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Winning Through Intimidation

I borrowed "Winning Through Intimidation" by Robert Ringer from my friend Chris. The book is exceptionally good.

I've been meaning to review it, but I already returned the copy I borrowed to Chris. Thus, this review has been left undone for a long time.

That said, it ain't going to get any easier for me to review, so I've decided to stop dragging my heels and instead review it from memory.

First point - GET IT.

Highly, highly recommended. If possible, the original 1970's version - "Winning Through Intimidation." He toned it down and re-released it as "To Be Or Not To Be Intimidated? That Is The Question" about 10 years ago.

Good Sleep

On Tynan

I think that some might be surprised to hear how much I sleep and how important it is to me. I average right around eight hours per day (tracked for a few months), and prioritize sleep very strongly, even over most work.

Once ten pm comes around, I have four options for things I'm allowed to do: I can play violin, read a book, work, or sleep. Computer is off at midnight every day, at which point I usually read for an hour or two, and then go to sleep.

The other night I was tired at ten, but I was really excited about my work so I tried to push through and keep at it. I was stuck trying to fix something, but I managed to try five or ten solutions out before getting in bed. At the time, it felt like a good choice.

I woke up the next morning, took one look at the code, and spotted the solution instantly. Within five minutes it was fixed. Once is a fluke, but I've noticed this pattern over and over again with work when I'm tired-- it feels like I'm working, but often I'm just spinning my wheels.

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