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Weekend Links: Radical Simplicity Edition

Interesting links from around the web to help you through your weekend Study Hacks withdrawal…

In honor of the Radical Simplicity Manifesto, this week’s link post celebrates advice for simplifying your student life and focusing on what’s important.

  • The Curve of Life | Ben Casnocha
    Ben discusses a talk by management guru Charles Handy. The focus is the curve of life — a sinuous trajectory that dips, rises, then falls. Handy claims that most life endeavors follow this up and down trajectory. The key, says Handy, is to to spawn a new curve before the current one begins its degredation.
  • The Big Secret Key to High School Success | Gearfire
    The folks over at Gearfire invited a high school student to write a guest post. The student choose to focus on what he discovered to be the key to having a successful high school career. What is it? I’ll give you a hit, it starts with a “b,” but you’ll have to follow the link to learn the rest.
  • Where are the aids for increased genuine productivity | Life Hack
    Over the past month or so, Life Hack writers have been waging an unofficial war against the generic concept of productivity — challenging the definition and questioning its universal goodness. This post is a good example of what this thread is about. In it, Adrian redefines productivity to center on expending less effort not accomplishing more things. Amen.
  • Arete: The Meaning of Life | Scott Young
    Scott’s been blogging recently about the concept of “Arete” (a terrible word but exciting concept). In essence, the idea of arete is seeking extreme quality in everything you pursue. In this post, and another, Scott has begun the work of spinning a life philosphy around the concept. I think he’s on to something interesting here.
  • Twitter – A Success Story | Hack College
    Kelly over at Hack College talks about how random twittering got him a free pass to SXSW; a good parable on the value of leaving time in your life to explore, and experiment, and seek out crazy random opportunities. (The Hack College crew seems to be constantly flying around the world and attending random, interesting conferences. They’re a great example of how to have an excellent, engaging time at college without overloading yourself with a dozen obligatory on-campus activities.)

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