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Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, maybe you should set up a life you don't need to escape from.

How To Be Limitless

"Anyone can use this basic formula to create habits of her or his own. Want to exercise more? Choose a cue, such as going to the gym as soon as you wake up, and a reward, such as a smoothie after each workout. Then think about that smoothie, or about the endorphin rush you'll feel. Allow yourself to anticipate the reward. Eventually, that craving will make it easier to push through the gym doors every day. Rather, to change a habit, you must keep the old cue, and deliver the old reward, but insert a new routine."

  • Over a shorter time-frame, an exercise routine can give you more energy throughout the day. Most of your cells contain components called mitochondria, often referred to as the cell's "power plant." Mitochondria produce the chemical that your body uses as energy, known as ATP. Physical exercise stimulates the development of new mitochondria within your cells, meaning that your body will be able to produce more ATP over time. That gives you more energy to exert yourself physically, but it also means more energy for your brain, boosting your mental output.
  • "The way we eat can have an immediate effect on our productivity, which in turn affects our work output. A donut can cause a sugar spike that increases alertness for about 20 minutes, but after that we can crash unless we maintain this high-sugar intake. A study conducted by researcher Roy F. Baumeister, in collaboration with New York Times science writer John Tierney, found that skipping breakfast affected school children's productivity and behavior, but that when given a healthy snack, the children who had skipped breakfast performed as well as their peers who had not. This proves that healthy snacking can have a noticeable effect on focus, concentration, and productivity."
  • LEVERAGE THE ACTIVATION ENERGIE
  • Distractions of all kinds fill our world today. Social network notifications, email inboxes, phones ringing and much more fill our day, resulting in a dramatic decline in productivity. Most of our attempts to eliminate distractions fail because we've made it too easy for ourselves to be distracted. So let's talk about a principle from Sean Achor's book The Happiness Advantage that he calls activation energy. The principle of activation energy simply refers to how much energy it will take to begin a certain action.
  • Ways to Leverage Activation Energy:
  • Organize Your Day the Night Before

    Starting your day with a clear idea of everything you want to get done will increase your likelihood of finishing things you start. Make a list of the 5 most important things you plan to do tomorrow. As a writer, one of the most important things I do every single day is write 1000 words. To make sure I do nothing else when I wake up, I setup my journaling software the night before so it's the first thing I see when I turn on the computer. The activation energy required to launch a new program is completely eliminated. Figure out how to reduce the activation energy of the 5 most important things you want to do and you'll be much more likely to get them done.

  • We frequently judge other people on the basis of the clothes they are wearing. If you see a man in an expensive suit, you tend to automatically assume that he is successful and competent. See the same person dressed in a kaftan or flowery shirt, and you might assume that he is a creative type. Bump into the man wearing large shoes, a red nose, and a clown's pants, and you know it is time to run.
  • The As If principle predicts that dressing as if you are a certain type of person will affect your sense of identity. The message is clear: the way you dress directly influences who you think you are. For years, physiologists have urged job candidates to dress in a business like outfit before an interview in the belief that his clothing will have a positive impact on the interviewer.

    The As If principle suggests that such attire will have a profound and even more important effect on the candidates."

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“Progress is never permanent, will always be threatened, must be redoubled, restated and reimagined if it is to survive.” — Zadie Smith
“Integrity is when what you think and what you say and what you do are one.” — Naval Ravikant
“Whoever does not have two-thirds of his day for himself is a slave, whatever he may be: a statesman, a businessman, or a scholar.” — Friedrich Nietzsche

