Evan’s Friday Briefing: 2/24/17

Welcome to the 2/24/17 edition of “Evan’s Friday Briefing,” a quick list of what I’ve been enjoying, learning, and trying out.

Artist I’ve Been Listening To

Frank Sinatra. Everyone recognizes his name, but not everyone knows his music real well. It’s worth familiarizing oneself with such an American musical legend.

Podcast Episode I’ve Been Pondering

Steve Patterson’s interview with Dr. Jayme White on SJWs, the left, and academia. Key concepts covered: virtue signaling, sentiment over reason, and the desire for a command economy. Give it a listen.

Self-Development Habit I Recently Implemented

Waking up to a “calm sea” alarm sound. How is this related to self-development? Well, I had been previously using a standard alarm sound that didn’t make me want to get out of bed, and it just didn’t set a great tone for the day. The “calm sea” is significantly more natural and now I’m generally in a much better morning mood.

Smartphone App I’ve Been Playing Around With

Duolingo. It’s a (free!) app that allows you to learn new languages with a scientifically proven method of language learning. I’ve been brushing up on my Spanish and dabbling in German. Trust me, it truly is superior to your high school language courses as well as those boring flash cards. Try it out to see what I’m talking about.

Poem I’ve Been Enjoying

Samuel Ullman’s “Youth Poem.” I’m still only 20 years old, but I love this poem nevertheless:

Youth is not a time of life – it is a state of mind,
it is a temper of the will
a quality of the imagination,
a vigor of the emotions,
a predominance of courage over timidity,
of the appetite for adventure over love of ease.

Nobody grows old by merely living a number of years.
People grow old only by deserting their ideals.
Years wrinkle the skin,
but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul.
Worry, doubt, self-distrust,
fear and despair – these are the long,
long years that bow the head and
turn the growing spirit back to dust.

Whether they are sixteen or seventy,
there is in every being’s heart
the love of wonder,
the sweet amazement at the stars
and starlike things and thoughts,
the undaunted challenge of events,
the unfailing childlike appetite
for what is to come next,
and the joy and the game of life.

You are as young as your faith,
as old as your doubt;
as young as your self-confidence,
as old as your fear,
as young as your hope,
as old as your despair.
When the wires are all down
and all the innermost core of your heart
is covered with the snows of pessimism
and the ice of cynicism,
then you are grown old indeed.

But so long as your heart receives messages
of beauty, cheer, courage, grandeur
and power from the earth,
from man and from the Infinite,
so long you are young.

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