What I’m currently reading:
- “The bitcoin standard” – Saifedean Ammous
- “The art of strategic decision making” – Peter Hollins
What I’ve listened to:
- “Brush strokes” – MF Eistee
- “Night clbs” – Twit One, High John
- “Santa Anna” – Tom Doolie.
- “Train tales” – Tom Doolie
- “Velours” – Satyr
- “Innovation & Entrepreneurship” – Peter F Drucker
What I’m excited about:
- Chamomile tea: Good for the heart, immunity, and sleep. Also contains anti-inflammatory properties, and soothes cold and sore throats. But more so, it’s a simple tea I can drink to replace coffee or other such stimulants. I now carry chamomile teabags in my backpack so that I have the perfect drink with me everywhere I go!
Quotes I’ve liked:
- “What is destined will reach you, even if it is underneath two mountains. What is not destined, will not reach you even if it is between your two lips.” – Proverb
- “You’re exactly where you’re supposed to be.” – Unknown quote
- “If something that seems like work to other people doesn’t seem like work to you, that’s something you’re well suited for. (…) The stranger your tastes seem to other people, the stronger evidence they probably are what you should do.” – Paul Graham
This week’s curiosities, interests, and thoughts:
- “If you want to be rewarded, you have to be irreplaceable.” – Naval
What does that entail?
→ 1) What is replaceable? What is rare? How do we stand out? How can we provide high value? What is high value? What doesn’t exist in the world? What do most people enjoy? What are high-demand skills? → What is needed that I can provide? How am I different from other people? How am I world-class? What are the skills that I have uniquely developed? How am I at an advantage to others? What do I have that others don’t?
→ 2)Who am I and how am I different from others? How am I unforgettable?
→ → Solutions: (I’ve found to be of ‘Irreplaceable value’ )
1) High skill that is difficult to acquire or unique to you. High effort, mental development, compounded learning. Creating one’s personal process. Or acquiring multiple personal processes that can benefit you and then others.
2) Skills that are painful to acquire. Courage is seldom a skill but demands wear and tear. → Something not a lot of people can or want to grasp, because its hard or undesirable to strive for initially.
3) Individual character that is different to others by contrast of their mere presence.
4) Development that takes a lot of refinement. Many iterations. (I believe the quote is “10 000 iterations to get the perfect vision” ?
5) Living a virtuous life, an exemplary life, being an inspiration to others. Creating massive, profound, and lasting changes that others can benefit from.
6) To be honest, outgoing, trustworthy, uplifting, hardworking, passionate, in harmony with self, peaceful, grateful, aspirational, exemplary, grounded and human, refined, Loveable, vulnerable, admirable…
- Planning our day in advance shifts our mindset to conspire around the specific things we focussed on the night before.
- People who have sexual addiction have difficulty accumulating energy. As they constantly deplete themselves, they are constantly getting rid of their energy. This taints their mentality around money and leads to difficulty accumulating money. They thus seek out instant gratification in the form of ‘things they want to buy’.
- “The universe only gives us what we think we are worthy or receiving.” – Joe Dispenza 1) Everything you perceive starts in your vision, in your mind. 2) What you see in your mind as inevitable will come to pass. How can I hack my way to believing I am worthy of what I want? → Fear of obtaining negative outcomes due to lack of experience controlling one’s vision. Fear prevents us from getting what we want. Or more precisely, we prevent and stifle our actions because we are afraid of obtaining the fearful vision we have in our heads. What is the solution to this? A) Become crystal clear on the outcome you believe you deserve. B) Intensify and clarify internal vision until it matches the decided blueprint that has been decided on paper. ( I will join a * Further thought process associated to Joe Dispenza’s quote at the end of this newsletter).
- “Entrepreneurs, at least successful ones, actually aren’t risk takers.” This popular belief tends to be everywhere, that we need to take risks in order to be successful. Although, I don’t believe that, at least in my experience, taking risks is useful. If you don’t have the skills, don’t start building the company. If you don’t feel confident about speaking to that girl, don’t speak to her. If you feel underprepared, a lot of the time it is because you are and you miss critical information required to succeed in your ‘risky’ venture. And in all common sense, actually preparing for the action leads the venture to be a lot less risky which takes away the notion of ‘risk-taking’. Become an opportunity seeker or someone who prepares for them. Don’t take unnecessary risks if you can’t back it up with hard work and process. No one gets rich overnight.
- People who walk around on a weekday seem to have no aim. They seek things to buy rather than productive things to do, learn, use… To walk around with no aim when you should be somewhere else is a problem. → People with no specialization focus very much so on appearance, yet it is very much transparent that they don’t have specialization or purpose. It’s not something that can be masked.
- I’ve come to believe that reading books is far superior to listening to Audiobooks. Why do I believe this? Scatteredness. While listening to an audiobook can seem amusing and educational, that we might remember what is being said in its intricacy. I also believe that reading, despite not having infinite time, is what forms the mind for thinking. Listening to audiobooks seems to spit quantities of information at us, while also rendering us less clear. I find that if I have the time to ponder what I am reading, I also structure my thoughts at the same time. If I am listening to audiobooks, it seems more like cramming information and I have no say or control or less control over what goes into my head. To have clarity one must go at their own rhythm. It may not be what silicon valley CEOs recommend for productivity, but I’m not a machine or an asset I’m an independent thinker.
- The more money you have, the more options. And almost identically, the more situations will arise to propose value for your money. This is also true of attention. When we free up our attention we gain a sense of freedom to focus or even to be bored which also leads to creativity. Though, unallocated attention is susceptible to attention-seeking people and circumstances that take time, effort, and so on. Having the liberty to procrastinate is where our mind gets a break to refuel and play around ‘unproductively’. If we’re only productive, the quality of our energy lessens.
- I think a fixed routine kills creativity more than a driven routine. There is nothing worse than doing something because we feel forced to do it. Rather, doing something because we aspire to it, because we’re inspired, makes all the difference in the world to the quality of output.
- “Can we trade artistic’ness for a more logical based reality?”
- “Is sensitivity worth discarding if it means we can learn a monetizable skill?”
Concepts I liked this week:
- 4 Quadrants of conformism:
– The aggressively conventional-minded
– The passively conventional-minded
– The passively independent-minded
– The aggressively independent-minded
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Have a wonderful weekend!
Much love to you and yours,
* Further thought process associated to quote.