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The TOP Takeaways Q2 2019 – Life Advice

We went back and compiled all the best life advice from the second quarter of this year. In Podcast Notes fashion, here are our Key Takeaways (our top 10 pieces of life advice:):

  • Find three hobbies: one that makes you money, one that keeps you fit, and one that makes you creative
  • Being honest leaves you with a clear mind, free of lies running through your head which you’re forced to keep track of
    • This gives you with more energy to think about what actually matters
  • “Desire is suffering… every desire you have is an axis where you will suffer. So just don’t focus on more than one desire to time. The universe is rigged in such a way that if you just want one thing, and you focus on that, you’ll get it, but everything else you gotta let go.” – Naval Ravikant
  • “In today’s day and age, many people think you get peace by resolving all your external problems, but there are unlimited external problems. The only way to actually get peace on the inside is by giving up the idea of having problems.” – Naval Ravikant
  • If you have something you really want to do in life that feels important, there’s very rarely going to be a convenient time to do it
    • Sometimes you just have to take the leap and correct course if need be
  • “Success in many areas of life can be measured by the number of uncomfortable things you are able to do or uncomfortable conversations you are willing to have” – Tim Ferriss
  • For every opportunity, try to ask yourself- “Will this give me more time or energy?
    • If the answer no for both, don’t proceed
  • A simple happiness hack:
    • Just think of all the bad things that could have happened to you (that haven’t)
    • If any one of them did happen to you, you would consider your prayers answered if you could just return to the current moment
  • 4 Important Questions to Continually Ask Yourself
    • “How have I been complicit in creating the conditions I say I don’t want?”
    • “What am I not saying that needs to be said?”
    • “What am I saying that’s not being heard?”
    • “What’s being said that I’m not hearing?”
  • “Easy choices, hard life. Hard choices, easy life.” – Jerzy Gregoreck
    • If you always take the easy fork in the path, whether it’s succumbing to an impulse to eat garbage food or drinking too much and having all the consequences that follow, you will have, in a macro sense, a very difficult life.

Navalisms | Wisdom From the One and Only Naval Ravikant

Practical Advice

  • Look forward to the future and set an aspirational hourly rate (Podcast Notes)
    • If you can outsource something for less than your aspirational hourly rate, outsource it
    • Always factor your time (and aspirational hourly rate) into any decision
      • If your aspirational hourly rate is $150/hour, and you estimate it will take you an hour and a half to return a $40 product, it’s not worth it
      • You have a finite amount of high-output mental hours each day – “Do you want to use them to run errands and solve little problems or do you want to save them for the big stuff?”
  • Inspiration is perishable (Podcast Notes)
    • When you have the inspiration, act on it right then and there – otherwise you probably won’t do it
  • Reject most advice (Podcast Notes) (yes, we see the irony)
    • “If you survey enough people, all the advice will cancel to 0”
    • When you hear a piece of advice, ask yourself:
      • “Is this true?”
      • “Is this true outside of the context of what that person applied it in?”
      • “Is it true in my context?”
      • “Do I want to apply it?”
  • Find three hobbies: one that makes you money, one that keeps you fit, and one that makes you creativePodcast Notes
    • (Or one that makes you money, one that makes you fit, and one that makes you smarter)

Classic Naval

  • The more outraged somebody gets, the worse their judgment probably is (Podcast Notes)
    • “If someone’s constantly tweeting political outrage and seems like an angry person, you don’t want to hand them the keys to your car let alone the keys to your company”
  • Wisdom is knowing the long-term consequences of your actions – (Podcast Notes)
  • “A rational person can find peace by cultivating indifference to the things outside their control”Podcast Notes
  • Being honest leaves you with a clear mind, free of lies running through your head which you’re forced to keep track of (Podcast Notes)
    • This gives you with more energy to think about what actually matters

The MANY Insights From Naval’s Appearance on The Joe Rogan Experience (Podcast Notes)