We also tend to overestimate the percentage of reality that we understand. We think we know all the opportunities that are out there. Five years ago, I thought I knew all the career opportunities that were available to me. Thankfully, I was wrong.I never thought I could or would be working on the things I’m working on today.It seems the way to do this is to increase your exposure to positive volatility and generate more options for yourself.
If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together. — Robin Jones Gunn
A foreign accent is a sign of bravery. — Amy Chua
To know what you’re going to draw, you have to begin drawing. — Picasso
The reward for good work is more work. — Tom Sachs
The invention of the ship was also the invention of the shipwreck. — Paul Virilio
If all I’d ever wanted to do was make money, I’d probably be really poor by now. — Brian Eno
Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment. — Rumi
On average, bad things happen fast and good things happen slow. — Stewart Brand
What I cannot create, I do not understand. — Richard Feynman
Find out who you are and do it on purpose. — Dolly Parton
One thing I've learned is that creating content is a lot like making lottery tickets. I had posted a similar visualization a couple weeks ago and it garnered some attention in other communities, but much less on r/dataisbeautiful. You really need to be persistent in order to eventually see good timing, luck and quality content all aligning at once.
"A candidate of superior intelligence is lost with an examiner of inferior intelligence."
“Humans are shit. This is addressing problems that don’t exist. It’s solutionism at its worst. We are dumbing down machines that are inherently superior.”
In any craft -- writing, music, designing software -- I think there are two truths:
Quality only comes as a result of quantityit pays off to be prolific. Practicing a skill more than anyone doesn't guarantee world-class success, but every world-class artist or speaker or engineer has practiced and performed their craft more than anyone else in the world, in that domain.
Focus pays off. Focus means saying no, as in the cliche advice, but I think focus also implies a deeper understanding of mission -- you can't work on the same problem or the same skill for thousands of hours without really knowing why it matters to you.
To be prolific is to produce many versions and trials of a craft. To be focused is to insist on continually attacking the same problem or improving at the same task. Taken together, I think this leads us to an idea that's perhaps tautological, but good to remember: prolific focus leads to more shots-on-goal, a high number of trials and attempts and perspectives and approaches to one particular North Star, one goal that means a lot to you.
“Theories that are right only 50% of the time are less economical than coin flipping.” - George J. Stigler, The Theory of Price
keep thinking about how my friends lives have split into “moved in with partner” or “lives with parents again” just based on their relationship status in february, and it’ll impact our whole life trajectory
Look low enough by focusing your mental energy on things that seem beneath you. Feed yourself properly, fix your sleep, and get exercise. Perhaps the most important thing you could be doing with your extraordinary intellectual capacity is to resolve the dysfunction within your immediate family. Perhaps the most important thing you could be writing involves repeating, summarizing, and coming up with catchy concept handles for the ideas of better men and women. Whatever it is, take it seriously, do it properly, and only good will come of it.
IF you ever heard the expression "food for thought"? Well, the food is literally good for your thoughts. Cook and eat healthy food!
Your salary is your company's monthly subscription fee of you.
Running - In general, is the easiest way to exercise. Running boosts your brain power and the more you do it, the more it becomes a habit and you also develop greater levels of will power in other areas of life.
Invest wisely - your finances and your emotions, the former gives you monetary independence and the latter gives you a happy life.
Networking - Interact with people, exchange ideas, make acquaintances, it'll help you get all the support you need when you're making a big move in your profession.
Right now there is a good chance that someone out there is writing the computer code that will make your current job obsolete.
Technology isn’t going to go away in our lifetimes. We don’t live in a world where every process is done as efficiently and effectively as possible. This means that people are constantly working to solve problems and create efficiencies.
Twitter wouldn’t have been a success if it involved sticky notes and a pen.
People who are able to integrate with technological advancements are going to be the people who find the most success in the future.
There is a good chance that computer programming will be the basic math of the future.
If you can, start to learn it now.
Things to do:
✔️Travel to places and gain life experiences
✔️Learn at least two foreign languages
✔️Learn a sport
✔️Start blogging
✔️Start Investing your savings
Write down at least 5 new ideas (Literally any idea be it excellent or a mediocre one but the ideas should be yours) every day. Maintain a Journal for it.
Along with ideas, if you need (if you get depressed easily) do write down at least 10 good things that happened to you that day. Surely helps developing positive attitude.
Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.
As a man in your 20s and 30s - what are some basic truths of life? You need to read.
Every week you have to be reading. You have to be growing in your base of knowledge.
Don’t walk into your day without a plan; it’s a recipe for being controlled by outside influences rather than what’s most important.
Working hurts less than procrastinating, we simply fear the pain of starting.
Being in the middle of doing the work is usually less painful than being in the middle of procrastinating.
So what is our brain flinching away from, if not the pain of doing the work?
I think it's flinching away from the pain of the decision to do the work - the momentary, immediate pain of (1) disengaging yourself from the (probably very small) flow of reinforcement that you're getting from reading a random unimportant Internet article, and (2) paying the energy cost for a prefrontal override to exert control of your own behavior and begin working.
Thanks to hyperbolic discounting (i.e., weighting values in inverse proportion to their temporal distance) the instant pain of disengaging from an Internet article and paying a prefrontal override cost, can outweigh the slightly more distant (minutes in the future, rather than seconds) pain of continuing to procrastinate, which is, once again, usually more painful than being in the middle of doing the work.
I think that hyperbolic discounting is far more ubiquitous as a failure mode than I once realized, because it's not just for commensurate-seeming tradeoffs like smoking a cigarette in a minute versus dying of lung cancer later.
When it comes to procrastinating, the obvious, salient, commensurate-seeming tradeoff, is between the (assumed) pleasure of reading a random Internet article now, versus the (assumed) pain of doing the work now. But this, as I said above, is not where I think the real tradeoff is; events that are five minutes away are too distant to dominate the thought process of a hyperbolic discounter like a human. Instead our thought processes are dominated by the prospective immediate pain of a thought, a cost that isn't even salient as something to be traded off. "Working" is an obvious, salient event, and "reading random articles" seems like an event. But "paying a small twinge of pain to make the decision to stop procrastinating now, exerting a bit of frontal override, and not getting to read the next paragraph of this random article" is so map-level that we don't even focus on it as a manipulable territory, a cost to be traded off; it is a transparent thought.
The real damage done by hyperbolic discounting is for thoughts that are only very slightly painful, and yet, these slight pains being immediate, they manage to dominate everything else in our calculation. And being transparent, we aren't even aware that's what's happening. "Beware of immediately trivially painful transparent thoughts", one might say.
Similarly, you may read a mediocre book for an hour, instead of a good book, because if you first spent a few minutes to search your library to obtain a better book, that would be an immediate cost - not that searching your library is all that unpleasant, but you'd have to pay an immediate activation cost to do that instead of taking the path of least resistance and grabbing the first thing in front of you. It's a hyperbolically discounted tradeoff that you make without realizing it, because the cost you're refusing to pay isn't commensurate enough with the payoff you're forgoing to be salient as an explicit tradeoff.
A related note that I might as well dump into this post: I'm starting to think that procrastination by reading random articles does not cause you to rest, that is, you do not regain mental energy from it. Success and happiness cause you to regain willpower; what you need to heal your mind from any damage sustained by working is not inactivity, but reliably solvable problems which reliably deliver experienced jolts of positive reinforcement. Putting in the effort to read a good book may do this; playing a good computer game may do this; reading random Internet articles, or playing bad games, probably won't. Literal mental exhaustion might mean that you don't have enough energy left to read a good book - or that you don't have enough energy left to pay the immediate cost of searching your library for good reading material instead of mediocre reading material - but in this case you shouldn't be reading random online articles. You should be sitting with your eyes closed listening to music, or possibly even napping; if dealing with a truly exhausted brain, reading random articles is probably too much effort.
If you don't feel good while reading a lot of forgettable online articles, and you don't feel renewed after doing so, your intuitive theory which says that this is how to rest is mistaken, and you need to look for other ways to rest instead - more active ways to regain willpower, less active ways to recover from immediate exhaustion. In general, poor performance often indicates poor models; if something seems incredibly difficult to predict or manipulate, it may be that you have mistaken beliefs about it, including transparent mistakes that are nonquestioned because they are nonsalient. This includes poor performance on the problem of resting.
Hopefully publishing this post will help me live up to it.
Art is society having a dialogue with itself.
The value of art is in getting people to agree on narratives.
Narratives are shaped by an environment in constant evolution.
Necessarily there's going to be a lot of art with a limited shelf life.
People are allowing their external environment to govern their emotions rather than taking control of those emotions themselves.
By 2040, …the only way for humans to stay in the game will be to keep learning throughout their lives and to reinvent themselves again and again.
A throne is only a bench covered with velvet.
There is an old fable about an expert archer who could hit the bull’s-eye every time. However, when he entered a competition to win a silver cup, his arm trembled and he almost missed. When he played for a prize of gold coins, he trembled so much that his aim suffered and he lost the match.
A central tenet of Buddhism is that desire leads to suffering. When we desire something too much, we feel emotionally attached to it and our efforts to acquire it can be thwarted. Much of this desire comes from an unrealistic appraisal of the importance of things.
A true man hates no one.
Hatred is a powerful emotion, and powerful emotions cloud judgement. In going after something, we need to keep a clear head, appraising the situation accurately and making decisions about how to act accordingly. To be blinded by rage, hatred or any other strong emotion is foolish and self-defeating.
He who fears being conquered is sure of defeat.
Take time to deliberate, but when the time for action has arrived, stop thinking and go in.
Fools rush in where angels fear to tread. Planning is important, and rash action can cost you dearly. But planning should not go on forever. If you are going to act, then act – don’t delay for too long. Time is never on your side.
Victory belongs to the most persevering.
The truth is that things take time. Think about any skill you have that you think is worth something, or anything in your life that you truly love. Did you acquire it in a short time? Or did it take years to learn, to perfect, to acquire?
Like fear, worry is a counterproductive emotion. Occasionally, fear has a purpose – if we are being physically threatened, for example. But worry never has a practical use, and so the only sensible thing to do with worry is to destroy it completely.
Mark Twain wrote, ‘I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened.’ When we see how much energy we waste on worry, it is clear that it needs to go.
Just might increase lifespan but probably not • metformin • intermittent fasting • giving blood • rapamycin • nicotinamide riboside Very likely boosts lifespan • regular exercise • less sugar/junk food • no dangerous activities • limiting alcohol • sleeping enough
Psychological Tricks That Will Always Give You the Profit [ THREAD ]
  • If someone gives you an unsatisfactory answer to a question, stay quiet and keep eye contact and they’ll usually feel pressured to keep talking and reveal more.
  • If you feel someone is looking at you, try yawning and look around. If they yawn, you know they were looking at you.
  • The best moments of the life, don't make it to social media.
  • If you want people to take you seriously, tell them your parents have taught you that.
  • If you want your friend to carry something, just keep talking to them while handing them the bag. Most people will automatically take the bag without thinking.
  • People’s feet are often an insight into what they’re thinking.
  • Have a makeover after end of relationship. And show off the new you.
  • Always go with the choice that scares you the most, because that's the one that is going to help you grow.-Caroline Myss
  • Pretending not to care is the habit of someone who generally cares the most.
  • The truth will never be more painful than discovering a lie.
  • Writing down negative thoughts and tossing them in a trash can is a psychological trick to improve your mood.
  • Being unable to get someone off your mind indicates that you are also on that person's mind.
  • Intelligent people tend to have less friends than the average person. The smarter you are, the more selective you become.
  • If someone cant cry, he/she is weak.
  • Your favorite song is probably favorite because you associate with an emotional event of your life.
  • The person on your mind while you're unable to sleep is usually the person responsible for your happiness, pain or both.
  • You appear more attractive to the other person when you make them smile or laugh.
  • Women are likely to ask questions to things that they already know answers to. Be honest.
  • The two most effective treatments for battling depression are exercise and spending time with the pets.
  • When your mood goes from happy to sad, most of the time; its because you're missing someone.
  • Memories that are triggered by scent have some of the strongest emotional connections and appear more intensely then any other memory triggers.
  • The reason reverse psychology works, it because people don't like being told what to do.
  • When person cries and the first drop comes out of the right eye, its Happiness. Left eyes is pain. But both indicate frustration.
Next week's reading list: ➡️The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing
➡️1000 True Fans
➡️Bestselling Book Publicity
Learn to tell the story
A lot of these expert organizations are not better than an intelligent individual reading the internet. I think that if an individual knows how to read the internet, knows how to put information together - they can outperform.
Before on the old evolutionary paradigm, one would die and the other would grow and dominate. But under the new paradigm, they would exist as a mutually supportive, noncompetitive grouping. Okay, independent from the external. So, you produce a neo-human, okay, with a new individuality and a new consciousness. But that's only the beginning of the evolutionary cycle because as the next cycle proceeds, the input is now this new intelligence. As intelligence piles on intelligence, as ability piles on ability, the speed changes. Until what? Until we reach a crescendo in a way could be imagined as an enormous instantaneous fulfillment of human? human and neo-human potential. It could be something totally different. It could be the amplification of the individual, the multiplication of individual existences. Parallel existences now with the individual no longer restricted by time and space.
As a general matter, I believe we should be very slow to make conclusions about the nature of the cosmos based upon inner experience (i.e. taking the shrooms or the stamps) - no matter how profound these experiences seem.
Being present can be frightening at times, especially when I'm having a conversation and I completely zone in on a person. It's like a high, but in reverse. Things are so intensely clear & vibrant that it's as if you're seeing life in hi-definition.
Employees who practice mindfulness meditation are less motivated, having realized the futility of their jobs.
You can't really have an ego if you're not thinking. You can't have an ego if you're just appreciating your own existence.
I'm also less dependent on the little "crutches" that I use day to day just to entertain myself. I don't watch porn, I don't eat shitty food, I don't really get upset or feel horny unless I'm actually out talking to a girl.
Many of the actions that we perform minute to minute, day to day are just autopilot. Most people, just move through life in autopilot.
However, if you perform these simple actions, like taking off your coat, turning the doorknob, switching on a light, brushing your teeth, everything while consciously focusing entirely on that task as you do it, feeling the sensations of your body as you do them, you'll notice yourself becoming present.
To be "attractive" you must be completely free from any outcome whatsoever. You must have no desire to take anything from anyone outside of yourself.
As far as building your presence, there are two key methods that I've learned:
1. Meditate Regularly: Of course everyone knows this by now. If you wanna build your presence, you gotta be disciplined about your meditation and lean how to meditate effectively. There's not much else to say here.
2. Live Present: This one I borrowed from another poster on RSD who said to do everything on purpose.

