Monthly Archives: February 2013

Manvotional: Jack London on Success | The Art of Manliness

From “Getting Into Print,” 1903

By Jack London

Don’t dash off a six-thousand-word story before breakfast. Don’t write too much. Concentrate your sweat on one story, rather than dissipate it over a dozen. Don’t loaf and invite inspiration; light out after it with a club, and if you don’t get it you will none the less get something that looks remarkably like it. Set yourself a “stint,” [London wrote 1,000 words nearly every day of his adult life] and see that you do that “stint” each day; you will have more words to your credit at the end of the year.

Study the tricks of the writers who have arrived. They have mastered the tools with which you are cutting your fingers. They are doing things, and their work bears the internal evidence of how it is done. Don’t wait for some good Samaritan to tell you, but dig it out for yourself.

See that your pores are open and your digestion is good. That is, I am confident, the most important rule of all.

Keep a notebook. Travel with it, eat with it, sleep with it. Slap into it every stray thought that flutters up into your brain. Cheap paper is less perishable than gray matter, and lead pencil markings endure longer than memory.

And work. Spell it in capital letters. WORK. WORK all the time. Find out about this earth, this universe; this force and matter, and the spirit that glimmers up through force and matter from the maggot to Godhead. And by all this I mean WORK for a philosophy of life. It does not hurt how wrong your philosophy of life may be, so long as you have one and have it well.

The three great things are: GOOD HEALTH; WORK; and a PHILOSOPHY OF LIFE. I may add, nay, must add, a fourth—SINCERITY. Without this, the other three are without avail; with it you may cleave to greatness and sit among the giants.

via Manvotional: Jack London on Success | The Art of Manliness.

Watch List 2/21/2013 – $NVGN

I’m to stupid to have any idea what these guys do:

“Novogen Limited, a biotechnology company, engages in the research and development of prescription drugs. Its products include ME-143, an analogue of Phenoxodiol that is Phase I clinical trials; NV-128, a novel mitochondrial inhibitor, which is in preclinical trials targeting a range of cancers; ME-344, which is in Phase I clinical trials for the treatment of tumors; and GLYC-101 Gel to stimulate and modulate the natural cascade of wound healing activities in several cell populations. The company’s products also comprise NV-143, an active against melanoma cells; NV-04 to treat cardiovascular diseases; NV-27, an oral agent to prevent arterial restenosis; NV-07α for the protection of mice against UV-induced inflammatory changes in the skin, and against UV-induced skin immune suppression; flavonoid anti-inflammatory molecules for general pain relief; and NV-52, a synthetic anti-inflammatory drug. It operates primarily in Australia, North America, Europe, and Asia. The company was founded in 1992 and is headquartered in North Ryde, Australia.”

I do know this though, from the looks of google maps their “headquarters” is in a shared space with a construction remodeling company… That and the chart are enough for a bush league short seller like myself to itch to get a piece.

Full list from Yahoo Finance

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Sticking to a Habit: The Definitive Guide : zenhabits

Why You Don’t Stick to a Habit

The most common reasons people don’t stick to a habit:

  1. Habit is too difficult.
  2. You don’t enjoy doing it.
  3. Too many habits at once (habits are hard!).
  4. Too many other things going on.
  5. Changes in routine (sick, travel, visitors, big project at work).
  6. Not really motivated to do it.
  7. You talk yourself out of it.
  8. You miss a day or two and get discouraged.

There are other reasons too: people actively discourage you from changing, or you think negative thoughts about your ability to change, or you overdo it in the beginning and then run out of enthusiasm.

via Sticking to a Habit: The Definitive Guide : zenhabits.

» Real Superfoods That Destroy Inflammation in Your Brain: The Body Response That May Change Your Mental Health Forever The Bulletproof Executive

Coffee

Bulletproof Coffee is a perfect way to ignite your focus in the morning. Due to its antioxidant and caffeine content, and the fact that it contains two unique and potent neurological anti-inflammatory agents, you can keep a steady focus. Caffeine is more than an energy booster – caffeine may help ease cognitive decline and lower the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease by blocking inflammation in the brain.(19)

Another study came to similar conclusions. According to Professor Gregory Freund from the University of Illinois “We have discovered a novel signal that activates the brain-based inflammation associated with neurodegenerative diseases, and caffeine appears to block its activity.”(9)

Along with fighting cognitive diseases, caffeine and coffee increase insulin sensitivity in healthy humans.(7, 11-13) Insulin sensitivity is correlated with how well your body responds to certains kinds of inflammation.

Coffee is the world’s number one source of antioxidants, and for this reason it is a staple in the Bulletproof Diet. The problem is that 91.7% of coffee beans (from South America in the study) contain mycotoxins and 50% of coffees brewed contain toxins, which induces an inflammatory response.(20-21) If you want to upgrade your cognitive performance, high quality coffee is the only way to go.

