Untracked. Lots of meetings with local people in Ulaanbaatar.
Sorry for the lack of excitingness -- lots of running around, meeting people, research, taking notes, synthesizing, etc. Not too much to say beyond that -- busy times, all very interesting personally, but nothing incredibly actionable for you -- I'll see what I can cook up over the next week or so to step it up a little for you.
I agree with Carl:
I found Sebastian's blog much more compelling when he practiced what he preached.
I admire SM's recent ambitious approach to 'break out' of his normal routine. This may lead to big gains, occasionally.
But I found that the most valuable posts were related to 'trending upwards', ie setting modest, attainable goals.
Over time, I believe that daily, incremental progress is superior to manic/unpredictable day-to-day.
Perhaps this is a gateway to an even more useful blog. But for the moment, everything seems vague.
If you re-read days 1-45, it seems that it confirms the lessons of the 1st year's blogging, rather than this new approach.
Again, I continue to admire Sebastian's tenacity in trying to push the envelope.
But I feel like he's the only one in the room that doesn't recognize the obvious:
His new, manic rhythm is not very efficient. overall.
Best of luck, Sebastian.
Seems like your past few entries have:
A. All been relatively untracked compared to when you began and
B. Double entries (e.g. for 2 days).
It seems to me like you're getting off track from what you had initially planned. As you've hit the mid-way mark for your 90-day challenge, I was wondering if this would be a good time to retreat for a bit, readjust your strategies and get back into the swing of things?
LessWrong is one of my favorite discussion sites on the internet. It's a discussion site about rationality, and I highly recommend it. Don't be intimidated by how high the level of discussion gets sometimes - there's many good ways to get started. I wrote "You Should Probably Study Rationality" with some intro material. "References and Resources for LessWrong" was just posted today on LW and looks like a good starting point too.
Collecting and Hoarding Crap, Useless Information LessWrong discussion here: http://lesswrong.com/lw/2uu/collecting_and_hoarding_crap_useless_information/
I am realizing something that many, many intelligent people are guilty of - collecting and hoarding and accumulating crap, useless information. This is dangerous, because it feels like you're doing something useful, but you're not.
However, speaking personally - once I decide to start focusing and researching something systematically to get better at it, it gets harder to do. For instance, I taught myself statistics mostly using baseball stats. It was a fun, easy, harmless context to learn statistics.
I read lots of history and historical fiction. I read up lots on business and entrepreneurship. This is easy and fun and enjoyable.
Ira Glass, the creator of This American Life and one of our generation's most prolific storytellers, has some great advice for artists that applies equally well to entrepreneurs: There's a time in your life when you are making stuff that you know isn't as good as you want it to be. You just have to get through it, and keep doing lots of work to break past this point where most people quit.
Watch Ira tell it in detail:
Ira Glass, the creator of This American Life and one of our generation's most prolific storytellers, has some great advice for artists that applies equally well to entrepreneurs: There's a time in your life when you are making stuff that you know isn't as good as you want it to be. You just have to get through it, and keep doing lots of work to break past this point where most people quit. Watch Ira tell it in detail: