In this episode we talk about cats, intellectual snobbery, the terrorist attacks in Paris, McCarthyism, online piracy, integrity, books (as always), and a bunch of other seemingly unrelated topics.
Reading words from Malcolm X. He writes about that deep-rooted racism he grew up with, whites looking at him like he was a pet rather than a human being. They weren't bad people necessarily; they just didn't realize how fucked up their beliefs were. Makes me wonder: what fucked up beliefs of my own am I oblivious to? And what about you?
The goal of communication should be to understand and be understood, but too often we settle for making ourselves feel big and the other person feel small.
There's a slice of sun coming through the front window. I walk over in my fluffy puppy slippers to try get some on skin. Outside the city's rubbing the sleep out of its eyes.
In this episode we talk about books, beliefs, entrepreneurship, basketball, dinosaurs, politics, pornography, responsibility, and a bunch of other seemingly unrelated topics.
"Reacting to our experiences means we make decisions based on what we believe happened yesterday and what we think may happen tomorrow. In contrast, we respond to our experiences when we make choices based on what’s happening right here, right now."
Crosswalk green and an old couple step off the curb. The man turns back to wait for his wife, and almost gets mowed down by a young woman blasting between them on her bike. She doesn't flinch, doesn't look back, doesn't give a shit.
I spent most of the past five years traveling around the world, visiting more than thirty countries while living out of a backpack and making money online. Four months ago I moved to Amsterdam, and here I plan to stay for the foreseeable future. Why did I give up the travel lifestyle for a more settled existence?
"I call everyone 'Darling' because I can't remember their names." - Zsa Zsa Gabor
If there's one phrase that bugs the shit out of me, it's this one: "Everything happens for a reason." You often hear this from well-intentioned people in an attempt to comfort others.
You can watch many audio-heavy videos online at 2x speed and not lose any comprehension. For a two hour video, that saves you an hour of listening time.
You know what's scary for me now? What's scary is that I'm all out of excuses. The past few years I could blame all that overland travel for getting in the way of big business success. Now I look ahead at a long and empty stretch of work days and weeks and months, time like bricks there for me to build.
I spent most of the past five years traveling all around the world, visiting dozens of different countries and living in several for months at a time. That was fun for a while but eventually I began to crave a more settled existence.
In the Bhagavad-Gita (chapter 2, verse 47), Krishna says to Arjuna: You have a right to perform your prescribed duty, but you are not entitled to the fruits of action.
Here's a good rule for making sure you don't take on too many commitments. It's especially handy for the people-pleasers among us (note to self!).
Ash frontman Tim Wheeler shared a tip for overcoming writer's block in an interview with Jarlath Regan.
There's an old Woody Allen movie called The Diary. Set in a small American town in the 1940's, Allen plays the lead role of an impoverished young man (Norm) who falls for a local heiress (Annie). He goes all out to try win her heart, being very bold and reckless, seemingly oblivious to her lofty social stature and any kind of courting etiquette.
My Saturdays are disgusting. On a typical Saturday in Amsterdam, my diet will look something like this...
I've decided to phase out the freelance stuff. I have nice clients and make a decent living from the work they send me, but this isn't my best contribution to the world, not by a long shot.
Whenever I encounter shitty service or a shitty product out there in the world, it's frustrating, sure, but it's also a relief of sorts. Because it reminds me that I'll always be able to make good money.