“A man is worked on by what he works on.”

A man is worked on by what he works on.”
– Frederick Douglass

What we choose to work on, will transform us, just as much as we try to mould it. Simple work can make people peaceful, and stressful jobs can make people frustrated and angry.

You can almost predict a man’s temperament from learning only his occupation, and that is because our work begins to shape us in ways that we may not even be aware of. Small interactions add up and quickly the methodologies from our work, creep slowly into our lifestyles, and alter our personality.

We spend more time at our jobs, than we do on our own, or with our families. Only sleeping comes close to matching the number hours we put into our work, and so it’s inevitable that as one of the biggest chunks of our time, it makes a big impact on our attitude and outlook towards life.

So pick wisely, smart men beware of problems that do not have or need a solution, or if it is not worthy of their time or energy. Such enterprises can quickly lead frustration and self-doubt into the mind and it can become quite a challenge to evict them later.

Finding your skill can be an immense challenge. In most cases, it takes our whole lives to discover this. But It takes even more experience to realise that a lot of work is better left undone. Especially if it’s taking you in the wrong direction.

Working smart means making sure you are spending your time on jobs that are effective and that actually need to be done. Not ones that represent busywork, or are being performed only out of habit, without questioning their relevance in the present moment, or their contribution to your cause.

As we grow older and get wiser, we can seek our true purpose and graduate from just doing the tasks right to doing the right tasks.


I found this quote by Frederick Douglass, and lots of other great gems in a great list of ‘PRODUCTIVITY ADVICE I LEARNED FROM PEOPLE SMARTER THAN ME‘ published by Ryan Holiday, the bestselling author of one of my recent favourite books, The Obstacle Is The Way.

6 Binge-Worthy TV Thrillers and Mysteries, for rainy days....

Never mind the kitchy title, I have to admit that I'm a big fan of a well paced TV thriller, it's an addiction and once im hooked I watch the entire series at a go. 

In no particular order here are some hidden gems that I've loved watching over the past few years and I'd like to share with you.



1. Forbrydelsen


WARNING - Avoid the US Remake by the same name, I recommend watching the original nordic series first.

This is the title that started the itch and got us hooked on this genre.

The brutal murder of a young girl launches an extended police investigation. Detective Sarah Lund is supposed to leave for a new life in Sweden, but can't bring herself to leave the case behind. The complex mystery deepens as links are revealed between a mayoral campaign for city hall and the murder.

The series packs suspense and you'll be glued to the screen as the series follows her investigation over a time span of twenty days as violence and political pressures cast their shadows over the hunt for the killer. 3 Seasons in total

IMDB - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0826760/


2. Trapped


This thriller is set in a remote town in Iceland. A body washes ashore and the small three man local police must desperately try to solve a crime as a powerful storm descends upon the town blocking all help by land and sea.

Well paced, with strong characters and an intriguing mystery, this Icelandic thriller is worthy of a weekend binge watch.

IMDB - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3561180/



3. Fortitude

Set in a fictional Artic town named Fortitude this drama from UK producer Sky Atlantic provides a beautiful backdrop to a grizzly mystery. Advertised as one of the safest places on earth, the small settlement of Fortitude is rocked by the mysterious disappearance of some of its residents, coupled with a vicious murder.

Slow at times, but remote and exotic with a pinch of sci-fi , this mystery came back for a second season in 2017.

IMDB - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3498622/

4. The Night Of

The Night Of is an American eight-part crime drama television miniseries on HBO. 

It stars Riz Ahmed as Nasir Khan, a Pakistani American college student who unintentionally picks up a young woman, in his fathers cab and wakes and finds her stabbed to death; with no recollection of what happened. Naz leaves the scene but is arrested for a minor traffic violation and shortly after accused and charged with her murder.

This one is on Hotstar!

IMDB - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2401256/



5. Salamander

[Subtitled]  Available on Netflix.

This 12-episode conspiracy thriller, artfully evokes old-school paranoia classics. The chaos begins with a bank heist, when thieves steal secret documents from safety deposit boxes belonging to Antwerp’s most powerful men. Orchestrated by an embittered mastermind, the ensuing blackmail scheme prompts suicide and panic at the highest levels of government.

IMDB - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2569488/


6. Blue Eyes


This series described as a mix o f'The Bridge' and 'Borgen' gives us a mystery with murder and corruption, set against a growing nationalism movement. With only eight weeks until the national Swedish elections, the epicentre in Stockholm is tarnished with bloodshed, The brutal murder of right-wing government official and disappearance of the Chief of Staff for the Ministry of Justice lines an extremist plot, which thickens as an allegiance between a political party and terrorist group comes to light.

IMDB - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3632248/


And now some others that you might've heard of



Want more?

I find most of these via recommendation websites like the excellently curated World Drama section at Channel4's Walter Presents:


Being okay with doing nothing....

When was the last time you felt comfortable doing nothing? Not for an hour or a day, but in general, with no immediate projects at hand? 

In this insightful article from Inc. Magazine, 'Moneyball' author Micheal Lewis poses some interesting questions about the widely accepted idea that our worth is tied to what we are currently doing, and the expectation to always be labouring.

"Have you ever taken on a project just so you wouldn't be inactive, just to keep things going? How many better opportunities have you missed because that project made you too busy to pursue them?"

"Being willing to be inactive or less active means you'll be available when something truly worthy of your best effort comes along. It also means you'll have the time and space to go looking for those really worthwhile projects. If you're busy being busy, you'll miss them."

 "People waste years of their lives not being willing to waste hours of their lives. If you mistake busyness for importance--which we do a lot--you're not able to see what really is important."


Read More:https://www.inc.com/minda-zetlin/why-being-lazy-makes-you-successful-according-to-the-bestselling-author-of-money.html