Two types of people that you will come across:
1. The person that is always "busy" and uses it as an excuse for not getting things done.
2. The person that has a mediocre level of performance but sticks around because they are a "nice guy" or girl.
There is nothing wrong with being busy. Many of us are. But if you willingly add on multiple projects/responsibilities and do a poor job of managing them, you are doing a disservice to yourself and others. Or you will find people with loads of free time that hide under the "busy" label.
From The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz by Moredecai Richler:
"Look at me, he thought, take a good look because maybe I’m dirt now. Maybe I’ve never been to Paris and I don’t know a painter from a horse’s ass. I can’t play tennis like the other guys here, but I don’t go around spilling ketchup in other guys’ beds either.
I don’t trick guys into crazy promises when they’re drunk. I don’t speak dirty like you either.
You make fun of your father. You don’t like him. Tough shit. But he sends you to Europe and Mexico and who pays for those drinks in the afternoon? You’re sorry for making a fool out of me. Gee whiz; my heart bleeds.
Take a good look, you dirty bitch. Maybe I’m dirt today. That bastard of a black marketeer Cohen can give me twenty bucks and a lecture about gambling and feel good for a whole week. But you listen here, kiddo. It’s not always going to be like this. If you want to bet on something bet on me. I’m going to be a somebody and that’s for sure."
About 2 months ago, I attended an entrepreneur's meetup in Medellin. Of the 8 of us that went, I would say that about 4 of us were really throwing down: making 5 figures in profit a month.
Now Tim Ferriss, while not the first person to live the lifestyle, is the first person that brought the idea of a location-independent lifestyle to the masses.
When I brought his name up, I got a rather negative, unimpressed reaction.
"Oh yeah, that guy. He is a great marketer, but he talks a lot of bullshit."
"Go to body building forums and they rip his 4-Hour Body workout plans to shreds."
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I found out about the original racetam (Piracetam) via Sebastian's blog. I have taken it for two months now, 1600mg 3 to 4 days a week, with good results.
Starting Tuesday, I will take the 1600 mg and one capsule of Pramiracetam together. I can't verify any of this, but I have read that Pramiracetam is the strongest and can even have positive effects AFTER you stop taking it.
I bought it from an online store that ships internationally. Next week I will update with results.
Has anybody else taken the Pramiracetam plunge?
Sometimes, we aren't at our best. For whatever reason. Tired, distracted by fantasy football, errands, eating junkfood, a feeling of laziness.
I usually struggle so much on these days not because of lower production. I have difficulty handling the stress caused by knowing that I didn't make much progress. Negative thoughts creep in like: "I'm not cut out fon this" and "my life is wasting away".
Today, I am fasting on coca tea. It's lunch time, and getting kind of tough. Strong cravings for food. Having done this before, tonight will be the real test.
I may not make a ton of progress this afternoon. Maybe just walking and reading. Tangible work is limited to a solid hour and a half of work this AM. Tomorrow I will be better.
So I'll take it. I am against a strong defense (resistance) today. The 49ers D. And my franchise left tackle isn't playing. After this post, I am going to shut down and know that I gained a few yards today. And it's okay.
A few months back, I was talking with someone at a hotel pool. She was in her early 30's and fed up of the dating game. The summary of her rant: "I just feel like, at my age, guys should come after me. I shouldn't have to change."
The reality, by law of evolutionary biology, is that men seek fertility as the most important factor in a women. From a peak in the early 20's, women decrease in long-term value to men.
She feels entitled after so many years in the game to remain firm with her belief. That she deserves more now. Yet her value is actually less than when she was 23.
If her goal is finding a husband, she needs to do the exact opposite and adapt more than she ever has...
It wasn't my place to tell her this. A close friend, with a lot of tact and kindness, should tell her, although I doubt it will happen. And who knows if she would listen. But if she could understand and more importantly accept this law of nature, she would be better off.
“A really intelligent man feels what others only know.”
-Baron de Montesquieu (1689-1755)
From Wikipedia: Montesquieu, was a French social commentator and political thinker who lived during the Enlightenment.
One can greatly increase performance via skillful management of a contractor.
I have had great contractors, mismanaged others, and had to get rid of a few. From various industries:
Video editors, accountants, graphic designers, lawyers, real estate/rental agents, photographers, etc..
Independent of industry, the same problems occur:
The work is not up to your client's standards.
Entrepreneurs are frequently classified as "businessmen". The connotation of the word tends to be interpreted as someone who is in it for the money and nothing else.
And it is true with a lot of "businessmen". They want to make as much money as possible and that is their only goal. An extreme case may be someone with a weak social and family life, constructing all relationships with only a business end in mind.
But not all of us are that way. Some of us are looking to build long-term projects, to be well-rounded, to impact others in a positive way.
Here is a perspective written in 1845 by Samuel Smiles, the great grandfather of Bear Grylls, from Man vs Wild:
If we take into account the qualities necessary for the successful conduct of any important undertaking,—that it requires special aptitude, promptitude of action on emergencies, capacity for organizing the labours often of large numbers of men, great tact and knowledge of human nature, constant self-culture, and growing experience in the practical affairs of life,—it must, we think, be obvious that the school of business is by no means so narrow as some writers would have us believe.