Drinking high quality coffee has short and long-term effects on your brain. The short-term effect of coffee on mood may be due to altered serotonin and dopamine activity, whereas the mechanisms behind its potential long-term effects on mood may relate to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.(22-25)

Butter

Butter is an unexpected source of cognitive enhancement, and contains one ingredient that studies show is beneficial for cognitive function and gut health called butyrate. Butyrate is a short chain saturated fat and anti-inflammatory. According to three studies, the most common class of genetic neurodegenerative diseases are delayed in mice with the treatment of butyrate.(1-3)

Butyrate protects against intestinal permeability in rat models of ulcerative colitis.(4) This shows that short-chain fatty acids, including butyrate, play an important role in the maintenance of gut barrier integrity. Butyrate also sharply reduces the harmful effects of type 1 diabetes in rats.(5)

Butyrate may also prevent and treat diet-induced insulin resistance in mice. Butyrate is related to promotion of energy expenditure and induction of mitochondria function.(6)

The highest concentration of butyrate may be found in high quality grass-fed butter. I highlight the benefits of grass-fed butter in comparison to grain-fed butter in this infographic. Kerrygold is my butter of choice, but any brand may suffice as long as it is grass-fed (organic isn’t enough and is typically a sham if the cows eat organic soy and corn).

via » Real Superfoods That Destroy Inflammation in Your Brain: The Body Response That May Change Your Mental Health Forever The Bulletproof Executive.

Advice to My Kids : zenhabits

Advice to My Kids

By Leo Babauta

I have six lovely children — one of them now an adult, and a couple more almost there — and I give a lot of thought to what I think they should know as they grow up and go out into the world.

What could I best teach them to equip them for life?

This is what I’d like them to know:

You are good enough. Most people are afraid to do things because they are afraid they’re not good enough, afraid they’ll fail. But you are good enough — learn that and you won’t be afraid of new things, won’t be afraid to fail, won’t need the approval of others. You’ll be pre-approved — by yourself.

All you need to be happy is within you. Many people seek happiness in food, drugs, alcohol, shopping, partying, sex … because they’re seeking external happiness. They don’t realize the tools for happiness aren’t outside them. They’re right inside you: mindfulness, gratitude, compassion, thoughtfulness, the ability to create and do something meaningful, even in a small way.

You can start your own business. As a young man, I thought I needed to go to college and then be employed, and that owning a business is for rich people. That was all wrong. It’s possible for almost anyone to start their own business, and while you’ll probably do badly at first, you’ll learn quickly. It’s a much better education than college.

Everything useful I’ve learned I didn’t learn from college … I learned from doing.

That said, I’ve had some amazing teachers. They’re not always in school, though: they’re everywhere. A friend I met at work. My peers online. My mom, dad, siblings, grandparents, uncles and aunts. My wife. My kids. Failure. Teachers are everywhere, if you’re willing to learn.

Spend less than you earn. Thirty percent less if you can manage. Most people get a job and immediately spend their income on a car loan, high rent or a large mortgage, buying possessions and eating out using credit cards. None of that is necessary. Don’t spend it if you don’t have it. Learn to go without, and be happy with less.

Put away some of your income to grow with the power of compound earnings. Your future self will thank you.

Learn to love healthy food. It’s all a matter of adjusting your tastebuds, slowly and gradually. Learn to cook for yourself. Try some healthy, delicious recipes.

Learn compassion. We start life with a very selfish outlook — we want what we want. But compassion is about realizing we are no more important than everyone else, and we aren’t at the center of the universe. Someone annoys you? Get outside of your little shell, and try to see how their day is going. How can you help them be less angry, less in pain?

Never stop learning. If you just learn something a little a day, it will add up over time immensely.

Have fun being active. Sure, there’s lots of fun to be had online, and in eating sweets and fried food, and in watching TV and movies and playing video games. But going outside and playing with friends, tossing a ball around, swimming, climbing something, challenging each other … that’s even more fun. And it leads to a healthy life, healthy heart, more focused and energetic mind.

Get good at discomfort. Avoiding discomfort is very common, but a big mistake. Learning to be OK with some discomfort will change your life.

The things that stress you out don’t matter. Take a larger perspective: will this matter in five years? Most likely the answer is no. If the answer is yes, attend to it.

Savor life. Not just the usual pleasures, but everything and everyone. The stranger you meet on the bus. The sunshine that hits your face as you walk. The quiet of the morning. Time with a loved one. Time alone. Your breath as you meditate.

Meditate.

Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. They are some of the best teachers. Instead, learn to be OK with mistakes, and learn to learn from them, and learn to shrug them off so they don’t affect your profound confidence in who you are.

