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4 Minute Mile
1,000 lb club X5 reps
Minimizing monotony in neccesary tasks
Becoming who I should be
It cant be this easy so I wont do it
Going from Lazy to Productive
Minimal Lifestyle. Total Monthly Income Requirement
Habits and Anti habits
Returning Focus to the Modern Brain
-Nutrition and clear mind and stomach
-lists to declutter mind and allow hard focus
-forcing myself to not stray. lots of inefficiency by starting and leaving a task then coming back to have to find where you left off. Read articles all in one go or not at all. etc.
-taking the hard problem
-de cluttering physical and digital space
-keeping schedule clear and learning to say no shamelessly. Dont interrupt the flow of good work for anything that isnt going to benefit my life hugely.
-value of flow and no interruption. noise cancelling headphones, working at library etc.
-Dont feel bad about doing things that normal people refuse to do. Dont feel bad about NOT doing things that normal people refuse to do.
-Aim for the impossible
Writer and journalist. Author of many of my favourite books (particularly biographies) including: The Innovators, Steve Jobs, Einstein: His Life and Universe, Ben Franklin: An American Life, and Leonardo Da Vinci.
Isaacson does a great job of showcasing humanity among people who have been deified, and bringing reality back to stories that have been mythologized over decades.
In reading his books, you will realize that all of "the greatest" minds in history were just as deeply flawed and you or I. Not even the greatest of all time were truly destined to greatness. They achieved greatness despite massive adversity in life and flaws in their own character. Isaacsons books fuel and reinforce my ambition and I suspect they would have a similar affect on anyone young and ultra ambitious.
“A mistake repeated more than once is a decision”
“Discipline is choosing between what you want now, and what you want most”
“You can be surprisingly stupid, if you’re sufficiently determined”
“We do not rise to the level of our hopes, we fall to the level of our training”
“The act of discovering who we are will force us to accept that we can go further than we think”
“Self esteem is the reputation that you keep with yourself- you will always know”
“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be”
“Earn with your mind, not your time” -Naval Ravikant
“Not wanting something is as good
as having it”
“Don't explain your philosophy. Embody it.” -Epictetus
“You cant build a reputation on what you're going to do” -Henry Ford
“I realize it sounds preposterously ambitious for a startup to try to become as big as Apple. But no more ambitious than it was for Apple to become as big as Apple, and they did it.” -Paul Graham
“Live in the future, then build what’s missing” -Paul Graham
“If you look at the ways successful founders have had their ideas, its generally the result of some external stimulus hitting a prepared mind” -Paul Graham
“Desire is suffering. Ever desire you have is an axis where you will suffer” -Naval Ravikant
“There is no better teacher than history in determining the future… there are answers worth billions of dollars in a thirty dollar history book” -Naval Ravikant
“How to find a good spouse? The best single way is to deserve a good spouse” -Charlie Munger
“Make something people want is the destination, but ‘be relentlessly resourceful’ is how you get there”
“The overeducated are worse off than the undereducated because they traded common sense for the illusion of knowledge”
“Chapter One: Page One. Everything else has been backstory. Your story begins today”
“Inspiration is perishable- act on it immediately”
“Technology changes so rapidly that formerly bad ideas often become good”
“Victory awaits him who has everything in order — luck, people call it.”
“Every rhodes scholar had a great future in their past” -Peter Thiel
“Life is always happening for us, not to us”
“You want to know how to paint a perfect painting? It’s easy. Make yourself perfect and then just paint naturally.” -Paul Graham
“Those who never change their minds, never change anything” -Winston Churchill
“Routine, in an intelligent man, is a sign of ambition”
“Human life is gradually turning from a struggle against suffering into a struggle against pleasure”
“The mere consciousness of an engagement will sometimes worry a whole day”
“Plans are just another word for ideas on the shelf” -Paul Graham
“Want someone to read the whole thing? Write half as much”
“I must create a system or be enslaved by another man’s”
“Negative lessons are just as valuable as positive ones. Perhaps even more valuable: it’s hard to repeat a brilliant performance, but it’s straightforward to avoid errors” -Paul Graham
“The night is darkest just before the dawn”
“What I cannot create, I do not understand”
“The man who wants to lead the orchestra must first turn his back on the crowd”
“Escape competition through authenticity”
“Your next thing should render everything else on your resume insignificant”
“Dont fear moving slowly. Fear standing still”
“I will fail many times, and I will be really right once”
“You can bend the world to your will a surprising percentage of the time — most people don’t even try, and just accept that things are the way that they are. People have an enormous capacity to make things happen. A combination of self-doubt, giving up too early, and not pushing hard enough prevents most people from ever reaching anywhere near their potential.” -Sam Altman
“You judge yourself based on your intention, but everyone else based on their behaviour.”
“Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.” -John Wooden
"The only thing that's worked so far has been to become the source of my own approval." -Justin Kan
"Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain- and most fools do. But it takes character and self-control to be understanding and forgiving." -Dale Carnegie
"A great man shows his greatness by the way he treats little men." -Thomas Carlyle
"Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect." -Mark Twain
"Reality is largely negotiable.
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." -Tim Ferriss
"Many a false step was made by standing still."
"Your fear must be named before you can banish it."
"Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action." -Benjamin Disraeli
"Set aside a certain number of days, during which you shall be content with the scantiest and cheapest fare, with coarse and rough dress, saying to yourself the while: 'is this the condition that I feared?'" -Seneca
"What we fear doing most is usually what we most need to do." -Tim Ferriss
"A person's success in life can usually be measured by the number of uncomfortable conversations he or she is willing to have."
"A lion is fully capable of capturing, killing, and eating a field mouse. But it turns out that the energy required to do so exceeds the caloric content of the mouse itself. So a lion that spent its day hunting and eating field mice would slowly starve to death. A lion can’t live on field mice. A lion needs antelope. Antelope are big animals. They take more speed and strength to capture and kill, and once killed, they provide a feast for the lion and her pride. A lion can live a long and happy life on a diet of antelope. The distinction is important. Are you spending all your time and exhausting all your energy catching field mice? In the short term it might give you a nice, rewarding feeling. But in the long run you’re going to die. So ask yourself at the end of the day, “Did I spend today chasing mice or hunting antelope?”
"No hurry, no pause."
"Slow is smooth. Smooth is fast."
"Being busy is a form of laziness- lazy thinking and indiscriminate action."
"Never confuse motion with action." -Benjamin Franklin
"E pur si muove (and yet it moves)" -Galileo Galilei
"If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed." -William McRaven
Founder of Viaweb. Founder of Y-Combinator. Early investor in AirBnb, Stripe, Reddit, Twitch, etc. Writer of several dozen essays relating to startups, investing, software, thinking, etc. Prescient and has a talent for clearly articulating both simple and complex ideas.
Usually cant go wrong with any Paul Graham Essay. This link is a goldmine, just click any essay with a title that catches your attention:
Otherwise, specific essays i've read which all contain at least one personally valuable idea are included in my personal spreadsheet:
Author and podcaster. Early investor in Uber and Twitter. Speaks with highly successful people (including founders, artists, investors, soldiers, etc) but where Tim specializes in comparison to your average interviewer is that he tries to find practical and applicable knowledge, routines, habits, favourite books, etc from world class performers, with the intention that both Tim and the listener/reader should actively experiment and try using the methods learned. I have personally implemented many lessons from his podcast into my life, and have progressed greatly as a result.
Links to all podcast episodes available here:
Specific podcast episodes I have learned from are linked in transcript format in my personal spreadsheet:
Places Ive Been:
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Algonquin Park, Ontario, Canada
Windermere, British Columbia, Canada
Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico
Orlando, Florida, USA
New York, New York, USA
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Places I Want to Go/Things I Want to see:
-San Francisco, USA
-Gavrilo Princip Footsteps
-Washington, DC, USA
-Boston, Massachusetts, USA
-Imperial War Museum
Dan Carlin Hardcore History Blueprint for Armageddon (note, many factual errors. Use this podcast as an introduction to WW1, but read more on your own)
-No one really knows what youve done at a large corp. How many people have worked at Google, NASA, Amazon, etc, and completed extremely challenging and paintstaking work, and the only thing they have to show for it is "Worked @Amazon" in their twitter bio. If you start a startup, there is no question of what exactly you have accomplished.
Cant work 10X harder at a corp and get paid 10X more or get 10X credit. At startup, you can work 10X harder and be 10X more productive and get the due credit.
Market value. Cant possibly be paid as much as im worth especially as a junior software dev with no education. Paul Graham essay quotes.
Examples of important things, valuable companies, great people, etc that started off small or unsuspecting
-Amazon (first webpage image, bookstore description)
-Nike, shoes out of cars
-Apple first computer
-1 gram protein per lb of bodyweight per day
-4000 calories per day
Watchmen by Alan Moore
The Dark Knight Returns
Batman Year One
When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.
Spent years not trying because I believed I could never achieve the goals I wanted in life. So I didnt even try. Instead, have faith in the fact that alot is possible, and I can alter fate to your will a surprising amount of the time.
Dont let other peoples idea of what is normal rub off on me. Attempt crazy or seemingly impossible ideas. Be committed and determined beyond what most people can comprehend. Dont let the norms of society limit me.
All thanks tallied and then listed at the end of each book instead in order of frequency. Not an ideal metric but I think the best one we have other than to list all the thanks individually which imo is suited for a website (the original format) but isnt ideal when the added thanks at the end of each paragraph would equate to _____extra pages of paper
Didnt want to tally myself so wrote a python script to at least do a small amount of the work
Modular format and not huge size for each book which allows a semi frequent (at current rate and book size _\ years) new volume release to the series.
Chronological order of essays. Table of contents at start.
-clarity of mind
-consistency in thoughts instead of bouncing around from mindstate to mindstate
-no morning slog
-better lung capacity for running and fitness
-voice will sound better from not coughing and being congested all the time
-possibly return some semblance of a natural chemical balance to my body
The list of benefits is near endless. The list of negatives is almost nothing. What have I been waiting for?
-floss every ???? days
-skincare every day
-lift 6 days a week
-cardio 4 days a week
-less instant dopamine. no more games unless an art form or competitive
-drink ??? litres
-each right amount of macronutrients
-each right amount of calories
-foam roll every few days ???
-stop listening to music so much
-dont do something if i cant complete it right then and there
-dont let unimportant tasks interrupt me
-stop smoking weed so much. it is putting me in a different mind state which makes it hard (or maybe impossible) to stay in a consistent state of productivity and focus.
-productivity will improve. form in exercise will improve.
-not so many instant dopamine fixes. no mobile games. only use reddit/twitter as a learning tool.