These things helped and influenced me – and they could help and influence you. There are lots of resources for learning concepts, and then there is other stuff.
I begin with the most accessible ones and it gets more challenging (~needs more previous understanding) from there. Skimming this page for the words I formatted bold gives you a rough idea.
At finanzwesir.com, you’ll find hassle-free financial advice in German from someone who has no obvious incentive to sell you bullshit (unlike most “financial advisers” who only earn from the things they recommend you). The author set out to find out what the best ways would be to invest money for a future of independence, without taking on unjustified risk. Now, he blogs about it. He’s still not a “professional”, but that doesn’t change the quality of his arguments.
lesswrong.com is “a community blog devoted to “refining the art of human rationality.” This is the most challenging of my recommendations, but at readthesequences.com, there’s an edited and clarified version. It’s an ordered string of 300+ essays on learning how to think well (find truth, make winning decisions) in a systematic way.
Topics of interest include decision theory, philosophy, self-improvement, cognitive science, psychology, artificial intelligence, game theory, metamathematics, logic, evolutionary psychology, economics, and the far future. If you want a sampling of the content on the blog, you could read posts on beliefs, words, cognitive biases, evidence, probability, decision theory, excuses, task avoidance, reductionism, evolution, quantum physics, ethics, politics, disease, and procrastination. Also, free will.
Books and documentaries
Book recommendations (these will grow a lot as I remember more):
- Lessons from a Stoic by Seneca (on what you should let go and how to live well).
- Models by Mark Manson (the only book on relationships and dating that is worth reading).
- Do the Work by Steven Pressfield (on how to get things done).
- Doing Good Better by William MacAskill (on effective altruism).
- Notes on Directing by Frank Hauser and Russell Reich.
- The Act of Killing by Joshua Oppenheimer.
- The Salt of the Earth by Juliano Ribeiro Salgado and Wim Wenders.
- Searching for Sugar Man by Malik Bendjelloul.
- Citizenfour by Laura Poitras.
- The Imposter by Bart Layton.
- War Photographer by Christian Frei.
- Cartel Land by Matthew Heineman.
“Perspective Daily is the first constructive, solution-oriented and ad-free online medium from Germany. We write articles looking forward. It is not enough to just report on problems, but we ask daily: How could this be better? This also means: more focus on the background information and on the relationships between issues, while interacting with the readers online.” (That’s a quick translation by me. The site is Germany-only so far. Young media startup, truly a great concept and execution so far. All of intellectual Germany holds great discussions, sometimes on podiums with big names, and usually they just end in shoulder-patting and buffet. No action. PD invites action.)
Ali Mese’s GrowthSupply is a big list of free online stuff that can help in many tasks in business, marketing, design & coding, productivity and learning. Save your projects from failing for the most pedestrian reasons, like some mechanical tasks being too damn boring. Think everything from HTML5 templates and invoice generators, free SEO analysis, social media tools, to the best free stock photography and learning platforms. It’s a big toolbox, but less abstract than the one you’re looking at right now.
App/software recommendations (all for Android):
- GoodTime (best, simplest app implementation of the Pomodoro concept that I’ve used).
- Tide (Pomodoro + white noise/atmosphere audio, works well for me).
- Any.DO is the only To-Do-list app I ever liked (works in the browser, too).
- WriterDuet for screenwriting.
- TreesizeFree to make space on your PC, or in detail: to quickly inspect your PC’s directories and identify big files and folders (mostly to delete or move them).