The fast pace of change in the modern world can encourage us to demand instant results. Companies’ advertising campaigns prey on this desire and offer us shortcuts to success, get-rich-quick schemes and other instant fixes.

The world of news junkies — here’s some sad stuff you can’t do anything about and now you know it. Enjoy yourself. Try not to drink tonight!
You've gotta approach self-awareness like going to the gym: 60 minutes, high intensity, 3-4 times a week, and otherwise don't worry about it, just eat right and sleep.

If you stress-test the boundaries and experiment with the “impossibles,” you’ll quickly discover that most limitations are a fragile collection of socially reinforced rules you can choose to break at any time.

Reality is largely negotiable.
‪You want to create a space where production flows like water, eliminating all the dread so you can enjoy the process. Productivity is less about hustle and more about design. Reality is largely negotiable.‬
If one takes a mediocre job and has a life, he’ll live his life wondering what it would’ve been like if he had worked hard and progressed in his career.
If most economic affairs are online, first, they will serve as intermediaries for state functions, then they will leverage intermediary status to dictate direction, and finally they will take over or replace state functions.
Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.
The minimalism trend is about finding ways to protect the environment and maximize ethical consumption through simplified spending. Minimalism had its start in a search for human and mental values.
Discipline is the root of all good qualities but you have to absolutely apply it to things outside of just waking up early.
It's everything - it's working out every day, making yourself stronger and faster and more flexible and healthier.
Discipline is eating the right foods to fuel your system. It's about disciplining your emotions so you can make good decisions. It's about having the discipline to control your ego, so your ego doesn't get out of hand and control you.
It's about treating people the way you would want to be treated and doing the tasks that you don't necessarily want to do but that you know will help you or help your team. It's about facing your fears. It takes discipline to face your fears so you can conquer them. And that what discipline is. Discipline means taking the hard road to do what is right for yourself and for other people. It's so often the easy path that calls to us, to be weak for that moment, to break down for that moment. To give in to the desire and the short term gratification. But the discipline will not allow that. The discipline calls for strength and fortitude and will. It won't accept weakness, it won't tolerate another breakdown. The discipline can seem like it's your worst enemy. But the reality is - discipline is your best friend. It will take care of you like nothing else can and will put you on that path. The path to strength and wealth and intelligence and happiness. And most importantly - it will put you on the path to freedom.
Spend time systematically eliminating things which might worry you. The mental clutter. Finish up projects and tie up loose ends so that you don't have a million small things floating around your head. Build systems to email you, keep track of things, or automate processes.
For me, all people have melodies. Each individual. It rises from them like an aroma. And what you do is that you search for someone who’s melody can complete yours, make it richer.
"Sounds like a problem for future me, boy would I sure hate to be that guy." - Homer Simpson
Your vocabulary defines your thinking i.e. the more words you have at your disposal, the higher quality of your thoughts.
When facing a seemingly insurmountable obstacle we must try:
- To be objective
- To control your emotions and keep an even keel
- To choose to see the good in a situation - To steady your nerves - To ignore what disturbs or limits others - To focus on what you can control
Because so many people are so uninformed - and if you are in the group think - that's the number 1 sign you are on the wrong side.
You spend a lot of time building walls, Hannibal. It's natural to see if someone is clever enough to climb over them.
You only have to get a few things right. You only need to cultivate a handful of skills to be keep yourself relevant. Deal making, negotiating, non violent communication, prioritization and the overall desire to learn - and you are going to win at the game of life.
Maker Mindset:
✅ More creativity
✅ Less reaction to notifications
✅ Walk bearfoot on the ground
✅ Lift heavy objects
✅ Play with the dog

Add these to your life. See the difference.

