Hello old friend, if you've been missing the blog here, then you'll be pleased to know that Roguelike is out today on Amazon Kindle.
100% new. It's The Inner Game of Tennis or What I Talk About When I Talk About Running -- learning about the nature of the universe through a very specific lens -- and it happens to be from the genre of the hardest video games on the planet.
I think you'll enjoy it -- reviews and feedback are always incredibly appreciated. Regards from Istanbul,
I just picked up Roguelike and read it last night and this morning. I'm still digesting it, but there is a lot of great, actionable stuff in there. I'll leave you a good review on Amazon, but I wanted to geek out in detail about some of the stuff with you directly :).
I loved how you clearly illustrated additive vs multiplicative gains. One equation I keep in my mind to help me remember this: if you improve something 1% every day (no easy feat, but possible), you will have improved it 36x by the end of the year (whereas most people would estimate it would be around a 4x or 5x improvement).
One piece I'm going to implement right away is to carve out some time explicitly for learning new skills. I was sort of half-assedly doing this, but it wasn't solid. I also loved what you said about "one point wonders." There are a bunch of great skills where having just a little knowledge is WAY better than having zero knowledge, so it's almost always worth it to put in the time to pick up that basic knowledge. Knowing CPR might save someone's life, and it only takes a couple hours to learn. Knowing how to cook is a skill that can provide you pleasure for the rest of your life, and the basics can be learned in a day, etc.
Dalio also talks about "turning toward weakness." Weakness is not bad, because it can be addressed. Ignoring your weaknesses can be fatal. I try to remain acutely aware of my weaknesses. This also goes into contingency planning.
It was also really fun seeing references to ToME and Morrowind. I'm not as familiar with the other games, and that didn't take away from the material. It was just a nice bonus when I could clearly visualize what you were talking about in the other games.
Hah, you had me at "Roguelike". This looks unbelievably awesome. Insta-buy! Sorry to hear about your injury, being hospitalised when travelling is never comfortable!
Hello Sebastian. I had just finished Ikigai two days back and was tearing through Gateless, when I had the urge to check whether you had written some more kindle ebooks. Imagine my pleasant surprise when I saw that you just uploaded Roguelike. So immediately checked with your website (loved it for all the book recommendations) to see if you announced a book release. I bought Roughlike after verifying that you had indeed written this book.
I must admit that I was a bit hesitant to purchase this even though I love strategy video games like Starcraft, Warcraft, Age of Empires, and other Build and Conquer simulations. The reason being that I wondered whether the time I wasted playing them would come back to haunt me. But I thought, heck this is Sebastian we are talking about and he might have a trick up his sleeve and end up making me feel that all that time playing video games was Resource Mode ;).
And hell, I enjoyed Ikigai and Gateless. So no regrets in investing in an author who has made me not only have several light bulb moments but also have said lightbulbs glow brighter with each passing book page.
Am planning to write you reviews for these three books to show you my gratitude. And am sure I echo others when I say this, which is, we are glad to have read your books. They truly inspire. And more than that, they push us to move our ass and be kick-ass.
PS: I can relate to your interests in books, history, Japanese culture, samurais, self improvement, writing and others. It felt surreal to see that we share so many common interests. I would recommend you watch Samurai I, II and III if you haven't. Toshiro Mifune plays the part of Musashi Miyamoto to perfection.
That was unexpected. Bought it.
I'm interested in hearing how you feel it relates to The Inner Game of Tennis. I read that book as a tutorial in Zen and not allowing your consciousness to interfere with your unconsciousness.
Also, how are you enjoying Istanbul? I'm planning a trip and may be incorporating it or Budapest into the itinerary.
Edit: The first page seems to clear up my question :D
One of my favorite places -- highly recommended, Istanbul. Come if you get a chance. E-visa online is very easy.
Inner Game of Tennis explores performance/flow/Zen/etc through the game of tennis; likewise, Roguelike looks at planning/execution/patience/consistency through difficult games.
Hope you enjoy -- feedback very welcome.
Very much enjoyed it. I'm playing the hell out of Tales of Maj'eyal now. I'm doing Roguelike on Normal difficulty. I got through a few cities as Archer but switched to Berserker eventually because tbh it's much better. I'm intrigued by the Summoner class. Defs am going to try that out soon.
Roguelikes are definitely great training for patience and strategic thinking in the real world.
You know what would be a cool book that would potentially make a lot of money? A day-by-day sort of devotional book in which the reader is a player in an RPG. Each day is spent with a different theme. Maybe day one is "choose your character/class" in which you fill out a questionnaire of yourself in order to discover what your real goals are in life. Day two could be "thrown into the action", because most RPGs start very suddenly without much time to do any planning, very much like the reader's life likely is when they pick the book up. It would be centered around cleaning up backlogs in the reader's life and getting a system down to deal with maintenance tasks so that the reader can focus on their goals. For instance, setting aside a specific discrete 30 minutes a day to dedicate to maintenance tasks like taxes, bills, etc.
Essentially, the knowledge in your book in a different format, made more palpable and actionable to most people. Maybe it would give a week to each lesson instead of a day. Certainly some lessons take more time to enact.
Just picked up a copy. Looking forward to it!
This is first time actually contacting you, or anybody through blog for that matter. But you make it almost too easy(you must be bombarded with e-mail, good luck!).
I'm interested to know your strategy or preference on maximizing meaningful conversations abroad or even back home. I mean do you have any particular tactic or is it mostly random. Any public places or events that stir up conversations with strangers, any small talk lines or questions(etc. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?) that lead to insight and good conversation.
I'm from Finland and I'm going to travel a bit in asia(Okinawa, Seoul, Katmandu, Bhutan) and I find conversations as the best way to learn and experience different cultures. It would be such a waste to do it randomly if it there's is a way to do it most efficient way.
If you have any book recommendations, please make them available in amazon.co.uk with your affiliate id I would be happy to support you somehow.
Before we talk about who I am. I want to talk about who I want to become. The reason why I want to start with these goals and ambitions is because it is a big part of who I am today. When you think about a child, and you ask them what they want to be and they answer with "I want to be a firefighter," instantly you know a few things about them. They like trucks, ladders, dalmations, and helping people. If they respond with an astronaut, they like adventure, space, rockets, planets, and telescopes.
As for me, I want to become an Artist, and a children's book writer. What does that tell you about me? Well I love art, I like to draw, paint, sculpt but I also love to tell stories. And of course kids are a big part of my life. I work at The New Children's Museum in San Diego, California. I also work for a company called Claymunchkins which teaches clay workshops to children.
These ambitions shape my day to day life, from what I do with the three hours I have between jobs, to what I watch on netflix. I intend to continue to invest my time and energy to achieve these goals.
I bring this up because, it is one of the hardest things to do as an adult, think about what you really want to do and go about truely trying to live up to our own ambitions.