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You too can start a business!

This post is about the idea I thought of last time that has actually affected my own life an enormous amount, possibly even more than the other two ideas I wrote about earlier. This is the story of how I realized that it is possible for anybody to start a business, and the creation of Sixpence Games.

You know what? I should not have tried to come up with an ordering as to which of these ideas are the most important. I'm just gonna keep writing things, forget which of them are the most significant, that's not the thing to pay attention to. Anyways! On with the content.I don't think I'm unusual in that regard, but I might be. Everybody in my (rather large) extended family was either a doctor, a professor, or worked in a cubicle. There are some exceptions: I have an uncle who's in construction and another who invents things and sells them to big companies who then make and sell them. But the prescribed career paths for me were 1) academia, 2) a cubicle. I briefly flirted with being a medical doctor, but I don't have the memory or passion needed, and so I returned to my first true love: mathematics.

When I was growing up, I didn't know anybody who had started a business.

Despite a decently impressive CV (oh god that site is ancient and embarrassing, don't actually click that), when the time came to apply for graduate schools, none of them gave me sufficient funding to counteract the cost and actually live off of. This was the derailment of my intended career path of bright kid -> decent college student -> lazy grad student -> post docs are a thing? -> tenure track professorship -> lounge around thinking about shapes and smoking a pipe in my tweed jacket all day.

I was completely at a loss as to what to do. Working in a cubicle was like living in suburbia: I genuinely think that doing that would lead me to a life not worth living, followed by suicide. Ennui taken to the nihilistic void it inevitably trends towards.

My Experiences With Modafinil


--Nietzsche, Zarathustra

Modafinil isn't the biggest gain I've made towards peak experiences -- that'd be just basic exercise. It's not the largest gain towards general well-being, which is just a cleaner diet and very good hydration. It's not even the biggest no-brainer of a nootropic, the honor of which probably goes to Piracetam.

But with that said -- wow. It's some pretty amazing stuff.

In this post, we'll cover: 1. The effects and subjective experience, negative and postive, of Modafinil. 2. The routine I built around taking it, through trial and error, for best performance. 3. Some jumping-off points for further research.

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