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  • Writer's pictureJack Winston

The Pro Skater, Black & White Forever, and the Blame Game


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  1. A piece of content we love so you don’t have to doomscroll to find something interesting

  2. A tip to help you reduce your screen time

  3. A quote that has us thinking

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Podcast We Love 🎤

Solo Huberman episodes, where he dives into the technical details of some aspect of health, are always great and worth a listen. But I especially love it when he has guests on. And when it’s someone as incredible as Tony Hawk, it’s an extra treat.

I grew up playing his video games, watching him skate, and trying (and failing) to skate myself - so Tony Hawk has always been an inspiration to me. And he’s been an inspiration to Huberman as well, who grew up skating in Northern California.

In the episode, they talk about where Tony gets his intrinsic drive, how he sets and evolves his goals, and how he’s been able to make remarkable and continual progress throughout his career. They also discuss Tony’s ability to overcome what would otherwise be career-ending injuries.

For anyone seeking to find or pursue their passion and make lifelong progress while serving the larger world, this episode is perfect for you.

Tip to Reduce Your Screen Time 📱

Automate Grayscale on your phone.

A common tip that we’ve given is to turn your phone black & white (aka grayscale) to make your phone boring AF and keep yourself from scrolling.

It can be great for a little while, until you need to use Maps or something else that you really need color for and turn it off. Only to never turn it back on again… and boom, you’re back to doomscrolling.

Until now.

My friend (shout out Nick!) just told me this AMAZING trick that lets you automate grayscale on your phone. Say you only want grayscale during work hours, or maybe only at night before you go to bed. Or you just want to make sure that if you ever turn it off, it will automatically turn on again the next day so you don’t forget. You can actually do this!!!

Follow these steps to automate grayscale on your phone (sorry Android users, iPhone only).

One of the best tips to reduce your screen time just got better.

Quote That Has Us Thinking 🧠

“Failure is an opportunity. If you blame someone else, there is no end to the blame.” - Lao Tzu


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