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Carlos Miceli's Excellent Ikigai Review

Carlos Miceli sent this wonderful review out to his newsletter. I love it, whether you've gotten the book or not yet, you'll definitely enjoy some of the points in it -

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Book recommendation - Ikigai, by Sebastian Marshall

Sebastian Marshall, who has recently became popular online because of his stand against traditional publishing, put together a brilliant set of philosophies, ideas, recommendations and statements for anyone that's serious about becoming a better person. This is not fluffy self-development. It's serious stuff for hard-working people that can take an honest look at themselves. Ikigai, which was marketed as the "one-week book", is not original work, but a compilation of Sebastian's fundamental posts of his blog. The book is divided in chapters such as "Be Principled", "Empire", "Rationality", and "Dealing with Shit", and each chapter has a series of posts and Sebastian's answers on that particular topic.

I loved the book, and read it in a couple of days. Sebastian succeeds at making you want to do amazing things with the time that's been given to you. The reason that Sebastian gets to you is because he's real. He's had a weird life, he's kinda crazy, and he truly acts on principles. The book combines three elements very well: practicality, unconventionality and reach. Anyone can grow from reading Ikigai and applying its lessons.

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If you try to become excellent, normal people will judge you. Fuck them. Seriously, I said it and I meant it. Fuck 'em. I gradually quit drugs, drinking, tobacco, refined my diet, quit sugar, etc, etc. - every time I heard discouragement and crap from people. Fuck them. When I dropped out of high school, I heard discouragement and crap from people. When I dropped out of university to start building a company, I heard discouragement and crap. When I started traveling, I heard warnings and discouragement and crap. If you try to be excellent, you're going to constantly be hearing warnings and discouragement and crap. Listen a little if the person seems to know what they're talking about, but don't be discouraged. If you're trying to be expansive and they're telling you to be cautious, they're probably wrong and you're probably right. No one else says this, so I'm happy you emailed me - I'll say it. Fuck them. They're not bad people per se, but people do terrible things. I quit sugar or starting eating healthier and people want to drag you back down, "C'mon, have one slice of pizza... it's just a bite of cake... c'mon, you can have one drink..." - I still can't explain exactly why people do it, but I think it's to protect their own identity. As you become excellent, you show them what they could be, and it hurts them. Viscerally. So don't be too upset, your excellence hurts people to some extent. Expect constant discouragement from normal people. Eventually you'll build a social circle of high-achieving, ambitious, expansive, cool, worldly, giving, encouraging, awesome people, and then you'll be successful and normal people will envy and hate you, but you won't care because you'll have transcended it. So yeah, discouragement and warnings and crap? We all get it on the road to success. Don't take it too seriously. Don't hate people for doing it, but don't give in either. Sebastian Marshall

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