You’re One Decision Away

By | 2017-11-24T20:43:03+00:00 November 24th, 2017|Goal setting|

Many times I hear people say that they want to do something great in their lives. They want to learn the piano, build a business, or invent that thing they've been thinking about for years. While having goals and dreams are great, there is only one thing that matters. A decision. Until you decide to do that thing with every fiber of your being, you won't even try to do it. Or you'll try and always come short. Decisions Shape Your Life Think about it. What decision have you made in the past that changed the course of your life? Maybe [...]

FU Money

By | 2017-08-17T20:24:43+00:00 January 27th, 2017|Business, Goal setting, Lifestyle, Money|

Warning: this post uses the word Fuck a lot. This is not my typical style of writing but I promise it's for a reason. If you are sensitive to this kind of language you can always read some of my other posts. The first time I came across the concept of Fuck You Money I knew I stumbled upon some golden wisdom. This concept was originally mentioned in the movie 'The Gambler': He talks about putting yourself in a position of Fuck You. The main idea is to build up enough Fuck You Money to be financially free and eliminate money as [...]

Becoming Vegan

By | 2017-04-07T21:37:59+00:00 July 7th, 2016|Health & Fitness|

After 28 years of being a meat eating human, about 6 months ago my girlfriend and I decided to transition to becoming vegan. We we're inspired to take the leap by a few family members and friends that also made the change. We also wanted to support both environmental and life changes that come from eating and producing animal based food and products. From a moral standpoint it just made sense not to kill and eat a being that once was living. I would feel terrible raising, killing, and preparing innocent animals for my food daily. Yet just because I [...]

How to Speedup Playback on QuickTime, YouTube, Vimeo, Audible, & VLC

By | 2017-08-17T19:38:55+00:00 June 10th, 2016|Productivity|

Want to Speed Listen? If you're considering speed listening you may want to speed up playback and get through audio books, courses, and that boring class lecture faster. Here's how to do it on Quick Time, YouTube, and Audible. (Will add more as I test them). Speedup Playback on Quicktime (Mac): Hold the alt or option key and then click on the fast forward arrows on Quicktime. It will show 1.1x. Press again to keep increasing the speed (still holding alt/option). If you want to slow it down, press on the rewind arrows instead while holding alt/option. Speedup Playback on [...]

Speed Listening Experiment

By | 2017-08-17T19:39:37+00:00 June 10th, 2016|Productivity|

Recently, I decided to implement the idea of there is no speed limit, and have been doing a non-official experiment with speed listening. Speed listening is listening to audio books, audibles, or even watching videos on YouTube at double speed. I've heard it from a few friends in business circles, and there are have been a few articles I've read recently on speed listening, so I figured I'd give it a test. Most recently I've been listening to Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future on audible at double speed. Surprisingly I've gotten through a 13 [...]

Getting Hooked on Behaviors

By | 2017-08-17T19:31:53+00:00 June 2nd, 2016|Productivity|

While recently launching a startup, I have been reading a lot on behaviors and keeping users engaged. One of the biggest ah-ha moments has been on behaviors. Particularly BJ Fogg's behavior model which says 3 things are required to get someone to do something: Motivation - They must be sufficiently motivated Ability - They must have the ability to perform the behavior Trigger - They must be triggered to perform the behavior Example: A simple real life example could be if I owned a local sandwich shop. Here's how I would think about using this model... Motivation - Customer is [...]

Hacking Maslow’s Hierarchy to Live a Happier Life

By | 2017-08-17T19:33:54+00:00 February 22nd, 2016|Productivity|

In 1943, a man by the name of Abraham Maslow created a simple way for people to understand the Theory of Human Motivation and progression. This was then made into a familiar pyramid chart called the Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs, as shown below.   Now, basically, as humans we move up the pyramid in motivation from our basic physiological needs such as eating, shelter, and reproduction to much higher more spiritual needs called self-actualization. Maslow believed that to reach the highest level of need, the person must not only achieve the previous needs, but master them. Now in my own [...]

Goal Setting The Zen Way – “Mountains Are Merely Mountains”

By | 2017-08-17T19:43:59+00:00 February 10th, 2016|Goal setting|

Have a big task or dream that seems impossible? Just remember this simple take on an old zen saying - "Mountains are merely mountains." This is an interpretation from a longer Zen saying: "Before I had studied Zen for thirty years, I saw mountains as mountains, and waters as waters. When I arrived at a more intimate knowledge, I came to the point where I saw that mountains are not mountains, and waters are not waters. But now that I have got its very substance I am at rest. For it's just that I see mountains once again as mountains, [...]

The Periscope Effect

By | 2017-08-17T19:50:44+00:00 February 2nd, 2016|Business|

As I was talking with my girlfriend today, her phone chirped and she immediately forgot about our conversation in a mad dash to get on her phone and open an app called Periscope. At first, I was a bit shocked, but then my brain started churning. You see, she's a photographer and a big fan of a well-known photographer by the name of Sue Bryce. So when Sue goes live on Periscope, I don't exist. Perfectly understandable, I mean how could I compete? Naturally, the entrepreneur in me started to think about how to tap into this power for my [...]

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