Category Archives: Productivity

What I Learned from Living with a Navy SEAL via @the100MileMan

What I Learned from Living with a Navy SEAL

Do Something Hard Every Day:

Get up early EVERY day, it sucks for five minutes, then you instantly think, “I got a leg up on the competition”

Don’t Put Off the Little Things—Just Get Them Done:

So much about being happy and feeling productive is momentum, the more little things you get done, the more big things get done.

Simplicity:

I eat the same stuff almost every day and wear almost the same sets of clothes every week. Focus on this that matters, ideas, health, family, not material bullshit.

Say No to Stuff:

I put my life into four buckets: I sleep seven hours a day. I take three hours for myself so I don’t resent the people I’m closest to. I work for about eight hours. And I set aside six hours for hygiene and all the other random stuff that comes up.

I had “sort of” done this, but by no means so structured, totally co-opting this. Plus it fits great into a Kanban/Trello board productivity method.

Have a Plan:

NOBODY does this, well except peak performers.  I try and fail constantly in making plans, but the process is what is important, before you do ANYTHING, ask yourself. “What is the plan?”

Living with a SEAL: 31 Days Training with the Toughest Man on the Planet by Jesse Itzler

Rich Roll Podcast #266 David Goggins

Recent Podcast appearance with @million_first

Recently I was fortunate enough to be asked to appear on an up and coming podcast “The First Million.” Not sure if I deserve to be a guest but I had a great time doing it. The guys starting this podcast up were awesome to talk to and did a killer job as hosts.

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If you have a minute check out the podcast and also follow them on social media. Even if you don’t enjoy listening to me ramble on for an hour give them a follow, I see big things coming from these guys and this podcast.

The primary focus of this podcast is my early entrepreneurial experience creating a startup in my early 20’s and then focusing on my daily routines and methods. Most of which are stolen from other peak performers like Tim Ferris, Jocko Willink, Joe Rogan etc.

If you enjoy it or even if you don’t, if you make it to the end of it, drop me a line and let me know what you think! Thanks

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A wise man once said something about trading after hours. @investorslive

04:07:54 pm InvestorsLive: if ur thinking of trading after hours
04:07:57 pm InvestorsLive: what u should do right now
04:08:02 pm InvestorsLive: is make a list of 5 other things u can do
04:08:04 pm InvestorsLive: with your time
04:08:08 pm InvestorsLive: then when you’re about to place a trade
04:08:10 pm InvestorsLive: check that list
04:08:12 pm InvestorsLive: and do at least 3 of them

Is There Any Reason to Keep Up with the News? | via @artofmanliness

“A contemporary dictator wishing to establish power would not need to do anything so obviously sinister as banning the news: he or she would only have to see to it that news organizations broadcast a flow of random-sounding bulletins, in great numbers but with little explanation of context, within an agenda that kept changing, without giving any sense of the ongoing relevance of an issue that had seemed pressing only a short while before, the whole interspersed with constant updates about the colorful antics of murderers and film stars. This would be quite enough to undermine most people’s capacity to grasp political reality — as well as any resolve they might otherwise have summoned to alter it. The status quo could confidently remain forever undisturbed by a flood of, rather than a ban on, news.”

Source: Is There Any Reason to Keep Up with the News? | The Art of Manliness

“I don’t know a single truly creative mind who is a news junkie — not a writer, not a composer, mathematician, physician, scientist, musician, designer, architect or painter. On the other hand, I know a bunch of viciously uncreative minds who consume news like drugs. If you want to come up with old solutions, read news. If you are looking for new solutions, don’t.”

The Work is Never Done (And I Feel Fine) – Good trading advice from @Cernovich

Sales, medicine, law, engineering, craftsmanship, and trades like plumbing and electricity allow for continued growth in knowledge and skills. What you learn today builds on your mistakes and successes of yesterday, and what you learn tomorrow will build on today’s victories and defeats.

Source: The Work is Never Done (And I Feel Fine)

Add stock trading to this list of skills that you always need to learn/evolve, but never master.

