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3 Minute Monday

by Chris Williamson

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3MM: Emotions, Nipples & Cats

3 MINUTE MONDAY Hi friend, I had a conversation this week with a friend about emotions, specifically jealousy, frustration and anger. About how they hijack even the most cerebral, cognitively sophisticated person. It’s highly annoying. You spend all this time trying to be a rational, agentic beast. Then a thing happens that disrupts your emotional state and you turn into a petulant toddler. He explained that when he finds himself getting carried away by jealousy, frustration or anger he asks...

7 days ago • 3 min read

3 MINUTE MONDAY Hi friend, Don’t wait. Life is happening right now. I’ve become obsessed with the belief that life’s duties will one day be out of the way and you can then finally start doing the thing you want to and living your life fully. This is a myth. It’s a lie. Marie-Louise von Franz talks about “the provisional life”. “There is a strange feeling that one is not yet in real life. For the time being, one is doing this or that… [but] there is always the fantasy that sometime in the...

14 days ago • 3 min read

3 MINUTE MONDAY Hi friend, 10 reasons why working for yourself absolutely sucks. Pretty much everyone on the internet is telling you to leave your job and go work for yourself. If you're not already side-hustling your way to a million, you should flip your soyboy boss off as you hand in your resignation to finally carve out your own destiny. But there are some huge dark sides to running your own business that the Hustle & Grind world will never advertise. So allow me to enlighten you. You are...

21 days ago • 8 min read

3 MINUTE MONDAY Hi friend, Here are some of the most important realisations I’ve come upon… 1. You are not your thoughts. The voice that speaks in your head is not you. You are the one who hears it speak. Don’t identify with what your mind says any more than you identify with what someone on the street says. This is one of the most liberating truths to know. 2. Action is the antidote to anxiety. You’re not afraid of the future when you’re moving yourself toward it. If you feel anxiety...

28 days ago • 3 min read

3 MINUTE MONDAY Hi friend, “You should “just be yourself” not because it will make you more likeable (it won’t) but because it's only by being yourself that you'll find people who like you for who you really are rather than for someone you're pretending to be.” — Gurwinder Bhogal This was one of the biggest realisations of my 20’s. The advantage of doing this is that no criticism will ever fully land because you’re one degree removed from the person who’s being criticised. The disadvantage is...

about 1 month ago • 2 min read

3 MINUTE MONDAY Hi friend, The Neutonic restock is nearly ready for US & UK!! Announcement coming soon. I had a conversation with a friend this week about how we all become captured by culture wars. We can call it The Culture War’s Shiny Object Cycle. Here is how it goes: Some woke news story hits the press.“Cats suffer from racial discrimination or screwing in lightbulbs needs to be recognised as a valid sexual kink or something.” The Right Wing antibody response activates.“Look at how...

about 1 month ago • 5 min read

3 MINUTE MONDAY Hi friend, I’m in Miami! Two huge episodes today here then back to Austin tomorrow for another massive one on Thursday. Wild stuff, looking forward to no travel for a while starting soon though. A friend was recently asked who his best friend is. He said he wasn’t sure, that’s a bit of a rare question after age 12. So the question was asked differently. “Who do you have the least amount of filter with when you’re around them?” What a fantastic reframe. Another good question...

about 2 months ago • 3 min read

3 MINUTE MONDAY Hi friend, Well that was a spicy few days. If you didn’t catch my episode on the Joe Rogan Experience, listen now on Spotify. I’ve been thinking about presence this week. Blaise Pascal explains the problem… “We never keep to the present. We anticipate the future as if we found it too slow in coming and were trying to hurry it up, or we recall the past as if to stay its too rapid flight. We are so unwise that we wander about in times that do not belong to us, and do not think...

about 2 months ago • 2 min read

3 MINUTE MONDAY Hi friend, USA people - Neutonic restock is arriving within a few weeks!! Soon you will finally have an unlimited supply. This is a longer email than usual but it’s worth it. Strap in. I have a new man crush. He died 60 years ago but you need to know his name. Lieutenant-General Sir Adrian Paul Ghislain Carton de Wiart was a British Army officer born in Belgium on May 5th 1880. He is one of the most decorated British soldiers of all time and was awarded 31 medals including the...

2 months ago • 6 min read

3 MINUTE MONDAY Hi friend, I’m in Honduras. The island of Roatan specifically. At an independent network state called Prospera which is basically not a part of any country. Think Mad Max with mojitos. Will report back soon. I’ve been thinking about perspective this week. Things are not what they are, they are what we think they are. For instance, doing a hard workout gives you a signature feeling. You’re laid on the floor, panting, heart rate at 180, sweating from everywhere with the taste of...

2 months ago • 3 min read
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