Past Newsletters

The Book Smuggler

The text below was sent at the end of 2018 to our newsletter subscribers. If you enjoy it and want more, join us. Once upon a time, in a village lying at the base of some of the highest Carpathian Mountains, there lived a self-taught shepherd. He used to cross the Carpathian mountains with his sheep, right betwee [...]

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How to start your day to be more productive [Weekly Brain Tools]

The text below was sent in November 2018 to our newsletter subscribers. If you enjoy it and want more, join us. Happy Monday, dear brainiacs! A few important announcements before we dive into our usual monkey business: #1: We've been getting lots of messages from people who just subscribed and want to read w [...]

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Stop wasting your time ⌛ [on the shortness of life & other weekly brain tools]

The text below was sent in October 2018 to our newsletter subscribers. If you enjoy it and want more, join us. Life's short. Three years ago, 65 people were killed (including 6 I knew and worked with) and 146 were injured because of a fire in a nightclub called Colectiv, that was based in Bucharest, my home city. [...]

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When is it ENOUGH? Stop letting others define your success

Many years ago, I worked with this up-and-coming Romanian hip-hop artist, helping plan his digital marketing strategy. It was an opportunity to witness his transformation from an unknown local rapper, with a small core of loyal fans, to someone known by the whole country. In the process, he felt forced to abandon hi [...]

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How to Start Thinking in Bets & Improve Your Decision-Making Process [Best Books of 2018]

As you know, I avoid books that just got out and were written by authors I haven't read before. I'd rather wait for the hype to pass and decide afterwards if they're still worthy of my time - usually, the answer is no. The book I want to talk to you about today was an exception from that rule. Annie Duke's "Thinkin [...]

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Living with a SEAL and Monks [Best Books Read in 2018]

The text below was sent as part of our weekly newsletter. If you enjoy it, subscribe here. How can someone tell how much I enjoyed a book? By its cover. The best books look like they've been hit by a train, abandoned in a coffee shop, or given to school kids to play with it. "Living with a SEAL" is one of those b [...]

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Why reading about productivity might make us anxious and… unproductive

In an interview that I gave recently, I was asked about the side effects of always pushing oneself to be more productive. When you're always reading about other people's routines and how they're constantly trying to optimize every process, you might compare yourself to them and become extremely anxious. You'll reali [...]

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It Doesn’t Have to be Crazy at Work [Best Books of 2018]

"It's crazy at work" - how many times have you heard yourself complaining about this? When did working throughout the nights and weekends become a badge of honor? Or hearing managers tell you that you're like one big family, only to request something from you afterwards (such as ignoring time with your real famil [...]

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What do YOU care what other people think?

If a golden fish granted you the wish to meet anyone and go out for drinks, anyone who ever lived on this planet, who would it be? For me, in the past couple of years, the answer would probably be Richard Feynman. He was one of the world's most important physicists of the past century. Awarded the Nobel Prize for ph [...]

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The Art of Learning [best books read in 2018]

As 2018 is getting closer to its end (we're at 82% / 9 weeks left), I'll dedicate the next Friday emails to the best books I read throughout the year. Please note that these are NOT books launched in 2018 - if that's what you're looking for, sorry to disappoint you. I don't usually read books that are new and "trending [...]

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Mindset: how to change the way we think [best books read in 2018]

As 2018 is getting closer to its end (we're at 80% / 10 weeks left), I'll dedicate the next Friday emails to the best books read throughout the year. Please note that these are NOT books launched in 2018 - if that's what you're looking for, sorry to disappoint you. I don't usually read books that are new and "trending" [...]

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The importance of small good habits: the devil’s in the hundreds of details

This weekend I competed in a 21k race that was part of Bucharest Marathon's eleventh edition. The organizers of the event invited Robert Hajnal to hold a workshop about his performance in trail running. I've talked about Robert before, he's our country's best long-distance runner and winner of the second place at UTMB [...]

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Life-lessons about hard work, failure & mindset from an ultra-endurance athlete: Robert Hajnal

One of my friends, Robert Hajnal, is an ultra-endurance athlete, winner of long distance races (more than 100 km long) that take place on mountain trails. He recently won the second place at UTMB (Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc) - a race you can think of as the equivalent of Superbowl. The best trail runners in the wor [...]

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How being radically true & transparent helps us learn faster

As 2018 is getting closer to its end (we're at 78% / 11 weeks left), I'll dedicate the next Friday emails to the best books that I read throughout the year. Please note that these are NOT books launched in 2018 - if that's what you're looking for, sorry to disappoint you. I don't usually read books that are new and "tr [...]

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You are not special. Don’t let your toxic ego take control.

The text below is an extract from weekly newsletter. If you enjoy it, subscribe here. For almost 10 years, I've had the opportunity to work with famous musicians. First by writing about them and interviewing them for the music blog I founded and ran for a few years, afterwards by changing camps and starting to pr [...]

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Startup fatal mistakes 101: hiring people who don’t match your values

"I don't think there's an easier or more tempting mistake to make than to hire someone who has great ability or a great track record of performance with the recognition that while they're not a match with the current values and culture of the company, over time you believe you can bring them into alignment." I was r [...]

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Reality check: luck vs ego

The text below was sent as part of our weekly newsletter. If you enjoy it, subscribe here. I was only 19 when I dove into my entrepreneurial journey, during my freshman year at the University of Journalism. It was then that I met Bobby, with whom I co-founded my first online project, and we successfully exited a few [...]

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What Kanye West can teach entrepreneurs about resilience

"Before anybody wanted K. West beats Me and my girl split the bucket at KFC Dog, I was having nervous breakdowns Like man, these niggas that much better than me?" (lyrics from Touch the Sky, screenshot from Otis video) Kanye West knows a little something about resilience. Almost 20 years ago, the idea that [...]

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