You need no one else to make you happy or validate you. You don’t need a boss to tell you that you’re great at what you do. You don’t need a boyfriend/girlfriend to tell you that you’re lovable. You don’t need your friends’ approval. Having loved ones and friends in your life is amazing, but know who you are first.

Learn to be good at change. Change is the one constant in life. You will suffer by trying to hold onto things. Learn to let go (meditation helps with this skill), and learn to have a flexible mind. Don’t get stuck in what you’re comfortable with, don’t shut out what’s new and uncomfortable.

Open your heart. Life is amazing if you don’t shut it out. Other people are amazing. Open your heart, be willing to take the wounds that come with an open heart, and you will experience the best of life.

Let love be your rule. Success, selfishness, righteousness … these are not good rules to live by. Love family, friends, coworkers, strangers, your brothers and sisters in humanity. Love even those who think they’re your enemy. Love the animals we treat as food and objects. Most of all, love yourself.

And always know, no matter what: I love you with every particle of my being.

via Advice to My Kids : zenhabits.

10 Great Ideas Someone Should Invent Altucher Confidential

G) 40% Unemployment. The reality is, most people should not be at work. Why? Because they are bad at it. It’s rare that someone is actually good at what they do. I know maybe ten people that are good at their jobs. This is not a criticism. It’s just a fact. And basically, robots are better. That’s why Apple is moving production back to the US. Because too many Chinese people were killing themselves in their factories. Robots don’t kill themselves and they get the job done faster.

So what society really needs is 40 or 50% unemployment. Here’s how you do it. My solution starts off communist but ends up libertarian. Basically, companies get incentivized to replace all humans with robots. The excess profits you get from firing people gets taxed at only half the rate. All of those “robot taxes” get put into a government fund that is used to subsidize the people who are fired (just like farmers are often paid subsidies not to farm). The subsidies, though, run out after three years. So you have three years from the day you are fired to start a new business. Hopefully the business uses robots instead of humans else you won’t be able to compete against your higher margin competitors. If you can’t start a business then you end up being a temp-staffer somewhere. Don’t say this is heartless. This is the way the world is going. That’s why the middle class is disappearing. Robots are the new middle class. And everyone else will either be an entrepreneur or a temp staffer. Don’t shoot the messenger here. It’s already happening. I’m just trying to figure out a way that we can actually accept the 40% unemployment or “underemployment” (which is already at 20%) which is coming.

via 10 Great Ideas Someone Should Invent Altucher Confidential.

How to Be Like Your Hero | Be Legendary

During that boyhood stage anything was accomplishable, there were not thoughts of doubt or whether aspirations were reasonable or not. If you wanted to be something you believed it was possible and nothing could steal that belief from you. Every day you were a hero in your own mind, accomplishing something great, doing something heroic, believing in yourself.

However, do these aspirations to become these miniature heroes’ ever end? Saving the world from an imminent invasion of zombies might be out of the picture, but do men ever truly give up the hope of being a hero? A hero to those in his family, his friends, and in his community? The answer is no, males have been hardwired to strive to play that heroic role in people’s lives.

The problem: at some point men have been deconditioned to think this way. Society has placed expectations to get a degree, get a job, start a family, and live a safe comfortable white picket fence life. Gone are the days of fighting for what is right, saving the damsel in distress and present are the nine to five desk jobs, and testosterone suppressing life styles of today’s average male.

Honor and loyalty? No time for that, Jersey Shore is on at ten pm. Manual labor has been traded in for tight hip flexors and poor backs from sitting hunched over eight hours a day. Current day society has been suppressing heroism without us even realizing its happening. Plastics poison the already detrimental lunch we bring to work every day. Warm shower’s sap our testosterone and energy. Workouts that do little to improve our well-being and just depress us into thinking it’s a waste of time and energy. Our former boyhood selves wouldn’t be proud of this slow regression and neither should we.

Take a look at the action figures your kids or you used to play with. Their plastic faces display confidence; their bodies are muscular, strong, and look as if they are capable of accomplishing anything.  Times have changed but that desire is still hardwired into mankind and the time has come to act on that desire. To take back what was once so admirable we must channel the most ancient and natural trait of heroism and mankind: Strength.

Man’s lack of strength:

The daily life of a man has drastically changed as society has progressed. Everything around man has grown exponentially; however, in many ways man has failed to keep up. The phrase “The strong shall survive” carries almost no weight in this day and age. Man’s survival was once dependent on his strength. Our great ancestors knew it and depended on this quality to survive life in the wild. Strength was of the highest importance to mankind centuries ago, without it man could not prosper or survive, and I believe that is still true to this day. A quality so important to a man’s life cannot vanish or simply be forgotten.

via How to Be Like Your Hero | Be Legendary.