My room is all the way down at the end of the hallway of a 2BR apartment. It has its own bathroom with a toilet and standup shower. The carpet, now partially stained due to shoes and my dog, is off-white.
There are some plain white curtains that don't block the sun very well. I wake up early and the flimsy curtains are party responsible. My family size bed occupies the back corner.
I have two tables, a desk lamp and a window facing a closed street. I also have a standup desk that goes on top of my desk so that I can work standing up. Out of the 2-3 days/week that I work from home (I spend the rest in Regus or at meetings or cafes), I use the desk at least once. Adjusting from the sedentary position takes time, but I would like to be 100% working from a standing position.
I have many quotes posted on my wall. There are about 5-7 quotes per page, most of them hand written. Some of the ink has worn off making the quotes hard to read. I can still read most of them.
Ramit Sethi, in his interview with John Lee Dumas, had a surprising find in his research of why his target audience wanted to start their own business. He initially believed the reason was that Gen-Y males wanted to be able to buy a bottle for their friends at a Las Vegas nightclub.
In reality, they actually wanted to have the option to leave their jobs. They don't necessarily want to leave their jobs, but they would like to have the flexibility in the future.
The concept applies to many things. For example:
Living in a city that has a lot to do: I love having the option of being in a city where I can do "cultural" things (arts/music/events, etc). In reality, I probably only act on this once every few months, but knowing that I have the option satisfies me.
Location freedom: I don't travel very much. I am certainly not a digital nomad. And for a lot of the time, I need to be in Bogota. But I still can go just about anywhere I want in a 60-day time frame. It's nice to know that the possibility exists.
When I saw the PaperWhite, I was thrilled. I haven't tried it - still waiting for mine to ship in late October to replace my old and reliable Kindle 3.
But maybe Amazon dropped the ball on this. I was reading these reviews and it seems that the main feature, lighting is a bit flawed. Even after Amazon replaced them.
For me (and I think many others), lighting when needed is the main benefit. I want to be able to read in bed at night without waking my girlfriend. Also many cafes don't have the best lighting. But, IF the lighting feature is flawed, maybe we are better off just buying a clip on light for our existing Kindle's?
I hope someone here has purchased one and can tell me that I am wrong; that the PaperWhite is what you would expect from a fantastic company like Amazon.
UPDATE: Here are the notes we took during the call. Contact us if you would like to discuss any of the concepts.
As Sebastian has said (I am paraphrasing) "don't just read books; apply its' principles to your life, and discuss them with other people."
One of the best books for strategy/mindset is The 50th Law, by Robert Greene and 50 Cent.
Last month, the book club tackled Alexander the Great. An impressive military leader, he nearly had the whole world under his rule before dying at a young age. A supreme strategist, Alexander conquered many territories and tribes that were considered impossible to take over.
The Macedonian ruler would do anything to advance his life's goal of world domination. His one-track mind had many consequences with his family, soldiers, and even ancestors that were allies of his in previous generations. Alexander was most likely gay, although sexual orientation was not a distinction made in those times.
This month, we will read about Augustus, the first emperor of the Roman empire. By a lucky coincidence, the etymology of the word (and current month) August:
eighth month, 1097, from Latin Augustus (mensis), sixth month of the later Roman calendar, renamed from Sextilis in 8 B.C.E. to honor emperor Augustus Caesar, literally "Venerable Caesar" (see august (adj.)). In England, the name replaced native Weodmonað "weed month."
Let's tie in Augustus to Alexander the Great.
I just finished listening to Antifragile, by Nassim Taleb. It advocates for systems (economic, government, institutional, and personal) that gain from disorder.
I started the audiobook a few weeks back while I was at an airport. About 2 hours in , I thought "I am definitely going to reread or re-listen to this book."
A complex read, I plan on addressing this in a series of posts.
There is a famous anecdote told by Charlie Munger about the night shift at a FedEx logistics center. The crew working there was responsable for receiving inventory and placing it on trucks to their respective destinations.
In Part 1, I discussed the importance of incentives as explained in the book.
Today, I will highlight some key concepts from the book and how I have applied them to my life.
Data and Noise
"A very rarely discussed property of data: it is toxic in large quantities—even in moderate quantities."
Reading the newspaper everyday? You could be spending your time better. Why is the newspaper the exact same size (give or take a page or two) every day? On some days, more news happens than others, so a newspaper should reflect that. Somedays it could only be 1 page and others upwards of 100 pages.
In the famous novel, The Idiot (free Kindle edition), by the great Russian writer, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, the protagonist, Prince Myshkin, is perceived and called an idiot throughout the book.
In reality, he is quite astute, but his epileptic fits and his "saintly nature" fool others into thinking he is idiotic.
Here are 5 passages that shed light on the psychology of human relationships:
1. The importance of projecting positive energy:
"Probably when he is alone he looks quite different, and hardly smiles at all!" thought the prince.
Are you willing to learn "weird" habits that make you a more effective person but make you appear strange to the "majority?
Would you read over 300 books in 5 years books knowing that it will take time to piece these learnings together and apply them to a positive effect on your business and life strategy?
Would you go to the ghetto of a dangerous neighborhood in South America at 11PM at night to make sure your supplier has the order together?
Would you risk all of your assets knowing that you could be a bankrupt, failed entrepreneur years from now and everyone who told you not to would feel vindicated?
Would you avoid refined sugar and processed carbs? Would you stop drinking? Would you give up the normal idea of weekends?
The following quotes are from the first chapter of Warfighting by the U.S. Marine Corps. They come from the first chapter, which is called "The Nature of War". These ideas offer a direct parallel to my concept of business and/or entrepreneurship.
1. Replace "war" with "business
"Since war is a fluid phenomenon, its conduct requires flexibility of thought. Success depends in large part on the ability to adapt-to proactively shape changing events to our advantage as well as to react quickly to constantly changing conditions."
"War is shaped by human nature and is subject to the complexities, inconsistencies, and peculiarities which characterize human nature."
2. Replace "war" with "entrepreneurship"