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Happy Sunday!

It was nice to see my team win the FA cup yesterday evening, beating local rivals. London is red! In slightly surreal surroundings at an empty stadium, the win didn't feel empty. I was still able to celebrate and enjoy the unexpected trophy and end to our season. We're the most successful FA Cup team - ever!

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However, today has been on a slightly different note. It’s been a little bit of a weird Sunday for me. I have spent a big part of my day looking into and learning about mental health - particularly amongst young men.

Let me ask you a question. What's the leading cause of death amongst young men aged between 20 and 49?

Answer: Suicide.

Not car accidents nor obesity nor alcohol or drug abuse nor heart attack nor accidental death, but suicide. This unfortunate statistic is coupled with the fact that in every single country in the world, male suicides outnumber female by a long shot.

Unfortunately, no one is immune from mental health challenges - 25% of us will experience a mental health issue in a given year. Just like physical health, our mental health is important. So please do take the time out to look after your mental wellbeing.

Something I have been doing over the past six months or so is to have “slow time.” During this time, I cut off from the world. No phone, no computer, no distractions. I go for a walk, or meditate, and make a conscious effort to be "unproductive." It's been really beneficial to maintain a healthy mental wellbeing.

My challenge for you all this week is to take some slow time. Take some time out of your days to be deliberately unproductive and cut off from the distractions of the modern world. Let me know how it goes.

Have an awesome week ahead,
Samuel


Featured Article

Happiness: Do We Really Know What Makes Us Happy?
We think we know what makes us happy, but the science says otherwise. Our beliefs about what will make us happy are very often incorrect.

What Can We Do About Britain's Male Suicide Crisis?

An article I read today about Britains suicide crisis. The article investigates why men are more likely to be victims of suicide. We all need to take the time out to talk about our feelings and to look after our mental health.

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Big Tech’s leaders squirm as documents reveal their power

The COEs of Facebook, Google, Apple and Amazon - four of the largest companies in the world - were brought before judges in the US this week. This article summarises the events that took place.

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Hedge Fund Fees in Free Fall Is the New Reality For a Humbled Industry

Ever wanted to learn about hedge funds, and why they charge the fees they do? I read this brilliant article earlier in the week, which summarises the fees in the industry well. It also explains why the fees paid to hedge fund managers has been declining recently.

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This Week's Wisdom

"Once you possess the ability to say no with confidence and grace, and do so with regularity, you’ll notice changes in how others perceive you. They’ll have more respect for you; they’ll place a greater value on your time; and they’ll come to see you as a leader rather than a follower."

- In the book, The Art of Saying NO by Damon Zahariades

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