  • “Desire is suffering… every desire you have is an axis where you will suffer. So just don’t focus on more than one desire to time. The universe is rigged in such a way that if you just want one thing, and you focus on that, you’ll get it, but everything else you gotta let go.”
  • Don’t read to finish books. Read to satisfy your intellectual curiosity.
  • Naval practices the “art of doing nothing” meditation, here’s how you do it:
    • “Sit down, close your eyes, get in a comfortable position, and whatever happens, happens. If you think, you think. If you don’t think, you don’t think. Don’t put any effort into it.”
  • Happiness is a choice you make and a skill you develop
  • “To me, peace is happiness at rest and happiness is peace in motion. You can convert peace to happiness anytime you want.”
  • “You have social statisticians, scientists, and researchers in lab coats, literally the best minds of our generation figuring out how to addict you to the news. And if you fall for it, if you get addicted. your brain will get destroyed.”
  • “We are overexposed to everything. The way to survive in modern society is to be an ascetic, it is to retreat from society. There’s too much society everywhere you go. You have society in your phone, society in your pocket, society in your ears… It’s socializing you and programming everyone. The only solution is turn it off.”
  • “In today’s day and age, many people think you get peace by resolving all your external problems, but there are unlimited external problems. The only way to actually get peace on the inside is by giving up the idea of having problems.”
  • “If you’re smart, you should be able to figure out how to be happy. Otherwise, you’re not that smart.”
  • “The peace that we seek is not peace of mind, it’s peace from mind”

Always Remember…

  • Instead of focusing on how to become successful/happy, just figure out what you need to avoid in order to do soGeorge MacGill
  • EMBRACE being weird (George MacGill)
    • In order to get anywhere worthwhile in life, you need to stand out
  • “If you’re not happy with $50k or $100k, you’re not going to be happy with $50 or $100 million”Warren Buffet
  • If you’re having trouble making yourself happy, just make someone else happy (Derek Sivers)
  • “Failure comes from the failure to imagine failure” – Josh Wolfe
    • If you can identify all the ways things can go wrong, you can utilize time, money or people to minimize those risk
  • “In life, you don’t get what you deserve, you get what you negotiate”Tim Ferriss
  • You NEED to be able to examine situations and differentiate between: (Thomas Tull)
    • Things that happened which were out of your control
    • Things that happened because you didn’t put yourself in an optimal position
  • If you have something you really want to do in life that feels important, there’s very rarely going to be a convenient time to do it (Tim Ferriss)
    • Sometimes you just have to take the leap and correct course if need be
  • Risk is the probability of bad outcomes (Reif Hoffman)
    • Bad outcomes = loss AND gains that you miss out on
    • Many people care more about the former – we should think of risk in terms of BOTH
  • If you’re relying on external factors to drive your inner happiness, you will always be disappointed in the long run (Justin Kan)
  • “If you want something to be part of your identity, talk about it. If you want to learn something, teach it.” – Justin Kan
  • Your emotional state and baseline happiness will NEVER change in a lasting way from ANY outcome or external circumstance (Justin Kan)
  • More likely than not, most of the problems in your life originate from the fact that you’re continuing to fight what’s true (Matt MacInnis)
  • Play the hand you’re dealt to the best of your ability (Ed Latimore)
    • “When you give up because you have one shortcoming, you spit in the face of everyone who’s succeeded despite having that one shortcoming”