67 Tips on Happiness, Fullfillment & Life via @JasonFerruggia

“The meaning of life is that it is to be lived.”– Bruce Lee

1) Always have a quest.

2) Don’t feel the need to justify your opinion.

3) Cut your expenses in half. Then cut them again.

4) Don’t die without any scars. Like Tyler Durden advised.

5) Remember that everyone wants to feel important.

6) Don’t fall into “the busy trap.” It’s okay to not always be “on your grind,” 24/7.

7) Learn something from everyone you meet.

8) Take more risks without fear of making mistakes.

9) Sweat every day.

10) Get Facebook and email off your phone.No one ever got rich checking their email more often.”– Noah Kagan

11) Never “grow up.”

12) If you haven’t worn something in more than two months get rid of it.

13) Send more hand written notes.

14) Not everyone will like you. You need to be okay with that.

15) You don’t have to respond to every Tweet, email, call or text message. That’s a form of slavery.

16) Question authority.

17) Learn to do something artistic- paint, draw, play an instrument.

18) Keep your cell phone off the dinner table.

19) Get punched in the face at least once. Everyone needs that. (Keeping your phone on the table is a good way to facilitate that)

20) Say “please” and “thank you” more than everyone else.

21) Repeat a persons name aloud when you first meet them.

22) Never waste time arguing on the internet.

23) Carry a book with you wherever you go. A real book.

24) When you’re with friends or family members, be with them 100%. Don’t think about work or check your phone.

25) Make a difference in someone’s life.

26) Never discuss how much money you make.

27) Go for a walk every day.

28) Be the first one to try everything.

29) Slow down.Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.”– Lao Tzu

30) Don’t watch the news. It’s depressing. If something important happens you’ll know.

31) Tell your friends you love them.

32) Smile before you pick up the phone and say “hello.”

33) Give advice only when it’s asked for.

34) Don’t give it a second time if the person didn’t listen the first.

35) Do things that make you uncomfortable.

36) Everyone’s looking for a leader. Stand up and lead.

37) Turn off your cell phone after 8pm. Or at least set some kind of boundaries.

38) Get out of debt. Take it from someone who was buried in it.

39) Spend more time doing only things you’re passionate about.

40) Change the way things are normally done.

41) Say less, listen more.

42) Think long and hard before you make the decision to go to college or grad school. Read The Education of Millionaires before you do. And visit this website.

43) Challenge the status quo.Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.”– Mark Twain

44) Spend some time to come up with a really fucking cool bucket list and start working your way through it.

45) Make more time to spend with your friends and family.

46) Get your hands dirty.

47) Daydreaming and saying “I want” or “I wish” are the signs of an amateur. Be a pro.

48) Do things that scare the shit out of you.

49) Remove all stressful people and situations from your life.

50) Whenever you see a member of the military, thank them.

51) Pick up the check.

52) Travel more. This doesn’t always cost as much as you think. Read this book for some ideas.

53) Help others make their dreams come true.

54) Anger, jealously and bitterness ruin your life. Be happy for everyone.

55) Laugh every day.

56) Pay your credit cards off each month. “Too many people spend money they haven’t earned, to buy things they don’t want, to impress people they don’t like.”– Will Rogers

57) Reinvent yourself.

58) Dream bigger. Most people don’t think they can accomplish big things so they settle for mediocrity. Don’t be like everyone else.

59) Quit your job. Life shouldn’t be spent doing shit you hate. Benefits and security aren’t worth your happiness.

60) Save more of your money. Trust me on this.

61) Read The War of Art by Steven Pressfield.

62) Everyone wants to change the world. That doesn’t make you unique. Acting on that desire does.

63) Eat your steak rare.

64) Drink your coffee black.

65) Try completely unplugging one day per week. Or at least, per month.

66) Remember the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

67) Call your mom more often. Now would be a good time.

