My Top Recommendations This Week

(Listening 🎧 Learning 🧐 Laughing 🤣)

Hi, Dan here. Welcome to the 4th edition of my newsletter. 👋

This week I share my top recommendations -

from what I've been listening to, learning about and laughing at lately.

Listening 🎧


When I want to get work done I listen to the Focus genre on Spotify. There’s one playlist in particular I keep coming back to:

I put it on as soon as I wake up, and do uninterrupted (deep) work for ~2 hours. I often feel like I achieve more in that time, than I do for the rest of the day (once distractions creep in). This playlist helps.


Seal, Elton John, Phil Collins… Richard Marx!? Yep. 😅 Upbeat cheesy classics for listening to loud, singing along and getting in a good mood.

Some songs I’ve had on repeat lately:

If you dig these sort of cheesy tunes sometimes, check this playlist I made a few years back:


I enjoyed this interview with Hugh Jackman, where he talks about his daily routines, best life decisions and the ‘85% Rule’ - think sprinters relaxing, smiling, dancing around and having fun before a big race:

“If you tell most of A-type athletes to run at their 85% capacity, they will run faster than if you tell them to run at 100%, because it’s more about relaxation, and form, and optimizing the muscles in the right way”. - Hugh Jackman from the podcast

Can be applied to anything you are trying to do really well.

Learning 🧐

I devour audiobooks (on 2x speed). My recent best book recommendations include:

  1. Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl - not for the faint-hearted, this details Viktor’s experiences as a prisoner in Nazi concentration camps during World War II. Even through those horrors, he and other prisoners were able to find meaning, hope and a positive life purpose. This book tells you how.

  2. The Barefoot Investor by Scott Pape - up until recently, I hadn’t taken much interest in personal finances, or really known where to start. This book is great for that. It makes the topics of finances and investing simple, easy to absorb, actionable and even fun.

    It’s Australian-focused (also the 2nd bestselling Australian book in history), but I think people everywhere can get a lot of value from it.

Laughing 🤣

Thought I was weird for thinking this was funny, but then saw 400k+ people on Twitter did too. 😅

I also found this band break-up post hilarious (real or not) 🤣:

That’s all for this week!

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