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  • Writer's pictureJack Winston

Leveraging Dopamine, The Longest Quote, and It’s Nice AF Outside


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1) An interesting read/listen/watch we love so you don’t have to scroll to find content

2) A quote that has us thinking

3) Weekend activity brainstorm - take these as a challenge!

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Podcast Post We Love 🎤

“Leverage Dopamine to Overcome Procrastination & Optimize Effort” — Andrew Huberman, The HubermanLab Podcast Huberman does it again! I have a hunch that most of you are already familiar with Huberman (let me know either way by replying to this email!). He’s one of the best science communicators of recent memory. He takes the latest research and breaks it down so you can easily understand it. But more importantly, he uses the research to give you actionable tips you can incorporate into your life every day. This episode dives into a topic I consider extremely important - regulating dopamine. Dopamine is literally the reason why we’re motivated - or unmotivated - to do anything. Controlling the chemical release of dopamine in your body could be the closest thing to a real-life super power. Imagine doing things you’ve always wanted to do now become as easy as breathing: working out, eating healthy, learning something new, etc. Now this episode won’t give you actual superpowers. But it does break down how you can leverage dopamine to overcome procrastination and optimize effort. To me, that’s very close to a superpower.

Quote That Has Us Thinking 🧠

“And so it is that most people have no idea how beautiful the world is and how much magnificence is revealed in the tiniest things, in some flower, in a stone, in tree bark, or in a birch leaf. The grown-ups, going about their business and worries, and tormenting themselves with all kinds of details, gradually lose the perspective for these riches that children, when they are attentive and good, soon notice and love with their whole heart. And yet the greatest beauty would be achieved if everyone remained in this regard always like attentive and good children, simple and pious in sensitivities, and if people did not lose the capacity for taking pleasure as intensely in a birch leaf or a peacock’s feather or the wing of a hooded crow as in a mighty mountain or a splendid palace. What is small is not small in itself, just as that which is great is not—great. A great and eternal beauty passes through the whole world, and it is distributed fairly over that which is small and that which is large; for in such important and essential matters, no injustice is to be found on earth.”

Rainer Maria Rilke This is a long one, but I love it. Take a moment today to find wonder in the ordinary. Because your ordinary life is not separate from the extraordinary world.

Weekend Activity Brainstorm 💪

It’s beautiful in NYC this weekend so my activities are heavily biased towards that ;)

  1. Grab some friends for a picnic in the park 🥧

  2. Have a drink at a rooftop bar 🍸

  3. Write your thoughts in your journal 🖊️

If you end up doing one of these challenges, send us pictures at and you can be featured in a future newsletter!


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