Self-Help and Improvement

  • Discipline = Freedom (Jocko Willink)
    • The more discipline you have in life to get the hard things done, the more freedom you’ll have as a result
  • Most people overestimate what they can achieve in a day/week and underestimate what they could achieve in a year (Derek Sivers)
  • When learning about a new topic, read voraciously (Josh Wolfe)
    • “Reading is like having conversations with the best men (and women) of past centuries”
  • Stop seeking prescriptions (Kapil Gupta) (yes, we also see the irony in this)
    • “If we discover the things in a humans being’s life that they really excel at or never really have many problems in, it’s the things in which they do not seek prescriptions”
    • No person becomes world class by following a set of directions
      • You become world class by having the DNA of true genuine desire to reach a certain point
      • “You cannot meditate your way to enlightenment, you cannot morning routine your way to wisdom”
  • “Writing is not the most important thing, thinking is. But writing is probably the best way to improve your thinking.” – Matt Mullenweg
    • “With great thinking, you can have great actions”
  • If you spot it, you got it (Jim Dethmer)
    • “If you were willing to eat the projection and internalize how the things you’re complaining about in relation to others are true about you, you’d increase your learning agility exponentially”
    • “If you really want to grow in self-awareness, eat your projections”
  • We have to be open and willing to allow others to point out errors in our thinking (Sam Harris)
    • Why? – We want our beliefs to be as close to true as possible, so we have to be open to new evidence and better arguments
    • In addition – We have to be continually open to the possibility that we might be wrong about something
  • “Easy choices, hard life. Hard choices, easy life.”Tim Ferriss (original quote from Jerzy Gregoreck)
    • “If you always take the easy fork in the path, whether it’s succumbing to an impulse to eat garbage food or drinking too much and having all the consequences that follow, you will have, in a macro sense, a very difficult life”
  • “Success in many areas of life can be measured by the number of uncomfortable things you are able to do or uncomfortable conversations you are willing to have” – Tim Ferriss
  • The next year is going to go by whether you’re doing something about your life or not (Alexander Juan Antonio Cortes and Ed Latimore)
    • Either you set out to achieve your goals and change your life or let the time pass you by
  • You’ll never fail yourself if you focus your time in life on things that improve your ability to perform both physically and mentally – Alexander Juan Antonio Cortes

Relationships

  • An important conversation skill – the ability to listen for the feelings beneath what your conversation partner is saying (Shelia Heen)
  • Instead of aiming to resolve conflict through conversation, aim to understand (Shelia Heen)
    • This lowers the stakes – “Not figuring out a solution isn’t failing. Failing is not learning anything new about the other person.”
  • “It’s not just that people have difficult conversations in their relationships, those conversations are the relationships”Shelia Heen
    • If you handle them well – the relationship thrives
    • If you handle them poorly – the relationship starts to deteriorate
  • Love + Desire + Logic = An Ideal Partner (Dr. Taylor Burrowes)
    • Love – when you really enjoy someone’s company
    • Desire – the sexual polarity and chemistry
    • Logic – shared values and lifestyle (don’t forget about this one)
  • You know you’re in a good relationship with someone when you’re constantly thinking about what you can do for them (to make them happy/comfortable/etc.) (Dr. Taylor Burrowes)
    • On the other hand – “When you’re trying to guide or mold someone into this idea of who you think you should be with, that’s usually a bad sign”
  • Think about scheduling relationship check ins (Ramit Sethi and Tim Ferriss)
    • Both Tim & his girlfriend and Ramit & his wife have regularly scheduled times to talk about their relationships scheduled on their calendars
      • If it’s not in the calendar, it’s not real
    • What do these sessions look like for Tim & his girlfriend?
      • “Once a week, or once every two weeks, we sit down and she has a chance to talk to me when I am prepared to talk about things that are going to make me uncomfortable”
      • It usually takes about an hour and they typically do it in the afternoon/evening on a weekend
      • The format:
        • “What I think I’m doing well”
          • They start by each saying what they think they’re personally doing well/better
        • “What I think I could do better”
          • Each talks about where they “dropped the ball”/or could focus more
        • “What I think you’re doing well”
          • Next – they each discuss what the other person is doing that’s good for the relationship
        • “What I’d love to see more of”
          • Lastly – each of them discusses what the other person could being doing better
        • One of them writes down meeting notes, after which they email to the other person
          • Tim has an Evernote file where he saves them all

