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TUESDAY 21 JAN 2020 | EDITION 50
Did you know this is our 50th edition of the Living Zoku newsletter? It’s been a wild ride since we first started sending out these emails, and we’d like to thank everybody who's been with us from the start, the over 10,000 new subscribers who have joined the Living Zoku Community, and all the amazing feedback we've received. Want to know what we’ve learned along the way? Check out this blog post where we break it all down for you.
Thanks to your feedback we have been able to make the Newsletter what it is today, and we'd love to hear your thoughts in this 30-second survey on where the Newsletter should go next.

YOUR WEEKLY PRESCRIPTION
This week’s prescription is a little different. To celebrate our little milestone, we’re reflecting on the most popular articles from the newsletter so far. Here are the top three according to you, our dear readers:
9 QUESTIONS INTERESTING PEOPLE ASK TO CUT THROUGH SMALL TALK

9 QUESTIONS INTERESTING PEOPLE ASK TO CUT THROUGH SMALL TALK

5-minute read | Inc.

Our most popular article is all about how to talk to strangers without boring them to death. There are some great, provocative questions in here. Though, I haven’t yet had the cojones to drop, “What’s the most important thing I should know about you?” into casual conversation with a stranger just yet.

HOW TO MOTIVATE EMPLOYEES? DON’T.

HOW TO MOTIVATE EMPLOYEES? DON’T.

5-minute read | Know Your Team

It seems like we have a lot of exasperated managers on our subscriber list. Motivating people is tough, so it’s no surprise that a lot of people would want to take the ultimate shortcut: Not doing it at all. We’d be really interested to hear if this approach has worked for any of you guys.

HOW TO BEAT JET LAG LIKE A CIA AGENT

HOW TO BEAT JET LAG LIKE A CIA AGENT

3-minute read | Forbes

Jet lag is the eternal enemy of the business traveler, so it’s no surprise this article made the top three. It turns out CIA agents use an intense schedule of fasting to prepare their stomachs for a new timezone, which honestly sounds less appealing than jet lag itself. Still not deterred? Read the article to learn how it works.

OUR FAVORITE ANSWERS FROM 50 FEATURES
Over these past 50 Newsletters we've had the privilege of introducing some of the most inspirational community members to you with the goal of showcasing the people that make up the DNA of Zoku and who become your neighbors when you're at Zoku. We have received a range of answers from motivational and thought-provoking, to funny, however 50 interviews is a lot of wisdom to go through, so here is a full interview with some of our favorite answers!
What brings you to Amsterdam?
I just love the city. There are 1000 things to do every day and I love the diversity of the city. I frequently run into this man, wearing only a g-string, who travels around on his inline skates. I love that we have the freedom in Amsterdam to just do the thing that suits you.

How long have you stayed at Zoku Amsterdam and what were your thoughts?
I was a long stay resident at Zoku Amsterdam for six weeks when I relocated to Amsterdam. I explored the local neighbourhood using a 5k running route I found on the Zoku app, and the team put on community dinners and community events for residents, which made me feel at home instantly. I also met my best friend Julia there – she was staying in the Loft next to mine and was also new to the city, so we bonded straight away! Concepts like Zoku make you realise the world is your oyster: that it’s not that scary after all to move to a new city and start your life from scratch. I often take visiting friends for a coffee or a drink on the Rooftop Terrace, to show them where my Amsterdam story began.

What’s a life-changing song, film, event or book you’d like to recommend to others?
Wow, big question – The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle, is an outstanding book, because it helps you identify the negative impact that the little voice in your head can have. I’ve always been fairly positive, and those who are not as much can really gain from this book. It provides tips on how to find inner calm, and how to change your perspective on life around you, for the good. Also, Lucky Man by The Verve is a cracking song – “I’m stood here naked with a smile on my face, feel no disgrace!” What a line…

What advice would you give to your 20-year-old self?
Go easy on yourself in your 30s. Perhaps do a sit up or two. Drink more water. Get some sleep. Learn an instrument. Things will get easier. Things will get harder. Nothing in life is that serious when you consider the big picture. Oh and shave off that fuzz from under your lip.

Which book/product have you gifted the most?
Ok don’t judge me here…but the album Purpose by Justin Bieber (ideally the acoustic version). It’s actually been somewhat of a spiritual guide for me the past few years, and it’s helped me find my passion and purpose in life more than I could have ever dreamt!
For the book lovers out there, How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie. It’s an oldie but a goodie – even if you hate reading just do yourself a favor and read this one back to front. You might not know it at the time but it will stick with you.

Has your time at Zoku Amsterdam helped you in business of in life?
Being on the road as much as I am, it’s difficult to find comfortable, accommodating, affordable housing everywhere I stay. Zoku Amsterdam has made my life easier outside the opera house while I’ve been here. I’ve made new friends and I actually feel like a member of the Zoku family. It’s made it a better experience to do my job singing in front of 1700 people each night at the Dutch National Opera.

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