Great MACRO level approach. What do you think about the micro? — More creativity — Less reaction to notifications — Walk bearfoot on the ground — Lift heavy objects — Play with the dog This won't sacrifice anything.
The task of a craftsman is not to generate meaning, but rather to cultivate in himself the skill of discerning the meanings that are already there.
Humanity’s problem today is that we have Paleolithic emotions, medieval institutions, and god-like technology.
Its impossible for me to give you the specifics. There is no tactics. Its just execution and adaptability.
This is not like "do 10 sit ups". The truth is you don't do the sit-ups. You do something else. You go run, you do push-ups, you do backflips in the pool, you do what the fuck that you wanna do. And i really believe in that tremendously. I am terrible at anything that i don't want to do. And so is everybody else.
I remember my grandfather telling me how each of us must live with a full measure of loneliness that is inescapable, and we must not destroy ourselves with our passion to escape the aloneness.
NOT PURSUE PASSION You should not pursue your passion. You should focus on building skills and acquiring premiere capital and that will help you on your quest to find work that fulfils you. - Cal Newport, So good they can't ignore you
You can cut the number of hours required to get things done to 3 or 4 if you are working with undistracted intensity. Just have large portions of your day where you don't have your phone.
Be less connected.
Deep work. It's a skill that you need to practice.
When you have a pomodoro session break, you don't need to go to the Web in that short break. Go and drink water or do some push-ups.
Be less connected. You should spend a large portion of your day doing your work with high intensity. This is the secret to very high-scoring college students.
You can cut the number of hours required to get things done to 3 or 4 if you are working with un distracted intensity. Just have large portions of your day where you don't have your phone.
Then you can check your phone.
People skipping meals & Intermittent fasting will be the "diet" of the future given the current context.
* There is an old fable about an expert archer who could hit the bull’s-eye every time. However, when he entered a competition to win a silver cup, his arm trembled and he almost missed. When he played for a prize of gold coins, he trembled so much that his aim suffered and he lost the match.
A central tenet of Buddhism is that desire leads to suffering. When we desire something too much, we feel emotionally attached to it and our efforts to acquire it can be thwarted. Much of this desire comes from an unrealistic appraisal of the importance of things.
Napoleon’s example can be applied to almost anything – when we see things as they really are and don’t give undue importance to surface appearances, we are more detached and so more free. Then, we are in a more powerful position to acquire what we choose.
‘A true man hates no one.’
Hatred is a powerful emotion, and powerful emotions cloud judgement. In going after something, we need to keep a clear head, appraising the situation accurately and making decisions about how to act accordingly. To be blinded by rage, hatred or any other strong emotion is foolish and self-defeating.
‘He who fears being conquered is sure of defeat.
‘Take time to deliberate, but when the time for action has arrived, stop thinking and go in.’
Fools rush in where angels fear to tread. Planning is important, and rash action can cost you dearly. But planning should not go on forever. If you are going to act, then act – don’t delay for too long. Time is never on your side.
‘Victory belongs to the most persevering.’
The fast pace of change in the modern world can encourage us to demand instant results. Companies’ advertising campaigns prey on this desire and offer us shortcuts to success, get-rich-quick schemes and other instant fixes.
The truth is that things take time. Think about any skill you have that you think is worth something, or anything in your life that you truly love. Did you acquire it in a short time? Or did it take years to learn, to perfect, to acquire?
Like fear, worry is a counterproductive emotion. Occasionally, fear has a purpose – if we are being physically threatened, for example. But worry never has a practical use, and so the only sensible thing to do with worry is to destroy it completely.
Mark Twain wrote, ‘I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened.’ When we see how much energy we waste on worry, it is clear that it needs to go.
‘A throne is only a bench covered with velvet.’
Signs of wisdom: - you aren't scared of saying you don't know - you talk to be understood, not to impress - you stay calm even around the angry - you apologize when you wronged - you admit it when you're wrong - you are detached but focused - you never blame - you seek to help
As a man in your 20s and 30s - what are some basic truths of life? You need to read, you need to fucking read. If you are not reading - train wreck, train wreck, train wreck. Why must we read? We read because older men, who have been through a lot and succeeded, have spent years of their lives thinking of the smartest highest quality ideas that they ever had running through their fucking brain and laid out with editors to make it really good for you to readYou'll read books when you are sad and having all stupid thoughts in your head and you'll go: So then you'll read it and as all those STUPID THOUGHTS go into your head, you go: Oh, here's a smart thought from the 55 year old happy person. Oh, right! So you have to read. You have to read autobiographies, self help, fiction - you have to fucking read. Every week you have to be reading. You have to be growing in your base of knowledge.
Instagram: check out my body. Twitter: check out my brain.
My (shitty, pedantic, uncultured) perspective: art is society having a dialogue with itself. The value of art is in getting people to agree on narratives. Narratives are shaped by an environment in constant evolution, so necessarily there's going to be a lot of art with a limited shelf life.

The classics are classic because those people were a lot smarter than us and we kinda wish they were still around telling the rest of us idiots what to do. Everybody’s ideas seem obvious to them. We’re clearly bad judges of our own creations. We should just put them out there and let the world decide.
Men these days will - Not workout. - Eat garbage constantly. - Fap it up all day, everyday. - Play video games 24/7. And then wonder why they - Feel like shit. - Look like crap. - Have no motivation. - Get friendzoned. This is the norm today. Don't be the dude next door.