The Practical

  • A first principle that George MacGill thinks about often – optimizing for time and energy
    • For every opportunity, try to ask yourself- “Will this give me more time or energy?
      • If the answer no for both, don’t proceed
  • A good question to ponder from Jordan Peterson:
    • “How many things am I doing that I know are wrong, that I could fix, that I’m not fixing?”
  • Cultivate the ability to detach from what’s going on and look at things from an outside perspective (Jocko Willink)
    • “The better you get at life, the more you’re able to detach from inside your own emotion-filled storm of ego. The more you can get out of your head and take a step back and look at what’s actually occurring, the better decisions you’re going to be able to make.”
  • Every Friday afternoon, Chip Conley takes 30 minutes to write down the key lessons he learned over the previous week in what he terms his “Wisdom Book”
  • A simple happiness hack from Sam Harris:
    • Just think of all the bad things that could have happened to you (that haven’t)
    • If any one of them did happen to you, you would consider your prayers answered if you could just return to the current moment
  • The half-life of negative emotions is incredibly short (Sam Harris)
    • If you’re not continually thinking about all the reasons you should be anxious (or angry, etc.), the emotion dissipates very quickly
  • An exercise that’s helped Josh Waitzkin and many of his clients:
    • End your day thinking about an important question and then wake up the next morning (pre-input, before checking your phone or any news) and brainstorm on it (either on paper or in something like Evernote)
  • “If you want to thrive as much as possible, you should have presence, skill, and comfort in both the digital world and the physical world”Alexander Juan Antonio Cortes
    • If you can speak well, write well, present yourself, and communicate with people, you can do whatever you want in life

Tips for Decision-Making

  • “You don’t need to have more cognitive horsepower than other people to make better decisions, you just have to think through a wider variety of situations and circumstances” Shane Parrish
    • Think:
      • What are the extent of the possible outcomes?
      • Where am I likely to end up on a probabilistic basis?
      • And are there outcomes I want to avoid?
        • If you can avoid all the bad outcomes, you’re more likely to obtain a preferable outcome
  • Not making a decision IS making a decision (Annie Duke)
    • This has to do with ALL the resources you invest – time, money, attention, and energy
  • Lessons in Decision-Making from Mike Maples
    • Most decisions are one of two types – 70/30 or 51/49
      • If it’s 70/30, you know what you need to do – you’re just, for whatever reason, not courageous enough to follow through on it
      • If it’s 51/49, it almost doesn’t matter which one you pick
    • “Quite often, decisions are more simple than you realize – it’s the willingness to follow through that really matters more than anything else”
    • Stop putting your decisions off – “Courage doesn’t grow with time”
      • Very often you know the right thing to do – go for it
  • A Decision-Making Framework from Reid Hoffman
    • When confronted with a decision, ask yourself – “What would my decision be right now if I couldn’t gather any more data?”
    • Then ask: “What information would change my decision?” – like talking to person X or finding out if Y is true
    • Next – “Do I have the time and means to go and do the above?”
      • If so – do it
      • If not – make the decision

Wisdom From Ramit Sethi

All of the below can be found within these Podcast Notes:

We went back and compiled all the best life advice from the second quarter of this year.

What you’ll find:

  • Navalisms | Wisdom From the One and Only Naval Ravikant
  • Always Remember… 
  • Self-Help/Improvement
  • Relationships
  • The Practical
  • Tips for Decision-Making
  • Wisdom From Ramit Sethi
  • Lessons in Life from Kamal Ravikant
  • The 20-20-20 Method For Staring Your Morning
  • From That Legendary Jerry Colonna Appearance on The Tim Ferriss Show
  • Wisdom From Gary Vee
  • And Last But Not Least, Something From Jim O’Shaughnessy to Leave You Thinking…

In Podcast Notes fashion, here are our Key Takeaways (our top 10 pieces of life advice:):

  • Find three hobbies: one that makes you money, one that keeps you fit, and one that makes you creative
  • Being honest leaves you with a clear mind, free of lies running through your head which you’re forced to keep track of
    • This gives you with more energy to think about what actually matters
  • “Desire is suffering… every desire you have is an axis where you will suffer. So just don’t focus on more than one desire to time. The universe is rigged in such a way that if you just want one thing, and you focus on that, you’ll get it, but everything else you gotta let go.” – Naval Ravikant

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