When Julius Cesar was little more than a rebel against the Roman Republic, he faced near certain ruin against Pompey's great international armies.
The night before the final battle, outnumbered more than 2 to 1, Cesar ordered his army: "Pull down your own ramparts and fill in the ditch, so that if we fail to win we shall have nothing. And the enemy shall see that we lack a camp, and that necessity compels us to make our quarters in theirs."
The took the battle with no hope of retreat. The only two options were win or die.
Right now I'm supposed to be working on an e-book I'm writing. It depends heavily on interviews with other people and I find myself dragging my feet. It's like I have a mental fog, the way forward seems very vague and unknown. In short: I don't know what the next action is and I can't seem to find the focus/energy/headspace to figure it out.
Knowing that next actions have a way of appearing when you do stuff, I've decided to set an arbitrary but quantified goal. I will reach out to 10 people today and ask if they want to help me with my book. Doing so will force me to take action and see opportunities. And it will get my mind into clarification mode automatically.
It's a very random approach but we'll see if it produces any results.
Similar to this epic thread over at LessWrong.
I'll begin: Intermittent Fasting.
We had the call for the last book club (on Hannibal and Me) this morning and it went really well. Lots of fascinating insight from this one, and dividing up the chapters and taking turns leading definitely led to a little more in-depth discussion.
You can check out our notes from the talk here.
Next month, we're going to move more in the direction of taking a biography and pulling the strategy insights out of it ourselves. The book we've chosen is a biography of Alexander the Great.
The call is tentatively scheduled for Sunday, July 7th at 7PM EST. If anyone else wants to get involved, shoot one of us a PM and we'll get you in on the preliminary Google doc.
The first book club call (50th Law) went really well and we are going to continue.
The book for May is Hannibal and Me.
If you want to join, please let us know.
Pretty popular piece these days, but it is really worth reading. It's good for a whole lot of reasons I'd not expected. When I read the title, I thought would be just hype.
I'm recently getting to be more productive and swear off the sloth lifestyle and get some work done.
I only know very few people and none of them I think would hold me accountable properly.
Would anyone like an accountability deal with me?
UPDATE: Here are the notes we took during the call. Contact us if you would like to discuss any of the concepts.
As Sebastian has said (I am paraphrasing) "don't just read books; apply its' principles to your life, and discuss them with other people."
One of the best books for strategy/mindset is The 50th Law, by Robert Greene and 50 Cent.
Let's discuss Bitcoin.
I got into the market like a month ago and I'm sure I'm not the only marshallite who's fascinated by this new tech?
The wisest dude I know said that once, and it stuck with me.
I was just reading about will power on Recursive Self Improvement, and it struck me as an apt description of philosophy and strategy.
Why are your beliefs and goals important to define? Because they set the boundaries for what you do so you can put it on autopilot. This frees you up to use your willpower on new projects, new focuses.
Thought I should share, not much more to add.