And while we may need deep expertise in our industries to become innovators, we actually need only higher-order thinking and the ability to use platforms to do everything else. In a pre–technology era, people with abstract knowledge were highly valued. But in the age of smartphones and Wikipedia, does it matter that you don’t know offhand the name of the second-largest city in Botswana? What’s important today is knowing how to use platforms to retrieve the information we need, whether it’s the capital of Botswana or the result of 124,502 divided by 8.
People with abstract knowledge are highly valued. But in the age of smartphones, does it matter that you don’t know offhand the name of the third-largest city in Cuba? Knowing how to use platforms to retrieve the information you need is far more valuable.
“Never go to sleep without a request to your subconscious.”
“I am not a visionary. I'm an engineer. I'm happy with the people who are wandering around looking at the stars but I am looking at the ground and I want to fix the pothole before I fall in.”― Linus Torvalds
Where are we now? In the present. Where are we now? In the present. Where are we now? In the present. This is the only thing that there is.
Progress appears to be caused at least simply by an attitude of progress... of people competing to be innovative, and of simply looking at age-old things and going "why do we do it that way?"
A man is made by the environment.
All of our language is subject to interpretation, except: physics, mathematics, chemistry. When engineers talk to each other, they talk with with a sort of compression strength and tensioner strength so that the language cannot be a subject to interpretation. If you take a blueprint of an automobile from America and bring it to Japan, they will understand it.
On the other hand, a lawyer is a guy who takes the language and twists it however he wants to, if he is skilled at it, he will keep you out of jail. A lawyer will be considered a criminal in the future, same goes for bankers, politicians, business men.
You have to create things that are useful for human kind. When I was in Dubai, the prince asked me to build the tallest building in the world so they can be better than the United States. The prince was an ass hole. Build things that create confort. (Debatable)
If you take the cost of world War 2 - all the money spent could have been used for building a house for every person on Earth.
A Soldier should be trained to be problem solvers, not killers.
(This is adapted by me as I can enhance his views) - The correct way you should tackle a question. When people ask you "Do you think we will ever go to Mars?" you should respond by saying (if you are not expert or interested in that particular field) that "I don't know, I'm not a scientist, I'm not into space travel, but I hope we will". You shouldn't be radical when talking about the future. There were people in the past who used to write books about how the man will never be able to fly. You shouldn't be radical in conversation. You need to be open-minded and accept and understand points of view.
Nobody invented anything. The wheel was not invented, a tree fell down and there were no branches on the three. And it started to roll. Then peopople saw the possibilities and cut the tree and reshaped it. (debatable - we do not have enough information on that - you shouldn't be so radical when you are saying that, mr. Jacque - contradiction)
This is interesting as it goes hand in hand with the mentality of the russian mathematician who refused the Field Medal (it's the Nobel Prize in mathematics)- i was reading the other day about him #weird #destiny. So the guy refused numerous awards for solving a very hard problem. He said that he does not want the medal because other people have worked at the same problem as well. They came up with solutions for some parts of the problems so he can read their solutions and advance in his knowledge. Now what Jacque Fresco is saying is that people built on other people. There is no unique inventor. If you understand that, a sense of humility will appear and.
I don't say that science is perfect, but it's closer to our nature than any other thing. When Galileo found seashells on the top of the mountain and showed them to the church and said: " Maybe this top of the mountain was under the sea at some point in the past." The curch said that the Devil put the seashells there in order to trick Galileo into sin. When the bubonic plague killed half of the world's population, the church said that "We are paying for the sins of our ancestors". Then the scientists came up with a theory. Maybe the plauge is killing all those poeple because the plague is carried by rats. And maybe rats have flees. And maybe you have a small flee on you right now. That's all it takes. So they started killing the rat population and finally eradicating the plague.
We are all energies recycled by nature (Tyler from RSD also spoke about this). OK so if you take a ball of steel and heat it to half a million degrees, the ball will be vaporized. But it does not stop existing. It still exists as radiant density of vapor. So in science books it says that matter cannot be created or destroyed. That means that it never began. If you bury me one feet under the soil, plants will probably start to grow and the worms will get fatter. So what happens to me? I become part of something else. So you can say that what you it is what you are.
When you cover things up, there is curiosity. Indigenous people walk naked for thousands of years, and you will not see an indigenous man looking at a woman's body when talking to her, he will look in the eyes. If people walk naked in a civilized society, commercials and porn will cease to exist. (Debatable - when you see things on a daily basis, like the sky, the river, the dog, you will get used to those things and you won't be interested in them anymore because you know all about them. Curiosity is in our nature. If men and women walk naked on the streets you will get used to it and it won't present any interest for you - it's pshycology)
Why do the angels have wings? And most angels on the curches's walls usually have small wings. Why do they need wings? A miracle is when an angel can fly without wings.
Being really present can be frightening at times, especially when I'm having a conversation and I completely zone in on a person. It's like a high, but in reverse.
Things are in fact so intensely clear and vibrant that it's as if you're seeing life in hi-definition as opposed to seeing life in standard definition if you were stuck in your head. Everything just seem really awesome and fascinating and you just sorta roam/float around in your own zone.
My ego has also been greatly diminished as a result. You can't really have an ego if you're not thinking. You can't have an ego if you're just appreciating your own existence.
I'm also less dependent on the little "crutches" that I use day to day just to entertain myself. I don't watch porn, I don't eat shitty food, I don't really get upset or feel horny unless I'm actually out talking to a girl.
As far as building your presence, there are two key methods that I've learned: 1. Meditate Regularly: Of course everyone knows this by now. If you wanna build your presence, you gotta be disciplined about your meditation and lean how to meditate effectively. There's not much else to say here. 2. Live Present: This one I borrowed from another poster on RSD who said to do everything on purpose. 
Many of the actions that we perform minute to minute, day to day are just autopilot. Most people, just move through life in autopilot.
However, if you perform these actions--simple actions--like taking off your coat, turning the doornob, switching on a light, brushing your teeth, etc, consciously and focusing entirely on that task as you do it, feeling the sensations of your body as you do them, you'll notice yourself becoming present.
To be "attractive" you must be completely free from any outcome whatsoever. You must have no desire to take anything from anyone outside of yourself.
The author specifically stated that when you're talking to a woman and want absolutely nothing from her, it creates a void, a sort of vacuum that she feels compelled to fill. It's a sort of energetic communication. It's a certain vibe that comes across.
The point is: Put good energy into yourself and people will want to be around you because emotions are highly contagious especially because anyone who doesn't really study self-development in depth (which i believe is like 95% of people) are allowing their external environment govern their emotions rather than taking full control of those emotions themselves. Become that environment for them.
People can feel when you walk into a venue that you have no anxiety. Why? because your complete lack of anxiety translates outward in your body language and demeanor. When you come through, completely relaxed, unfazed by the environment, no matter how overwhelming you'll stand out just cause everybody else is probably stifled, uncomfortable, nervously clutching their drinks or just plain drunk. There are people having fun but for the most part they're using some sort of crutch whether it be a drink or the familiar company of their friends. Having no anxiety is also an indicator of higher status. That can also be felt in one way or another. Giving the fewest fucks makes you the grounding presence in the environment. Other guys may even try to qualify themselves to you, for no apparent reason.
How do you get to the point of giving zero fucks? Massive action. Do something that scares you everyday. Be edgy. Speak your mind as you go about your day to day life and let the chips fall where they may. Keep pushing the envelope. Go out stone cold sober with no wings for a while. Learn to rely entirely on yourself. You'll build a crazy amout of character.
Culture is brainwashing you so you can desire completion. Society brainwashes you to think that there is going to be completion. So the classic example of a stable society is this utopian place where you are born, then you go to kindergarten, then you go to school, then high school and college after that. Theoretically, get a job, get promoted, retire and theeeen DIE.
And yet there is no completion.
So I am a regular citizen, i work at this corporation, I like this type of food, I have this special mug, I am a fan of Game of Thrones, this is my wife, we will be together forever etc. And when things start to screw up, you are like "I did what they told me to do, i went to school, i got a wife, but then she cheat on me". And you are confused as hell. "How could this happen to me? How could this not work?"
Society wants you to learn just this small skill so you can complete this small task. That way you can stay asleep. Having to make decisions it's much harder, it's gonna demand more from you mentally and physically. So when you hear things like "never be complete" or "it is never done", this is very intimidating for a lot of people.
There are many different reasons why we all wanna be told what to do. So if we take it chronologically, human beings come from hierarchy, humans beings respond to hierarchy, we come from tribes, we respond to tribal leaders.
But the main reason I am going to focus on is the one regarding the fact that we are all tired and we are all scared.
Imagine that you have hustled for the past ten years so you can build a small business for yourself and you are just fucking tired.
So because we are tired and scared we just wish for someone to tell us that everything will be ok and just give us a direction.
And you are in a state where you don't know how to start something that could be yours, you don't know how to get a job and you are scared, you do not want to be in charge. So you just go to school. I mean going to school is good, right? How could school be bad? I have this teacher telling me how life works and what I need to do in order for things to work out. But how can that be right when every person is different? The teacher needs to be like water so he/she can infiltrate in different areas of the students's life, in order for him to figure stuff out and grow.
Now maybe the reason why we are all so tired and so scared is because there is no ultimate answer to a lot of things.
“A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.”

