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Avthar's Weekly Wisdom #67 (10/18/2021)
🔥 I’m Avthar, a South African technology entrepreneur and learning enthusiast based in New York City. This digital letter is where I share practical wisdom about self-mastery, entrepreneurship, health and happiness, all to help you live better.
My guarantee is that you’ll discover one thing that will help you change your life in every edition. As a reminder, you can find all previous editions of this newsletter in the archive. And you can find more of my writings at avthar.com.
In the midst of my busiest month of the year as a technical product marketer at Timescale, I had the opportunity to see my favorite comedian, Trevor Noah, perform live in Philadelphia. I’ve been watching Trevor Noah’s comedy since I was a teenager in South Africa (Daywalker anyone?). In my opinion, Trevor is the G.O.A.T of South African standup comedy, and as someone who also moved from South Africa to the USA, I resonate with his outside-in views on American society and immigrant life.
In my short life, I’ve learned that there will always be more work to be done, and that we can’t allow ourselves to postpone appreciating life until all our conditions for happiness have been met. We must embrace renewal and recovery as we strive for lives of achievement and contribution. For me, laughter and comedy are part of that recovery phase. I’m glad I made the trip from NYC to Philadelphia to see the show, despite being knee-deep in work, because at the end of the day, it’s living according to your values - and making time for what matters to you - that makes life fulfilling.
I hope you make time for what matters to you this week - however big or small it may seem to the outside world.
This week, I want to share an evergreen essay on how to find your dream job.
Finding fulfilling work is a conundrum of modern life. We want work that's financially lucrative, but also stimulating and purposeful.
Reading this essay will help you find the work that aligns with your life vision and uses your unique strengths. I share 3 big ideas that you can use, all of which helped (and continue to help) me navigate my own navigate my own search for career fulfillment.
Tweet of the week
How to fall in love with the process:
📚For more, see my evergreen essay on Vision and Purpose.
🔟 Here’s my 10 favorite tweets of the week, including principles for victory (no matter your starting point), why they’ll only ever be 21 million bitcoin and reflection questions from Marcus Aurelius.
Video of the week
“When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you’ll be successful.”
- Eric Thomas
Eric Thomas is one of my favorite motivational speakers. And his story is just as astonishing as his speaking ability.
He went from growing up in a single parent household, and being homeless, to inspiring millions of people all over the world with his story and ideas. This is hands down his best speech of all time.
It’s about the desire to succeed, pushing through pain and the sacrifices required to achieve your goals. If you’re a student, entrepreneur, or aspiring top performer, you need to watch it.
🙏 Thank you again for reading and for your support! I wish you a week of happiness, success and peace!