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Never Normal Newsletter

I write occasional emails to share what I’m thinking, learning, and doing. It’s all related to the idea of breaking free from the “default plan” in life.

Want to learn along with me? Join my Never Normal Newsletter:

You can find the most recent issues here.

You can find the most recent issues below.

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From Belarus to Finding Meaning, Pro Wrestling, and Web3

I’m experimenting with a different format this week and sharing a few of the things I’ve been reading, watching, listening to, and learning.

Reading

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Could watching a movie change your life? Here are three…

Follow the White Rabbit

I just learned a few days ago that there’s a fourth movie in the Matrix series, “The Matrix Resurrections” coming soon. I watched the somewhat interactive teaser trailer yesterday, and the official trailer is supposed to drop today.

Are you excited?

The original movie, The Matrix, came out the year I turned 16. It’s hard to overstate how much of an impact that movie had on me, my friends, and other people (especially boys) my age.

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My Biggest Weakness and What I Learned from Pablo Picasso in Barcelona

Have you ever interviewed for a job and been asked “What’s your biggest weakness?”

Most people hate this question, because it puts them on the spot, but knowing your strengths and weaknesses is a super power in life.

Do you know yours? (my answer is below)

There are lots of books you can read and coaches you can hire to help you discover your strengths and weaknesses…

But here’s another approach you can try right now:

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Who are the mentors I can model?

Over the last few weeks I’ve shared some thoughts on the New American Dream, Building a Personal Monopoly, and What I’m Working On.

Anytime you’re trying to accomplish an ambitious goal, especially one that’s new and different from anything you’ve done before, it’s worth asking:

Who are the mentors I can model?

The goal is not to copy anyone else, but to learn from them.

In other words, Who’s already done the thing I want to do? Who can I look to for inspiration, or ask for advice?

In Polywork, Personal Brands, and Jobs of the Future, I mentioned Ali Abdaal as my go to example of someone who has built a strong personal brand and a thriving business by sharing his ideas and creative work online.

Let’s look at a few more and see what we can learn from them:

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Working in Public and What I’m Working On

In the last email I wrote that I believe the “New American Dream” is getting paid for being yourself — and that the way to do this as a creator working online is to build a Personal Monopoly.

“A Personal Monopoly is the unique intersection of your knowledge, personality, and skills that nobody else can compete with.”

David Perell

This is something that I’m actively in the process of discovering for myself.

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Building a Personal Monopoly and the New American Dream

Last week I wrote to you about Useful Childhoods, College Admissions Knife Fights, and My Story. This week is about the New American Dream and how to achieve it.

Risky Business?

I got sucked into an interesting Twitter discussion yesterday on the “economic precarity” that people making a living in the creator economy face.

While I’m sympathetic to the idea that individual people who make money online are virtually powerless against the big social media and tech platforms that they rely on to generate their income…

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Useful Childhoods, College Admissions Knife Fights, and My Story

Neville A Mehra - Childhood

A few people have sent me Simon Sarris’ recent essay, The Most Precious Resource is Agency.

In it, Simon asks, “Do children today have useful childhoods?” Not useful for us adults, but useful for their own development.

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Polywork, Personal Brands, and Jobs of the Future

Have you heard the term “Polywork” before?

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Making a Racket About Quality Questions and Great Ideas

I took a little break from recording new episodes of the Never Normal podcast over the summer. In the meantime, I’ve swapped seats and been the subject of a few interviews recently.

“When it rains it pours” as they say…

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Mixed feedback on my new essay and a fun event

Normal is Broken

My new essay, Normal is Broken, is making the rounds on social media (and triggering a few people). These two seemed to like it:

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Sushi, Cannabis, and Choosing What to Work On

I love the movie Jiro Dreams of Sushi (as a japanophile and the son of a chef, how could I not?)

There’s something incredibly romantic about dedicating your life to the absolute mastery of a single pursuit, as Jiro has done…

But that path is not for everyone.