Source: 67 Tips on Happiness, Fullfillment & Life

Here’s the Ultimate Navy SEAL Guide to Exceptional Success and Achievement | Inc.com

All you have to do to quit–is ring the bell. Ring the bell and you no longer have to wake up at 5 o’clock. Ring the bell and you no longer have to do the freezing cold swims. Ring the bell and you no longer have to do the runs, the obstacle course, the PT–and you no longer have to endure the hardships of training. Just ring the bell.

Source: Here’s the Ultimate Navy SEAL Guide to Exceptional Success and Achievement | Inc.com

How to Get Lucky at Life – Mike Cernovich Presents Danger & Play

Lifestyle design is not luck.If you woke up every morning with 30 minutes to spare rather than hit the snooze button, warmed up your brain, did some cardio, reflected on your day at work, remained mindful at work, avoided negative people, refused to gossip, ate nutritious foods, lifted weights, watched zero television, and set your cell phone down at night to either spend time with your children or focus on your life vision….Might you get lucky?

  • Waking up before we have to (rather than hitting the snooze button) is a choice.
  • How you choose to view your position in life is not luck.
  • Leveraging your gifts is not luck.
  • Gaining self-knowledge is no luck.
  • Going to the gym is not luck.
  • Meditating is not luck.
  • Eliminating negative people is not luck.
  • Refusing to argue is a choice, not luck.

Source: How to Get Lucky at Life – Mike Cernovich Presents Danger & Play

The Daily Trading Coach – Lesson 2 – Psychological visibility and your relationship with your trading coach

Link to purchase “The Daily Trading Coach, by Brett N. Steenbarger” on Amazon.com

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the vision that, in cultivating our trading, we develop ourselves in ways that ripple throughout our lives.

I’ve often thought of making trading a tool for self improvement and kaizen. But too often I’ve focused on the negative. You need to get better at this shitty habit, or this crappy thing you do wrong in trading all the time. This is the first lesson of many in this book that focuses on working on your strengths instead of your weaknesses.

Set a positive goal, based on strengths, to keep you in touch with the best within you.

Sure you can’t ignore or avoid the things you do wrong, but I seem to have a particular disposition for negative self talk. I think I’m very positive in my speech to others especially those looking to improve. But in dealing with myself all trading day I’m saying stuff like, “Shitty entry dumbass, you should have waited.” Instead of telling myself, “Ok you might have been a little early, but you have good size in this trade, be patient and add to a winner, or cut for a small loss. You were smart and went in small as a feeler.”

Trading goals should reflect trading strengths.

Today my goal is to focus on what I do well, finding solid risk to reward setups, and smart scaling in. Then I’ll work on my biggest flaw, scaling into a winner and holding for bigger rewards.

The Daily Trading Coach – Lesson 1 – Draw on emotion to become a change agent

Link to purchase “The Daily Trading Coach, by Brett N. Steenbarger” on Amazon.com

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For some of us, the status quo is not enough. We experience glimpses into the person we’re capable of being; we yearn to be more than we are in life’s mundane moments.

The core idea of this chapter is you have to NEED not just want change in your trading. Trading is a never ending process and if you don’t have a desperate urge to get better you will stay the same or worse falter back. Brett points out a concept I’ve often been suckered into, the idea of “inducing change” I’ve read hundreds if not thousands of self help and trading books that get you started on change but never enforce sustaining it.

The enemy of change is relapse: falling back into old, unproductive ways of thinking and behaving. Without the momentum of emotion, relapse is the norm.

The first half of the chapter covers committing emotionally to change, the second focuses on visualization of change. You need to focus on a goal, not necessarily a profit goal, but a goal of becoming better in some aspect of the process and then visualize that happening. Sure it sounds a little foo foo, but I’ve found when I’m tempted to chase a position if I stop and think about how this trade will go, and how frustrated I will be if I chase and take a loss. It helps me stop and reflect and not enter a poor trade. I move my entry and wait for it to come to me.

It is important not just to have goals, but also to directly experience yourself as capable of reaching those goals. Psychologists call that self-efficacy.

My goal for today and application of this chapter is to redouble my efforts and focus on entry. I will be patient and let the trade come to my target and not give a shit about FOMO.