Think // Feel / Work Better #9

Think // Feel / Work Better #9

Dustin Lien
July 9, 2021

Think Better

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I first heard about Bitcoin in 2013, and have made small investments starting in 2017. It's been interesting watching it spread across the globe—especially over the last 18 months.

Hearing about Bitcoin and understanding Bitcoin are very different things.

If you're interested in understanding Bitcoin better, I listened to a great podcast episode that I highly recommend:

Bitcoin Audible: Analyzing Bitcoin's Network Effect

“A network effect is an attribute of a company or other system such that as more people use the network, the network becomes exponentially more valuable for each user. It’s one of the strongest economic moats that a system can have against competitors.” – Lyn Alden

*This is not financial advice. Please research and weigh your own risk before investing in Bitcoin or anything else.*



Feel Better

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You've heard of grass-fed beef, but have you heard of regenerative beef? It's the best—in so many ways.

I wrote an article not too long ago for a client's blog breaking it down.

Regenerative beef comes from cattle raised and fed by way of rotational grazing. Regenerative agriculture, at its simplest, involves allowing animals to graze on (and eat) real grass with rich soil, which contributes more nutrients to plants and grasses, resulting in more nutritious meat from the animals that graze those forages. Beef from cattle raised this way have more nutrients, absolutely no chemicals, and it’s great for the environment.

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Work Better

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Historically I've made a habit of listening to music while I work, but lately it's felt like a distraction for me, so I stopped. I'm working in silence now for most of the day, and I can feel productivity going up.

Curious as to why, I did a quick Google search and found a bunch of articles and research backing up my experience.

Here's an excerpt from one article:

"...in almost every case, your performance on intellectual tasks (think reading or writing) suffers considerably when you listen to music. Consider this 2010 study, which found that people performed worse on a memory task when they listened to music in the background, compared to when they worked in quiet.

A better bet, according to Levitin? Listen to music for 10 to 15 minutes before you start working.

He explained that listening to tunes you enjoy can put you in a better mood and relax you. Your brain releases the neurotransmitter dopamine, which gives you a “warm feeling of pleasure.” You may also get a hit of the neurotransmitter serotonin, which elevates your mood and can make it easier to focus.

Unfortunately, Levitin said, listening to music also takes up some of your attentional capacity, meaning that if you listened to it while working, you’d have fewer resources left to direct toward the task at hand.

The exception is when you’re performing tasks that are repetitive or monotonous, such as when you’re working on an assembly line or driving for long periods of time."

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