If you want to be happier, don’t chase hedonism. Rather, endure. Eat simply, live cheaply, drive a simple car. Endure weather conditions.

Brush, floss, workout. Make healthy meals, do the dishes, clean the house, pick up clutter, vacuum. Pay your bills, answer your emails, take your vitamins. Do the laundry, brush and floss again. Turn off the computer early, turn off the phone, and get to bed early. Clearing the clutter helps you see the horizon.
Learn how to learn from those you disagree with, or even offend you. See if you can find the truth in what they believe.
Being enthusiastic is worth 25 IQ points.
Always demand a deadline. A deadline weeds out the extraneous and the ordinary. It prevents you from trying to make it perfect, so you have to make it different. Different is better.
Don’t be afraid to ask a question that may sound stupid because 99% of the time everyone else is thinking of the same question and is too embarrassed to ask it.
Being able to listen well is a superpower. While listening to someone you love keep asking them “Is there more?”, until there is no more.
A worthy goal for a year is to learn enough about a subject so that you can’t believe how ignorant you were a year earlier.
Gratitude will unlock all other virtues and is something you can get better at.
Treating a person to a meal never fails, and is so easy to do. It’s powerful with old friends and a great way to make new friends.
Don’t trust all-purpose glue.
Reading to your children regularly will bond you together and kickstart their imaginations.
Never use a credit card for credit. The only kind of credit, or debt, that is acceptable is debt to acquire something whose exchange value is extremely likely to increase, like in a home. The exchange value of most things diminishes or vanishes the moment you purchase them. Don’t be in debt to losers.
Pros are just amateurs who know how to gracefully recover from their mistakes.
Extraordinary claims should require extraordinary evidence to be believed.
Don’t be the smartest person in the room. Hangout with, and learn from, people smarter than yourself. Even better, find smart people who will disagree with you.
Rule of 3 in conversation. To get to the real reason, ask a person to go deeper than what they just said. Then again, and once more. The third time’s answer is close to the truth.
Don’t be the best. Be the only.
Everyone is shy. Other people are waiting for you to introduce yourself to them, they are waiting for you to send them an email, they are waiting for you to ask them on a date. Go ahead.
Don’t take it personally when someone turns you down. Assume they are like you: busy, occupied, distracted. Try again later. It’s amazing how often a second try works.
The purpose of a habit is to remove that action from self-negotiation. You no longer expend energy deciding whether to do it. You just do it. Good habits can range from telling the truth, to flossing.
Promptness is a sign of respect.
When you are young spend at least 6 months to one year living as poor as you can, owning as little as you possibly can, eating beans and rice in a tiny room or tent, to experience what your “worst” lifestyle might be. That way any time you have to risk something in the future you won’t be afraid of the worst case scenario.
Trust me: There is no “them”.
The more you are interested in others, the more interesting they find you. To be interesting, be interested.
Optimize your generosity. No one on their deathbed has ever regretted giving too much away.
To make something good, just do it. To make something great, just re-do it, re-do it, re-do it. The secret to making fine things is in remaking them.
The Golden Rule will never fail you. It is the foundation of all other virtues.
If you are looking for something in your house, and you finally find it, when you’re done with it, don’t put it back where you found it. Put it back where you first looked for it.
Saving money and investing money are both good habits. Small amounts of money invested regularly for many decades without deliberation is one path to wealth.
To make mistakes is human. To own your mistakes is divine. Nothing elevates a person higher than quickly admitting and taking personal responsibility for the mistakes you make and then fixing them fairly. If you mess up, fess up. It’s astounding how powerful this ownership is.
Never get involved in a land war in Asia.
You can obsess about serving your customers/audience/clients, or you can obsess about beating the competition. Both work, but of the two, obsessing about your customers will take you further.
Show up. Keep showing up. Somebody successful said: 99% of success is just showing up.
Separate the processes of creation from improving. You can’t write and edit, or sculpt and polish, or make and analyze at the same time. If you do, the editor stops the creator. While you invent, don’t select. While you sketch, don’t inspect. While you write the first draft, don’t reflect. At the start, the creator mind must be unleashed from judgement.
If you are not falling down occasionally, you are just coasting.
Perhaps the most counter-intuitive truth of the universe is that the more you give to others, the more you’ll get. Understanding this is the beginning of wisdom.
Friends are better than money. Almost anything money can do, friends can do better. In so many ways a friend with a boat is better than owning a boat.
This is true: It’s hard to cheat an honest man.
When an object is lost, 95% of the time it is hiding within arm’s reach of where it was last seen. Search in all possible locations in that radius and you’ll find it.
You are what you do. Not what you say, not what you believe, not how you vote, but what you spend your time on.
If you lose or forget to bring a cable, adapter or charger, check with your hotel. Most hotels now have a drawer full of cables, adapters and chargers others have left behind, and probably have the one you are missing. You can often claim it after borrowing it.
Hatred is a curse that does not affect the hated. It only poisons the hater. Release a grudge as if it was a poison.
There is no limit on better. Talent is distributed unfairly, but there is no limit on how much we can improve what we start with.
Be prepared: When you are 90% done any large project (a house, a film, an event, an app) the rest of the myriad details will take a second 90% to complete.
When you die you take absolutely nothing with you except your reputation.
Before you are old, attend as many funerals as you can bear, and listen. Nobody talks about the departed’s achievements. The only thing people will remember is what kind of person you were while you were achieving.
For every dollar you spend purchasing something substantial, expect to pay a dollar in repairs, maintenance, or disposal by the end of its life.
Anything real begins with the fiction of what could be. Imagination is therefore the most potent force in the universe, and a skill you can get better at. It’s the one skill in life that benefits from ignoring what everyone else knows.
When crisis and disaster strike, don’t waste them. No problems, no progress.
On vacation go to the most remote place on your itinerary first, bypassing the cities. You’ll maximize the shock of otherness in the remote, and then later you’ll welcome the familiar comforts of a city on the way back.
When you get an invitation to do something in the future, ask yourself: would you accept this if it was scheduled for tomorrow? Not too many promises will pass that immediacy filter.
Don’t say anything about someone in email you would not be comfortable saying to them directly, because eventually they will read it.
If you desperately need a job, you are just another problem for a boss; if you can solve many of the problems the boss has right now, you are hired. To be hired, think like your boss.
Art is in what you leave out.
Acquiring things will rarely bring you deep satisfaction. But acquiring experiences will.
Rule of 7 in research. You can find out anything if you are willing to go seven levels. If the first source you ask doesn’t know, ask them who you should ask next, and so on down the line. If you are willing to go to the 7th source, you’ll almost always get your answer.
How to apologize: Quickly, specifically, sincerely.
Don’t ever respond to a solicitation or a proposal on the phone. The urgency is a disguise.
When someone is nasty, rude, hateful, or mean with you, pretend they have a disease. That makes it easier to have empathy toward them which can soften the conflict.
Eliminating clutter makes room for your true treasures.
You really don’t want to be famous. Read the biography of any famous person.
Experience is overrated. When hiring, hire for aptitude, train for skills. Most really amazing or great things are done by people doing them for the first time.
A vacation + a disaster = an adventure.
Buying tools: Start by buying the absolute cheapest tools you can find. Upgrade the ones you use a lot. If you wind up using some tool for a job, buy the very best you can afford.
Learn how to take a 20-minute power nap without embarrassment.
Following your bliss is a recipe for paralysis if you don’t know what you are passionate about. A better motto for most youth is “master something, anything”. Through mastery of one thing, you can drift towards extensions of that mastery that bring you more joy, and eventually discover where your bliss is.
I’m positive that in 100 years much of what I take to be true today will be proved to be wrong, maybe even embarrassingly wrong, and I try really hard to identify what it is that I am wrong about today.
Over the long term, the future is decided by optimists. To be an optimist you don’t have to ignore all the many problems we create; you just have to imagine improving our capacity to solve problems.
The universe is conspiring behind your back to make you a success. This will be much easier to do if you embrace this pronoia
Doing technically brilliant work may be enough for your personal gratification, but you should never think it's enough. If you lock yourself in a room and do the most marvellous work but don't tell anyone, then no one will know, no one will benefit, and the work will be lost. You may as well not have bothered. For the world to benefit from your work, and therefore for you to benefit fully from your work, you have to make it known.
