Welcome to the Wealthwoke Weekly Whammy
Here are my hottest tips of what to read, watch and listen to this weekend.
I recently attended a seminar on the art of storytelling. It’s a fascinating field, so when I came across the Mythology podcast, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to enjoy some of the greatest stories ever told and get a better understanding of why they have survived through the ages.
The series covers a wide range of Mythologies, including Greek, Egyptian and Norse. So far I have listed to the episodes on Pandora’s Box as well as a few on Norse mythology (specifically those focusing on Loki – the God of Mischief).
They are wonderfully narrated, with different voices for the various characters. Listening to these ancient tales, it’s so obvious that they form the basis of so many of the storylines we find in contemporary television, film and books that we mistakenly assume are original concepts.
Available on Spotify and itunes.
The Spy and the Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War
I love a good spy thriller, even more so when it’s a true story. The Spy and the Traitor is a classic Cold War-era tale of Oleg Gordievsky, a KGB agent, who eventually became the Soviet Union’s top man in London – but was secretly working for MI6.
Besides it being a great spy story, it’s fascinating to get a glimpse into the incredible paranoia that existed between the Soviet Union and the West during the height of the Cold-War and how this brought the world to the brink of all-out nuclear war. There is also some comfort in the thought that the world may not actually be as dangerous as it was thirty years ago.
Available on Kindle.
The story of the Chinese farmer
As told by Alan Watts
Without doubt, my favourite parable. Whenever something happens in my life that I am tempted to perceive as either good or bad, I think of this story. In particular, when I experience a disappointment or “failure”, it really helps to remind me not to judge the outcome too quickly or harshly, but to rather frame it as part of a bigger picture that I cannot yet see.
Have a great weekend Wealthwokers
Elian Wiener – Founder of Wealthwoke