Ryan Holiday, Author of:
- Let his personal connection to the ex-CEO and desire to be challenged lead him to accepting a terrible role consulting for American Apparel
- We need to be careful what work we say yes to, as it will take us away from other more important things such as family, more interesting/rewarding work
Lessons from American Apparel:
- When bad things happen, our ego is what makes it worse. It prevents us from stepping away.
- When you sign a contract, you need to have an “out”, so you can walk away.
- It is not healthy if you choose chaos and stress over the things that are important to you.
- Choice of a life or accomplishment, one tends to take away from the other – choose wisely
- Are you working to live or living to work?
- Human BEING not human DOING.
- Life can become unmanageable because you can’t prioritize.
- Work is a drug for some.
- Don’t necessarily work a lot, but they can’t stop. Always need to do something.
- Type A personalities tend to live where the action is.
- You should be able to create opportunities from anywhere.
- Don’t live where you might succumb to too many distractions.
- Workaholics Anonymous might help if you need it
The Obstacle is the Way:
- Because of Tim Ferris and Shane Parrish, it got popular in the sport world.
- Michael Lombardi recommended it.
- John Snider, the manager of the Sea Hawks.
- Managing emotions, keeping a clear head and making the best with what you have are all things professional athletes need to learn.
- Eric Weinstein: ”generalized fame is overrated, but selective fame is useful.”
- 1000 true fans and Small Giants are all about selective fame.
Internal versus External:
- Why Ego? It’s interesting to see people act against their own interest because of ego.
- Ego is the biggest internal obstacle.
- Pride, vanity, delusions, greed, wanting all the attention prevent us from accomplishing what we want.
- Ego sucks us down like the law of gravity.
- Prevents the connection to reality.
Sherman VS Grant
- H. Liddell Hart: “there’s a difference between someone who is utterly confident and people whose image is a slow accumulation of success.”
- William Tecumseh Sherman and Ulysses S. Grant were two civil war heroes.
Sherman knew his own limits, Refused presidency to do things he was good at.
- Grant tried to pursue and make money in things he had no skills.
- Endless need to impress people who were already impressed.
- Billions: “When people call you superman long enough, you start to believe it.”
- Tim was given advice when The 4-Hour Workweek hit the best seller list: “You’re never as good as they say you are and you’re never as bad as they say you are”
Howard Hughes versus Elon Musk
- Just because someone seems successful to you doesn’t mean they’ve accomplished what they wanted. (Kayne West)
- Ego is the most dangerous when you’re already successful and trying to move on to your next goal.
- Howard Hughes lost millions of dollar trying to accomplish insane projects.
- Elon Musk did a thinking exercise by Aristotle called Going to first principles.
- Created SpaceX by building rockets instead of buying them.
- Rational and step-by-step.
- Soliciting critical feedback.
- Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the quest for a fantastic future.
- Fahrenheit 451: ”the people don’t want to be offended, so they burned the books.”
- It’s not a government who dictates book burning, it’s a society afraid to be offended
- Protect everyone’s feeling.
- Take’s away form the actually alarming things happening.
- Nowadays, anyone who disturbs or offends are badly viewed.
- This trend tends to choke freedom of speech.
- Nice things don’t need to be protected, it is the awful speech that needs protection
- Scott Adams (Dilbert): ”being creative is like drilling for oil, sometimes you miss and sometimes it catches on fire.”
- Meaning sometimes, smart people say dumb things.
- I f you get accused of being racist or sexist, react by saying: How do you define that word? Make them fight themselves.
- By being offended your wasting your own resources
How do someone improve themselves?
- How you feel about things and what you’re working on.
- Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World
- Record how many hours of really working.
- 21 day no complaint experiment to break ego.
- Practice like you would everything else.
- What are you going to do with this information?
- The 5 minute Journal to review your day and to be grateful.
- Most of our misery comes from us.
- Paul Graham: “Keep your identities small.”
- The smaller, the more you’re creative and adaptive.
- Value the things that can not be taken away.
- Real Mind Control: The 21-Day No-Complaint Experiment
Previous Podcast with Ryan Holiday: The Canvas Strategy – What Ben Franklin and Bill Belichick Have in Common
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