How do you get to the point of giving zero fucks? Massive action. Do something that scares you everyday. Be edgy. Speak your mind as you go about your day to day life and let the chips fall where they may.
To Quote or Not to Quote Derek Sivers has been on a roll lately. He’s posting (what I’m guessing are) chapters from a book he has yet to publish. One of the most contrarian posts asks you not to quote other people. You can see below how I don’t always take advice from people I admire. Alternatively, you can combine methods like Seth.
“Develop your legitimate strangeness.” — René Char
“I used to be upset by reviews until I saw who wrote them.” — Rob Zombie
“Always be launching.” — David Hieatt
“No one video streaming service can beat any of the past great video rental shops yet they still went out of business.” — Ian Cheung
“I don’t understand news junkies — here’s sad stuff you can’t do anything about and now you know it. Enjoy yourself. Try not to drink tonight!” — Bill Burr via Theo Von
“Overrated goals: - Get a high-status job - Build a big social media followin - Hit the bestseller list one week - Raise lots of money from investors
Underrated goals: - Get a flexible job - Build a big email list - Write a book that sells every week - Earn lots of profit from customers
“The Broadway producer makes a profit, the chorus member ekes out a living. Fair pay is related to the scarce work of engaging with the customer.” — Seth Godin
“Why do we write long pages nobody reads instead of short pages that answer the customer’s question? Because we measure output instead of outcomes. The output-based model is creating so much damage for customers and our companies.” — Gerry McGovern
“One day you and everyone you love will die. And beyond a small group of people, for an extremely brief period of time, little of what you say or do will ever matter. This is the uncomfortable truth of life and everything you think or do is but an elaborate avoidance of it. We are inconsequential cosmic dust, bumping and milling about on a tiny, blue speck. We imagine our own importance. We invent our purpose. We are nothing. Enjoy your fucking coffee.” — Mark Manson
“In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on.” ― Robert Frost via Ryan Holiday
“Work done for a reward is much lower than work done in the Yoga of wisdom. Set thy heart upon thy work, but never on its reward. Work not for the re- ward; but never cease to do thy work.”
The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.
My brain is the best gift an curse. I am asking 50 questions about the world the second I step into a place. I am always asking questions in my mind. I think it's such a productive thing.
Everyone who’s turned their passion into their breadwinning knows this is dangerous territory. One of the easiest ways to hate something you love is to turn it into your job: taking the thing that keeps you alive spiritually and turning it into the thing that keeps you alive literally.
“The purpose of life is finding the largest burden that you can bear and bearing it.”― Jordan B. Peterson
“So, attend carefully to your posture. Quit drooping and hunching around. Speak your mind. Put your desires forward, as if you had a right to them—at least the same right as others. Walk tall and gaze forthrightly ahead. Dare to be dangerous. Encourage the serotonin to flow plentifully through the neural pathways desperate for its calming influence.” ― Jordan B. Peterson, 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos
It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts.
Oh enjoying the thrill of the chase is fine. Craving the distraction of the game, I sympathize entirely. But sentiment, sentiment is a chemical defect found in the losing side.
The Romantic Lake poet Robert Southey needed only a matter of minutes to find everything in a book it was likely he would ever want. Southey's phrase reveals one of the secrets of speed-reading: knowing exactly what you are looking for before you open a bool. Nothing could contrast more sharply with the practice of passive readers who meet a volume on its own terms. Such readers enter a book entirely, in both imaginative and emotional sense; the carefully consider all of its arguments, and from every point of view. Wilde was the antithesis of this.
Yet despite his languid pose, Wilde generally got into a book, as one friend put it, and then out of it, quicker than anyone alive. He was an inveterate dipper, declaring that it was 'perfectly easy in half an hour, to say whether a book is worth anything...
Good and bad are just labels we apply when our minds fail to grasp the comprehensive, never-ending movie spanning across the billions of lives and extending over all of time.
The world is in fact just that: an obligation to share.
II had to be sure I wasn't keeping anything from the world that might help it along.
To speak last, ''to conclude,'' is to assign a destiny to everything that has been said, is to master, to possess, to absolve, to bludgeon meaning; in the space of speech, the one who comes last occupies a sovereign position, held, according to an established privilege, by professors, presidents, judges, confessors: every language combat seeks to gain possession of this position; by the last word, I will disorganize, ''liquidate'' the adversary, inflicting upon him a mortal wound, cornering him in silence, castrating him of all speech.
If you can get comfortable being uncomfortable, you’re set. - Colin Wright
“You can do so much in 10 minutes’ time. Ten minutes, once gone, are gone for good. Divide your life into 10-minute units and sacrifice as few of them as possible in meaningless activity.”- Ingvar Kamprad, Founder of the furniture brand IKEA
"You can’t get very far in life if you don’t get away from self"
“I don’t want to be a great problem solver. I want to avoid problems – prevent them from happening and doing it right from the beginning.” - GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER
“I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound and stab us. If the book we are reading doesn’t wake us up with a blow on the head, what are we reading it for?” Franz Kafka (Letter to Oskar Pollak, 1904)
It was 6 months of difficult work to really make myself unnecessary.
We're trying to make our life into a fairy tale. - Derek Sivers
“If you think your life's purpose needs to hit you like a lightning bolt, you'll overlook the little day-to-day things that fascinate you.” ― Derek Sivers
“Every day we should hear at least one little song, read one good poem, see one exquisite picture, and, if possible, speak a few sensible words.”
All leaders are readers. You are what you read.
Don't waste your team chasing butterflies. Mend your garden and butterflies will come.
The best option is the one that creates more options. - Derek Sivers
When someone asks you to choose between A and B, always look for the C. Or at least ask and find out why there isn't a C. - Tim Ferriss
Go first. During your day be the first to look at someone and smile. When you walk-up to the barista, ask them how they are doing. Be the first who initiate that. And it's such a simple way to put a smile on people's faces.
Want to sleep faster? ‬ ‪Eat clean. Workout hard. Crush your job. Have fun. Read before you sleep. Remember: Death is stalking. Free your mind.‬ - Jocko Willink
If you wanna be above average you have to do above average things.
If pain can be conquered by a smile, will it not be conquered by reason? - Seneca
You are the average of the 5 people you associate most.
You are whatever you pretend to be. - Tony Robbins
“Having a job is one of the best things in the world that could happen to me. It introduces discipline and regularity into one’s life. I am just as free as I want to be and of course I have nothing to worry about about money.”
The standard pace is for chumps. The school has to organize it's curricula around the lowest kind of denominators so that almost nobody is left out. So they have to slow down so that everybody can catch up. But you are smarter than that.
I regard it as a criminal waste of time to go through the slow and painful ordeal of ascertaining things for one's self if these same things have already been ascertained and made available by others.”
I am a librarian. I discovered me in the library. I went to find me in the library… I discovered that the library is the real school.
Get up. Dust off. Reload. Recalibrate. Re-engage
Instructions: Remain calm. Prepare to destroy.
The hero and the coward feel the same thing. It's how the hero responds that make him or her different.
“The qualities that make a good soldier are, in large part, the qualities that make a good hunter. Most important of all is the ability to shift for one’s self, the mixture of hardihood and resourcefulness which enables a man to tramp all day in the right direction, and, when night comes, to make the best of whatever opportunities for shelter and warmth may be at hand. Skill in the use of the rifle is another trait; quickness in seeing game, another; ability to take advantage of cover, yet another; while patience, endurance, keenness of observation, resolution, good nerves, and instant readiness in an emergency, are all indispensable.” –Theodore Roosevelt,
Humans prefer communication that seems spontaneous — that’s tailored to the specific circumstances of the time and the audience. Someone who uses the same speech, pick-up lines, jokes, sales pitch, etc. in every situation, often finds that their banter falls flat because it doesn’t best fit the exigencies of the moment. A man who has the core elements of what he wants to say in mind, but then tailors his message to the changing circumstances, is the far more effective communicator.
Don’t walk into your day without a plan; it’s a recipe for being controlled by outside influences rather than what’s most important.
“Results are obtained by exploiting opportunities, not by solving problems.”

Discipline is the root of all good qualities but you have to absolutely apply it to things outside of just waking up early. It's everything - it's working out every day, making yourself stronger and faster and more flexible and healthier. Discipline is eating the right foods to fuel your system. It's about disciplining your emotions so you can make good decisions. It's about having the discipline to control your ego, so your ego doesn't get out of hand and control you. It's about treating people the way you would want to be treated and doing the tasks that you don't necessarily want to do but that you know will help you or help your team. It's about facing your fears. It takes discipline to face your fears so you can conquer them. And that what discipline is. Discipline means taking the hard road to do what is right for yourself and for other people. It's so often the easy path that calls to us, to be weak for that moment, to break down for that moment. To give in to the desire and the short term gratification. But the discipline will not allow that. The discipline calls for strength and fortitude and will. It won't accept weakness, it won't tolerate another breakdown. The discipline can seem like it's your worst enemy. But the reality is - discipline is your best friend. It will take care of you like nothing else can and will put you on that path. The path to strength and wealth and intelligence and happiness. And most importantly - it will put you on the path to freedom.
I’m excited for a world where knowledge is easier to discover, validate, dispute, understand, retain, and share.
To Quote or Not to Quote Derek Siver has been on a roll lately. He’s posting (what I’m guessing are) chapters from a book he has yet to publish. One of the most contrarian post asks you not to quote other people.
You can see below how I don’t always take advice from people I admire. Alternatively, you can combine methods like.
“Develop your legitimate strangeness.” — René Char
“I used to be upset by reviews until I saw who wrote them.”
“Always be launching.”
“No one video streaming service can beat any of the past great video rental shops yet they still went out of business.”
“I don’t understand news junkies — here’s sad stuff you can’t do anything about and now you know it. Enjoy yourself. Try not to drink tonight!”
“Overrated goals: Get a high-status job Build a big social media following Hit the bestseller list one week Raise lots of money from investors
Underrated goals: Get a flexible job Build a big email list Write a book that sells every week Earn lots of profit from customers”
“The Broadway producer makes a profit, the chorus member ekes out a living. Fair pay is related to the scarce work of engaging with the customer.”
“Why do we write long pages nobody reads instead of short pages that answer the customer’s question? Because we measure output instead of outcomes. The output-based model is creating so much damage for customers and our companies.”
“One day you and everyone you love will die. And beyond a small group of people, for an extremely brief period of time, little of what you say or do will ever matter. This is the uncomfortable truth of life and everything you think or do is but an elaborate avoidance of it. We are inconsequential cosmic dust, bumping and milling about on a tiny, blue speck. We imagine our own importance. We invent our purpose. We are nothing. Enjoy your fucking coffee.”
“In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on.” ― Robert Frost via