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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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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

Persistance

“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.” – Calvin Coolidge

Watchlist for 5-13-2015 – No watchlist – Deep thinking day

My frustration from yesterday has dragged into today, I’m taking the day off to do some deep thinking and introspection.

I figure Wednesday is a good day to take off, I’ve had a couple mediocre trading days Mon-Tues and this allows me to get back at it to end the week.

Odd, after just one day of ditching my smart phone I’ve already started to be more introspective. (Blog post series coming soon)