TEJI TUESDAYS - 4th June 2024

How to get lucky, reset, program or be programmed, mike gigliotti, writing

Issue #032 · 4th June, 2024

Hi All!

Here is your weekly dose of TEJI, a weekly round up of what I’m pondering and exploring. Feel free to forward along to a friend if you think they might enjoy.

How to get lucky

Last week I found a great graphic by Jack Butcher that perfectly explains how to increase your likelihood of getting lucky.

Note: numbers are arbitrary

A great reminder to reset

We’re all so busy these days and it can be extremely overwhelming dealing with so many things happening in our lives at once.

I found a great quote below that serves as a great reminder to make sure to take breaks in whatever area of your life you might be having trouble in.

Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you

Anne Lamott

Program or be programmed

Social media algorithms have made it easier than ever before to connect with the things you love.

However, if you’re not mindful of where you direct your attention, your algorithm can quickly shift to degenerate mind numbing content.

Where your focus goes is exactly where the algorithm will take you. Which means you have two options here.

  1. Be used by the algorithm

  2. Use the algorithm to your advantage

Option one is the default setting. It’s simple, you open your phone and you spin the algorithmic roulette wheel and see what random shit pops out. Sometimes it’s completely okay to want to use this algorithm as an escapism from reality, but if we’re not mindful we can quickly slip into the void of media.

Program or Be Programmed by TEJI

Alternatively, option two requires slightly more effort and it’s going to require you to go out of your way to search for what you want. In order to train the algorithm to our advantage we need to first know what we like or what we want to learn.

“When an algorithm is jibing with your higher mind, it’s your friend. When it’s luring in your Primitive Mind against your Higher Mind’s will, the relationship is parasitic” -Tim Urban

It’s a small step taking a proactive approach to seek out the information you’d like to consume. But it can help curate a more fulfilling social media experience.

The key learning here is unlocking the mindfulness and awareness of your consumption habits and monitoring where you direct your attention.

Where focus goes, energy flows.

I was inspired to write this post after reading a section about The Algorithm in Tim Urban's book What's Our Problem?

Inside Mike Gigliotti’s Iconic Skate Shop

Last week I found a really cool mini documentary about a skateboarder and artist named Mike Gigilotti. I really enjoyed his set of diverse skills and outlook on the world. Feel free to check it out below.

How to become a better writer

This short excerpt below from Paul Graham is excellent advice for how to improve your writing in any situation.

Also, please don’t think you will never need to write again now that ChatGPT exists. It’s a great way to filter through your thoughts and come to your own conclusions. Although it’s not for everyone, I’d love to see more people writing — It’s especially great if you want to create content, but don’t want to be in front of the camera.

Communication is everything, which is why I’m always trying to refine my ability to communicate myself to others around me.

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Hope everyone enjoys their week!


TEJI (@tejitopia)

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