Tim was also trying to figure out how the best of the best think their way through problems and opportunities
What industries or professions represent high level thinking that can be applied other places? – investing, poker players, people involved in cryptocurecy/blockchain
Great little life rule from the book
When you have to rate something on a scale of 1-10, get rid of 7. This forces you to use 6 and 8 more.
A interesting quote from Nick Szabo on his advice to a graduating college senior
“Everyone is striving for social proof. The less you need positive feedback on your ideas, the more original design regions you can explore, the more creative in the long term and useful to society you will be.”
“The superheroes we idolize also have their demons and fight their battles, we just don’t hear about them”
This is why Tim likes to ask guests – “Do you have a favorite failure”
Some good things to think on
It’s great to have a lot of side projects, but it’s tough to avoid just going in a million directions at once, and making a millimeter of hoped progress in each
A lot of the recipes we use for financial gain, are not optimized for emotional well being
What would this look like if it were easy?
A question Tim asks himself often
An example in Tim’s life – when he wrote Tools of Titans
What would the writing process look like if it were easy?
He wouldn’t be tired – Fix: get 8 hours of sleep
He wouldn’t be lonely – Fix: Hire someone to stay around his house during the writing process
When asking this question, don’t hold back, all ideas are good
Another good question to journal on – “What are the 20% of activities and people who are producing 80% of my negative emotional states”
AKA nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide
A very important cofactor for many metabolic enzymes, which just means you need it for these enzymes to work properly.
Your mitochondria need NAD to produce energy from glucose or fatty acids. Any time there is chronic inflammation or DNA damage occurring, this sucks up the NAD and so the mitochondria suffer. Also, NAD levels decrease in multiple tissues with aging.
Tim has been getting intravenous NAD treatments (750mg of NAD mixed into a saline solution