Around 2013, I came across the works of Sebastian Marshall while one of my friend was reading Ikigai.
I have been following Sebastian ever since.
It's been a long journey. I have not made any significant progress in life, but his philosophy, strategy has helped me create a strong base for myself. I'm still learning and trying to progress one day at a time.
He does not update his blogs like before anymore. So it's been a long time since I've been here on SebastianMarshall.com. And today when I stumbled upon it, I felt a huge dose of Nostalgia. Like walking on a war field long after the war is over. Nobody seems to be active, but all the important lessons are here. I feel alone, but that loneliness is inspiring. I'm happy to be able to write this here at this time. I have no better word to describe this feeling.
Thank you Sebastian and everybody else in this community for making it a place worth visiting. And making this world a better place, at least in a small way. ♥️
I got this really, really amazing email from a reader. I get a lot of emails, but this one in particular was fantastic. Check out his recommendations in here as well -
We exchanged a bit of email last year, but I felt the urge to reach out to you again to just say "thanks". When I started reading your site last year, I was a completely different person than I am now. I was 300lbs, unhappy with my life, my work, and my achievements.
Since then, I've completely turned my life around.
Reading your blog has been (by far) the biggest influence in my life changes, and I'm extremely grateful for all of your writings. I really associate with your writing a lot--I feel like I've always had lots of ambition and purpose, but was never able to harness it to do what I wanted to. Your blog has really helped me understand a lot of critical things in personal development.
It's been a long time since I've shared book recommendations, but I've been reading a lot and have stumbled upon some great books recently. I normally read non-fiction, but I've been integrating some fiction as well. I used to think of it as a less worthy use of time, but I've since read that reading fiction increases empathy (something I'm bad at), and I think/hope that it will improve my own writing. These are all books that I rated five stars.
After reading a few short fun books in a row, I thought that I'd switch to something more difficult and less enjoyable. Sebastian had recommended Musashi to me, and given the book's 900 page length, I figured it would be a tough one to get through. I was wrong-- Musashi was actually one of the most enjoyable books I've ever read. Meal times are the only times during which I'm allowed to visit sites like Reddit, but Musashi was so good that I read it during every solo meal time until I finished it.
Musashi is a historical fiction based around the life of Miyamoto Musashi. Many details, like the names of his opponents and his tactics during duels are historically accurate. Others are period accurate, but didn't necessarily happen. The result is that you get a really fascinating story, learn quite a bit about Japan in the late 16th and early 17th centuries, and you also learn a lot about Musashi's philosophy.