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© Rebecca Mqamelo 2019

Podcasts that make my life complete

Listening to Alphachat throughout highschool is what sparked my interest in economics in the first place. Here you'll find a plethora of discussions on everything from social bonds served up at MacDonald's to the telling signs of the next recession.

I've been listening to On Being since I was 17. I can confidently say that the grace, wisdom and beauty contained in these interviews have added significant meaning to my life over the years. On Being is about pursuing "deep thinking, social courage, moral imagination and joy, to renew inner life, outer life, and life together." It lives up to its mission. Give it a try – I can guarantee you'll become a better version of yourself.

Tim Ferris "deconstruct[s] world-class performers to extract the tactics, tools, and routines you can use." The interviews are a bit lengthy (sometimes up to two hours), but you're literally learning from the best of the best.

Peter McCormack achieves what most crypto media creators can only dream of: consistent, high-quality content. This is zero-BS, leaves-you-more-intelligent, worth-your-time kind of stuff. What's more, you don't need to be a blockchain wizard to understand what's going on. From regulators to bankers to brogrammers – McCormack hosts a range of experts that will give you a solid idea of what the most intelligent people in the industry are thinking and doing.

ONLINE COURSES that are actually worth it

If you want to complete the entire "Data Science with Python" career track, you'll need to unlock certain courses by signing up for a premium account ($29 per month). It's a decent price to pay for the content you get. I've tried numerous coding websites and found Datacamp to be the best for my needs.

A great intro to data-driven impact evaluation. 

BOOKS I LOVED in 2019

Read my review here.

A love story that crosses time and place, revealing the beauty in the mundane, the "what-if"s, and the random chance that underlies much of our lives. Here's a quotation to entice you: "Necessity knows no magic formulae - they are all left to chance. If love is to be unforgettable, fortuities must immediately start fluttering down to it like birds to Francis of Assissi's shoulders."

A short story about loneliness and love. I'm a sucker for Russian classics.

Rebecca

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