Paul Sufka – Physician, Blogger

Paul Sufka is a rheumatologist (physician that treats autoimmune diseases) who works in St. Paul, MN and blogs about tech and medical education at

Good things to read.

Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future. Elon is one of the most interesting and influential humans on the planet right now (at least until he leaves for Mars), and this is the best look into how he got where he is and how he works.

Bold: How to Go Big, Create Wealth and Impact the World. Think of this as a playbook similar to The 4-Hour Workweek, but for entrepreneurs looking to at our current world of exponential technology and growth. After reading interviews with people such as Elon Musk and Richard Brandon, talk about mining asteroids, and taking ideas to the line of super credibility, if you’ve ever had an big idea that you wanted to get off the ground, this would be a blueprint to look at.

The Rise of Superman: Decoding the Science of Ultimate Human Performance. This book is a modern look at the mental state referred to as “flow,” primarily using extreme sports athletes as examples. It gives a good overview of the neurobiology behind the state, along with actionable ways to get yourself into the state.

Good things to watch.

Videos on This is an amazing resource for obtaining and restoring proper joint mobility and posture, which impacts how you feel day to day, and improves performance in your athletic endeavors of choice. The founder, Dr. Kelly Starrett, has one of my favorite quotes of all time: “All human beings should be able to perform basic maintenance on themselves.”

Exit Through the Gift Shop. This is my favorite documentary and is directed by Banksy about the underground world of graffiti art. After seeing this, you’ll notice and appreciate this form of art in a whole new way.

Fast Five. My favorite movie in the Fast series, and one of the only movies I’ll re-watch at any time. The ending reminds me of Ocean’s Eleven.

Good things to use.

Boomerang for Gmail. This is a simple add on for Gmail that allows you to schedule emails to be sent later or have them return to your inbox at a time if the future, so you can follow up on them.

Overcast app. The major feature that makes Overcast the best iOS app for listening to podcasts is Smart Speed, which takes out the short areas of silence in each episode. At the time I’m writing this, this feature has saved me about 20 hours of listening time.

Lacrosse ball. For use in smashing your tissues while watching I keep one in my everyday carry bag at all times.

Connect with Paul on Twitter, @PSufka