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Issue #20

Welcome to Pearl Runner issue 20! We’re back after a short “summer break” to provide you with your dose of high quality, non-mainstream content. To get us started, our quote of the week:

The world is bursting with wonder, and yet it’s the rare productivity guru who seems to have considered the possibility that the ultimate point of all our frenetic doing might be to experience more of that wonder.
– Oliver Burkeman, Four Thousand Weeks, Time Management for Mortals

In Issue #20:

  • ⏳ A Fresh Take on Time
  • 📚 An Adventurous Book Recommendation Tool
  • 🍿 Our First Ever Movie Recommendation
  • 🎨 An Underrated Art Instagram Account to Follow

Time is Personal

by Derek Sivers

Derek Sivers is a writer, creator, and musician with some very interesting and uncommon views on life. He was made semi-famous from this podcast appearance with business and lifestyle guru Tim Ferris.

Sivers’ blog is full of short articles to express his unique takes and philosophies on all different aspects of life. Every time I click a new post, I come across at least one new viewpoint I’ve never heard before. You won’t agree with all his takes, but they’re certainly worth grappling with.

This post in particular is about his fresh take on time, and how we should shift our perspective to make it more personal.

“A new year begins when there’s a memorable change in my life. Not January 1st. Nothing changes on January 1st.”

Read the Full Article Here 👇

Recommend Me a Book - Website

​If finding new books to read isn’t a real problem, then there wouldn’t be so many tools to solve it! We’ve featured at least one here before, and recently came across a new solution with a unique spin.

How does it work? Read the very first page of a book that is completely unknown to you. If it catches your interest, click the “Reveal Title and Author” button to see the book, who wrote it, and get a link to buy the full copy.

I think it’s a great way to stumble upon stuff you wouldn’t have otherwise found, which is a mission close to our heart here at Pearl Runner 😏

Try it out for yourself here 👇

Everything Everywhere All at Once

There are a handful of movies that left me in a total state of awe. Not awe about the movie itself – more so about the fact that any human is creative enough to:

1. Even think of the idea for the story, and

2. Execute the idea in such an incredibly entertaining and beautiful way.

Without going into any further detail, it’s enough to say that this is one of those movies. At the very least, I insist you check out the trailer, and don’t be scared off by how insane it looks!

Check out the trailer here 👇

JR (jlron) - Artist, Instagram Account

Singaporean artist J R’s work speaks for itself. One thing I can’t show you in this email, is how satisfying his sketching videos are. His quick reels on Instagram show up-close how he gets the amazing level of texture and character in his (mostly) black and white pen drawings.

I can’t scroll past one of these without instantly becoming mesmerized and watching until the end. I highly recommend checking out J R’s work and following for more.

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Poll Question of the Week:

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And that’s a wrap! If you have any comments, suggestions, recommendations, or just general feedback we’d love to hear from you! Email us at and we’ll include our favorite comments in next week’s edition (and maybe in our Instagram feed 🧐). Thanks for reading and have a great week!

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