Summary of “The Power of Imperfect Starts”

What is optimal for them right now isn’t necessarily needed for you to get started.
If you set your bar at “Amazing,” it’s awfully difficult to start.
Comparing your current situation to someone who is already successful can often make you feel like you lack the required resources to get started at all.
You don’t need new cooking bowls to start eating healthy.
You don’t need a new backpack to start traveling.
You can point out how your business mentor is successful because they use XYZ software, but they probably got started without it.
Don’t let visions of what is optimal prevent you from getting started in the first place.
An imperfect start can always be improved, but obsessing over a perfect plan will never take you anywhere on its own.

The orginal article.

Summary of “How To Keep Going If You Don’t Know What’s Next”

A lot of people want to start a business.
Aspiring writers start off strong and write for several days, weeks or months, and then move on to the next thing that catches their attention.
Based on my experience, and the experience of my readers, the most important thing is to keep going.
“Hi Darius, I like to read your blog. I’ve read it when I was depressed. And it changed my thoughts and perspective about my life and world. And now I want to create something for others. I started with a tiny step. It was easy at first. But after that I felt like I lacked inspiration. How do you keep going even if you don’t know what’s next?”.
Not knowing what’s next is something every person who wants to make something out of their life has to deal with.
The best thing you can do is to focus on your very next step-RIGHT NOW. What are you going to do next? Not as in, “What’s your next big move?” No, what are you going to do after you’ve read this?
That’s why you want to focus on things you control.
If people don’t want to give you their business, so what? If people don’t want to hire you, so what?

The orginal article.

Summary of “An Incredibly Clever Hack for People Who Want to Read More Books”

According to Charles Duhigg, who literally wrote the book on the subject, all habits work fundamentally the same way, whether they’re good or bad: You experience some cue or trigger that brings the habit to mind, you perform your usual routine, and then you receive a reward of some kind.
For this particular habit, there’s something that blocks you from enjoying books the way you read Facebook.
You need to give yourself permission to read tiny chunks of books.
Every time you feel your “Facebook Trigger,” instead of reaching for your mobile device, grab a book.
It’s best if it’s a physical book at first, because a mobile device is too tempting.
Now, read the book! To start, just pick a page in the book and start reading.
Daily Rituals is a good book to start with, because it has lots of small sections; or try Dangerous Liaisons if you prefer fiction.
In just a couple of weeks, you’ll find yourself not only reading more, Kadavy promises, but also starting to feel more invested in your identity as a reader, which should only reinforce your new good habit.

The orginal article.

Summary of “19 Reasons Why You’re Stuck and How to Get Unstuck”

If you’re holding yourself back from your potential, or if you feel stuck where you are, life is telling you it’s time to make a change.
Find enough faith in yourself to start setting goals and working toward setting those ideas into motion.
The worst form of undermining is the kind you do to yourself.
Remind yourself daily that you deserve your best chance at bringing your plans to fruition, and start with small goals.
Even if you don’t have everything need, teach yourself to do what you can with what you have instead of spinning your wheels.
Compare yourself to where you started to get a sense of how far you’ve come, or to where you’re headed to check your direction.
Start today to let go of any excuses that are holding yourself back.
Take the first steps right now to get unstuck and will yourself toward your success.

The orginal article.

Summary of “How To Improve Your Mindset, Build Strength, And Make A Living Doing What You Love”

So if you want to get stronger, fitter, and make a living doing what you love – start with your mind first.
How strong? How much weight do you want to lose? Why?
It’s for only the past six months that I’ve started training.
Mike Thurston told me he started his YouTube channel with only a camera and a laptop.
You don’t need perfection, big audiences, money, likes, or anything else you think: You need a start.
Look, we can go on and on about how important it is to start.
You probably think, “I know I need to start. But how?”.
If you want to make a living by doing what you love, start working on it.

The orginal article.

Summary of “How To Improve Your Mindset, Build Strength, And Make A Living Doing What You Love”

So if you want to get stronger, fitter, and make a living doing what you love – start with your mind first.
How strong? How much weight do you want to lose? Why?
It’s for only the past six months that I’ve started training.
Mike Thurston told me he started his YouTube channel with only a camera and a laptop.
You don’t need perfection, big audiences, money, likes, or anything else you think: You need a start.
Look, we can go on and on about how important it is to start.
You probably think, “I know I need to start. But how?”.
If you want to make a living by doing what you love, start working on it.

