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?
Taking in a bunch of info is fun and great, whether it's from blogs, podcasts, audiobooks, whatever.
Just read it already. And let's all add "TOM level" to our meme pool, shall we?
What's the most correct version of "If you want more, serve more" but with 'serve' in a sense of someone who comes from a place of free will / free choice, not an indentured servant or connotations like that in the 'serve' verb. Thoughts?
Something I've been wanting to do is to put together a proper morning routine. I want to field test a bunch of things to see what works for me.
This guy has some cool ideas: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PliFBr__T7Y
Jason Shen takes cold showers every moning.
What are you guys doing currently? What's some cool ideas?
Great post in Derek's blog.
"When you're surrounded by successful people, it feels so easy, it's obvious. Their attitude and actions rub off on you.
But I meet so many people that feel that success is so far away, so impossible to imagine, that they act accordingly, aim low, and complete the self-defeating circle.
I know much of success is luck, but I never realized how much the mindset of success comes from who you know.
Luckily, who you know is up to you, not luck."
This article is brilliant and should be read by all: bookofhook.blogspot.com/2013/03/smart-guy-productivity-pitfalls.html
Then, read these:
A structural fix is something that you pay for up-front and which then continues to serve your life with zero or little in the way of ongoing maintenance costs.
Some examples, feel free to add more:
-If your computer is swapping (you hear the hard drive churning) during normal usage, get more RAM! Getting an SSD hard drive is also a good idea. Swapping out to disk is like sending a sailboat across the Atlantic to fetch your stuff, whereas RAM is like getting it from your pocket.
-Buy everything you can find that can optimize your sleep. Some ideas: blackout curtains for your sleeping quarters, Zeo device, supplements known to aid sleep (melatonin, zinc, stuff like that), Philips Golite, earthing mat, etc.
-Get a good digital scale with bodyfat measurements and all that jazz. Make a habit to enter it into a suitable tracking tool. Hacker's Diet is good for weight. Even better if it auto-tracks the data for you.
What I noticed about Ikigai was it's numerous referrals to periods of history where Sebastian would draw practical lessons. I am a big fan of all of Noam Chomsky's works, Howard Zinn's People's History of the United States, and Robert Greene's Power, War, Seduction, and Mastery books. I was wondering if Sebastian or readers can share with us their most mind-blowing historical volumes that they felt most relevant to real life?