The Guide on the Side is a weekly newsletter that aims to inform, inspire and provide practical tools to help you live a more examined, intentional life. You'll receive two thought-provoking weekly essays on personal growth, productivity, creativity, mindfulness, and finding meaning and purpose.

The essays invite reflection and provide actionable insights you can apply to life and work.

As a subscriber, you're not just a passive reader. You're part of a community that dives deeper into a specific subject area with one in-depth themed edition each week. These special editions include lessons, exercises, resources, and tools to help you cultivate new skills and ways of thinking. From guides on effective goal-setting to tips for nurturing your curiosity and creativity, the in-depth editions are designed to support your personal and professional development.

At the core of The Guide on the Side is the belief that building better perspectives is essential for a fulfilling life. In our fast-paced, ever-changing world, getting caught up in the day-to-day and losing sight of the bigger picture is easy. We can develop a more nuanced and adaptive outlook by intentionally exploring new ideas, questioning our assumptions, and seeking diverse viewpoints. This enhances our resilience in the face of challenges and enriches our experience of life.

Building better perspectives is a lifelong process, and The Guide on the Side is here to support you on that journey. Whether you're looking to make a career change, improve your relationships, or simply cultivate a greater sense of self-awareness and purpose, developing robust and flexible mental models is critical. By subscribing to our newsletter, you gain access to a space for reflection and growth, where we offer practical tools and frameworks to help you see yourself and the world in new, beneficial ways.

The Guide on the Side is written and curated by Ivan Nyagatare, a philosopher and fellow worker. Ivan is passionate about exploring life's big questions and sharing practical wisdom to help others navigate the complexities of modern life.

With a background in psychology, Ivan brings a unique perspective and depth of insight to the newsletter. As a "fellow worker," Ivan is committed to being a relatable and down-to-earth guide, learning and growing alongside readers.

The newsletter aims to be a "guide on the side"—a supportive companion providing perspective, encouragement, and practical guidance to help you grow and thrive.

Ivan's philosophical approach is grounded in the belief that we all have the capacity for profound personal transformation. By asking better questions, challenging our limiting beliefs, and taking responsibility for our choices, we can create lives of greater purpose, meaning, and fulfilment.

Sign up now to join a community of thoughtful, growth-oriented people and receive your weekly dose of inspiration and insight. Thanks for joining us on the journey!

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