The orginal article.

Summary of “How to Beat Procrastination”

Procrastination has been around since the start of modern civilization.
Historical figures like Herodotus, Leonardo Da Vinci, Pablo Picasso, Benjamin Franklin, Eleanor Roosevelt, and hundreds of others have talked about how procrastination is the enemy of results.
The funny thing about procrastination is that we all know that it’s harmful.
Even compare procrastination to alcohol and drug abuse.
Procrastination is a habit that just sneaks into your system.
“The present evidence suggests that procrastinators enjoy themselves rather than working at assigned tasks, until the rising pressure of imminent deadlines forces them to get to work. In this view, procrastination may derive from a lack of self-regulation and hence a dependency on externally imposed forces to motivate work.”
The truth is: Procrastination has nothing to do with what you’re trying to do – small or big, it can wait until later.
Systems Do. What you really need is a system for doing work.

The orginal article.

Summary of “On the arsonist’s trail: inside Australia’s worst bushfire catastrophe”

Pridgeon showed the assembled police team how he had traced his way to the place where the two fires joined.
The gum leaves, pliable up to a certain temperature, were like thousands of fingers pointing the way the fire had gone: a sign to the investigators that if they entered the fire zone here and moved back in the opposite direction, they might come to where it started.
The fire scientists weren’t about to speculate on who had lit this fire.
As the scientists inspected the ground for signs of whatever the arsonist had used to start the fire, Henry stood and wondered: “Why?” Surely whoever did this had known that on such a day a blaze would likely cremate everything in sight? Or was knowing this the reason?
The suspect, Brendan Sokaluk, had grown up only a few kilometres from where the fire began.
Two years earlier someone from the Country Fire Authority had notified police that when Sokaluk tried to join up as a volunteer his demeanour was strange.
Another report suggested that fires had been previously lit on Glendonald Road, where the Black Saturday fire had started, using teepee-style configurations of leaves and twigs.
Natalie Turner calculated that she had left her parents’ place around 1.45pm, placing Sokaluk a little closer again to the time of the fire’s start.

The orginal article.

Summary of “8 Strength Exercises All Beginners Should Learn How to Do”

The thing is, when it comes to working out, the best place to start really is at the beginning, with simple and effective exercises that’ll let you build a sturdy base you can use as a jumping off point as you get stronger and stronger.
By the basics I mean classic exercises that let you practice the foundational movements upon which hundreds of other exercises are created.
Learning how to properly do the basic versions of these exercises is key if you want to safely build on them as you get stronger.
If you skip over mastering basic exercises that teach you to do foundational movements properly, you’ll be doing yourself a disservice long term.
Below are eight basic exercises that are great for many beginners to start with.
Of course, exercise is not one size fits all, and you should absolutely speak with your doctor or another health-care professional you trust before starting a new exercise regimen, especially if you’re unsure whether it’s safe for you.
You should be able to do 10 to 15 reps comfortably with great form before even thinking about adding weights, says Jacque Crockford, M.S., C.S.C.S., certified personal trainer and exercise physiology content manager at American Council on Exercise.
Unlike the other exercises here, you can’t really do a pull exercise without some sort of equipment, whether it’s dumbbells or a resistance band.

The orginal article.

Summary of “Inside the Cut-Throat World of Toddler Bike Racing”

I’ve been an avid bike racer for more than 20 years, but August has yet to inherit any of my competitive instinct or passion for unadulterated speed.
There were other elements that I worried about, too: that I was pushing August into something that was my thing, not his; that he might become overwhelmed by the immensity of the event, and permanently scarred by bike racing; that he might fail.
As a long time tinkerer with a couple of patents to his name already, McFarland hacked up a standard kids’ bike and blow torched it back together without pedals or a chain.
Today, anyone who’s serious about teaching a kid to ride at an early age will likely eschew training wheels in favor of a balance bike.
Dozens of different companies now sell them, including every major bike brand.
Among my group of dad friends in Austin-roadies and mountain bikers who might pull up their Strava feed over a pint of beer-the kids who start out on balance bikes often master cycling at a mind-bogglingly early age.
One buddy’s kid switched to a pedal bike at just two years old, and was churning out 20-mile rides by three.
Another friend’s preschool-aged son started out riding his balance bike at Austin’s famous 9th Street BMX trails, and only a year or so later, could drop in on a quarter pipe.

The orginal article.