☝️ Upwarding #25: Yes 25!, 8 Glasses of Water Meme, Playing Your Hand, Jerry Garcia’s Wisdom

Welcome to this week's Upwarding newsletter.  My blog, with more in-depth content, can be found here.


I started this newsletter after Khe Hy, a friend and blogger, published a challenge called “How starting an email newsletter will change your life”.

I committed to 25 newsletters, and this is number 25!  Yay!  As a numbers person, I’m happiest about the persistence of my readers: I have a total unsubscribe rate of about 0.2% and steady growth every week.  Thank you for your support.

Now that I’ve hit my goal, the publishing frequency and format might change so that this feels less like a “to do” and more like an “inspiration strikes”.  Keep watching this space.


If you regularly exert too much effort, you might consider Acem meditation, developed in Norway.  It is about allowing an inner sound.  These “non-directive” meditations seem to have better results than concentration-based meditations like TM.


The results of my “drink more water” experiment

  1. When I think I’m hungry, I might just be thirsty
  2. It’s annoying to be so focused on drinking water all day
  3. Drinking a lot of water makes me feel MORE dehydrated…maybe I’m upsetting my mineral balance?

My behavioral changes/conclusions:

  1. Drink water when I’m thirsty, not just for the heck of it
  2. Drink a glass of water before a meal to make sure I’m quenching thirst before hunger

By the way…that drink 8 glasses of water per day meme?  Nobody really knows where it came from.


My book is now available.

As I’ve stated before, my holy grail is to have dozens of independent/uncorrelated income streams.

One asset I tried investing in is song royalties.  The best website for that is RoyaltyExchange.

Interestingly, the asset I bought (Lil Pump’s Gucci Gang) ended up not being owned by the person who sold it – so the website refunded my money.  And I haven’t gone back to invest more. Why?

  1. Royalties make sense for people who want near term income – usually these pay out over 10 years and then the rights revert back to the seller.
  2. Even though it is technically a passive investment, I became obsessed with how many plays on Spotify and views on Youtube this particular song got.  That’s not how I want to spend my time.  Lack of control and knowledge is sometimes a good thing.

Random Thoughts

I’ve been playing competitive non-professional Scrabble for about 10 years, and it has become a wonderful window into how to get better at…anything.

One of my biggest lessons: accept the situation you are in, completely.  Early on I wasted endless energy wishing I had a certain letter, feeling upset I hadn’t optimized a play, and so on.  Now, I simply play the hand I’m dealt, the best I can, completely forgetting about the past or what might have been.  It’s a realization that’s impacted much more than my Scrabble game, and it reminds me of this quote by Donald Rumsfeld.

“You go to war with the army you have, not the army you might want or wish to have at a later time”.


Something that is informing the kind of work I do in this world:

“Don’t be the best, be the only” – paraphrase of Jerry Garcia

Stay well,