How It Actually Works, the newsletter

I read every corner of the Internet to find the best articles, podcasts & books to answer the question: how does the world actually work?

What goes down in the room where it happens?

Sent every Monday - Read a previous email here


What Readers Are Saying

"I have never liked newsletters because I hate having anything unimportant in my inbox. How It Actually Works is the only one I will not unsubscribe to. It's some of the most logical and practical material I have read." - Matt Sutherland

"Keep writing. I love your newsletters.” - Brent Thomson

"Newsletters have largely replaced blogs for me, and Trevor's How It Actually Works is one of the best. - Tommy Collison

"So happy Trevor is finally doing a regular email – I've found his insights super valuable for years. How It Actually Works is one of the only newsletters that goes to my real inbox. Love love love love." - Eric Jorgenson

"Loved this article Trevor. It was a great reminder to me today" - Kassidi Henrie

"Trevor this is some amazing writing damn brother. I never read emails but this is a must now." - Scott Paul

"I'm a huge fan of your newsletter How it Actually Works. I even created a shortcut​ in my inbox so as I don't miss a single one of your emails. Why is this? I read one of your emails titled "Efficiency is an excuse not to do the actual work" and it has transformed the way I approach how I do things. For example, I started working out using only push-ups in my bedroom while before I always thought I needed a gym membership first. - Abdul Ngoko, Tanzania

"I really enjoyed this" - Zarin Ficklin

"I’m very grateful for your emails. I love your consistency and your content. Your emails are part of the few I actually read and enjoy." - Annette Phillips

"This is one of the best things I've seen in my inbox in a long time." - Vinney Cavallo

"Man, I really enjoy these emails. Probably the only newsletter I've stayed subscribed to for longer than two weeks. Good stuff!" - Kevin Morrill

“Trevor writes about topics I wouldn’t find on my own in a way that's straight and to the point.” - Carolyn Pope

"My favorite weekly read. Inspires me to keep working." - Dave Stevenson

"I wanted you to know that this week's newsletter was awesome." - Ramsanthosh Reddy

"Reading this is part of my Monday morning rituals. Trevor's smart and logical perspective teaches me something each time I dive in.” - Derek Andersen

"I can't remember how or when I signed up for this, but this is an awesome newsletter. Thanks Trevor." - George Nuridzhanyan

"If you don’t subscribe… duh. Subscribe. Today’s email was awesome." - Joshua Howland

"This is amazing!" - Cameron Wiese

"How It Actually Works is one of the few weekly email newsletters that I actually look forward to. Trevor’s superpower is finding unique and insightful nuggets of wisdom, esoterica, and knowledge that are hiding right in plain sight, and sharing them in a fun and easy-to-read way. If you love learning new things, you’ll love How It Actually Works." - Dan Loewenherz

"Trevor clearly has a passion for the details and it shows in his stories. He knows what actually happened and expertly weaves it into a compelling story, with lessons along the way." - Ryan Jones

"How It Actually Works is great because it challenges my intuitions. Every week I get to evaluate my gut take on stories I thought I understood but look at with new information and perspective. Great way to start the week thinking in a new way." - Nathan Dallon

"You are a strategic, practical thinker and articulate simple life truths in a consumable way." - Ken Frei

"That Sam Walton story hit home for me. It’s the unsexy bits that are interesting to me. Good issue this week, Trevor. Thanks." - Russ Shanahan

"This is great Trevor. I love it when you write. Your examples of how we all Future Me Masturbate (did you make this term up?) pulled it all together... +1 to Trevor's newsletter. A must subscribe. Good stuff every time." - Trent Mano

"This was meaningful for me today, thanks man. (1 week later) Another great one man, love these more and more." - Al Doan

"I look forward to reading the newsletter every Monday. It exposes me to material that I wouldn't otherwise see." - Connie Whitley

"I know we don't know each other, and I'm not sure if you read responses to your newsletter, but I've been getting your newsletter for about a month or so now. I just wanted you to know, I really enjoy reading it. I appreciate the work that goes into writing. I just wanted to say thanks, and keep up the good work." - Michael Munsil

"Superb Trevor, well written and very insightful! Saving this to review every month." - Jonathan Berkowitz

"Trevor, this is really great. Thanks." - Austin Craig

"Won't unsubscribe" - Ryan Holdaway

"Trevor is a smart dude and a good writer. Sign up for this newsletter, it’s dope." - Austen Allred

"This is good stuff" - Terry Feuerborn

"How It Actually Works is the email I most look forward to getting every Monday. It’s a nugget of inspirational wisdom that helps me remember achieving excellence & making an impact takes resilience, and reality is a lot more messy than the glossy newsprint makes it seem.” - Randall Bennett