg (0.5mg) and work your way up based on how your body responds. I find that 2mg is my sweet spot on Sunday evenings. For more info, check out Examine.com’s article on how to improve your sleep quality.
Product or service I’m loving —
In the aforementioned 4-Hour Chef book recommendation, Ferriss recommends a list of essential cooking tools and the Lodge Combo Cooker is one of them. After using this cast-iron dutch oven, I’ve been able to cook up some delicious braised lamb and chuck roasts. It’s a bit pricey but worth it if you’re doing any slow-cooking or braising with your meals.
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