Heyo! In this issue, we have my new article on building your "perfect" body, an epic career guide for people who care a lot about making a difference, and an exploration into beautiful urban planning.
Let's dive in.
💪 How to Build Your Perfect Body Without Needing To Look Like a Model
A lot of fitness influencers or celebrity chefs try to pitch you some new secret to build your perfect body.
But in reality, we already know 80% of the things we need to do to live a healthy life.
- Eat more nutritious food
- Eat less junk food
- Lift weights
- Move around a lot
- Sleep 7-8 hours
Reduce/prevent stress, drink more water, get natural light, and so on...
Instead of buying a new shiny Peloton, I believe most people should focus their energy on mastering the fundamentals.
I wrote a new article on how I focused entirely on the 80% of things we should do and ignored everything else. No more calorie counting, fancy gyms, or measuring anything.
It covers exactly what I eat, how I work out, and most importantly how I lowered my expectations on having a "perfect" body in the first place.
📍80,000 Hours: Find a fulfilling career that does good
This is the most in-depth career guide that I've seen on doing meaningful work.
"You have 80,000 hours in your career. That’s a long time. Spend one or two of those hours on this guide, to help you work out how to use the rest. We believe you might be able to find a career that is both more satisfying and has a greater positive impact."
I have referred this guide to several readers and friends throughout the years who want to make a bigger impact on the world.
Make some coffee and devote a day to think deeply about your career. It will be worth it. ☕️
🚲 Not Just Bikes (YouTube Channel)
It's easy to blame an individual for why they're fat or lazy or lonely or [insert whatever label you want].
But what if I told you that a big reason why people behave the way they do is because of how urban planning?
When I visited my family in LA, I needed a car to go anywhere: a park, grocery store or any restaurant really. There is always traffic and a million freeways that I need to manage just to go somewhere a few miles away.
When I walk around the neighborhood (I'm grateful that it is safe to do so), the sidewalks cut off in the residential areas and I have to suddenly walk on the street. When I walk out to the main street, the cars are loud, the sidewalks are empty, and the view of so many empty buildings is quite depressing.
There are no or very few bike lanes so it's dangerous and often impractical to bike long distances. So when I am too lazy to drive, what do I (and many other Americans) do?
I default to staying home and watching TV. Kids stay glued to their smartphones. Parents get too lazy to leave the house after commuting for two hours roundtrip.
Compare this to my current experience in Toronto where I have two beautiful parks within walking distance. There are several cafes and restaurants nearby with people flowing in and out. The main streets are full of life with people walking around at any hour of the day.
There are multiple bike lanes throughout the city. We have easy access to streetcars and subways that actually work. Kids can knock on their friend's homes and freely walk around our neighborhood to grab ice cream together.
No city is perfect (NA cities can learn a lot from Europe) but having a safe neighborhood with things to do and people to see seems like an obvious thing that every town should have.
This is why I am so fascinated with urban planning: how we design our environment is how we live.
Life wasn't always this way in America. But new zoning laws, car companies lobbying, and a variety of other factors have shaped our reality.
I'm happy I discovered Not Just Bikes, an amazing YouTube channel on Stories of great urban planning and urban experiences from Amsterdam and the Netherlands.
If you're curious about exploring more, I'd start with these videos first:
Once you've lived in a well-designed city or traveled to one, it is difficult to not to look back at your city and ask: Why did we design our community like this?
What can we do to fix this?
👇 Below the fold
- 💃 I'm (finally) salsa dancing again with friends! Partner dancing has been the best New Years' resolution that I have ever stuck with. See me shake my hips on IG!
- 🍜 My good friend Kevin just launched v2 of immi, healthy instant ramen with 31g of protein and only 9g of carbs. Shipping right now and I can't wait to try it!
- 👀 Last month's most clicked: The Psychology of Money: Timeless lessons on wealth, greed, and happiness
🙂 Final Thoughts
My hope with Tam's Jam is that you (1) learn something useful and (2) live a happier and more meaningful life.
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